June 25, 2013 - 4:10am

Every year at the beginning of July, grandparents and their grandchildren gather together at VIU to take part in a one-of-a-kind program called GrandKids University where they spend two days on VIU’s Nanaimo campus experiencing university life.

Just like other university students, participants get to choose their major from subjects such as chemistry, culinary and sports. Course activities can include doing chemistry experiments, and learning from a pastry chef how to make the best cupcakes.

“We’re also really excited about the XploreSportZ option this year,” says co-ordinator Regan McKeever. “It’s new this year and grandparents and their grandchildren will get to try their hand paddling at Long Lake, learning how to Hip Hop, and also delving in to sports nutrition and how best to fuel their bodies to keep active.”

Participants also get to experience student activities like a barbecue and campus tours and in the evening can take part in organized games. They can even get a taste for life in residence, staying on campus in the university’s dorms.

“The program has been running now for five years,” says McKeever. “It is so successful because it allows grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren doing something that is very different. Because of that many of them come away with wonderful memories.”

There are still a few spots in the program but it sells out every year so anyone who is interested should book quickly. GrandKids University runs July 3 and 4. To register call 1.866.734.6252. For more information visit the GrandKids University website:



Janina Stajic, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

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