5 Ways To Celebrate Grandparents Day

Whether you’re the grandchild or the grandparent, National Grandparents Day is a day that celebrates the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. While most grandparents might appreciate flowers, chocolates, or cards, they’d really like nothing better than spending time with you on Grandparents Day. If you can manage a visit, go for it! If you can’t, do the next best thing and call or Skype.

However you are able to connect on Grandparents Day, here are a few ideas to enhance your time together:

1. Cook together
Not only does time in the kitchen allow for conversation and a delicious treat, but it also gives you a chance to learn how to make your grandmother’s special cake or pasta sauce–make sure to take notes! If your family is more the kind to make reservations, then go ahead and get a table at a place that holds some family memories. Can’t be there in person? Talk family recipes over the phone and consider making a family recipe book!

2. Document life
You don’t have to be Spielberg to make an awesome video–just having the grandparents and grandchildren together on video will serve to create cherished memories. If you want to take it up a notch, prepare a few interview questions for each other and record the interview on video (or even audio).

3. Dig into family history
There’s probably a box of photos, postcards, or journals that contains mementos from the past. Sift through the memories together (and keep a box of Kleenex on hand just in case).

4. Explore a new place together
Not everyone enjoys the stroll down memory lane, so don’t feel like you have to go there–go out and make some new memories instead. Take a short hike or walk together, rent a pontoon boat, shop together–you get the idea. Better yet, if you don’t live in the same place, consider meeting at a halfway point and enjoy the entire day together in a new place.

5. Meet someone new
If you don’t have grandparents, adopt one, so to speak! Maybe there’s someone in your church or in your neighborhood that can serve as a grandparent figure for you and who might enjoy your company. Likewise, if you don’t have grandchildren, see if you can start volunteering at library story times, at the local elementary school, or at a boys and girls club to be a grandparent to children who don’t have any.