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Summer Activities for You and Your Grandchildren


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     School is out, and many grandparents find themselves pulling baby-sitting duty for their grandchildren while others like to take advantage of their grandkids' school break to spend more time with them.

     If you are planning a summer with your grandchildren, you are probably looking for fun and enriching experiences to share with them.  After all, we all know how quickly shouts of, "Yeah, School's out!" turn to "Grandma, I'm bored!"  So, here are a few ideas to keep the grandkids busy this summer.  We hope you find them helpful. 

Grandma Camp  

     If you want to keep your grandkids’ heads out of the virtual worlds of television, computer games and smart phones, you might think of scheduling some camp-like activities such as the following:

1. Have a camp-out in the back yard with a tent, s’mores and songs around the campfire.

2. Schedule daily science projects. Check out “ Science Kids” at  http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html for some fun ideas.

3. Put on a skit or play. Make costumes, build a cardboard set, rehearse for a week or two then present the skit or play to relatives. You can find ideas for skits at Ultimate Camp Resource...


4. Learn about the birds, plants and trees in your own back yard. Birding with Children http://www.birdwatching.com/tips/kids_birding.html

is a good place to start.

5.  Teach the importance of good citizenship by doing volunteer work together such as collecting canned goods for the hungry or clothing for the homeless. The official Boy Scouts website has some great ideas: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Activities/Adults/service.aspx  

Field Trips
     There are lots of fun things to do close to home. Plan “adventure days” for the grand-kids and keep the destinations a surprise.

1.  Agritourism can be a fun way to get city kids out into the country and includes activities such as local festivals, county fairs, the Kentucky State Fair, stock dog trials, horse shows...and what could be better than baby animals at Shaker Village?  For a list of agritourism events go to http://www.kentuckyfarmsarefun.com

2.  The Kentucky Horse Park is the commonwealth’s premier agritourism center and features special events throughout the summer. For information on special events at the horse park go to http://www.kentuckytourism.com/horse-park

3.   Kentucky is blessed with a great state park system with lots to offer for little or no money.  Day trips to state parks such as Audubon State Park, Old Fort Harrod State Park and General Butler State Park can be interesting for their history. In addition,  all the state parks have summer programs such as arts and crafts, history and wildlife education for children and adults. For information on events at Kentucky state parks: http://parks.ky.gov/calendar/

 4.   Spend a day in Frankfort visiting the old and new capitol buildings, Fort Hill, Cove Springs Park, the Salato Center and the Kentucky History Museum. http://www.visitfrankfort.com/

5.   Head to the children’s museum in Indianapolis for some hands-on fun

 6.   Cincinnati also has some great museums including a children’s museum, art museums, a great natural history museum and a Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Visit one, then take in a Reds game.  Go to  http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/

7.   Newport, Kentucky is home to the Newport Aquarium as well as Newport on the Levee.  Visit


8.   Clermont, Kentucky near Bardstown is the home of Bernheim Forest and Arboretum. The property is a great location for a picnic lunch and a short hike on one of their trails. The Forest is open daily from 7AM to sunset and is free admission on weekdays. There is a small entrance fee per car on weekends. The website is

9.   The Kentucky Science Center is located in Louisville at 727 Main Street. The center is a great place for fun and to experience a little learning as well. The Center is open daily 9:30 AM to 5PM and the charge is $11.00 per child. This can be an all day adventure or a few hours. We suggest you allow at least 3 hours.  The center also has an IMAX theater for an extra charge.   Go to Kysciencecenter.org/.   

      As you can see, there is plenty to do and see on just one tank of gas. Whatever you choose to do, remember that your goal is to have fun together. So, take it easy, don’t try to do too much in one day and be flexible. It’s the little surprises along the way that make the best memories.
Shelbyville Activities  

     If you want to stay closer to home, there is plenty to do here in Shelbyville. 

     The Family Activity Center is the hub of summertime activity with its splash pool and large indoor and baby pools. The F.A.C. offers fun things to do all summer such as pool games and summer day camps. Go to their website at http://www.shelbycountyparks.com/# to see what’s happening.  

     And don’t forget the rest of our Shelby County Parks system including Lake Shelby Campground, Red Orchard Park, Shelby Trails Park, Finchville Park, Shelbyville Skate Park and several mini parks.

     You can go horseback riding at Shelby Trails, hiking at Lake Shelby or check out the exhibits and presentations at Red Orchard Park. Or take your grandkids and four-legged family members to the Michael Bay Bark Park where there’s lots of room to run, play and work off all that excess energy in a safe, fenced in area.

     Our local movie theater offers $1 movies during the summer school break.  For days and times go to http://

      Finally, don’t forget the library as a resource for summer activities. The Shelby County Public Library has a summer reading program for children as well as other activities. Call or visit the library for upcoming events. Or you can go to their website at   


     If you don’t mind making the short trip to Frankfort, visit Paul Sawyier Public Library on Wapping Street for special presentations such as “Doktor Kaboom!” and presentations from a local meteorologist. Paul Sawyier Public Library has programs geared to kids, tweens and teens. For more information go to ttp://www.pspl.org/   

     We’re sure you know of other ideas and activities, and we invite you to share those ideas by going to our contact page at ww.ShelbyBoomer.com. We would be delighted to hear from you 

     Meantime, our best wishes for a happy summer break with the grand-kids.