Frequently Asked Questions

How much is it?

It's $5 per person with potential additional fees depending on what other events for which you may choose to register.

What if we need to cancel the registration?

Once you register for the weekend, we will not be able to give any refunds. 

What if my GVSU student is an only child?

Sibs and Kids Weekend welcomes all family, friends, children, and siblings of GVSU students. GVSU students may register whomever they wish.

What age levels is Sibs and Kids Weekend targeted to?

Sibs and Kids Weekend is appropriate for individuals 6 and up. This year, Sibs and Kids Weekend will also be more inclusive to our older Sibs and Kids.

What do the guests need to bring for the weekend?

Needs will vary depending on the individual, however, here are a few things we recommend you bring along.

Pillows and Blankets

Winter Outdoor Playing Gear

Bathing Suit & Beach Towel

Necessary medications

Comfort items

All the essentials (toothbrush, pajamas, underwear, etc.)

A few extra dollars for snacks and/or a trip to the Laker Store

Where do Sibs & Kids stay while they are visiting Grand Valley State University?

In an effort to provide a quality experience for our guests, we partner with our friends in Housing and Residential Life, thus we must ask where your guest is staying to notify the proper offices. Alternatively, guests may stay in their Grand Valley students' personal residential community off-campus.

Who is responsible for the Siblings visiting for the weekend?

Each GVSU student is responsible for those visiting and will be held accountable for their actions and the actions of their guests. This includes their behavior on and off-campus. Sibs and Kids Weekend is treated as any other day at GVSU where students are to uphold all of the requirements of the GVSU Student Code.

It is also the responsibility of the Grand Valley student to accompany their sib/kid/guests to all activities and functions. Should the guest be present and unaccompanied, the emergency contact person will be notified.

How are emergencies handled?

All emergencies are handled by the Grand Valley Police Department. When you arrive to check in, you will be asked to provide an emergency contact for the weekend. It is helpful that this individual is able to make medical decisions on behalf of the guest.

If this contact is not provided, the emergency contact for the GVSU student will be used in the event of an emergency.

How do Sibs & Kids eat while attending the program?

Students currently on a meal plan who have not yet used their guest meals may use them during the weekend. Students who have purchased plans with a declining balance may use those balances to pay for their guests. If you would like to purchase more Debit Dollars for your student, please contact Campus Dining.

There are some activities where a variety of food will be available.

What do the parents do during the weekend?

This weekend is Grand Valley's gift of relaxation to our parents. This is a weekend for you to stay at home without your kids or to visit the university, find a local hotel, and enjoy all that Grand Rapids and West Michigan has to offer.

My child/guest has special needs for the weekend. How are they accommodated?

Please let us know of any special dietary or access needs. Please indicate these requests on the registration website or you may call the Office of Student Life at (616) 331-2345.

When and where do we check in for the weekend?

Check-in occurs in the Kirkhof Center Lobby on Friday from 5-7 p.m. where volunteers will assist you in picking up your information and final schedules for the program. Parents/Guardians are not required to be present for check-in. If you are not arriving until Saturday, please check-in at the Kirkhof Center Lobby from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

You can locate the Kirkhof Center utilizing this campus map.

Will we be asked to provide any more information?

Throughout the course of the program, the participants will be asked to offer their input about specific events. After the weekend is over, the Grand Valley student will be provided an evaluation of the program. Please work with the student to complete the questions regarding registration if he/she was not involved in that process.

Can GVSU faculty and staff bring their children?

Absolutely! Registration for faculty/staff is $5 (paid on-site), which includes the cost of up to four (4) guests and free activities, as stated on the schedule. Please email to register.

Additional questions or concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us!