GrandKids University

Dear GrandKids University fans,

 We are saddened and disappointed to announce that after careful consideration we have made the difficult decision to cancel GrandKids University for 2020.  This decision was made in response to the concerns regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our participants, instructors and staff.

We hope you are safe and well during this challenging time.  We look forward to seeing all of you in July 2021!

 Tuition     Accommodation     Schedule

GrandKids University is an incredible 2-day program that offers children ages 7–13 and their grandparents a chance to get a taste of VIU. Enrol in a “Major” and spend two days participating in four 2-hour classes in that Major. Over the past 11 summers, hundreds of grandparents and their grandkids have enjoyed spending time together, learning cool things, and becoming familiar with VIU. 

Be part of the excitement this year and join us for two amazing days at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus!

2021 dates: Thursday, July 8 & Friday, July 9

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We offered the following "Majors" in Summer 2019. 
Stay tuned for the Summer 2021 line up!

See Exciting Moments From Past Years

Tuition Fee

TUITION FEE OF $130 + GST per participant includes all 'major' activities, materials, a program T-shirt and the Thursday night dinner. Participants are responsible for all meals except dinner. 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.
(Fees are subject to change)

Afternoon Activities

Following your ‘Major’ classes on Day 1, join us for fun hairstyles by the VIU Hairdressing students, outdoor fun, board games and new this year: fun, active Physical Education challenges! Join the Faculty of Education while they show you how much fun you can have while you are learning. Have you ever tried to walk on stilts, move on spooner boards, or juggle cigar boxes? Why not challenge your grandparent to a traditional game like badminton or hopscotch? Or you may find that your grandparent would prefer to explore new sports and activities like Danceplay, DrumFit, Jump Bands, Kickbo, or Kanjam!  Either way it will be fun!  There will also be a pizza dinner followed by a choice of 2 movies.


STAY OVERNIGHT! Enhance your on-campus experience by staying in the student residences. Grandkids are paired with grandparents in the rooms and free evening activities are provided.

Towels, soap and shampoo are supplied. Please bring any other toiletries. There is a communal kitchen available for your use in the Residence Accommodation, equipped with kettles, toaster, coffee maker, microwave, and stoves. Please bring your own dishes, cutlery, and cooking utensils.

Booking and payment for student residence rooms is required at time of registration in GrandKids U.

GrandKids University Daily Schedule Example

Day 1:  Thursday


8:30am – 9:15am

Check in to GrandKids University and Residence Accommodation (if applicable) – Residence Building #4 (Cedar)

9:30am – 11:30am 

Class I in ‘Major’

11:30am – 12:45pm

Lunch on your own – upper cafeteria will be open

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Class II in ‘Major’

3:00pm – 7:00pm

Free time (refer to Afternoon Activities schedule)

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Dinner – Cafeteria – Building 300

~ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PJ movie night (choice of 2 movies) at Residence Buildings #6 and #8


Day 2:  Friday


7:30am – 9:15am

Breakfast on your own and check out of residence (if applicable)

9:30am – 11:30am

Class III in ‘Major’

11:30am – 12:30pm

Lunch on your own – upper cafeteria will be open

12:45pm – 2:45pm

Class IV in ‘Major’

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Graduation Ceremony – families are welcome Building 310 – Main Theatre


Program concludes – see you next year!

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