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Summer Fun with Grandchildren

Updated on November 21, 2014
Grandpa and Donut Buddies
Grandpa and Donut Buddies | Source

Camp Grandma and Grandpa

Summer activities with grandchildren are a great way to have fun and make wonderful memories together. I always remember the great times I had when I visited my grandparents for a week each summer and I wanted my grandchildren to have the same great memories. Our two oldest granddaughters are Rachel (8) and Ella (6) and they live about 600 miles away from us. We try to see them several times a year, but because of the distance we don't get to see them nearly as much as we'd like. This makes their visit to us in the summer even more special.

This year they stayed with us for 10 days and we were able to plan lots of activities together. In this photo you see them having donuts with Grandpa. They call him their "Donut Buddy" and having donuts together is a treat for all of them.

On this page I will tell you about the activites we did during our time together this year. These are activities that were available in our area, but I'm sure you can find similar ideas in your area too. I hope this will give you some ideas of ways to create those special memories with your grandchildren.

photos by Mary Beth Granger unless otherwise noted

Activities with GrandChildren - a fun filled time

Here are the activities we did with our granddaughters in the 10 days they were at our house. We also allowed time for sprinkler play in our yard, watching Cardinal baseball with Grandpa, baking cookies with Grandma,swimming at the YMCA and time for them to color and draw.

This is the third year they have come to stay in the summer so we had already visited many of the big St. Louis attractions and were looking for some new activities for them. Prior years attractions that they enjoyed included: Magic House, City Museum, Butterfly House, Science Center, Missouri Botanical Garden Children's Area, the Arch and Museum and the Zoo.

Here are the highlights from this year.

  1. Picking Strawberries
  2. Learn a Hobby-Photography
  3. St. Louis Zoo and Forest Park
  4. Owl Prowl
  5. Driving Adventure-Ferry Boat
  6. Visiting Great Grandma in Nursing Home
  7. Lantern Festival

Strawberry Picking - fun and good eating too

Strawberry Time
Strawberry Time

It was strawberry time when the girls came for their visit and neither of them had ever picked strawberries before. A nearby farm had strawberry picking so we got up early on a Saturday morning and went strawberry picking. The girls loved it. They picked 5 1/2 pounds of strawberries and we enjoyed them all week long.

More Ideas for St. Louis Visits with Children

St Louis has some wonderful architecture to share with your grandchildren. I bet your home town does too!

Learning to Take Good Photos

a great hobby for children and adults

Learning to take good photographs is a skill that I feel is very worthwhile. Both of the girls were interested, so I got out two of my point and shoot cameras and told them they were going to go to photography school. They always like to play school so this was right up their alley. I spent about 15 minutes explaining how to hold the camera and how to line up their photos. I then sent them out into my flower garden to capture some images. After they had each taken 10 photos we loaded them into my computer and they each critiqued the photos. They had fun looking at each photo and saying how it could be better.

This process was repeated several times during our week together and by the end of the week both girls were taking some really good photos.

A Day at the Zoo - and Forest Park

Rachel at the Zoo
Rachel at the Zoo

Forest Park in St. Louis has much to offer for children and adults alike. We were going on an Owl Prowl in Forest Park in the evening so we decided to start out at 1 pm so the girls would not be too tired by evening.

We first went to the zoo where the girls wanted to practice their photography skills. The photo above is one Ella took of Rachel in the bird house. They also took photos of the prairie dogs, giraffes, monkeys, birds and many of the sculptures around the zoo.

Ferry Ride across the Mississippi - Great River Road

Ferry Ride
Ferry Ride

Just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis is the Great River Road, which goes alongside the river on the Illinois side. On one day Grandpa took us all on an adventure up the Great River Road. We stopped in Alton for the girls to see the statue of the world's tallest man (Alton Giant), we took a photo stop at the Piasa bird carved into the side of the bluffs and visited the Grafton lighthouse.

Next, we took a ferry ride across the river and back. The girls were really excited to take the car on the ferry boat. This was a new experience for them. After the ferry rides we stopped in Grafton for an ice cream.

Do you have a special activity you like with your grandchildren? - stop by and leave a note

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      5 years ago

      It appears as though the grand girls had a great time this summer with the grandparents. I would enjoy picking strawberries and a trip to the zoo, too! My grandson is still a toddler so I doubt he'll visit for a while yet.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      You and your husband are truly special grandparents! Some of my fondest memories are of the times I spent with my own grandmother when I was a little girl.

      All of your activities truly do equal summer fun, but I know for a fact for your grandchildren, the real summer fun is getting to be with their grandparents.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      It's nice that you make special times with your grand kids. : )

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      6 years ago

      We took our granddaughters to Purina Farms - a real treat in St Louis (and it's a freebie)!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      My grandchildren and I like to visit our local wishing well together. Grandma saves up her pennies and we divide them amongst us and that is how many wishes we will have that day. It's our little thing.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      I am sure it is a lot of fun with this 2 angels, they are so cute... Blessings!

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      6 years ago

      Can I come on the next one?

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      6 years ago

      I don't have grandchildren but if I did it would be a day of photography at a zoo. That sounds like my kinda of day :-)

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      The zoo is the top favorite things to do with my grandchildren.

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      7 years ago

      Your grandchildren are really lucky to have you. I have a wonderful grandparents too and I will never forget the time that we spent together when I was a child.

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      Darcie French 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      My mother in law has been a wonderful grandmother to my daughter, they do all sorts of things together. It's wonderful :)

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      Chuck Nelson 

      7 years ago from California

      Great favorite was "learning to take better photographs"

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      7 years ago

      Anything I do with my grandchildren is special...and we get to see them more often in the summertime.

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens full of creative and caring activities for you and your grandkids. I'm with you. Summer fun with the grandkids is my favorite thing to do. Thanks for a lovely visit for the summer quest. :)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Strawberry picking sounds fun!

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      7 years ago from Kent, UK

      My granddaughter is not yet three, so we're a bit limited on what we can do. I let her help me make no-cook biscuits, and we go for walks to the swing park, we "read" books. We also play and sing a lot of nursery because her mother is French and I want her to keep her English going.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      7 years ago

      I love going to my grandparent's house during the summer. The best memories ever! Love this lens and your grand-daughters are just adorable! Blessed*

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks! We have fun at the nearby playground, and in the small inflatable pool on hot summer days, like this one.

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      7 years ago

      I love going fishing with PopPop and my 4 year old girl DD, so while I'm not a G-pa, I LOVE promoting activities with my girl and hers :) thanks for the lovely lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love this quality time you had with your grandchildren. What fun!

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      Genesis Davies 

      7 years ago from Guatemala

      What a great summer! My two oldest sons met my parents this past summer for the first time and they really hit it off. My mom took them to all the playgrounds in the area, my dad built birdhouses with them, and we all went to the Vancouver Aquarium together. We also visited my grandfather in his nursing home and got a four generation photo. I think it is so important for kids to have that connection with their grandparents.

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      7 years ago

      My eldest son is only 5 years old now and it seem still a long way to go for me to become a grandparent. But I would love to read books with them.

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      7 years ago

      Always nice to spend time with grandpa

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens. I feel excited every time I visit my grandapa every Christmas and Summer.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very nice photos of your granddaughters.

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      7 years ago

      I enjoy my grandkids visits too.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can feel the love you feel sharing this experience.

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      7 years ago

      It all looks like great fun - especially the strawberry picking!

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      7 years ago

      I like strawberry.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      7 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for great ideas and fun photos! ;-)

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      7 years ago

      These are really good ideas - I also like to play games - indoor and out - Putt-putt Golf can be really fun!

    • aurora7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great ideas for having fun with your grandchildren.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      7 years ago from Maryland

      Great ideas! I might steal some of these for my summer bucket list with my kids...especially strawberry picking! YUM! :)

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I don't have grandchildren, but I can't wait! My best memories of my grandparents and parents are the things we did together not the things they bought us :) Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      I don't have grandchildren just yet, but my 12 year old daughter loves to visit the local Natural Science Center with her grandfather! Love your lens!

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      John Tannahill 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I don't have grandchildren yet, but my son (now18) has spend a lot of time with my mother over the years. They have a friendship that's completely their own.

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      7 years ago

      No grandkids but I have nieces that would love some of these things.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      I love this lens. I'm lucky that my Grandchildren live close by. I especially like that they went to visit Great Grandma at the nursing home.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful. Spend ALOT of tiime with the grandkids. I sure do miss my grandma who blessed me richly with her time, affection, and wisdom. I revisit my memories of summer time with her often. .. If I had my wings I'ld bless this lens.. working on it and will be back

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      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very nice lens! Thanks for sharing....not a grandmother yet and hopefully won't be in the near future....but am looking forward to that day!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What wonderful ideas and a lovely article! I'm taking notes for when my grandson is older so we can have awesome fun times together. :)

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      7 years ago from Indiana

      I don't have grandchildren,but if I did, this would be such for fun all of us.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Virginia Allain: It is special for the grandparents too!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @marigoldina: I know it is hard for you to believe now...but the time will come so quickly to when you'll be a grandmother and you will wonder how it is possible that you are that old:)

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      Heather B 

      7 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I can't wait to have kids and share my knowledge and experiences with them, just as you have with your granddaughters. (I think I can wait a little while yet to become a grandmother!)

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      It's so special for kids to spend time with grandparents and learn life skills from them. The exposure to new places and situations really benefits children.


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