GrandKids University returns to VIU July 4 and 5

June 21, 2012 - 5:17am

Grandparents and children aged 7 to 12 can experience hands-on learning at GrandKids University.

The popular program at Vancouver Island University will be held July 4 and 5. This year’s line-up of courses includes four ‘majors’ where kids and their grandparents can study art, fisheries and aquaculture, chemistry and sports science.

“Over the course of two fun-filled days, grandkids and their grandparents will share hands-on learning activities, earn a ‘degree’ in one of the offered majors, attend a barbecue and take part in evening recreational activities. They can stay together in the VIU student residences on campus and most importantly, enjoy time together and create lasting memories,” said Regan McKeever, coordinator of GrandKids University.

Courses are taught by VIU faculty who love sharing their expertise and passion for their subject.

“Every year, we see multiple generations coming together excited about learning,” McKeever added. “It’s wonderful to see. Our hope is that these grandkids come back to VIU as university students one day, and perhaps some of their grandparents will think about enrolling in courses or programs at VIU. We believe in life long learning.”

Tuition is $115 per participant plus HST which includes all major activities, materials, a program T-shirt and the Wednesday night barbecue. Participants are responsible for all meals except the barbecue. All grandkids must be accompanied by a grandparent or favourite adult, and adults must be accompanied by a child to register. (maximum two children per adult).

Participants can enhance the on-campus experience by staying in VIU students residences for $35 + HST per person per night single occupancy or $45 + HST per room to share. Grandkids are paired with grandparents in the rooms and free evening activities are provided.

There are still a few spots left. To register, call 1-866-734-6252. For more information visit

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