About Sibs and Kids Weekend
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
When does registration open and close?
Pre-Registration will open at 8am EST on Monday, December 19th, 2022 and will close at 11:59am EST on Sunday, January 22, 2023. From there, registration will continue until February 18th, but with a $10 increase in total price. While we will also offer day-of registration on Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th, we strongly encourage participants to register ahead of time.
Is there a benefit to registering before the January 22nd deadline?
Participants that 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 and events with participant limits will be filled first with those who pre-register.
How many siblings/kids can one (1) CMU student bring?
For students that live on campus in a residence hall, there can be no more that two 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.
What is the cost for Siblings Weekend?
Registration is $25 during the pre-registration period and $35 afterwards.
There are also meal options available for purchase on the registration.
How do I pay for my child to attend Sibs and Kids Weekend?
Participants can be paid for using the ActivePay link in the registration form!
What should I do if my sibling/kid is registered but can no longer attend?
We kindly ask that notice be given by email to email@example.com as soon as possible. If registration is cancelled before 11:59pm Friday, February 3, 2023, 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.
Where do I go to check in and get my sibling/kid's materials for the weekend?
Siblings and Kids should be brought to Finch Fieldhouse during the check-in period on Friday or Saturday.
Where do siblings/kids sleep for the weekend?
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.
Are CMU faculty and staff members children allowed to participate in the weekend?
Yes! We encourage all siblings/kids to attend during the weekend!
Will transportation be provided to and from events that are held off campus?
No, transportation to and from events off-campus will not be provided.
Can my student use their guest swipes for the weekend?
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.
Who should I contact if I still have questions?
If you have any other comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to this fun weekend!