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Save the Date for GrandparentsU!

June 23-25, 2020

A summer camp that brings generations together for three days of fun and wonders on the campus of Central Michigan University!


Give your grandchildren a gift that they will cherish. Come build memories and share in an adventure of discovery at CMU. 

Grandparents University brings grandparents and their grandkids together for three days of fun on the campus of CMU. This experience includes hands-on educational sessions conducted by faculty members along with other fun activities for grandparents and children ages 8 to 12. 

Stay and eat in the residence halls, attend special classes together, and experience many highlights of the CMU campus during GrandparentsU. 

Customize your experience by giving preference to classes that fit your interests and those of the kids that you love.

Class Selections
Class selection preference will be based upon the date registration is received at the Carlin Alumni House. Hurry - the sooner you register the higher preference you get! Once registered, you will receive an e-mail in May with a list of all classes that are being offered. At that time, you will rank your top choices and be placed according to availability. 

Here is a sample of past class offerings: 

  • Paws in Action 
  • The Medieval World
  • Egg Drop Competition
  • Summer Fun: Music Theatre and You 
  • Behind the Scenes of CMU Public Television
  • Tie Dye: Fun with Chemistry
  • Summer Cooking for Kids
  • Mind-Blowing Psychology Experiments
  • Programming, Coding, and Technology - The STEM Style

Special evening events will be offered.
Events may include swimming and bowling at the Student Activity Center, movies, and games.  

Class times and topics are subject to change without notice.

Additional Information

Important:  GrandparentsU is funded by the registration fees paid by the participants.  If the minimum number of registrants is not reached by April 30, 2020, the event will be canceled and refunds will be provided. 

Cancellation Policy
 If individuals need to cancel, a request for a refund must be made in writing and received no later than 5 p.m. May 15, 2020.  No refunds will be issued after this date.

Choice of Classes/Availability:  Some classes are limited in size due to facilities and equipment availability.  Participants will be notified at check-in of their class assignments. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Every effort will be made to assign participants to the classes of their choice; however, we cannot guarantee placement within a particular class.  All classes are conducted by CMU faculty members and professionals, who are volunteering their time.  In rare circumstances, it may be necessary to change or cancel a class.

Adult/Child Attendance:  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  No more than two children may be accompanied by one adult, and no more than two adults may accompany one child.  If two children attend with one adult, they must all attend the same classes.  It two children attend with two adults; each adult/child pair may attend different classes.

Housing: Due to scheduled maintenance in the Residence Halls, air-conditioned rooms are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After all air-conditioned rooms are reserved, participants will be placed in non-air conditioned housing within the Towers complex.

The term Grandparents University® is a registered trademark origination at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is used with permission.