By: Susan "Honey" Good
If your grandchildren are visiting for the summer, it can be difficult to know how to keep them entertained... especially without their favorite toys and activities.
This week, I rounded up some ideas for keeping grandchildren entertained whether they are visiting from afar or just down the street.
1) Take a neighborhood tour: walk around your neighborhood, picking up interesting flowers and leaves as you go. Pick your three favorite things in the neighborhood and introduce your "Grands" to them, whether they are restaurants, stores, or parks and playgrounds. As you peruse the neighborhood, teach them about the city, architecture, and history. Hint: you can also tour most local fire houses if you call ahead!
2) Go treasure hunting! Set up a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood. Give your grandchild a list of clues and, for older Grandchildren, consider getting them some money to purchase scavenger items they'll enjoy. For example, one task could be to "find" a chocolate chip cookie at your favorite local bakery. Or take a camera with you and have your Grands capture a photo of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
3) Open your jewelry box! For granddaughters, nothing is quite as delightful as playing with grandmother's jewelry. If you have the time, you may even consider saving special pieces for your granddaughters so that each time they come to visit they can dig into their own jewelry collection... courtesy of their "Honey," of course!
4) Throw a party! A grandmother doesn't need an excuse to throw a party. It may not be your grandchildren's birthdays but their visit and their time with you is a special occasion. Plan an impromptu, casual get-together or invite friends and family for a summer shindig. No matter whether you go big or small, the idea is that you are celebrating the time you're spending with your grandchildren. If you have the time, creativity, and resources, impromptu parties just make everything better, darlings.
5) Volunteer! The Grands are never too young -- or old -- to learn about the importance of community service.
Resources I love!
Check out BirthdayMasters.com, a new site that helps busy parents and grandparents find chic party venues, talented entertainers, and great party rentals. They can even help with the inspiration for ideas for birthday party celebrations.
BirthdayMasters has a variety of places and entertainers to help parents and grandparents choose the perfect party entertainment based on the child's personality and interests.
For community service ideas that Grands will actually enjoy, there's a great article by blogger Laura Grace Weldon with 40 ways kids from teens to toddlers can volunteer click here.
Have you heard of Geocaching? It's like treasure hunting for the 21st century and your Grands will love it! Check out the site for more details at geocaching.com.
Are you entertaining your Grands this summer? I would love to know!
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