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Activities

Below you’ll find information about typical activities during on-campus Grandparents University sessions.

New this year: You will not register for field trips during Phase 1 of registration. Field trip sign-up will be sent to participants in an email on June 20.

Field Trips

Bakke Recreation Center

At University Recreation & Wellbeing, we move Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well. This staff-guided tour will highlight the soon-to-be-completed Bakke Recreation Center. In the Bakke Center, active Badgers can look forward to square footage for well-being services (including spaces to support mental health), a 25-yard recreational pool, eight basketball courts, an ice sheet, expanded fitness areas, multipurpose studios, and an indoor jogging track.

Physical Activity Level: Medium

Bucky Boat Rides and Alumni Park/One Alumni Place Tour

Madison wouldn’t be Madison without all of its beautiful lakes. In this activity, you’ll have an opportunity to explore some of the 132 billion gallons of water in Lake Mendota. The Bucky Boat offers a chance to learn about our lakes and the surrounding area. While waiting to ride the boat, explore Alumni Park and One Alumni Place on a guided tour. Weather Permitting

Physical Activity Level: Medium to High

Camp Randall Stadium

See Badger sports championship trophies and memorabilia in the Bud Selig Hall of Champions. Relax for a moment in one of Camp Randall's luxury suites, the Buckingham Club seats, and Varsity Club seats with a panoramic view of the field. Be a witness to Badger football history, and a "behind the scenes" look at the Forward Center football weight room.

Physical Activity Level: Medium

Campus Trolley Tour

Explore some of the most iconic places on campus by trolley with current UW students as your guides. You will learn about the history of campus and have opportunities to stop and take photos along the way.

Physical Activity Level: Low

Dairy Cattle Center

Tour the Dairy Cattle Center and have an udder-ly great time. On this tour, you will get to see the facility as well as meet some of the 84 milking cows who call this facility home.

Physical Activity Level: Medium

Guided Campus Walking Tour

Learn more about UW–Madison's campus through a guided walking tour lead by student guides.

Nicholas Recreation Center

At University Recreation & Wellbeing, we move Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well. This staff-guided tour will highlight the Nicholas Recreation Center. The Nick is home to five levels of cardio and strength equipment, a pool and diving well, five multipurpose studios, eight full-size courts, an indoor track, and more. During the tour, you will learn about the facilities and program offerings, including group fitness classes, personal training, intramural sports, sport clubs, massage therapy, well-being workshops, and lessons. At the end of this tour, you will better understand how students find their “fit” on campus.

Physical Activity Level: Medium

Stem Cell Learning Lab

Through this free, hands-on experience in our lab at the Biotechnology Center, you will view real stem cells under the microscope and use the same equipment and methods our researchers use to prepare and grow their cells. Participants will use realistic cell and media substitutes due to cost and biosafety restrictions. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

Physical Activity level: Low

University Theatre

Take a trip through historic Vilas Hall and University Theatre. Explore the many dressing rooms, costume shops, construction areas, and stages. University Theatre is inside Vilas Hall and took many years to complete in the 1970s. The result of the long construction period is an eclectic building with many twists, turns, and surprises.

Physical Activity Level: High

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

UW Makerspace

Visit the UW Makerspace, which strives to empower students by creating a community immersed in emerging technologies focused on creating innovative products. This field trip will cover the equipment used in the space and collaborative work areas.

Physical Activity Level: Medium


GPU Block Party

  • Thursday evening from 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • After dinner on Thursday evening, come join us for ice cream and Bucky Badger! The GPU Block Party will include music, dancing, bingo, and more! Transportation is provided from the Thursday evening dinner.