How to Best Enjoy Your Summer with the Grandkids

May 26, 2024 | Funtime

How to Best Enjoy Your Summer with the Grandkids
The summer can provide special time and get- togethers with our grandchildren of any age. The weather usually allows for outdoor fun (hopefully!). With school out of session and schedules that may not be so complicated, there’s more opportunity. Thankfully this season has so many options. Here are some suggestions for places to visit and things to do that will help any grandparent make the most of any summertime spent with their grandkids.

Give Grandma Camp a Try
When grandparents host grandchildren for a few days, with special outings and activities, some people call that Grandma Camp. Of course, Grandpa is most likely involved as well. Grandma Camps are organized in different ways, according to the capabilities and interests of the grandparents. If you’ve never done one before, you’ll want to start with the basics of Grandma Camp. Then you can move on to deciding on activities for your Grandma Camp. There are also several fine books about Grandma Camp.

Get the Grandkids Outdoors
Fresh air, sunshine, cool water – these are the ingredients for outdoor fun with grandchildren. Start with old-fashioned outdoor games like kickball and bocce! Then organize an outdoor treasure hunt. The clues are so fun to come up with beforehand, and surprise your grandkids with your creativity!

Party at Grandmas!
Family celebrations like birthdays come year-round, but spring and summer holidays are the perfect time for multigenerational celebrations. There are lots of ways you can plan something special to bring the whole family together. Summer is the most popular time for family reunions. Plan to get the entire extended family over for a family reunion; these are wonderful memories to keep with family year after year. Call it whatever you want- just get together!

Geocaching Adventures
Geocaching is like a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt. You or your grandchildren can download the Geocaching app on a smartphone. Then use the GPS navigation to find tiny, cleverly hidden boxes or containers called geocaches. If and when you find them, sign the logbook. Sometimes there are little trinkets inside like trophies. Generally, if you take the trinket, you can leave something behind for the next person. These adventures can take you all over your area (and beyond, if you choose to travel).

Story Swaps
Chances are both you and your grandchildren have books and movies that hold a special place in your heart — they may even have helped define you. Why not take turns introducing each other to these stories? You can each host movie nights — you get to pick the film one week, and they choose the next. Or give each other a beloved book to read over the summer. Going forward, you can both reference “Harry Potter,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” or “Swiss Family Robinson.”

Picnic Potluck
In the spirit of swapping favorites during summer activities, you could also go on a picnic with your grandkids. Each of you simply bring a couple of your favorite foods along to share. Contributions could be homemade or ordered out; anything goes as long as you love it. Enjoy a smorgasbord of dishes and take time to tell each other what you love about them.

Beach Day Essentials
Beach days with the grandchildren will always be a lot of work. But we have found the top 5 things that every grandparent needs to ensure their beach day goes smoothly and easily.

Tempera Collapsible Foldable Wagon
The collapsible wagon has a 210L capacity, 2 enormous side pockets that can carry more stuff, 2 cup holders for beverages, and 2 straps for long objects, adding nearly 40% extra storage space.

Waterproof Washable Tip Proof Durable Open Tote Bag for the Beach
Waterproof & Washable: Original Bogg Bag is the perfect tote bag for the beach, boat, pool, lake, camping, sporting event, market, picnic, work and more. No matter the occasion, a durable, convenient, stylish tote is needed and we have you covered.

50-Can Collapsible Rolling Cooler Leakproof Insulated Soft Cooler Bag with Wheels
DEEP FREEZE HIGH-PERFORMANCE INSULATION: Features Deep Freeze Performance Insulation with a radiant heat barrier and triple layer ColdBlock base for superior cooling. Perfect for storing food and drinks during travel, tailgates, picnics, and more

Sport-Brella Premiere XL UPF 50+ Umbrella Shelter for Sun and Rain Protection
9-foot umbrella canopy features UPF 50 plus sun and weather protection for the beach, camping, sporting events, concerts and festivals

19 Pieces Beach Sand Toys Set, Collapsible Beach Toys
Safe Kids Beach Toys: the collapsible beach toys are made of high-quality, environmentally friendly, and safe materials that are non-toxic, ensuring children’s safety while playing. 100% safe beach essentials for kids. Will bring hours of fun to children to play with sand.

 

HAPPY SUMMERTIME!

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