Author: Tocarra Mallard; Volunteer Coordinator
It’s no secret that when grandchildren hangout with their grandparents, it’s good for everyone! If you are wondering what the best generation-bridging activities are, Families First has got you covered! Here are a few Indy-area focused ideas sure to keep everyone happy!
This beautiful new playscape in Downtown Indianapolis can be described as a climbing park. Little ones can climb rope structures and scale the rock climbing wall, while you take in the sights and sounds. Close to the Canal, the area provides a lot of entertainment including duck and people watching! The cultural trail is also nearby which provides the opportunity to take a quick stroll and see some beautiful art.
2. Work on a Family Tree!
Take advantage of the opportunity to get creative and share your story with grandchildren! A fun art project, creating a family tree can be done with craft materials around the house including crayons, markers, family photos or newspaper clippings.
Indianapolis is lucky to be home to the world’s largest children’s museum with changing exhibits and fun offerings all year round. On First Thursday nights, pay $5 per person to visit five floors of fun at The Children's Museum between 4 and 8 p.m.! Have a little athlete on your hands? Admission to the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience® is only $5 per person.
4. Take A Walk!
Sometimes, the best way to bond is to get away from the screens and get in those steps! Walking has been proven to improve your mood, boost your energy and lower blood pressure. Going for a short walk with your grandchild is an effective way to model healthy habits.
5. Write a Loved One a letter
A handwritten letter is a treat to receive. It seems to convey that someone took the time to sit down and put their thoughts on paper- just for you! If a child is old enough to write, you can sit down and help them write a friendly note, a thank you letter or a birthday card! Letter writing is a special skill and helps children learn to value others and express gratitude.
Want to build character and avoid entitlement in a grandchild? Studies suggest volunteering together. To make a child feel invested in the volunteer activity, consider their interests. Does she love animals? Try a shelter or a pet-adoption league. Does he prefer being outdoors? Park and neighborhood cleanups are popular because kids see immediate results.
Whatever you do, be sure to share how happy you are that you get to spend time with them! Children will remember those positive affirmations as much as the fun activities you provide.