Are your grand-babies visiting for the holidays? Want to show them the time of their young lives? Here are some quick pointers to make sure your grandchildren – and children! – have a wonderful time with you this holiday. When you get it right, they’ll be excited to come around again next year.
Family Fun – Holiday visits offer a moment to slow down, enjoy time with family, and get minds away from work. Here are a few ideas for at-home fun reconnecting with your visiting grandchildren
Board games: Twister and Candyland for everyone. Monopoly, Pictionary, and more complex card games for the older kids.
Ugly Christmas sweater and pajama contests
Decorate christmas tree and hang stockings
Baking: Bake cookies
Home movie night: Pajamas and popcorn family movie night – Classic animated programs like Frosty the Snowman can be understood by your very young grandchildren, but enjoyed by all. For grandchildren over age five, try Home Alone or Elf
Excellent Entertainment – Of course many of the holiday’s most exciting events are just outside the front door! Here are some great ideas to show your grandkids a special night on the town.
Holiday movies in the theatre
Tree lighting ceremonies and community gatherings
Bundle up and visit the local zoo or museums
Host a real life Polar Express ride: Complete with a book reading, tickets to ride, popcorn, hot chocolate and treats, cruise around neighborhoods with amazing Christmas decorations to show your grandchildren an epic light tour!
Happy Bellies – The key to any heart is through the belly, so feed your grandkids some of the dishes they eat at home, but also introduce them to family holiday food traditions, straight from the source!
Ask ahead of time for their favorite meals or allergies
Make cookies and pie
Make sure you have a food blender for smoothies and fruit
Make, decorate, and eat gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers
Outdoor Enjoyment – Here are some ideas for taking the kiddos out for a romp and making sure they are tired when bedtime comes around.
Kelty backpack for hiking
Sleds, toboggans, and sleighs for snowy hills
Snowball fights and snow angel making
Paint the snow – grab some inexpensive spray bottles and fill with them with water and food coloring
Sound Sleep – Making sure sleep comes easy for your grandbabies is less important for their happiness and more important for your own kids’ sanity. These gear tips and ideas will make sure not a creature is stirring, not even a baby!
Full-size crib and baby monitor
A quiet sleeping area away from the hustle and bustle of the home. Dark curtains will also keep the room ready for naps during the day.
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