GrandKids University

We're Back!!!

Although we may look a little different this year we hope you can join us in Nanaimo for a fun filled one day program.  

We are excited to share with you what GrandKids U will look like this year.  We hope you can join us!

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Location: VIU's Nanaimo Campus, 900 Fifth Street

Tuition: $75 per person, including taxes

Ages: 7+

Registration Day: Monday, May 2 starting at 8:30am PST


Join us for a fun-filled day of stations and activities that are being offered all over the Nanaimo campus from the following fabulous departments:

  • Biology
  • Deep Bay Marine Centre
  • Geography
  • Kinesiology
  • Natural History

You will be split into groups and will travel to each station together so you get a taste for all the unique program opportunities available at VIU.  The day will consist of a First Nations welcome, optional lunch-time activities including a book reading by a local author and a scavenger hunt, and an extreme science demonstration to wrap it all up!

A few things have changed at VIU since we last saw you, so please pay attention to the notes below about registration, payments and staying in residence.

    1. Will start on Monday, May 2nd from 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Seats are limited!
    2. To register please call 1-866-734-6252 or stop by in person at the VIU Parksville Campus at 100 Jensen Ave East, Parksville.
    3. Have the following ready:

               i.     Names, birthdays and addresses for you and your grandkid(s).

              ii.     The licence plate of the car that you’ll be driving so you can have                              free parking all over campus on June 30, 2022.

    1. Credit cards are no longer accepted as a form of payment at VIU.
    2. The easiest way to pay is through your financial institution (online banking, in person or telephone banking).  Use Vancouver Island University as the payee and your student number (which we will give you at the time of registration) as the account number.
    1. Vancouver Island University Residences is now bookable through Expedia directly. Feel free to book you and your grandkid(s) in for the night before and/or the night of GrandKids University:
    2. Contact them directly for more information:
      Phone: 1-844-740-6640 (toll free)                                                                Email:           Web:

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