On the days that you're blessed by your grandchildren, having a foolproof itinerary is vital. I always try to plan ahead so that I know exactly which activities my beautiful grandkids and I will be getting up to when they come to stay.
In the school holidays, children can find themselves short of fun places to visit. With so much time on their hands, there's just not enough to get out and see. That's why I try to take them on trips that they don't usually get the chance to experience during term time. Here are some of my favourite ideas.
I dare you to find me a child that doesn't love to visit the theme park. I'm not sure one exists. It's almost like a little haven especially designed for children to have fun. Perhaps the biggest upside is that you'll never be short of things to do. Between the endless rides, arcades and amusements, your entire day will be action packed. The theme park is arguably one of the most fun days out for kids. Watch with envy as they joyfully fill themselves with candyfloss. I may not be able to accompany them on many of the rides, but there are options for those of us with a more nervous disposition, too.
The simple truth is that kids love to learn. In their early stages of development, their little brains are like sponges. Every day is about discovery for children. The most important thing you can do for them at that age is introduce them to new concepts. I wholeheartedly believe that a child's early experiences are what ultimately shapes them as people. Letting them learn about all manner of different subjects might just stay with them for life. Unwittingly, you could be realizing their futures. An even better upside is that museums are fun. Taking a tour and learning about extinct animals can be fascinating. The kids will love it, and so will you.
If you're seeking a solution that never gets boring, the zoo could be just the answer you're looking for. I don't think I've ever met anybody that didn't fill up with glee at the mere suggestion of visiting the zoo. It's just such an extraordinary experience. Getting up close and personal with an array of animals that you're not likely to encounter in any other environment is spectacular. Some of my fondest memories have come from the sights and sounds of the zoo - and it just never seems to lose its magic. Whatever age you are, you're never too old or young to appreciate exotic animals. Some wildlife centres even put on shows to keep the whole family entertained! There are plenty of souvenirs to be bought to ensure the trip lives long in the memory.
No matter your age, I'm sure you can appreciate all three of the above ideas. Next time you're struggling for inspiration to keep your grandchildren entertained, give one of them a try! I promise you, you'll have endless fun together.
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.