When your grandkids are finally old enough to spend some quality time away from mom and dad, taking them on a day trip is one of the joys of being a grandparent.
Choosing the perfect activity that will keep them engaged but not wear you out can be a challenge, however.
From low-key activities like a train ride, to more active options like pick-your-own produce farms, you can discover fun-filled ways to spend days with your grandkids.
Spend The Day Outdoors
For grandmas and grandpas that are looking for a fun way to burn off plenty of calories with their youthful grandchildren, choosing an outdoor activity that gives the little ones plenty of room to run around is a fun way to spend the day.
Head over to a local farm for a pick-your-own produce. Whether it's apple season, strawberry picking or going to the pumpkin patch, there are always fun activities for the little ones to engage in, and snack on along the way.
It's time to go to the zoo! Most little kids love looking at animals, so whether you head to a large zoo in the area or find a local petting zoo, a day interacting with animals will leave their eyes wide open and your heart full.
Make a trip to the beach. You may be spending more time with your grandkids this summer now that school is no longer in session. Take advantage of the nice weather and head to the beach! Bring your swimsuits, some sand toys and get ready to enjoy some nice rays. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Pack a picnic lunch. A day trip doesn't need to be extravagant. Jump in the car, or take a walk to the park with a packed picnic and enjoy some photo-worthy moments as the little one runs for the swings or rides their bike down the path.
Continue to the next page for less active day trip ideas.
If you don't have the strength to keep up with your grandkids physically, there are still plenty of day-trips you can take that won't have you moving around a lot.
You can create some wonderful memories for everyone by taking them to new places and teaching them new things.
Spending the day with the little ones doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money either. Sometimes it's as simple as an ice cream cone and enjoying some one-on-one time together that means the most.
Slow Down with an Indoor Day Trip
Don't feel like you have the energy to keep up with their young spirit? Slow it down with an activity that won't have you chasing them through the grass.
Take them on a train ride. Capture the moment of your grandchild with their face glued to the window watching the world pass by in awe. Train rides are not part of most kids daily life, so this will be an extra special treat for them, and a great memory for you.
Head to the Drive-In Theatre and enjoy the chatter during a flick without having to worry about bothering the people behind you. The nice thing about the drive-in is you can pack a car full of snacks, they can put their feet on the dash and you can bond over whatever new Pixar movie is out right now.
Check out the aquarium or local museum. Whether you have to drive 10 minutes or an hour and a half, visiting an aquarium is a great way to spend the day. These hands-on experiences are both indoor and educational without having to risk boredom with the kids. Being indoors also has the advantage that the little one won't run off too far.
Indoor arcades and play places are a great way to let your grandkids run around and feel independent without the ability to get too far. Chances are you'll have just as much fun showing off your Skeeball skills to the younger generation.
Which activity will you do with your grandkids first? Share with us!