12 Fun Things to Do With Grandkids

Looking for some fun things to do with your grandkids? Check out these ideas for grandparent/grandchild outings and activities to try next time you're together.

Today's grandparents are more actively involved than ever as childcare providers, weekend hosts, live-in family members, and visiting playmates. Find some fun ideas for outings and activities to enjoy with your grandchildren next time you're together.

Nature Walk

grandparents grandchildren nature walk

Bring the kids to a nearby park to take in the sights and sounds of nature! Collect some treasures along the way, such as flowers and leaves, and make something special to remember your day.

Arts & Crafts

Most children love to get crafty! Check out some cute crafts for kids and these free printable coloring pages. Take arts and crafts time a step further by making the supplies from scratch with the kids.

Cooking & Baking

Speaking of making things from scratch... If you like to cook or bake, check out these ideas for involving kids in the kitchen. Here are some tasty recipes to make with kids.

Puzzles & Games

grandparents grandkids playing games

Checkmate! Enjoy a little friendly competition with your littlest family member. Many of the board games you played with your children are still popular with your grandchild's generation. See this list of classic board games to jog your memory. Puzzles and card games, such as Hearts and Crazy Eights are also fun and low-key options.


Pass on your green thumb to your grandchild by growing berriespumpkinsvegetables, or flowers together. Most kids get a kick out of using a watering can!


Parents love when their kids squeeze in some reading time at Grandma's house. Hit the library with your grandchild to track down some classics, or head to your local bookstore and pick out a new children's book as a special treat.

Playground Time

playing on the playground

Hitting the playground with an energetic child is a great way for you both to get exercise! Safety swings (like the one pictured) are a relatively mellow option for entertaining little kids. Just be prepared for hours of "Push me! Push me!" if your youngster gets hooked!

App Exploration

Kids these days... they do love technology. But many grandparents are into gadgets, too. Break out your tablet (or smartphone) and try these free educational apps for kids of all ages and these award-winning paid apps.

Bird Watching

Duck. Duck. Goose! Bring your grandchild to a local park to observe the ducks or other birds, or — even better — attract feathered friends to your own backyard by making a homemade birdfeeder together.

Lunch Date

grandmother grandchild out to eat

What grandparent doesn't love showing off her grandchild? Plan a fun lunch or dessert date out on the town with your adorable offspring. Many sweet memories are made over a bowl of ice cream or slice of cake with Nana!

Movie Day

Rainy days call for a trip to the movies. Bonus — tickets are usually discounted for kids and older adults! Check out our family movie guide for ideas on movies in theaters or flicks to watch at home with the kids.

Teach a Hobby

Whether you're into fishing, knitting, or anything in between, your grandchild will love learning a new hobby or skill from you. Look for books or websites with information on introducing kids to your hobby. Buy a children's fishing pole, knitting set, tool box, model car kit, or anything that will pique a child's interest. Fostering a new hobby is one of the most meaningful ways to pass the time (and make memories) with your grandkids!

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