Another granddaughter goes to a college about a one hour drive from our home. Occasionally she will ask if she can get away from school and spend a night at our house. This is another wonderful way to spend unstructured time with one of our grandkids. We usually have dinner together and watch some fun movies on TV. On several occasions, she has baked us cookies or made similar treats during her visit.
The key to spending quality time with grandkids is to be prepared with some fun ways to entertain them, while remaining spontaneous and flexible. You'll want to have some supplies on hand to keep the kids busy, even though you may only use these items occasionally.
Elementary Age Children
Craft kits for jewelry making or building things
Watercolors and paper
Frisbees and balls
High School and Older Children
Video Games and a Game Player
An assortment of DVD's of fun movies (horror films are often a hit)
Ideas for All Ages
You'll notice that snack foods are on all the lists! In addition, whenever we see a fun movie on TV that we think some of our grandkids might enjoy, we record it on our DVR. We especially watch for movies or TV shows that they might not have been able to see. The latest hit with the grandkids has been the TV movie from the SyFy channel called "Sharknado." It's totally ridiculous. However, since we live in Southern California, both our elementary age and our college age grandkids have loved watching all the local landmarks get demolished by sharks!
For more ideas, the newspaper for our retirement community frequently prints out a list of upcoming events and local attractions, along with their prices and hours, so we have ideas of fun places where we can take the grandkids. Even if your local newspaper doesn't do this, you may want to put together your own list of local places that your grandchildren might enjoy. Look up the basic information and put it on your list so you are prepared to go on the spur of the moment. Some items you may want to include:
The nearest zoo
Restaurants with discounts for kids
Discount or dollar movie theaters
Beaches, parks and playgrounds
With plenty of activities to entertain the grandkids both in your home and in your community, you will never run out of fun ways to keep them happy and busy ... and wanting to come back!
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