10 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents in Richmond

Grandparents Day is Sept. 12

September 10, 2021

Grandparents: We love them, our kids adore them ... and in turn they offer unconditional love (and — if you're lucky — free babysitting!). Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 12 and there's no better way to show the older people in your life how much you and your kids love and appreciate them than spending the day with them. And for those of you grandparents raising your grandkids full-time? We see and very much appreciate you! 

Lucky enough to have grandparents who live close by? Here are 10 ideas on how to spend Grandparents Day in Richmond

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1. Take them out for a special meal in Richmond

Here are three of our favorite Richmond-owned restaurants:

  • Tazza 
  • Tarrant's Cafe 
  • Kitchen 64 

2. Go for a walk  in Richmond

If your grandparents love fresh air and being outside there might be no simpler way to spend the day! Here are some great walking ideas in Richmond that are accessible to all:

  • Deep Run Park 
  • Maymont 
  • Robious Park

3. Plan a picnic

Surprise Grandma and Grandpa with a picnic! Here are three great spots for a family picnic:

  • Maymont 
  • Forest Hill Park 
  • Captal Sq on E Grace St 

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Grandparents live far away? 

Let them know you're thinking of them on Grandparents Day! Here are three ways to tell them you love them from a distance:

Make a video

Kids can list all the things they love about grandma and grandpa.

Send them a hug

Tape together a few pieces of newspaper or use the white side of wrapping paper and outline your child with their arms outstretched. Let your kids color themselves in. Fold it up, put it in an envelope, and send that hug to Grandma and Grandpa!

DIY coasters

Grandparents love personalized gifts, so make them DIY coasters, either with your kids' picture or a drawing they've completed. See how to do it here.

4. Let grandparents share one of their favorite places in Richmond

Perhaps your grandparents have a favorite spot or activity  that you haven't been to before! Let them take you and your kids along to experience what makes it important to them. They'll love introducing you and your kids to their friends and sharing a place that's special.

6. Visit a museum in Richmond together

Museums are a great place to spend a day with Grandma and Grandpa! Here are three great museums that will be open on Grandparents Day:

  • Science Museum of Virginia 
  • Children's Museum of Richmond 
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 

7. Say hi to the animals in Richmond 

Grandparents probably love to see animals as much as their grandkids! Here are 2 places to go and see the animals on Grandparents Day:

  • Maymont 
  • Metro Richmond Zoo 

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8. Plan a photo scavenger hunt

We developed this fun scavenger hunt for teens and tweens but there's no reason why Grandma and Grandpa can't take part too! Make great memories by taking selfies together, recreating a famous Beatles album cover, and just generally spending the day out and about in Richmond being silly together.

9. Go for ice cream

Who doesn't love a sweet treat? Here are three great Richmond -owned ice cream places we love:

  • Anthony's On the Hill - Church Hill 
  • Gelati Celesti- multiple locations 
  • The Treat Shop- Midlothian 

10. Plan a photo shoot

Grandparents love family photos - grab a camera and take some pictures, incorporate some funny poses too! 

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