It may be cold outside, but siblings of Ohio University students can warm up at Sibs Weekend events like a performance by The Passing Zone, escape rooms at Ping Recreation Center and a Donnie Darko showing.
Sibs Weekend, the first family weekend of Spring Semester, is set to take place Friday through Sunday. Siblings of all ages can come to visit and explore campus with their siblings.
Variety act The Passing Zone will perform Friday at 8 p.m at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
“This is the type of show that is going to be fun no matter what your age,” Andrew Holzaepfel, senior associate director for student activities, said.
The Passing Zone was initially discovered on America’s Got Talent. The duo was a finalist act during the show’s first season. Its family-friendly show includes a variety of acts such as juggling, comedy and other incredible feats that anyone will enjoy.
“It’s a show that will appeal to all audiences,” Holzaepfel said.
If some siblings aren’t excited by a live performance, then perhaps solving a puzzle in one of the escape rooms at Ping Center will bring them joy. Ping will have escape rooms with different themes set up for all ages to enjoy.
“There will be a selection between an outbreak — so like a medical emergency that they will have to solve — a mummy-themed one and then a treasure hunt themed one,” said Bridget Tasker, assistant director of competitive sports and community programming.
An escape room is a room in which participants are challenged to solve a puzzle within a certain time frame and are often rewarded for completing the puzzle before time runs out.
“We take about 20 people an hour for four hours, and we do it here at Ping, and we max out each room at about 10 people,” Tasker said.
Ping’s escape rooms will be friendly for all ages and will reward participants for completion and participation. Tasker said this is the third year of the escape rooms. She said it has only grown in popularity since it has become a routine program.
“Due to its popularity, we are actually debating about making it an intramural activity for all students,” Tasker said. “Hopefully it goes well.”
If siblings want to keep their weekend low-key, the cult classic Donnie Darko will be shown at The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Previous Sibs Weekends featured a Harry Potter movie marathon rather than Donnie Darko.
“We just decided, for various reasons, to take a break and try something different,” Alex Kamody, director of the Athena Cinema, said
A re-release of Donnie Darko was shown at the Athena Cinema during its Cult Classics series a few years ago and received positive feedback.
“We just kind of thought that it would be a fun, weird thing to do,” Kamody said. “We definitely knew that it would probably be something that appealed to older siblings.”