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About Sibs and Kids Weekend

Two people standing in front of a rock climbing wall and smiling.A little Sibs and Kids Weekend history

Sibs and Kids Weekend began as Siblings Weekend at CMU in February, 1963. It was first organized by Larzelere Hall Council. The weekend quickly grew in popularity and over the next few years all residence halls began holding their own Siblings Weekend. In the late 1970’s the residence halls joined forces and held the first Little Siblings Weekend.

By 1980 the program had almost reached extinction. In 1986, Residence Hall Assembly decided to save the program and worked hard to get everyone on the same page. They also enlisted the help of the Student Government Association who put together a carnival. The program again grew but ran into a lot of coordination problems and lacked financial resources.

In 1992, the Office of Student Life began to assist with the coordination of the program and by 1999, the Office of Student Life had completely taken over the responsibility of planning Siblings Weekend. In 2000, the committee decided to remove the name “Little” from the name of the event in an effort to encourage more people of all ages to attend. In 2021, Siblings Weekend changed it's name to Sibs and Kids Weekend to be more inclusive of participants.

Traditionally held the second weekend in February, Sibs and Kids Weekend brings hundreds of CMU siblings to campus. They can take part in a variety of different activities including a carnival, different entertainment acts and the excitement of living in the residence halls.

Frequently asked questions

    Pre-Registration will open at 5 pm EST on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, and will close at 11:45 pm EST on Sunday, January 21, 2024. From there, registration will continue until February 17th, but with a $15 increase in total price. While we will also offer day-of registration on Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th, we strongly encourage participants to register ahead of time.

    The preferred age for Sibs and Kids Weekend at Central Michigan University is 3-17 years old. 

    Participants the register during the pre-registration period will have an easier and quicker check-in process after arriving for the weekend. A list of special events will be sent to the email address that was entered during registration. Events with participant limits will fill up fast, so pre-registering will give you access to sign up first. 

    For students that live on campus in a residence hall, there can be no more that two additional occupants per room or four occupants per suite (per the Office of Residence Life Policy). We kindly ask that you communicate with roommates to ensure that this policy is followed.

    For students that live off-campus, there may or may not be a limit depending on the policy of the individual landlord or housing corporation.

    Registration is $35 during the pre-registration period and $50 afterwards. There are also meal options available for purchase on the registration

    Participants can pay using the ActivePay link in the registration form.

    We kindly ask that notice be given by email to as soon as possible. If registration is cancelled before 11:59pm Friday, February 2, 2024, a full refund will be issued. If registration is cancelled after the aforementioned date, we unfortunately cannot issue a refund due to program and material costs.

    Finch Fieldhouse

    1200 S. Franklin St. Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859

    Sleeping arrangements for siblings/kids are the responsibility of the respective CMU student. For a CMU student that lives on campus, siblings will be able to sleep within the student's residence hall room. We ask that students talk to their roommates prior to the weekend to decide on an agreement regarding guests and sleeping arrangements.

    Yes! We encourage all siblings/kids to attend during the weekend!

    No, Sibs and Kids Weekend is designed with the intent of the CMU student spending the weekend participating in fun and engaging activities with their sib/kid. However, there are many things to do in the City of Mount Pleasant to enjoy while their child is at Sibs and Kids Weekend. 

    Many parents and supporters choose to book a hotel and stay in the community while the sib/kid enjoys spending time with their CMU student.

    No, transportation to and from events off-campus will not be provided.

    Yes, current students with meal plans can use guest swipes if necessary. However, there are meal options available in the ActivePay link within the registration form.

    If you have any other comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to send an email to We look forward to this fun weekend!