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The Sims 4 Growing Together: Everything you need to know about Stay Overs

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Who will you be inviting over first?

The Sims 4 Growing Together introduces several new events that you can plan for your Sims. In this instance, we will be focusing on the new Stay Over feature. This new social event gives players even more ways to tell the stories they want to tell.

We’ll be telling you everything you need to know about this new event. From planning your own Stay Over event, preparing for your guests’ arrival, what to do during the event, and more!

What are you waiting for? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Stay Overs in The Sims 4 Growing Together.

What is a Stay Over?

Sims 4 Stay Overs are a brand-new feature in the Growing Together Expansion. It opens up a number of possibilities for storytelling and gameplay in general. Finally, your Sims can

“Host a Stay Over at your household! Stay Overs can last multiple days, can occur during other events such as Birthday Parties, and allow guests to travel with your household too. Just make sure there’s enough room for everyone to sleep!”

Planning a Sims 4 Stay Over in Growing Together

There are two ways of initiating a Stay Over. The first way is by accepting one of the random event pop-ups in-game. By doing so, your household will have a Stay Over guest arrive shortly after acceptance and will stay with you for a few days. You’ll be able to view full details of the event in your Sims Household Calendar.

The second way to begin a Stay Over is by adding it to the Household Calendar manually.

Like with any event in The Sims 4, simply head over to your Sims Calendar, located at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen alongside the cell phone.

Once you are in your Sims calendar, head down to the Add Stay Over section of the calendar.

Sims 4 Stay Over Event: Calendar UI
Household Calendar Events Panel

Here you will be greeted with a new pop-up option on the screen. This is where you will be able to select the finer details of your Stay Over.

From here, you will be able to select how many Sims you want to attend the Stay Over. Additionally, how many days the Stay Over visit will last, and what time you’d like your Sims to arrive?

Note: You can also use your Sims cell phone to create a Stay Over event. Simply head to the Social icon on the cell phone and you’ll see Plan Stay Over as one of the first options to choose from. You’ll then start the event planning process from the screen below.

Planning a Sims 4 Stay Over in Growing Together Expansion
Plan your Stay Over event even to the smallest detail!

If you are starting the Stay Over event straight away, you’ll be asked to confirm that you wish to start it there and then. If so, you’ll end any events that are currently taking place so that the Stay Over can begin.

Once you’ve finished planning your Sims 4 Stay Over, you’ll notice that the event will show on the calendar just like other events. You can also make edits to the event, and even delete it if needed.

The Sims 4 Growing Together: Stay Over UI
The Household Calendar including the upcoming Stay Over.

Preparing for your Stay Over Guests

Now that you have planned or, accepted a Stay Over event prompt, it’s time to make sure your Sims and home are ready for their arrival.

As mentioned in the Stay Over description, it’s important to ensure you have space for your guests to sleep. Whether that is in a guest room or just placing a bed in an area of your house that works will be plenty.

Growing Together: Kyle Kyleson taking part in a Stay Over
Welcome to the Pancakes Household, Kyle!

When your Guests Arrive

Naturally, once your guests have arrived you want to welcome them to your home.

Your guest will arrive with a suitcase that will contain essentially contain what they need for the duration of their stay. However, it acts more as a dresser for your Sims that can be moved to where ever is needed in the lot.

Once they are settled in, they are a part of your household for the duration of their stay. Whether you are planning on staying in or taking a stroll around the world, they are with you every step of the way.

You can ask your guests to help around the home or take it easy and relax without feeling stressed. These interactions can be found under the Friendly tab of the social menu followed by the More Actions tab. If you ask your guests to help out, you’ll find they will automatically complete various tasks until they complete. Other than that, they will act independently for the most part unless you Sim or you as a player interact with the guest Sims.

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Kyle and Bob enjoying a friendly conversation.

Ending a Stay Over in The Sims 4

If for whatever reason, you want to end the current Stay Over event you can! Simply head down to the household calendar and find the Stay Over event on the left-hand side. You’ll then see a small trash can icon. Select that and you’ll be able to end the current Stay Over event.

Stay Overs for Storytelling

The addition of the Sims 4 Stay Over feature in Growing Together not only lets players experience a new way of playing but also opens up more possibilities for Storytellers. The Sims you invite could be Grandparents visiting a new family like how we saw in the Growing Together gameplay trailer. You could have the Sims as long-lost friends or family, reconnecting after a number of years, or even simply just a Sim stopping by to spend some time with your household for a few nights. Whatever the reason may be, the Stay Over event opens up even more ways to tell your Sims stories!

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Don’t Wake the Llama!

The Sims 4 Growing Together add some brilliant new features and experiences to the game. The new Stay Overs event gives players plenty more options to play with life and tell the stories they want to tell!

As always, stay tuned to Sims Community for all the latest news and information from The Sims franchise and for more about The Sims 4 Growing Together!

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Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff.

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