10 Great Days Out with the Grandkids

Updated on January 16, 2019

Having your grandkids for the day is a real treat. However, it can often be tinged with a little trepidation because of the worry about keeping them entertained.

Sometimes the generation gap can seem like a huge chasm which is why we thought it’d be a good idea to share some ideas. There are many different attractions and activities you can enjoy with your grandkids, but which should you choose? 

A good place to start is to talk to mom and dad and ask for their ideas. If your grandkids are old enough, then throw their suggestions into the mix. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  1. Museums – these come in all shapes and sizes, and whatever your grandkids are interested in it’s highly likely there is going to be a museum you can visit. It could be science, natural history, the arts, or many other things. 
  2. Theater – this can be a great day out wherever you might be in the world. For example, if you are considering children’s shows, London has plenty to offer. Likewise, Broadway has a good selection of family shows you can watch. 
  3. Theme Parks – if you’re feeling particularly energetic them take to a local theme park. Even if you don’t feel like taking part, you can have fun watching them enjoy themselves. 
  4. Green Spaces – children don’t get to spend enough time outdoors so take your grandkids to the local park. They usually have areas specially kitted out for kids and you can take a picnic and spend the day there. 
  5. Zoo – give them the opportunity to get up close to many of the world’s marvelous animals and learn about conservation at the same time. The US has some of the best zoos in the world.  
  6. Aquarium – this is a day out for all the family that’s far more entertaining than you think. Many large scale aquariums have walk in tanks where you can be surrounded by wonderful creatures. 
  7. Railway – take a trip on a train and give them a view of the local area they never get to see when traveling by car. Across the length and breadth of the US there are some breathtaking train rides you can take with the grandkids. 
  8. National Park – there are 60 protected areas known as national parks in the USA. Yellowstone National Park is the most famous but there are plenty more locations where you can experience some awesome scenery. 
  9. Animal Sanctuary – an animal sanctuary is a place where animals are brought to be cared for. Some of these facilities try to re-home their animals but they always welcome visitors who want to come and look around and maybe volunteer to help for a few hours. 
  10. Riding Stables – if you’re looking for a unique and fun experience this idea ticks both boxes. Many riding stables welcome children and are only too happy to teach them how to ride. 

These top 10 ideas are just meant as a prompt because not everything is going to be available in your area. You can check out what’s available near you by doing some research online.


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