Making Memories With Activities and Travel
By Susan Adcox
Things to Do
Although unplanned, unstructured time with grandchildren can be precious, that moment may come when grandparents hear, "I'm bored!" With these ideas for activities and projects, you'll be able to avoid the ennui. And you just might end up with something extraordinary to eat or wear. At the very least, you'll have some marvelous memories.
- Classic Outdoor Games
- Easy Kids' Card Games
- Ten Old-Fashioned Ways to Have Fun
- Ten More Kinds of Old-Fashioned Fun
- Favorite Cookie Recipes
- Gardening With Grandchildren
- Mini Gardening Projects
- Making Beaded Jewelry
- Being a Sports Fan
- Visiting Museums
Toy and Games
Most grandparents love to buy toys for their grandchildren, but they have exacting criteria. The toys need to be well-made and educational. If they incorporate active play and problem-solving, that's even better. And the very best choices are those toys and games that allow grandparents to play, too!
Traveling With Grandchildren
When you travel with grandchildren, you are sure to have some unforgettable memories among your souvenirs. Whether traveling by air or hitting the road, whether heading for a deluxe resort or sleeping in a tent, fun is sure to be on the itinerary.
- Traveling With Grandchildren With and Without Parents
- Travel Documents for Traveling With Grandchildren
- Air Travel Tips
- Tent Camping With Grandchildren
- Handling Fatigue While on the Road
Here are some great family destinations, with choices in both urban settings and the great outdoors. Places to stay, sights to see and things to do are geared for multi-generational groups. Since grandparents are often notably thrifty, we also have some ideas for saving money while on the road.
- Camps for Grandparents and Grandchildren
- Visiting Walt Disney World in Florida
- Family Vacations in the Bahamas
Special occasions are wonderful for multi-generational parties and outings. Start with birthdays and winter holidays, but don't stop there. Why not plan a family reunion, if your family doesn't already have one? And by all means don't forget Grandparents Day!
Books to Read and to Share
One of the biggest thrills in a grandparent's life is hearing a grandchild read for the first time. Even before that day, however, grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy sharing a world of books. Here are some of my favorites for reading with grandchildren, and some books that should be on every grandparent's bookshelf.