Traveling with Grandkids

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Grandparents Day is September 12 and traveling with grandkids is a fun way to celebrate. But really, it’s always a great time to plan a “gramping” getaway!   

If you’re looking for things to do that are fun for the young and young-at-heart, we have 10 ideas to get your itinerary started. 

10 Things to Do with the Grandkids 

From visits with Santa to fun in the great outdoors, this list of things to do will satisfy all ages! 

  1. Get Your Sugar Fix at Santa’s Candy Castle. Grandma and Grandpa can find the favorites they grew up with. Grandkids can try the treats that are trending on TikTok. And the whole crew will happily risk brain freeze for a taste of the frozen hot chocolate!

  2. Learn a Lot at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum. The museum is packed with unique artifacts that will thrill the history buff in your family. And the 13 replica cabins will delight kids of all ages. Little ones can even try climbing the peg steps just like Lincoln did!

  3. Pick Out an Ornament at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. Make it an extra-memorable visit when you pick out the perfect keepsake ornament to commemorate your trip. And have it personalized for free!

  4. Send an important letter at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. The grandkids will love writing a letter to Santa inside the town’s original post office. But it’s not just for kids—you can write your own letter, too! And you’ll all get a response by Christmas.

  5. Make it a Double Feature at Holiday Drive-In. There are always family-friendly films on the schedule at Holiday Drive-In. That’s what makes it such a perfect addition to your itinerary!

  6. Dare to Be a Kid at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Who says roller coasters are just for kids? Show the grandkids how it’s done when you take flight on Thunderbird and brave the speed and steep drops of The Voyage.

  7. Work On a Wish List at Santa’s TOYS. With tons of toys and fun play stations, this stop is mostly for theAdults and children stand outside a rustic cabin with leafless trees in the background kids. But grandparents can get some great gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays!

  8. Step Back in Time at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Located inside the park, the Living Historical Farm offers visitors a young Abe Lincoln’s life. All ages will have fun exploring the cabin, meeting the farm animals, and seeing demonstrations by costumed interpreters. 

  9. Show Off Your Video Game Skills at Frosty’s Fun Center. The grandkids may have mastered the Nintendo Switch, but you’ll have the edge when you challenge them to a real video game battle in the arcade at Frosty’s Fun Center. 

  10. Visit with the Jolly Elf Himself at the Santa Claus Haus. There’s no age limit for meeting Santa! Stop by to share your Christmas lists, purchase a keepsake photo, and shop unique items in the gift shop. 

Plan a Visit That’s Fun for All ages 

You’ll need a place to stay during your “gramping” getaway, and this area has some great options. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Lincoln Pines Lakefront Resort, and Santa’s Lakeside Cottages offer fun, kid-friendly amenities. And a vacation rental is always a comfortable home away from home. This area offers a wide range of lodging options. 

And when it’s time to eat, you’ll find kid-approved options all throughout the area. Dine in a real train caboose at Los Panchos. Fill up on crowd-pleasing favorites at Hoosier Land Pizza & Wings. And stop by Fat Daddy’s Grill & Chill or Scoops Ice Cream for an after-dinner treat! Still hungry? There are a lot more restaurants to choose from.    

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