6 Things to Do with Your Grandkids Before School Starts

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Summer is rapidly coming to a close. Who can believe it? Where did the time go?

As early as next week, some Tristate school systems will resume classes for the academic year. What does that mean for Cincinnati seniors? It means time is running out to spend quality weekday time with your school-age grandkids!

Today, let’s take a look at six activities for seniors and their grandchildren to enjoy in Cincinnati before the kids have to hit the books once again.


1. Take in an outdoor movie

Several communities in and around the Tristate offer free, outdoor viewings of family movies during the summer. This August, check out the movie schedules for Deerfield Township, Cincinnati’s Mount Adams neighborhood, Colerain Township or Anderson Township.


2. Take ’em bowling

Bowling_ERS.jpgHave you heard about Kids Bowl Free? It’s a cooperative effort in which participating alleys offer children two free games of bowling every day, all summer long! The idea is to get children interested in the game.

Here in Cincinnati, 3 bowling centers participate in the program: Colerain Bowl, Heid Bowling Lanes, and Strike & Spare Western Bowl. In addition, there are several bowling alleys in surrounding communities that also participate in Kids Bowl Free.

To be eligible, participating children need to sign up on the Kids Bowl Free website. Get them registered, then pick up the grandkids and take them out to roll!


3. Take them for a spin on a classic carousel in Smale Park

Remember the simpler days, when carnival rides weren’t scary and even little guys and little girls could enjoy a fanciful turn on horseback? You can relive them — without having to pay an expensive amusement park admission — in downtown Cincinnati’s Smale Park.

Admission to the park is free. Rides on Carol Ann’s Carousel are just $2. Take a stroll along the riverfront lawn, or lose yourselves in the labyrinth. And, afterward, you and the grandkids can cool off in the water play area, which features squirting fountains and a waterfall. Make sure you bring your swimsuit!


4. Playground, anyone?

Great Parks of Hamilton County offers a number of safe playgrounds in parks around the area. Some are traditional outdoor playgrounds, some are indoor playgrounds (like Sharon Woods’ Adventure Station) and some are splash ’n’ play wet playgrounds.

Check the Great Parks website for locations, hours of operation and (where applicable) admission fees. Or, if your suburb or township has its own local parks and playgrounds, load up the grandkids and a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors!


5. Take a day trip

There are so many natural, historical and scientific places of interest to take the grandkids in and around the Tristate. Within a driving radius of two or so hours, you could take them to:


Museums and Scientific Exploration



Geological and Natural History


Historical Sites, Living History Centers and Native American Archaeological Sites


6. Take them out to the farm

It’s absolutely worth an hour’s drive north on US 68 to visit Young’s Jersey Dairy, just outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Young’s has been a summer institution for decades.

Get some homemade ice cream, made with fresh milk from the dairy’s Jersey cows. Take a hayride and a tour of the barns and milking rooms. Grab some dinner in Young’s country fare restaurant. Or, get in a game of goofy golf with the kids!

And if that’s not enough to fill your day up, head on in to the funky, artsy town of Yellow Springs for some eclectic shopping and hippie viewing.


These are just a few ideas. There’s so much to do in and around Greater Cincinnati!

Brainstorm your own ideas. Google activities and attractions in the Tristate. Or, just plan to have the family over for a good, old-fashioned family grill-out and potluck dinner.

We still have a few days left this summer. Plan to spend some of them getting in some quality time with your grandkids. They’ll remember the fun times they spent with you for the rest of their lives.


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Bryan Reynolds
August 11, 2016
Bryan Reynolds is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing ERS' digital marketing strategy, and overseeing the website, social media outlets, audio and video content and online advertising. After originally attending The Ohio State University, he graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of fine arts focused on electronic media. Bryan loves to share his passion for technology by assisting older adults with their computer and mobile devices. He has taught several classes within ERS communities as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute run by the University of Cincinnati. He also participates on the Technology Team at ERS to help provide direction. Bryan and his wife Krista currently reside in Lebanon, Ohio with their 5 children.

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