Below you’ll find information about Grandparents University 2019 activities.

Wednesday Evening Activities

Optional early program check-in and activities at One Alumni Place from 4–6 p.m.

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 9:30 a.m.
  • Field trips are optional. If you prefer, you may enjoy free time instead or plan an alternative activity.

Field Trip Options

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.

Alumni Park Tour

Alumni Park is a three-part entity: the park, the pier, and the place. The park is Alumni Park itself: the 1.3-acre green space. The pier is the Goodspeed Family Pier. And the place is One Alumni Place: the reimagined Below Alumni Center, which will now serve as a visitor and information center for alumni and others when they return to campus. Take a tour of Alumni Park and create your own Badger Pride Wall rendition.
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 Trolley Tour

Explore some of the most iconic places on campus by trolley 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

Campus Walking Tour

Explore some iconic places on campus by foot with current UW students guiding the way. Participants will learn about the history of campus and have opportunities to stop and take phots along the way.
Physical Activity Level: High

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

First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour

The story of this place we now call UW-Madison spans many thousands of years. Recent research has illuminated that the southern shoreline of Waaksikhomik (Lake Mendota) in Teejop (Four Lakes), now part of UW-Madison, features 11 architectural earthwork mound sites dating back 2,500 years and at least 25 human habitation sites dating back 12,000 years. This walking tour will explore American Indian landmarks on the UW–Madison campus and learn about the Native history and cultural significance
Session I and III Only
Activity Level: High

Physics Museum

Explore the Physics Museum on campus. Exhibits are designed by the faculty and staff, then constructed by the departmental shops, staff, and students to give the visitor a hands-on experience of the physics concept and to put physics in the fingertips of the young.

Stem Cell Learning Lab

Participants will view and learn about real stem cells under the microscope. Participants will use the same lab equipment and methods our scientists use, with substitute cells and media due to cost and bio-safety issues. All lab participants must wear close-toed shoes.
Session I and III Only
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

University Theatre

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.
Session I and III Only
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 product. This field trip will cover the equipment used in the space and collaborative work areas.
Activity level: Medium  

Evening Activities

On Thursday evening, help us celebrate the 20th year of GPU! Grandparents must accompany and supervise grandchildren at all times.

GPU Birthday Party

6:30–8 p.m.

After dinner on Thursday evening, come join us for cake and ice cream with Bucky Badger! This birthday party for GPU will include music, dancing, face painters, bingo, and more! Evening activities will take place at the Wisconsin Alumni Association and Alumni Park starting at 6:30 p.m. Transportation is provided from the Thursday evening dinner.