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5 Ideas for Summertime Fun with Your Grandkids

With the weather warming up and the kids out of school, grandparents are looking to spend some quality time with their grandchildren. But they don’t just want to pass the time together; they want to bond and create fun memories. Here are five ideas for what to do with grandkids this summer to inspire good conversations and a better understanding between generations — but most of all, fun.

5 Ideas for What to Do with Grandkids This Summer

1. Fishing Trips

When you live in the land of 10,000 lakes (even though we actually have over 14,000 lakes), water activities are summertime staples. While you’re out on the boat waiting for bites, you have plenty of time for quiet conversations. You can ask about their lives, tell them about yours, or just enjoy the peaceful time together.

2. Geocaching Adventures

Geocaching is like a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt. You or your grandchildren can download the Geocaching app on a smartphone. Then use the GPS navigation to find tiny, cleverly hidden boxes or containers called geocaches. If and when you find them, sign the logbook. Sometimes there are little trinkets inside like trophies. Generally, if you take the trinket, you should leave something behind for the next person. These adventures can take you all over your area (and beyond, if you choose to travel).

3. Story Swaps

Chances are both you and your grandchildren have books and movies that hold a special place in your heart — they may even have helped define you. Why not take turns introducing each other to these stories? You could each host movie nights — you get to pick the film one week, and they choose the next. Or you could each give each other a beloved book to read over the summer. Going forward, you could both reference “Harry Potter,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” or “Swiss Family Robinson.”

4. Picnic Potluck

In the spirit of swapping favorites during summer activities, you could also go on a picnic with your grandkids. Each of you could bring a couple of your favorite foods along to share. Contributions could be homemade or ordered out; anything goes as long as you love it. Enjoy a smorgasbord of dishes, and take time to tell each other what you love about them.

5. Skill Sharing

Take turns being the expert. You could teach your grandkids baking or cooking skills, woodworking, or how to crochet. They could teach you about Tik Tok, how to make GIFs, or how to keep a bullet journal. These summer activities are great ways for each of you to share what you’re passionate about.

Remember Your Summer Safety

Especially during outdoor activities, remember all of you should drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and/or a wide-brimmed hat, and seek out shade whenever possible. Summer fruits like watermelon, blueberries and strawberries offer high water content and can help keep you hydrated during those warm summer days. With your safety bases covered, you’re free to enjoy the fresh air and your grandkids.

When you’re having a great time and sharing special moments with your grandchildren, you don’t want to have to worry about getting back to mow the lawn or unclog the sink. Independent living at Trillium Woods provides a maintenance-free lifestyle, so your time is free to do more of what you love. And you can meet friends for a delicious chef-prepared dinner and share all your ideas for what to do with grandkids this summer.