By Caitlin Watzke
Jr. Park Ranger
Participate in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program. It is an activity-based program conducted in almost all parks. Kids complete a series of activities, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Kids 15 and under are admitted free, and seniors 62 and older may purchase a lifetime pass for $20.
Build to Learn
Participate in a kidsí workshop at your local home improvement or home goods store. Both Home Depot and Loweís offer free workshops for kids ages 5 and older. Your grandchildren will learn how to build a project, such as a wooden birdhouse, and get to take it home with them, along with a workshop apron. Pottery Barn Kids and Toys ‘R Us also have free store events for children.
- Make homemade ice cream. All you need is a Ziploc bag, ice and your ingredients. You can find easy instructions online by searching “make ice cream in a bag.”
- Attend a summer concert series.
- Take them to a baseball game. (MLB, Minor League, etc.)
- Create your own comic books.
- Have a picnic.
- Summer library clubs.
- Story time at the library.
- Visit a farm.
- Drive-in movies.
- Visit a children’s museum.