Summer is nearly here. Time for the Grands - even if they are "old" teens - to come and visit! Don't wait for them to invite themselves - call and ask their parents when they can come spend a few days with you.
You don't need to spend much money to entertain them. Most of the things you will do with them are so new to the kids it will be an adventure even if it is something you do daily. Even busy schedules will have a few free days or a long weekend sometime in the summer. You will be tired when they leave but you will never regret it - and they will remember the time their whole lives.
Here are some of the things we've done on school breaks or in the Summer:
Take them to church. Doesn't matter if they don't bring dress clothes - kids don't dress up for church now anyway!
Hang a porch swing for them to swing in.
Go bowling with them!
Take them to Dairy Queen for Banana Splits and Blizzards.
Give them colored pencils and paper and let them make Get Well cards or Birthday Cards.
Learn to bake together.
Eat German food!
They never get too old for Legos. Don't get rid of those plastic bricks - watch how quickly they pull them out and start building with them again.
Let them give the dogs a bath!
Let them sub at your Bunco night!
Take them volunteering with you.
Go to the Zoo!
Show them the old family pictures.
Take them with you to get an accupuncture treatment!
Let them have some free time to find their own things to do around the house.
Take them fishing!
Take them to an antique shop. Or a gift shop. But don't buy anything - just look at stuff and talk about it with them.
Try on hats!
Introduce them to a baby donkey!
Let them drill holes in stuff.
See if Vacation Bible School needs volunteers - Two of ours come every year for a week just to go to the community Vacation Bible School. Cade and other older boys help with outdoor games for the little kids, and Bre helps by keeping the babies in the nursery.
Teach them to dance! (ok we didn't do this one but if I knew how to dance I would!)
Take them to see local talent perform at the Coffee House.
Show them your favorite old movies!
Take them to the flea market, or an auction.
Buy them cheap light-up sunglasses.
Take them to see their ancestor's graves.
Get them to move the wood pile for you and bite your tongue when they start chasing lizards - let them do it!
Teach them about Doodle Bugs.
Go for a walk!
Give them lots of hugs!
They might even leave you a little love note. :-)