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10 Grandparents Day Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

On Grandparents Day, give the best gift possible—time together. Here are 10 Grandparents Day activities that will be fun for all ages.

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A senior couple with small grandson picking apples in orchard.Halfpoint/Shutterstock

Pick apples

September’s not only about Grandparents Day—it’s also a great time to go apple picking at a local orchard. Then when you get home with your bushels of fruit, you can spend a few hours making the best apple pie ever.

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Arts and crafts. Handprint painting concept.Volodymyr Tverdokhlib/Shutterstock

Get crafty

Sometimes you just want to get your hands dirty—or in this case—paint-y. Make colorful handprint art together with craft paint, then post everybody’s work proudly on the fridge. Get creative!

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Grandchildren Helping Grandmother To Bake Cakes In KitchenMonkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Bake together

Nothing’s better than an afternoon baking together as a family. Not only is it fun to do, but there’s a tasty reward at the end. Keep it simple and stress-free with these delicious one-bowl baking recipes—like our butterscotch toffee cookies or ultimate double chocolate brownies.

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mother brushing toddler daughter's hair at home, casual lifestyleMaria Evseyeva/Shutterstock

Play dress-up

What’s more fun than dressing up in Grandma and Grandpa’s old clothes? Show your grandkids how stylish you are (or were). Get that plaid sports coat or those bell-bottoms out of the closet. Even better, find some of their parents’ outfits!

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Grandparents With Granddaughter Sitting On Sofa At Home Watching Movie With Family In BackgroundMonkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Enjoy a double feature

Get cozy on the couch for a movie night. Pick out one of your favorites (an old-school classic they haven’t seen) and let them pick out something they love that’s new to you. Don’t forget to make some snacks for your marathon.

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Children in soft warm pajamas playing in bedStandret/Shutterstock

Have a sleepover

Organize a sleepover—the best kind, where nobody really gets any sleep. Stay up all night playing board games, eating popcorn and telling embarrassing stories about their parents. Be sure and wrap things up with a big breakfast and one of our best pancake recipes.

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Happy man catching frisbee while playing in the parkRobert Kneschke/Shutterstock

Play outside

Get some end-of-summer fresh air and spend some time in the backyard. Have a croquet tournament or a game of Frisbee. Then, make some homemade ice cream as a reward for all that exercise.

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Family enjoying camping holiday in countrysideLucky Business/Shutterstock

Go camping

Keep the outdoor spirit going and take the young ones camping—even if it’s only in the backyard. Of course, you’ll want to make some s’mores around a campfire. Extra points if you go all out and try some of these other camping recipes, too.

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Happy grandfather and little grandchildren playing in the zoo.Ruslana Iurchenko/Shutterstock

Learn together

Learn something new together by spending the day exploring the animals at your local zoo or the new exhibits at a nearby art or children’s museum. You’ll end the day feeling more knowledgeable and connected.

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Little girl watching her brother and grandfather play chessDmytro Zinkevych/Shutterstock

Make it game night

Whether your crew loves Monopoly or Hungry, Hungry Hippos, family game night is a great way to spend time together. Find out which games the kids love or dig something out from the back of the closet. Teach them how to play chess and you’ll have a partner for life.

Cathryn Jakicic
Cathy Jakicic has written about everything from business and bacteria to beads and baking in her career —but she greatly prefers the last two. She is a baker and a crafter and loves to try new recipes for both.

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