Traveling with grandchildren can be loads of fun for everyone involved. If not done right, however, it can be particularly wearing, especially if you’re a grandparent. To make sure outings are enjoyable and that they promote positive memories, a little bit of planning goes a long way. Whether it’s a quick visit to the park or a long trip, prior planning and execution are crucial.
Frequently, your adult child and/or their significant other will accompany you and your grandchild on a trip. But not always. It’s important that a grandparent knows the ins and outs of successful travels and excursions with a grandchild, so both can enjoy the experience.
Take a Tip from the Boy Scouts – Always Be Prepared
Being prepared for anything and everything that may crop up is the best way to enjoy traveling time with your grandchild. Plan for everything – where both of you are concerned! Most of all, pack your sense of humor. It’s bound to come in handy.
Get Suggestions from Your Grandchild’s Parents
Your grandchild’s parents probably know them better than anyone else, so get their input. If your grandchild’s parents are coming along, they will be able to help care for your grandchild during the trip. If they’re not coming along, any input they may have will likely be helpful. If it’s going to be an extra-long trip, your packing will probably be more extensive. Make sure you know all of the rules the parents have set up, allergies that may be a problem, and their general parenting guidelines.
Depending on the Age, Consider Appropriate Activities
Different age groups enjoy different activities. If you’re spending time with your 16-year-old grandchild, Disneyland might not be the best option. Animals are almost always a good bet! Petting zoos, wagon rides, corn mazes, and other farming-related attractions appeal to numerous age groups.
Music is another pretty safe idea. Check to see that whoever is performing is kid-friendly. Local bands play festivals, concerts in local parks, etc. If you’re able, don’t hesitate to get up and dance with your grandchild.
You Needn’t Travel Far
Traveling doesn’t have to mean going to a far-off destination. If you live in a senior living community, and there is a playground or park nearby, your grandchild may enjoy spending time with you there. Possibly there is a museum or an aquarium nearby that would also be a good option. Explore what’s in your area to get some ideas. Close by attractions and less traveling time can make for a splendid day together with little fuss and muss.
When Planning a Trip, Get Your Grandchild Involved
Ask your grandchild for their input when planning your next excursion. What are your grandchild’s interests? Is there somewhere they want to go that mom and dad haven’t been able to take them yet? If they know you value their opinion, their self-esteem will be bolstered and, because the time you’ll spend together was partially their idea, it could end up being even more fun.
Hidden Meadows On The Ridge Is Close to Fun Attractions
Sellersville and nearby areas have numerous attractions you can enjoy with your grandchild. Here’s a list of just a few:
- Sellersville Theater in 1894
- Menlo Aquatics Center
- Sellersville Museum
- Cats Meow Mystical Shop
- Briar Bush Nature Center
- Druckeniller Playground
- Pleasant Spring Mini Golf
- Holiday House Recreation Center, and more
See for yourself all we have to offer at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge. Schedule a tour, today. If you prefer, you can also phone us at 267-682-6538 or, for sales and leasing inquiries, call 267-458-6997.