Today’s grandparents are likely to be caring for their grandchildren during the work day, at least part time. According to a University of Chicago study, 60 percent of grandparents provided day care for their grandchildren to some extent during a 10-year period.
With this trend in mind, the Naperville Park District offers many activities for grandparents and grandchildren as well as for parents and children. In fact, grandparents are welcome to register with their grandchildren for any of the Park District’s parent/child classes.
Grandparent/grandchild bingo and pizza is a favorite event and is offered this summer July 18, followed by the parent/child bingo and pizza Aug. 5. To register for either event, visit www.napervilleparks.org.
“This multi-generational program has been a huge success, especially in the summer when the children are out of school and many of them are being cared for by their grandparents, explained program manager Lorraine Ouellette. “My favorite moment was when one of the grandchildren won a bingo game, went up to the prize table and then turned around and shouted, ‘Grandma, I want you to have the prize. What you would you like?’”
A 2013 ParkTalk Blog post lists several other ideas for spending quality time with grandchildren, such as taking a tour of the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, renting a paddleboat or visiting Centennial Beach. Additionally, the Park District is highlighting favorite parks for kids and parents/grandparents to visit this summer in the Take Me to the Park summer calendar.Tags: Naperville Park District