A few of you have asked me for suggestions for activities to do with grandma and grandpa this week. I took up the challenge and came up with a few best bets. Chime in with your own great ideas!
1. Sunday-Go tour the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup. This is the last day to see the 1880s era mansion decorated for the Christmas season. Your mother in law will love it, and admission is inexpensive. Strollers aren’t allowed, and I’d bring only your best behaved kids.
2. If you haven’t already, drive through Fantasy Lights. Great spectacle and everyone is warm in the car.
3. Does your dad or father in law golf? Go out to Chambers Creek and do some of the trails. You might walk the new bridge to the beach. Your golf fan will enjoy getting a peek at the course and everyone else will like the walk.
4. Go to Pt.Defiance in the day. Forget freezing grandma at Zoolights. Go during the day instead. Bring canned food donations and you can get in for half off. While you’re standing there, try saying something like, “Hmmm…..the annual pass is such a good deal.” Maybe someone will take the hint and buy you one! There are also special animal enrichment activities all week.
5. Give everyone a project. I know it makes you uncomfortable to have your mil organize your spice rack, and your husband is going to have a fit if your dad tries to fix one more thing, but seriously…..people like to have things to do. My suggestion is to ask Nana and Papa to take charge of the gingerbread house decorating, or cookie making while you run out to finish shopping (or whatever…..I won’t tell).
6. Try out the new boardwalk at the Nisqually Wildlife Area. Great for birdwatching.
7. Find a kid friendly religious service. If you don’t have a home church but plan on attending one for Christmas Eve, I’d call around now and scout out a family friendly place and time. If you’re near Puyallup, I’ll make a personal pitch for our home church, Celebration Lutheran. The 7:00 service is outdoors, and if you show up early enough, your kids can wear a costume and be in the nativity. Your kid dressed up as an angel? Who’s the favorite daughter in law now?
8.Grab the Art Access pass from your library and tour the Tacoma Art Museum. It has enough Chihuly that you can skip the pricier Museum of Glass. The library also has passes to the history museum (go now-it’s slated for closure under the current state budget). Or see the excellent maritime museum on the Foss waterway-very reasonably priced and has enough to interest kids and grandparents alike. Just wear coats-it’s chilly.
9. Walk around Gig Harbor. See the excellent new harbor history museum, or just walk around downtown and check out lots of cute shops and galleries that are in-law approved.
10. Take a ferry O.K. this isn’t really a cheap outing, but if you’ve got company from out of town it’s hard to beat a ferry ride for an introduction to the beauty of our area, and it goes without saying that your kids will love it. If you’re on a real budget, consider walking on.
11. Take a picture Got a friend who takes good pictures? Quick, while it’s not raining, round everyone up for a quick photo at the park. Speaking of preserving memories, consider recording or writing down stories from grandma or grandpa’s childhood. This would be a great project for the whole family or one of your older children. Here are 50 suggested questions-but I wouldn’t ask them all at once!
Got more great ideas for all ages fun? An outing that’s always a hit with your visitors? I’d love to hear about it!