Ask a grandparent and they will tell you, every day is a good day to spend with their grandkids. Sept. 8 is a special occasion, though, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Grandparents Day! Here are a few daytrip ideas to make it possible.
Hitting the beach is a great way to spend quality time with loved ones, especially when grandparents are involved. Aside from strolling the boardwalk and watching the waves, the beach is a good way to get away from daily responsibilities and have some fun with the grandkids.
The beach has the added benefit of catering to a wide mix of ages. Young children love playing in the sand, while older kids can spend hours swimming — all while parents and grandparents relax on the beach. Nearby boardwalks typically provide lots of options for grabbing dinner and a drink.
Depending on your family’s interests, consider renting a boat or getting a charter to fish. There is nothing quite like forced togetherness as the entire family works to catch a fish.
If you live near the city, consider a daytrip downtown. Options for entertainment varies by city, but science museums, museums of natural history and kid-friendly museums are always sure winners. Grandparents and kids can marvel at the natural history and science exhibits while learning together, or head to the more child-friendly museums offering grandparents and kids a chance to play together. Needless to say, eating and drinking is probably going to be easy when visiting the city, given the typical myriad options.
While young kids like to spend time with their grandparents, older kids and adult grandchildren shouldn’t miss out on the fun.
Adult children can take grandparents out for the day and visit a new winery, brewery or distillery. These facilities usually offer tours and tastings, making this stop the perfect place for grandparents enthusiastic about wine or beer.
Talk of the Town
Finally, consider a trip to your local historic town. A stark contrast from the big cities, these towns let visitors get to know them on a more intimate level. Tours, local business owners and captivating stories are perfect for grandparents who want to take in something new with grandkids.
There is no wrong answer for how grandparents and grandkids should celebrate each other. Be it the zoo, aquarium, art museum or brewery, the whole gang will value this togetherness.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
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