Reader question: Where to take visiting grandparents? - 510 Families

Reader question: Where to take visiting grandparents?

East Bay, we need your help. A reader has asked for good destinations to bring visiting grandparents.

I know that all grandparents are not created equal, so I’d love to generate two lists of recommendations: one set for active grandparents and one set for those who have hung up their hiking boots.

For example, the Steam Trains in Tilden Park are ideal for those looking for a sedentary activity that is fun for the kids. The Oakland Zoo is better suited for those who like to walk and/or carry kids on their shoulders.

Fairyland, Little Farm, and Lawrence Hall of Science offer great experiences for young children to share with grandparents. My husband and I have enjoyed many a Gourmet Ghetto picnic with our super fit parents by carrying take-out food to Live Oak Park or Codornices Park to enjoy the outdoors. Luckily they have no problems sitting on a picnic blanket or chasing kids around.


My father-in-law recently had as much fun as the kids at Pacific Pinball Museum, reliving his pinball king days, and no bending or lifting was required. The parking lot is right behind the building.

My husband has taken my dad and MY grandfather to a Cal football game, but they all agreed that next time we need to drop the elder grandfather at the entrance, and not expect him to schlep from a parking lot.

I want to hear your favorites. What outings do you like to plan for your child’s grandparents? How does their fitness level impact your choices?

photo credit: Monica’s Dad on flickr

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