Below you’ll find information about Grandparents University 2017 activities.

Guide to Physical Activity Levels

Levels of physical activity vary among majors and field trips, so please read the descriptions carefully and choose what best suits your physical abilities:

  • Low: Most activities and tours that take place indoors, some walking required. Majors will have mostly seated activities.
  • Medium: Some movement and walking required between classrooms and venues, this may include stairs.
  • High: Significant movement and physical activity, including walking or hiking outdoors.

Every attempt will be made to honor accessibility requests made in advance.

Wednesday Evening Open House
5-6 p.m.
After checking in at Ogg Hall, join fellow GPU participants for an open house at One Alumni Place.

Thursday-Morning Field Trips
Before the opening session on Thursday morning, you and your grandchild can take one field trip to a campus attraction. Transportation will be provided, and you’ll be back in time for the opening session and lunch.


  • You may choose one field trip during registration.
  • Not all field trip options are available during each session.
  • Field trips fill on a first-come, first-served basis during the registration process.
  • If you choose to participate in a morning field trip, be sure to check-in at GPU no later than 8:50 a.m.
  • Field trips are optional. If you prefer, you may enjoy free time instead or plan an alternative activity.

2017 Field Trip Options

9:30-11 a.m.

Allen Centennial Gardens
Allen Centennial Garden is the artful living laboratory and public botanical garden of the Horticulture Department. It serves as an outdoor classroom for students and the surrounding communities, providing meaningful learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. The varied topography and exposures of the 90,000 square foot site allow for a great diversity of plantings and the hardscapes.
Physical Activity Level: Medium

Bascom Hill Historic District Walking Tour
Learn about the history of the University and how it ties in with the history of the State of Wisconsin. This tour starts and ends at Memorial Union and takes a climb up and down Bascom Hill.
Physical Activity Level: High

Camp Randall
Held in cooperation with the UW Athletic Department, the Camp Randall tour will include an inside look at one of the most historic stadiums in college football. The tour will let you and your grandchild experience the football coaches’ offices, the Hall of Champions, the athletic director’s suite, and, if no teams are practicing, run out onto the field!
Physical Activity Level: Medium

Campus Bus Tour
Explore some of the most iconic places on campus by bus with current UW students as your guides. Participants will learn about the history of campus and have opportunities to stop and take photos along the way.
Physical Activity Level: Medium

Chazen Museum of Art
The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin: its more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. In October 2011, the Chazen reopened after renovations and 86,000-square-foot additions that doubled its size.
Physical Activity Level: Low

Kohl Center/LaBahn Arena
The Kohl Center is named for university benefactor Herb Kohl ’56, a former US senator and former owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. The Kohl Center opened in January 1998 as one of the country’s most highly regarded collegiate arenas. The $76 million facility seats 17,142 for basketball and 15,038 for hockey.

The LaBahn Arena, named for Charles ’49 and Mary Ann LaBahn, opened in October 2012 and serves as the home of the University of Wisconsin hockey teams. The $34 million arena proudly seats 2,400 spectators and includes spacious locker rooms for both hockey and swim teams and a connecting skywalk to the South East Recreational Facility.
Physical Activity Level: Low

Marmoset Learning Lobby
Visit the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center’s Learning Lobby. View a family of marmosets, try hands-on activities, and learn about research and animal care.
Physical Activity Level: Medium

Poultry Research Laboratory (Sessions I and III only)
Follow different breeds of poultry from embryo to hatching and beyond. Learn how science helps poultry farmers produce high quality meat and eggs while reducing pollution.
Physical Activity Level: Low

Town Center at the Discovery Building
Conceived as a vibrant gathering place, the Town Center welcomes campus and community members for events that celebrate science and creativity. The Town Center’s design is as innovative as the scientific community it serves, and visitors will find ample opportunity for hands-on learning as they explore the discovery niches, teaching labs, and interactive displays.
Physical Activity Level: Low

UW Dairy Cattle Center
Used for both teaching and research, the campus Dairy Cattle Center is located one block away from the classrooms and laboratories of the dairy science department. This facility houses 88 milking cows in a tie-stall barn. Courtesy of a small teaching arena attached to the facility, dairy science undergraduates have hands-on access to cows during all lab sessions.
Physical Activity Level: Medium

UW Geology Museum
With its reconstructed dinosaurs, huge mastodon skeleton, colorful mineral samples, six-foot-diameter rotating globe, and walk-through model of a Wisconsin limestone cave, the Geology Museum has long been a favorite of both kids and adults.
Physical Activity Level: Low

Evening Activities

On Thursday evening, we have a whole host of activities planned to keep you and your grandchild entertained. Grandparents must accompany and supervise grandchildren at all times.

Badger Picnic
5:30–7 p.m.
After your first day in your major, relax and share what you’ve learned with other GPU participants at the Badger Picnic. It will be held at the Gordon Dining and Event Center’s green space and will feature UW-Madison tailgate favorites.

Chill with Bucky
6-7 p.m.
After the Badger Picnic, head upstairs to the second floor of Gordon Dining and Event Center for the Chill with Bucky ice cream social, where you and your grandchild can meet and pose for photos with Bucky Badger! You also can create your own ice cream sundae or root beer float while enjoying music and entertainment by Juke Box Bandstand DJ.

Evening Activities and Live Music from Juke Box Bandstand DJ
6:30–8:30 p.m.
The GPU game room in Symphony Room will be the place to play Bucky Bingo, board games, and cards, and to make arts and crafts. Also stop by the for live music and entertainment from Juke Box Bandstand DJ.
Physical Activity Level: Medium

GPU Amazing Race
6:30–8 p.m.
Get ready! GPU’s Amazing Race will have pairs of grandparents and grandchildren working together to compete against other teams. It’s more than a race, though: participants will need to work together to solve clues using route information and navigate through “roadblocks” and “detours.” GPU’s Amazing Race will take place in the area surrounding Gordon Dining and Event Center and beyond and will be supervised by GPU staff and student guides.
Physical Activity Level: High