The grandchildren are on their way, and you want to find something to do with them. By now, you have probably exhausted the usual library, museum, and zoo. What else would the little ones enjoy? Well you are in luck with these six must-dos in your area.
Ideas for Your Little Chef
The Kitchen Shoppe, inc., located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania offers cooking classes for kids. The classes are offered for ages five through seven and an adult must accompany. Spend an hour or two learning how to make a tasty creation and then spend quality time eating together. Bring home a print out of the recipe and be able to recreate the fun time again and again.
If the idea of a class is a bit too much, then create the experience at home. Choose a recipe together and enjoy a trip to your local grocer where you can have the little one help pick out ingredients. Enjoy quality time in the kitchen while you teach invaluable skills.
Calling All Artists
The Capitol Theater, in downtown Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, invites you to attend Creative Kids at the Capitol. This class is very inexpensive and meets once a week. Attend only one class, choose a few here and there, or attend them all. The class is offered for children 0-4. Topics range from class to class. Some days they focus on art. On these days, children learn of a famous artist and are taught to do a project inspired by that artist. Other days, drama is highlighted, stories are read, and children reenact. This is truly a quality time experience.
Two for One
Does your grandchild love animals but another zoo is out of the question? Head over to Bender’s Potato &Produce Barn. While they do close for the winter, the rest of the year is a lot of fun. Children can enjoy the small petting zoo and even feed bunnies with the food provided by the barn. There are only a handful of animals to take in so it is manageable. After they have taken in all the animals, go inside to take a look at the indoor working beehive. Plus, you get to do your produce shopping!
A Beary Good Time
Take a day trip to Boyd’s Bear Country, located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Have fun helping your grandchild make their own Boyd’s Bear! There are hands on activities, a Boyd’s museum, and events. Your grandchild can do a meet and greet with the characters. Enjoy a farmer’s buffet feast at their dining hall, and do exclusive shopping. Make a full day or weekend trip out of the visit by exploring the nearby historical area of Gettysburg.
Crafts! Crafts! Crafts!
Enjoy a trip to your local craft store like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joanne Fabric and Craft Store. Have fun shopping for a craft idea with you grandchild. They will have fun gathering up all their supplies. Then head home and make the craft. Take pictures along the way so you can document the craft from start to finish!
Let’s Go to the Movies
Kids love seeing a new movie. This also keeps you in touch with what their interested in. Carmike Cinemas, located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, plays many of the latest movies. Another option for theaters in the area is the Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16 located in Hagerstown, Maryland. Both theaters are in a mall, so plan to enjoy a bite to eat before or after the movie. There is nothing like dinner and a movie.
If you’re not a movie theater fan why not create one in your home. Have your grandchild help you pick a movie. Have fun popping popcorn together and setting up the living room for a comfy in-home movie experience. Depending on the age of your grandchild, you can get as creative with this idea as the two of you would like. You can craft tickets, make a movie poster, or have fun pretending to be movie critics and rate the movie.