Events needed for teenage siblings

Well, yet another Sibs N Kids weekend has come and gone. For those of you who had younger siblings visiting for the weekend, we hope you had fun with them. If you didn’t notice though, most of the children visiting the University were just that: Children.

The majority of siblings seemed to be between the ages of 8 through 12. There were some siblings that looked to be 13 or maybe even 14, but there weren’t many. Why is this? There are several factors to consider, but the issue that stands out are the University sponsored Sibs N Kids events.

The University-sponsored a Sibs N Kids carnival, skate, brunch and casino night. Other special promotions included a t-shirt given to all siblings and special times that the Student Recreation Center will admit the siblings free of charge as long as they are with a University student.

All of the events and promotions that the University offers seem to be catering to children 12 years old and younger. Maybe it is not a big deal to the University what age group they cater to, but a lot siblings who are teenagers don’t visit the University because there are not really any events which would be fun for them.

There are other things to do in Bowling Green that are not University-sponsored. A person could take their sibling bowling, laser tagging, paint balling, miniature golfing or, among many other things, out to eat. However, these are all things that can be found just about anywhere in the United States. The University should offer some activities that would be geared for teenage siblings.

This wouldn’t be that daunting of a task. Just think of the teenage siblings as young college students. What would a college want to do on a weekend that doesn’t involve alcohol?

The Big Playground is always a big hit. Plenty of college students go there with their friends. It wouldn’t be that big of a change to take their teenage siblings instead. A competition such as a tug-of-war over mud or some event like it should be more attractive to a teenager instead of a carnival.

We are not saying that the events that are currently offered by the University should be eliminated. However, we are saying that there should be more events offered and those events should be geared for teenage siblings.

Just think of them as potential college students. Most students on this campus know how much the University loves to show off its assets. So why not show how much fun the University is by adding some more events that would attract teenage siblings?