Are you a grandparent? If you are, the chances are good that you adore your grandkids and always look for opportunities to spend time together. Summer is a great time to spend quality time with your grandchildren—it doesn't matter if it's mornings, afternoons, evenings, or weekends.
Do you ever rack your brain trying to think of creative activities and fun things to do together that won't take a toll on your knees or steal your breath?
We have a few low-impact activities that are FUN and UNIQUE and aren't common like putting a round of mini golf, going on a picnic, dressing up for a backyard tea party, or taking a trip to the local library or community pool.
Here are 6 to consider . . . Let's get started!
1. Go on a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt
Both setting up a treasure hunt and creating a scavenger hunt are great options that kids always enjoy. If you're unsure of the difference, here's a quick breakdown of each.
For a TREASURE HUNT, you'll need to make up a series of clues or riddles that guide the kids along a predetermined path leading to a treasure. The treasure—depending on the age of your grandchildren—could be a coloring book, a bag of M&Ms, or a Dollar Store toy for instance. Find treasure hunt ideas (like centering the hunt around a theme) and tips (like how to make great clues) in the Ultimate Treasure Hunt Guide by Lisa Mason.
SCAVENGER HUNTS start with a list of things to find. To make it more challenging for older children, set a time limit. In this type of hunt, there is no predetermined path so kiddos can freely scavenge around in search of the items on their list. A simple Google search for "scavenger hunt lists" will give you a ton of pre-made downloadable lists (if you don't want to make your own). And if your child(ren) find everything on the list, reward them with a prize! Remember, prizes don't have to be anything big or expensive. As a matter of fact, it could be one of the items listed above, a board game for them to share, or money for the neighborhood ice cream truck.
2. Take a trip to the closest dairy farm or farmers market
Be on the look out for farms near you that offer tours. It's not only educational, but it's fascinating to see a cow being milked or to find out how farmers plant and harvest crops. If your timing is right, there may be a newborn calf to see or pet. Plus many farms have shops on site that sell their products—think ice cream or chocolate milk if it's a dairy farm or seasonal produce if it's a crop farm.
No farm nearby? Try visiting a farmer's market—it may not have animals, but it's a much different experience (and often more exciting) than going to a commercial grocery store.
3. Discover a new place to wade or swim
Your grandchildren may have a pool in their backyard or a summer pass to the community pool, but have they been to a lake, local swimming hole, creek, or water park? Do some research to locate local creeks (don't forget to take water pails, nets, and fishing rods!), ponds, and lakes that are safe and open to the public for wading and swimming.
4. Set up camp in your backyard
A backyard campout is fairly low on stress but high on camping fun—like fresh air, nature . . . and dirt. Best of all, it's all close to clean bathrooms and a stocked fridge. Add in some games, a campfire, and smores, and you'll have a fun at-home camping trip.
Need some backyard camping ideas? Check out 14 Ideas for Camping Out In Your Backyard by Parenting.com.
5. Pick fruit at a local orchard or fruit farm
Fresh, in season summer fruits are the best! Take the kids to a local pick-your-own (PYO) farm. Pick strawberries, peaches, cherries, apples and more—THEN make a dessert with your purchases! Yum! First, find out if there's a PYO orchard near you, find out what's currently being harvested, and then make plans accordingly. Be sure to find out if it's cash only and if you need to bring your own bucket to fill.
6. Fly a kite
Kite flying has a way of regenerating energy and reducing stress. Plus, kites are so pretty! So, on a day that's a little bit windy, take advantage of it! Take your grandkid—and KITE—to your local park. If you're feeling up to it—and before the next windy day—buy a kite kit or try designing your own.
For more activities, ideas, and things to do with your grandkids, check out your local newspaper, local events websites, or Google "things to do near me." You may be surprised by the results!
If you're looking for an extra special adventure for your grandkids, we have a ton at Sandy Cove! You could come to Family Camp for a week, stay overnight for the weekend, or enjoy free Friday Family Swims.