PHOTO CAPTIONS: Residence Hall Association representatives will be ready to greet Sibs and Kids participants, when the annual event takes place Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25. Students and youngsters will be encouraged to attend Ferris hockey and basketball games, enjoy an activity area in the Ewigleben Sports Complex, and gather in North Hall for a movie on Saturday evening.
Opportunities to enjoy the company of a family member or younger friend on the Ferris State University campus are scheduled from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25 as the annual Sibs and Kids Weekend takes “Ferris State is Out of This World” as its theme.
The Residence Hall Association is heading up the promotion in collaboration with the university’s Office of Housing and Residence Life, according to advisor and North Hall Director Emily Maloy.
“Our goal is to have 100 siblings or kids participate this year. We have been suggesting through social media that students consider inviting a cousin or family friend to come take part, if a sibling wouldn’t be applicable,” Maloy said. “We believe this will be an enjoyable event for everyone involved.”
Registration to participate in the activities has begun and Maloy said it will continue online through Thursday, Feb. 22.
“Those who sign up by Thursday, Feb. 15 will be assured of receiving a Sibs and Kids T-shirt in their size, with graphics that go along with our theme,” Maloy said. “We will be able to offer T-shirts to those who register after that date as long as they are available, but will not be able to guarantee the size. The $40 charge also assures that the student and their sib or kid guest will get tickets for Ferris’ hockey game against Lake Superior on Friday, Feb. 23.”
Check-in for the event begins at 12 p.m. on Feb. 23, when participants will receive their materials, along with the chance to eat at The Rock Café, up to 6 p.m. During the hockey game, they will be able to interact with Brutus the Bulldog and win prizes.
Maloy said Sibs and Kids participants can eat at The Rock Café throughout the weekend, up to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.
“A number of residence halls are planning Saturday morning activities in their buildings, but the event is structured so that there are choices available, including sleeping in,” Maloy said. “We really hope our participants take in the basketball games against Grand Valley State, then head over to the Multipurpose Room in the Ewigleben Sports Complex, where there will be a laser maze, inflatables and a dueling obstacle course."
Sibs and Kids participants will be encouraged to gather at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening in the North Hall classroom to enjoy the film “Justice League,” with popcorn, beverages and snacks provided.
The Sibs and Kids weekend is a zero tolerance event with details for participants to review available online.