🏃🏻🤸🏻‍♂️How to Keep Your Grandchildren Entertained🔴🏖

It’s great to be back…I missed you all!!!  My grandsons were staying with us for 10 days, 7 of those days were without their parents:)  These are some ways we kept them busy…IMG_2465 2We started at our Cape Cod cottage with what we call “Nina and Papa’s Fun Camp!”  They love swinging on our backyard gate…Aaden 8 1/2 yrs. and Parker 4 1/2 yrs.  Who cares if the gate breaks…Papa can always fix it🤣IMG_2382We were excited about visiting the  Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, MA on The Cape…IMG_2380

The Whydah Gally went down in stormy seas off Wellfleet in 1717, killing nearly all its 150-person crew, including Bellamy, captain of the ship, and leaving its ill-gotten riches at the bottom of the ocean.  It was discovered in 1984 by Barry Clifford, an explorer who owns the pirate museum. “At this Museum you can see the world’s only pirate treasure together with such personal artifacts as weapons, jewelry and clothing-and decipher the untold secrets of pirates!”  It was fun and informative… It would have been better if they had real people dressed as pirates, interacting with the guests…  I think that adults and older children would enjoy it.


IMG_2454And this is my famous scavenger hunt…the kids love it, because they get a prize at the end!!  In this case, I had to come up with a prize quickly, because I forgot the one I bought, at home??   This is so easy…I have them go into another room while I plan and write the hiding places for each clue…they get so excited, I can hear the squeals!!!  I have the clues all over the place, inside and outside, so they can get their energy out running around.

Here they are finding clues inside then finding clues outside….Aaden leads the way, but Parker is always close behind…

Then I have them coming back inside to look for a clue in the chandelier, of course they have to have a little jump on the bed…then outside where the fairy in my garden is holding a clue🏃🏻IMG_2450And then the prize, hidden in the kitchen!!!  Such fun and making great memories❤️IMG_2505And what they bought with their money… “Smashers”…they were hooked…  A red plastic ball that when you drop it, it breaks into 6 pieces and a collectible toy inside… I was the only one that could get the smashers back together again…lots of practice😳


What would any visit to the Cape be without going to the beach…beachWe had lots of beach time…IMG_2403And when Uncle JJ comes it’s even better and more fun!!!eating with jjEating is more fun with Uncle JJ too…Sundae School.jpg

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Sundae School on the Cape is a must for children and adults…we like the one in Dennisport, but there are other locations, they make their own delicious ice cream!!!



This is a fun project I did with the boys…They were getting a yellow lab puppy, daddy picked her up the day before they went home…so they were super excited about that…we made pull toys for her…the boys slept with them for a few nights to get their scent on them!!!IMG_2499So easy to make and no sewing…

The kids looking through fabrics at Joann’s…and we chose a fleece because it’s thick and strong…we got a yard of each pattern, then all that’s needed is a tape measure and scissors…

Cut 3 strips 4″X36″ and tie a knot at the top…

I had the kids hold the knot while I braided…then tie a knot at the other end and there you have it…a pull toy for a puppy🐶


Another fun place to bring children is your local library!!!  IMG_2578This is a blowing machine…put scarves in the bottom of the tube and they float up to the ceiling…the boys had a blast doing this!!!

This library has a lego play time and we were the only ones there…kids get to create their own lego design and bring it home!!!

But this one loves books and would rather read…right now his favorite books are Magic Tree House❤️

mom on floorAnd just like she told me, my mom helped me babysit the boys😉…She surprised me by sitting on the floor to help them put together a floor puzzle…I was a little nervous about how she was going to get up, but she did it by herself…almost 99 yrs. young and strong💪

And then they’re off for home…and look who met them at the airport…and Raffa (named after the tennis player Rafael Nadal)playing with her new tug toy🐶 raffa sleepingThis is Raffa doing what I did after the kids left…with a full heart❤️








11 thoughts on “🏃🏻🤸🏻‍♂️How to Keep Your Grandchildren Entertained🔴🏖

  1. Great post Carol, the boys had a fabulous time with you and Victor. Thank you for being such amazing grandparents to our boys.
    They are settling back in at home and getting used to having a four legged sister in the house. The chew toys have definitely come in handy, keep them coming. Raffa has lots of puppy bites in her.

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    1. Thank you Tom❤️ We had a great time with them too, such a thrill to see life through the eyes of our grandchildren!!! They are at a perfect age for a puppy, they will be wearing each other out with all the running around😂 We look forward to hearing about all the adventures of the boys and Raffa!!!


  2. I read it twice and warmed my heart! Lovely! Did you google for such lovely ideas! Dog toy!? WOW! And swinging on backyard gate!!!! I once tried and get scolded… Opss 😉

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    1. Yes, I googled, I was looking for a dog toy for them to make for their new puppy and thought it was perfect, even though I did most of it, they enjoyed picking out the fabric and sleeping with them to get their scent on them😂 Probably only grandparents would let you swing on a backyard gate👵🏻👴🏻

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