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OHIO’s Sibs Weekend to be held Feb. 5-7

Ohio University kicks off its first family weekend of the new year with Sibs Weekend, which will be held Feb. 5-7 on the Athens Campus. An annual tradition, Sibs Weekend is an opportunity for Bobcat siblings of all ages to visit the campus and experience life at OHIO.

The University has scheduled several events to make these special visitors’ stays both worthwhile and memorable, and Ohio University Alumni Chapters are offering round-trip bus transportation from Akron and Cleveland to Athens for the festivities. For more information and to purchase tickets for the bus trips, click here. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the chapter’s scholarship, which helps local students attend Ohio University.

Some highlights of this year’s Sibs Weekend include:


On Friday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 6, come see the OHIO Hockey team prove their worth on the ice against Illinois. The matches begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bird Arena. Tickets are $6 per student and $8 for all others. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. For more information, visit http://www.ohiobobcatshockey.com/.

Immediately following the OHIO Hockey game on Saturday will be the “Midnight Meltdown” from 10:30 p.m. to midnight at Bird Arena. This recreational skate session provides Bobcats and their sibs their turns to hit the ice. Admission is $3.50. Skate rentals are $3.50. 

The OHIO Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams also will be in action during Sibs Weekend at the Convocation Center. Both teams will face their counterparts from Northern Illinois University on Saturday, Feb. 6. The women's game kicks off at 11:30 a.m. while the men's game begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free for students with an Ohio University ID; tickets for siblings are $5. One ticket provides admission to both games.


OHIO’s Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) is offering plenty of entertainment on both Friday and Saturday nights. BSCPB will host “Apollo Nights Best” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Come watch OHIO students showcase their talents at this family-friendly show. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, BSCPB welcomes T-Pain for an 8 p.m. concert at OHIO’s Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased by clicking here

OHIO’s University Program Council (UPC) also will add on to the fun, hosting a “Sibs Carnival” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. This free event for OHIO students and their sibs will feature face painting, carnival-like food, a candy bar, carnival-themed games, prizes and a photo booth. 

Bobcats and their sibs are invited to the Sibs Bash and Zumbathon from 2 to 6 p.m. (Zumbathon starts at 4:30 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Walter Fieldhouse. The event will include free food, a magician, inflatables, games and a Zumba class.

Laughter will fill the air as OHIO’s Blue Pencil Comedy group presents the Sibs Weekend Comedy Show beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Bobcat Student Lounge on the first floor of Baker University Center. This event is free.

The Athena Cinema will be hosting a Harry Potter Marathon, featuring the first four films, from noon to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 6. This one-time special event is being hosted by the Ohio University Harry Potter Alliance and will include Harry Potter-themed concessions, trivia game prizes, a costume contest and more.

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking, campfires, s’mores and stargazing are lined up for the weekend. The Ridges will be the place as OHIO’s Outdoor Pursuits holds “Night Hike, Stargazing and Campfire” from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 6. The cost is $10 per person, which includes transportation to The Ridges, s’mores and guide staff. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.  

Outdoor Pursuits will also be offering its Zipline Adventure on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at The Ridges. Participants will climb a 40-foot tower to the take-off platform and fly down a 300-foot zipline. The cost is $25 and registration is required. For more information, click here.

Venture a little outside of Athens and join OHIO’s Outdoor Pursuits on a day hike to Old Man’s Cave in the Hocking Hills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7. The cost is $20 per person, which includes transportation, a light lunch and guide staff. For more information and to register, click here

For more information on any of these events and a complete and evolving list of Sibs Weekend activities, visit https://www.ohio.edu/parents/familyweekends/05.cfm.