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Sunday is Grandparents Day

Tracy Arnett

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Sep 5 3 minutes read

Grandparents Day - September 8 -


Although it may not be a formal holiday, Grandparents Day is a time to remember and recognize those very special people in our lives.

Celebrated on the second Sunday in September (Sept. 8 this year), the point of Grandparents Day is not so much to give gifts as it is to spend time with grandparents.

Some may dismiss the day as just another made-up holiday, but really, there’s never a bad time to honour and show our grandparents how much we love them.

To celebrate the grandparents in our lives, here are some ideas for ways to spend the day, including ones suggested by grandparents themselves.

CHEO grandparents fundraiser

Organized by New York Times best-selling author and grandparent Peggy McColl, this event is a thank you to CHEO for the care her grandson received last year. The event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 8, includes entertainment, live & silent auction and a buffet. Ticket details here.

Kathi’s ideas

Kathi is a grandmother of two wee ones: three-year-old Tilly and one-year-old Charlie. While even unplanned activities such as playing with toy box treasures on the living room floor or puttering around in the garden are favourites, she also suggests a walk thru Mer Bleue or a park picnic. Then, of course, there’s always singing songs and wild crazy dance parties. 

Freda’s suggestions

Freda is also a grandmother of two: Nika, 8, and Sofie, 5. Some of her favourite things to do with the girls are hiking (the girls love running along trails and it’s a chance to hear the birds and see woodpecker “homes”), hanging out at the river's edge (it’s probably still warm enough for a dip and often a great place to “collect” insects, snails, etc.), having a bonfire and roasting marshmallows and chatting by the fire, visiting the library, and stopping at the local ice cream shop.

And from Myrna

Myrna’s grandkids range from 6 to 23 so activities together can vary. Some favourites include lots of Play-Doh, Lego and action figure time, going to movies, and just hanging out at family gatherings. Anytime together with the grandkids is special, she says.


Looking for a few more ideas?

  1. Play your favourite board game together.

  2. Spend the afternoon in the kitchen sharing treasured family recipes.

  3. Create a family tree together and pass along valuable family history.

  4. Share a favourite hobby.

  5. Have a sleepover and movie night.


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