Grandma Camp, also known as Cousin Camp, is a newer trend that began gaining popularity in recent years. The idea behind Grandma Camp is simple—bring all the grandkids together for some quality time with the grandparents and each other. This is a great way to keep your family close-knit, and it offers the parents a short break from the kids.
Make it Yours
Your Grandma Camp should be personalized for you and your family. One of the first and easiest ways to do this is to give your camp its name. You can choose something simple, like “Grandpa Camp” if it’s a grandfather running it or “Nana & Papa’s Camp” if you’re a team. You can also use your last name or get really creative and go with something wild. Go with what feels right to you.
Next up is activities. There’s an endless list of possibilities when it comes to Grandma Camp activities, and what you choose should be tailored to your grandkids and their tastes. Having a balance between activities that are educational and ones that are fun is a good way to keep things engaging.
Another thing to consider is length. For some, a simple day camp is the right fit, while others might run their camp for a week or longer. Your family’s schedules will help determine when you hold your camp and how long it is. If this is your first camp, it might be best to keep it down to a day or two so you don’t get overwhelmed. You can make it longer next time as you get an idea of how to do it effectively and efficiently.
Also, think about where you’d like to hold your camp. The easiest option is to hold your camp at your home, with indoor and outdoor activities. You can even pitch tents in the backyard for the authentic camp experience. You can also go camping and head out to a local campground that offers a good spot for the activities you have planned.
It might be easier to talk about what you can’t do during Grandma Camp. Anything goes as long as it’s legal and preferably child-appropriate (although Grandma Camp for adults isn’t a bad idea).
If you have artistic grandkids, arts and crafts are always a good time. You can do a sidewalk chalk art gallery, take the kids to draw in nature, learn a fiber art (sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting, etc.), press some flowers, or do sun printing. There are so many options.
Education can be fun, and Grandma Camp is the perfect time to prove it. You can raise butterflies, grow seedlings, make your own lava lamp, make rainbow celery, and many other interesting experiments. There are literally hundreds to choose from all around the internet. Even if your camp isn’t going to happen right away, now is a good time to start researching some options.
Not everything needs to be mindful—don’t forget to leave room for some mindless fun! Have a water balloon fight, play a game of tag, run through a sprinkler, or take the kids swimming. There are lots of ways to just have fun, and it might even be best to have an open area of time where everyone can go wild and do what makes them happy.
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