University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sibs Day

Sibs Day invites UW–Madison students to bring their brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, or family friends ages 8–18 to experience college life, campus, and the city of Madison. Students and their siblings enjoy all that UW–Madison has to offer, including a photo shoot with Bucky Badger, tours around exclusive areas of campus, hands-on experience sessions with UW-Madison professors and staff, performances from student entertainment groups, a meal in a dining hall, and so much more. Check below to see the fun we had at last year’s Sibs Day! Please note that schedule and activities are subject to change.

Sibs Day 2019 will take place on April 13, 2019. Registration will open on Tuesday, February 19 and close on Tuesday, March 19 (or when we reach 200 participants).

Questions? Contact us at 1-877-262-3977 or

Sibs Day 2019: Saturday, April 13

Registration opens on Tuesday, February 19 and closes on Tuesday, March 19 (or when we reach 200 participants).

2018 Schedule of Events

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  |  Check-in: Overture Room, 2nd floor
Gordon Dining and Event Center

Check in, snag some fun freebies, personalize your name badge, and take some pics in the Sibs photobooth, while waiting for the day’s activities to begin.

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  |  On Wisconsin Welcome: Overture Room
Gordon Dining and Event Center

Join us for a warm, Wisconsin welcome from the Parent and Family Program and the UW Spirit Squad.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  A Very Badger Brunch: Overture Room
Gordon Dining and Event Center

Use your meal ticket to enjoy a delicious brunch from the Gordon Avenue Market. From Wisconsin waffles and a fruit bar, to sandwiches, salads, and pizza – there is no shortage of choices.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  |  Photo Shoot with Bucky: Industry Room, 3rd Floor Union South

Snap some pics with our beloved mascot. Pictures will be printed for you to pick up during dinner. While you’re waiting or after you’re done, take time to check off items on your Sibs scavenger hunt. Share your favorites on social with #UWSibsDay or the Sibs Snapchat Geofilter for a bonus raffle ticket when you turn in your sheets.

2 – 5:30 p.m.  |  UW-Madison Experience Sessions

Sibs will have the opportunity to attend all of the following sessions:

Science Session: Orchard View Room, 3rd Floor, Discovery Building

Hear from UW – Madison professors, faculty and staff about engaging topics such as constellations, racing chariots, and the journey to become a scientist.

Camp Randall Stadium Tour: Student Athlete Performance Center, McClain Athletic Facility

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Camp Randall stadium- the home of Badger football, 3rd Quarter “Jump Around,” and 5th Quarter sing-alongs. You’ll get to see the Bud Selig Hall of Champions, box-office seats, and even step onto the field itself.

Paint Workshop with Wheelhouse Studios: Fifth Quarter Studio, 2nd Floor, Union South

Create a mini masterpiece- a painting of the iconic Terrace sunset, complete with the sunburst chair. Or feel free to use your creativity to make your own design. Mini canvas, paints, and basic instruction provided.


5:45 – 7 p.m.  |  Dinner & a Show: Overture Room, 2nd floor
Gordon Dining and Event Center

Enjoy a Wisconsin tailgate buffet while watching student entertainment groups, Tangled Up in Blue A Cappella and Hypnotiq Hip Hop Dance Crew. Pick up your painting and photo shoot with Bucky momentos, and see if you one of the lucky winners of the scavenger hunt raffle.

A brother and sister stand alongside Bucky the Badger, as all three make 'W's with their fingers
CJ Zabat and his younger sister smile big with Bucky at Sibs Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Photo By Luke Pitzo)