There are tons of events happening all over campus during Sibling Weekend on April 11–13, from sports to movies to free food. And that’s not to mention Gamma Phi’s big Spring Shows and carnival at Redbird Arena. (You can see the full calendar of events at IllinoisState.edu/SiblingWeekend.)
So as you’re planning what to do with your little brother or sister (or your entire family) when they come visit in April, check out STATEside’s rundown of can’t-miss events below. And share photos, tweets, and posts throughout Sibling Weekend using the official #RedbirdFamily hashtag.
Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows
Illinois State’s historic circus, featuring highly skilled student performers, is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Gamma Phi’s Spring Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 11–12), with a 1 p.m. matinee show on Saturday too. And before Saturday’s 1 p.m. show, there’s a children’s carnival (sponsored by the Student Alumni Council) that begins at noon with games and activities for all ages. All you need is your matinee ticket.
Buy your family lunch—for free
All meal plan holders can bring up to two family members to one meal for FREE at either of the dining centers during Sibling Weekend. A reservation form will be emailed to all meal plan holders in late March, and you’ll need to sign up by April 9 to get the deal. Want more info? Contact CampusDining@IllinoisState.edu.
What’s the only thing better than fresh waffles? Fresh waffles with a Redbird logo imprint. Your family can order up Redbird waffles at Watterson Dining Commons throughout Sibling Weekend.
Get your sibling a creative take-home souvenir with free caricatures on the second floor of Bone Student Center from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The artist will be located near the Barnes & Noble–Illinois State University Bookstore, along with free food and other giveaways.
Movie on the Quad
Come out and join UPB for a screening of Disney/Pixar’s Up on the Quad. Movie starts at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, April 12, but there will be popcorn, face painting, and inflatables from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for the movie. (FYI: Waivers need to be signed to play in the inflatables.)
Children’s Discovery Museum
Want to have some fun off campus? Swing by the Children’s Discovery Museum right off the circle in Uptown Normal. The surprising array of exhibits is enough to keep your curious siblings (and even playful parents) busy and happy for hours on end. And Illinois State students get $1 off admission if they show their student ID.
Here’s a great (and free) way to end the weekend: Take your family to a Redbird baseball game at award-winning Duffy Bass Field. The game vs. Webster starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Admission is free.
Music and FroYo
If your family rolls into town Friday night, swing by nearby Cherry Berry (503 South Main Street, Normal), for a FreeStyle FroYo Concert with Dan Henig, hosted by UPB. Illinois State students get $2 off their frozen yogurt purchase, and everyone gets the chance to showcase their talents through karaoke or open mic. Musician Dan Henig will perform. Great way to start Sibling Weekend.
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Ryan Denham can be reached at rmdenha@IllinoisState.edu.