Kids & Sibs set for this weekend

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The Residence Housing Association and Residential Life will host its annual Kids & Sibs event on campus this upcoming weekend.

Kids & Sibs encourages students to invite younger friends and family members to campus for a special weekend of fun activities and engaging events.

“Kids & Sibs has been taking place at SVSU for more than 35 years,” said Director of Residential Life Michele Gunkelman. “It is one of the two weekends during the academic year when students are permitted to host overnight guests under the age of 18 in their residential rooms.”

The Resident Housing Association and Residential Life provides leadership opportunities on campus and encourages the best experience in housing for students.

Kids and Sibs kicks off on Friday, Feb. 17, with regular events at SVSU that are now open to those bringing their younger companions along. The events include a virtual reality demonstration in Student Life from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., open basketball and volleyball on Campus Recreation Court No. 3 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., a special game night in Student Life from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and an open screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in the Thompson Student Activities Room (TSAR) at 9 p.m.

“(The event) allows students to show off their ‘home away from home’ and expose their family and friends to the SVSU campus,” Gunkelman said. “Students serve as the host/tour guide around campus.”

There will also be multiple unique activities for participants on Saturday, Feb. 18, including the popular pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the Marketplace at Doan and a large Nerf-war, sponsored by Program Board, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the TSAR.

Check-ins for the guests will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday in Groening Commons or 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday in the Rotunda. For those who would like to register their guests before the dates listed, one can fill out a pre-registration form found at

It is not required for students to have registered guests with them in order to attend any of the events, though it is encouraged.

Along with the regular and unique activities taking place, Residential Life also hopes to highlight both the men’s and women’s basketball games taking place against Northwood University on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The games encourages those participating in Kids & Sibs to go out and support Cardinal athletics to show their younger companions another slice of what it is like to be a part of the SVSU community.

For those looking to lend a hand to Kids & Sibs, the event will be accepting volunteers this week. If interested in volunteering contact Residential Director James Wright at jawrigh3 (at)