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We all know that grandparents are our kids’ go-to source for bear hugs, commiseration (you are the common enemy) and contraband snacks. But did you know that kids benefit from their grandparent’s advice, guidance and endless love too? Yup, research shows that it’s a win-win for both generations, and so, in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sept. 12, here are 10 reasons why it’s important for your kids to get in that QT with Nana, Pop-Pop, Mimi or Gramps.

photo: Mira Temkin

Grandparents Provide Unconditional Love

Grandparents love your children and want to be around them, helping them mature and shaping them into smart, caring adults. Showering your children with unconditional love will go a long way towards instilling confidence in them and ensuring a brighter future. 

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You'll Help Your Parents Live Longer

Scientists now believe that grandparents who babysit live longer than those who don’t. The study showed babysitting grandparents had a whopping 37% lower mortality risk than adults of the same age who have no “caring responsibilities.” They believe time spent with grandchildren creates a sense of purpose and also helps keep grandparents physically and mentally active. 

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Grandparents Want to Show Them the World!

Hopefully, your mom and dad will want to share the world with your kiddos and take them to visit historic and educational destinations, starting in your own hometown. Your parents may have the financial means to go a little further and take the kids on a skip-gen trip by themselves. Count yourself very lucky if they can.

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They Can Enjoy New Experiences Together

Grandparents will want to spend quality time with your kids, opening their eyes to everything that’s out there. Let your mom and dad take your kids on educational, yet fun outings—to museums, art shows and musical theatre performances. Let the grandparents serve as role models, showcasing their passion for culture. Kids who are exposed to the arts will be more likely to pursue these experiences on their own as they continue to grow.

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You Can All Be Part of a Team

Raising children is like a team sport. You’ve heard the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Encourage your parents to be a part of the team and let them take great pride in fostering your children to becoming confident, healthy adults. That’s something you can all be proud of accomplishing. 

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You'll End Up with Happier, More Secure Children

If you need more convincing, a study at the University of Oxford by Professor Ann Buchanan from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention showed that “a high level of grandparental involvement increased the well-being of children.” Their study of more than 1,500 children showed that those with a high level of grandparental involvement had fewer emotional and behavioral problems.

Grandparents Can Be Your Child’s Best Sounding Board and Source of Comfort

It’s a tough world out there. Your kids see how hard you work and may feel more comfortable sharing their issues and concerns with their grandparents, who will probably be less judgemental. If your child dreams of becoming an astronaut, grandparents have the power to encourage him or her. If a family is struggling, grandparents can just be there to listen and provide empathy for their fears.

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Your Kids Can Learn About the Past

There was a time in the not-so-distant past where our lives were not ruled by technology. Grandparents love to share how different their own lives were when everyone wasn’t so tethered to a digital world. Add in their favorite music and pop bands, and grandparents tune in to the “good old days.” Kids will love seeing pictures of their grandparents doing their “favorite things” and come to understand how different life was back then and how different their own lives could be moving forward.  

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Grandparents Can Help Kids Do Good for Others

The elder generation may also place a high value on volunteering at religious and social service organizations. They may ask to bring the kids along with them at events like sorting donations at a food bank, packing school supplies and purchasing warm coats for needy children. Participating in these kinds of activities will teach your children about compassion.  

 

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Your Kids Can Learn About and Share Their Values

Grandparents have an opportunity to share values like the importance of getting a good education, staying close to family and being kind to children at school who may be physically and mentally challenged offer a strong background. Listening to their grandparents will teach your kiddos how to incorporate their values into their everyday lives. The influence of positive role models is critical as children tend to model the behaviors they see.

—Mira Temkin

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When it comes to going on a family vacation, kids just wanna have fun! One of the easiest ways to make that happen is to consider a spot that has a kids club, so we did the research (and asked a lot of kids) to find the best resorts with kids clubs. Our list includes hotels and resorts that offer epic experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and the chance to make new friends from all over the world. From Club Med to other all-inclusive resorts for families, here’s the buzz on hotels that cater to kids with unique décor, fun and memorable activities. Time to get packing!

USA

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort - Hilton Head, SC

Across the U.S, OMNI is known for catering to kids with a special backpack filled with items designed just for them. At the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, they raise the bar even higher with two family two pools, a splash pad and a playground. The Seaside Kid’s Camp (Memorial Day through Labor Day) features daily activities like Picasso art lessons, catching a wave on a boogie board, playing life-size chess/checkers or hanging with resort mascot Duney the Dolphin. There’s even a Teen Connection!

Online: omnihotels.com/omni

photo: courtesy Nantucket Hotel

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort - Nantucket, MA

Located on a 50-square mile island, The Nantucket Hotel & Resort offers kids so many cool things to do. Their complimentary Kids Club Day program is a blast, featuring beach games, spin art, s’mores, scavenger hunt and a karaoke talent show. The highlight is getting to ride on an antique fire truck through town. On Saturday morning walking adventures, kids learn about the island and its former residents on “Pirate Tales.” At night, kids can chow down for dinner at the Kids’ Club Evening Program with activities and movies.  

Online: nantuckethotel.com

photo: Courtesy of Margaritaville, Orlando

Island H20 Live at Margaritaville - Orlando, FL

Chill out at this new resort in Kissimmee where kids are king!  Just opened, Margaritaville features the new Island H2O Live! Water Park with nine thrill rides from three slide towers. There’s also a wave pool with ocean waves and a river raft ride. Innovative technology lets guests share their experiences on social media for their friends back home! The Parakeets Kid’s Club features a pool and beach games, arts and crafts and tons of other activities. Meet JD from Margaritaville XM Radio at the resort’s Sunset Walk and dine at the new Estefan’s Kitchen. Yep, that’s Emilio and Gloria’s new digs.

Online: margaritavilleresortorlando.com

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Dollywood's DreamMore Resort - Pigeon Forge, TN

Create memorable family vacations at DreamMore. Accommodations include rooms with bunk beds, splash pad and parent/child massage treatments in the spa. Kids ages 4 to 10 years old will love Camp DW, featuring ranger talks, s’mores, painting birdhouses, pool parties (in the summer) and bedtime stories. Share the fun in the family game room or fort-style playground. Jump into Dollywood Splash Country Waterpark and thrill to Dollywood with 40 rides, great entertainment, and award-winning dining.

Online: dollywood.com/resort

photo: Disney Aulani Resort & Spa

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Oahu, HI

At the Aulani, Aunty’s Beach Club (Aunty is a life-long resident of Oahu, and considered to be a true expert on Hawaiian history and culture) is the supervised, kids-only spot where you can leave the little (and big) ones age 3-12, from 9:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. With all sorts of fun, including dress-up gear, a room showing Disney films, an outdoor play structure, Hawaiian-themed arts and crafts, character encounters, magic fireplaces and themed days like Monday – Mo’olelo ka’ao “Stories of Old,” Wednesday – Rhythm of the Islands, Friday – E huli i nā Menehune “To Find the Menehune," your kids will get the Disney magic, alongside the tropical paradise and rich culture of the Hawaii islands.

There's also plenty of activities for tweens and teens, including water play, games, boogie boarding, adventure trails, evening time at Aunty's Beach Club, the Aloha House Party, the North Shore Beach Zone and more. 

Check out our insider's guide here.

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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach - Miami Beach, FL

This five-star resort treats kids like little scientists and turns the experience into a marine learning adventure. More than two-thirds of the Acqualina is dedicated to family residences with a relaxed, kid-focused atmosphere. The hotel's award-winning kids' program, AcquaMarine uses a marine biology-inspired program for children ages 5 to 12. There are themed days like Amazing Alligators, Feisty Fish, Ocean Mammals and Super Sea Storms, and kids will learn about all things oceanic from the Coast Guard to science projects about waves through outdoor games, technology and creative activities. There's also an oceanfront soccer field, basketball net, foosball, chess, plus pool and beach games. The best part? The daily program is available and complimentary to hotel guests.

Online: acqualinaresort.com

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Suncadia Resort - Cle Elum, WA

In the beautiful Pacific Northwest lies this sprawling, year-round resort, just east of Seattle. Enjoy condominium-type accommodations, ideal for families with plenty of kids’ activities. Join CampCadia with its portable Frisbee/disc golf, guided hiking and biking tours, photo scavenger hunts and storytelling sessions. The all-season Suncadia Junior Rangers program takes kids on educational adventures where they can earn badges for activities. Come winter, families can experience the thrill of the hill on an inner tube, ice skating and sleigh rides.

See our insider's guide here

photo: Courtesy of Disney Hilton Head Resort

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort - Hilton Head, SC

From family activities to teen programs to kids-only fun, this Disney Resort is an ideal retreat. Enjoy singing, storytelling, and marshmallow roasting around the campfire. Go crabbing on the resort pier, take a walk with a naturalist, zip down a wraparound Water Tower Slide at the Big Dipper. Play Goofy Bingo with trivia questions, sweet treats, and plenty of fun. Bring the whole fam to watch classic Disney movies at our outdoor movie theatre under the stars.

For some adults-only time, the resort's recreation team offers Kids Night In, three hours of supervised care for kids ages 5 to 12, which includes games and pizza dinner. Other kids-only activities include making a Mickey Mouse tye-die t-shirt, the sea life for youngsters (ages 3 to 6) program, naturalist programs for kids, teen kayaking adventures and more. 

Online: hiltonhead.disney.go.com

International

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Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts - Portugal

You may have been to properties that deem themselves "family-friendly" but the Martinhal properties take this to a whole new level. With four properties in Portugal to choose from, families will have the ultimate in relaxation and family time when booking a Martinhal property. Martinhal's incredible kids club program covers ages six months and up. When staying at Martinhal Chiado, the world's first luxury family hotel in a city center, kids can visit the kids club from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is no additional cost, it's all included in the room charge. A special "pajama club" offers childcare services (for an additional fee) until 10 p.m. each evening, allowing parents to enjoy a night out in Lisbon.

Similar offerings are available at Martinhal's three other properties in Cascais, Sagres and Quinta. At Martinhal Cascais the Kids Clubhouse is unlike any you've ever seen, with over 7,700 square feet of play space and spacious outdoor playgrounds for children. Free supervised sessions are available for kids ages 19 months through age 9 to allow parents to enjoy meals on their own or take day-trips to nearby towns. Infants receive free time in the baby room from November through March, with services available for a fee during the remaining months. 

See our insider's guide here.

—Kate Loweth

Banyon Tree Mayakoba - Riviera Maya, Mexico

Kids have a blast when they learn to interact with nature and be part of preserving the resort´s ecosystem. At the luxury resort Banyan Tree Mayakoba, kids can monitor the release of baby turtles as they swim to back to the sea to freedom between May and November. Kids can also learn to kayak, snorkel, boogie board and Latin dance. Explore the wildlife of the mangroves on an eco-tour, or even swim with the dolphins in their natural habitats.

Online: banyantree.com/mayakoba

 

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St. Lucia

Escape to Coconut Bay Resort with your fam and explore 50,000 square feet of active play areas including a zip line, rock-climbing wall, water playground, and a petting zoo that doubles as a sanctuary for rescued animals. Share the memories of Pirates Night and the weekly hayride/beach party. Join the CocoLand Kidz Klub and get an awesome Coco Backpack, a water bottle, a t-shirt and a hat. Their SCOUT program stands for Seeing, Crafting, Observing, Understanding, Tasting, Saint Lucia and kids will learn about pirates to ecology to wildlife. Watch turtles being released from the beach in the nesting season.

Online: cbayresort.com

Club Med, Punta Cana

Dare you try the flying trapeze, bungee jumping and aerial acrobatics? Or would you be happier on the trampolines? Everyone gets to be a kid at this all-inclusive Club Med. Pairing with Cirque du Soleil, the resort’s program showcases a circus-inspired interactive “playscape.” Club Med is also known for their kid's club for all ages (starting at four months for a charge, free for ages 4 and up); activities include creative workshops, archery, water sports, DJ instruction for tweens, digital treasure hunts and lots more.

Online: clubmed.us/puntacana

Velas Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Check out the all-inclusive Velas Vallarta designed for families, starting with a range of accommodations including up to three-bedroom suites. Every day brings new adventure at their Kids Club, which offers a full calendar of board and video games, tennis lessons, sandcastle competitions, stone painting, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, movie nights, and more. Open to children ages 4 to 12 years old, the little ones participate in ceramic painting, while the adults get to relax with yoga, cultural tours, nightly entertainment, eco-friendly activities, water sports and more. Everyone gets to celebrate at the weekly Mexican Fiesta. 

Online: velasvallarta.com

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Star Camp at Iberostar - Playa Paraíso, Mexico

Inspired by the Scout movement and incorporating the theory of multiple intelligences, Iberostar's Star Campstrives to combine fun with values and includes a range of activities (over 140, based on age) that utilize and cater to the different ways kids learn: linguistic, musical, interpersonal, mathematical, naturalistic and more. There are 12 different categories including team sports, group challenges, science and cooking activities, board games, arts, crafts, physical leisure and even tech!

There’s a room for Monkeys (ages 4-7), for Dolphins (ages 8-12) and for Eagles (ages 13-17). You might see members of Star Camp at headquarters and then, an hour later, they’ll be on the beach participating in a scavenger hunt. They cruise the lazy river, play capture the flag, do escape room challenges, have mini-chef baking challenges, and every night from 8 pm-9 pm they perform on the main stage, a different theme each night, complete with costumes.

See our insider's guide here

—Mira Temkin

 

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You’ve probably seen your friends’ pix on Instagram showing off their vacation with the whole family in tow. Why not plan your own multi-gen trip with you, your parents and your kids? It’s a chance to make epic memories that both your kiddos and grandparents will cherish forever. Here are our top picks for hotels and resorts that cater to multi-gen families with adventures for kids, time for the adults to chill independently and plenty of opportunities for quality family time. Keep reading to see them all.

Head to the Big Easy - New Orleans, LA

NOLA is not just a non-stop party for adults, but an awesome place to share new experiences. Ride the streetcar from bygone days or take a swamp tour and get up close and personal with gators and other creatures. Don’t miss City Park with its old-fashioned merry-go-round and storybook-themed playground. Keep everyone entertained with a French QuaTour, led by teachers ideal for kids 4-18.

Where to Stay: Domio Baronne Street is designed for families, a wonderful combination of home and hotel costing about 25% less than similar-sized hotels. Amenities include spacious rooms, game room, work room, fitness center and 38-foot rooftop pool. With multiple rooms in the suites, grandparents can have their own private bedroom.

Check out our insider's guide for more things to do with kids in New Orleans.

photo: Las Brisas

Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Oasis - Huatulco, Mexico

Sun-worshippers will love their day in the sun at nine bays and more than 30 beaches along the Pacific Coast. With a town that focuses on eco-tourism, imagine your fam river rafting, kayaking, sport fishing and hiking through the jungle.

Where to Stay: Las Brisas offers top amenities to please all three generations—mini-golf, five restaurants that appeal to all tastes, dance lessons for the adults, Little Angel’s Kids Club and snorkeling. Eco-tours let everyone spot crocodiles in their natural habitat. The hotel has grandparents in mind with a marble bench in the showers.

Find out morevisitmexico.com/huatluco

Explore Real Reefs - Cancun, Mexico

If it’s the beach you’re after, Cancun is recognized for having some of the world’s most beautiful, including the Great Mayan Reef for snorkeling and scuba diving. For those with the spirit of adventure, swim in an ancient cenote, explore the Coba or Tulum ruins, learn about Mayan traditions and discover the underwater caves in XCaret.

Where to Stay: Award-winning NIZUC Resort & Spa offers accommodations in luxury villas for the ultimate in relaxation. Indulge in a spa treatment at the first ESPA-branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean. The Winik’s Kids Club offers kids cooking classes, ceramic painting and more. Older kids dig the cool new teen lounge. For grown-ups, there are plenty of fitness classes, yoga, cooking classes with the chef and an adults-only pool. Take your pick of multiple beaches with lots of water activities. Explore more of Cancun with off-site excursions, too.

Find out more: visitmexico.com/quintanaroo-cancun

photo: Branson Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Find Something for Everyone - Branson, MO

Branson, Missouri makes the perfect multi-generation destination because there is literally something for everyone to do together and on their own. From theme parks to natural outdoor recreation and live shows, let your family share the giggles all the way through the town. There are so many family-friendly shows grandparents and grandkids can enjoy together in the live music capital of the world. Have the grands take the kids to pet shows, magic shows and musicals, while the parents step out for a nice dinner. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is always a popular outing with live animals the kids will love.

During summer, there are water sport activities galore, ditto the mini-golf, and thrill rides at Silver Dollar City. During the fall, Harvest Fests come to life and there is nothing like X-mas in Branson to share memories with the whole family.

Find out more: explorebranson.com

photo: courtesy Velas Vallarta

Enjoy Culture on the Coast - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Walk along the Malecon (the seaside boardwalk), and admire the unique sculptures and public art. Experience a downtown food taco tour, and go whale watching. Visit Old Town, and enjoy live music and dance performance at Rhythms of the Night.

Where to Stay: The all-inclusive Velas Vallarta is designed for families, from the restaurants offering kid-friendly menus to the kid's programs that have appealing activities for your whole group. Kids will love the Kids Club, while the adults can relax with yoga, city and cultural tours, weekly Mexican Fiesta, nightly entertainment, eco-friendly activities, water sports and more. Stay in a range of accommodations, including up to 3-bedroom suites.

Find out more: visitpuertovallarta.com

Europe is Calling - Portugal

Explore the cobblestone streets, rich history and cultural traditions. Go dolphin and whale watching, enjoy a cave tour and give your kids a taste of the world.

Where to Stay: Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort, Portugal is an excellent resort for families. The resort offers a selection of luxury family villas with tennis, football, swimming and a kid’s club nanny in every restaurant. The whole culture surrounding Martinhal is family friendly and children are especially welcome. It even offers a variety of creative activity programs for the different age groups that teach kids new skills. Family spa treatments, free beach beds and complimentary tennis or Padel tennis are just a few of the amenities. Spend time at the Village Square for warm, memorable evenings.

Get Cultured - Chicago, IL

Chicago is a great family-friendly destination with many fascinating museums, the free Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park’s “The Bean” and, of course, American Girl Place.

While the kids are being entertained by their grandparents, the parents can go out for a great night on the town, starting with cocktails at one of the many rooftop bars. Head to the Skydeck at Willis Tower one of the tallest buildings in the world for magnificent views as far as you can see, while the Chicago Sports Museum delivers interactive fun with Chicago’s sports legends. Many of the hotels like the Four Seasons cater to kids with “make your own sundaes” at night. Of course, if you’re in Chicago, you must try their famous deep-dish pizza.

Check out more things to do with kids in Chicago by clicking here.

photo: Wendy Altschuler

Explore Idyllic Beaches - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Discover over 30 miles of idyllic beaches, excellent golf courses and luxurious world-class resorts in this Caribbean paradise. This is the place to try zip lining,  sing and dance with traditional Dominican music or explore the magical lagoons of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park.

Where to Stay: The Westin at Puntacana Resort & Club is a luxury hotel that provides a warm welcome to families and offers many activities to share. Two championship golf courses, four outdoor tennis courts, multiple pools and eco-friendly activities are just a few of the ways families can share special moments. Adults can relax with spa treatments, yoga and pilates, while the kids can make new friends in the Westin Kids Club Discovery Room. Together, the resort team has dreamed up all kinds of fun activities to share.

Find out more: godominicanrepublic.com/punta-cana

photo: courtesy Beaches

Have a Caribbean Getaway to Remember - Turks & Caicos

Bring the gang to British Islands of Turks & Caicos for a fun-filled journey. Spend time at the Sesame Sailaway Catamaran Cruise, off-road adventure to Pirate’s Cove, buggy tours and nature reserve. Did you know you can even rent a puppy on the island?

Where to Stay: Head to Beaches for a great multi-generational vacation. Stay at the Key West Luxury Village at the resort, which has three- and four-bedroom villas with private pools. This all-inclusive resort boasts 19 restaurants, plus a world of outdoor water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding. For the little ones, look for parades, shows, breakfasts and photo ops with Sesame Street characters. Guests can also read with children at a local school as part of a literacy initiative called Reading Road Trip. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Find out more: turksandcaicsotourism.com

photo: Gabby Cullen

Take a Cruise - Multiple Cruise Lines

Would you rather explore the Caribbean or head for the uncharted waters of Alaska? No matter what your family craves, there's a cruise for you. From the kids club to the large dining rooms and daily excursions, a cruise allows every member of your family to custom-design a vacation that checks all their boxes. Of course, meeting up for dinner and a show at the end of the day makes it a perfect trip for everyone along for the ride. We've rounded up our top picks for best family cruises, click here to see them all.

—Mira Temkin

 

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The grandparents have agreed to take your kiddos on vacation, hoorah! We gathered the best advice from from seasoned pros who’ve been there, done that and keep the gang safe, happy and prepared for their big adventure. Scroll down to see the tips.

Before the Trip

1. Proper ID

Be proactive. Make sure both grandparents and grandkids all have proper identification. Write a letter giving permission for your parents to travel with your child, including your parents’ names, address, phone numbers and authorization to travel, as well as the destination and the length of stay. This is necessary especially when traveling out of the U.S. with grandchildren in tow.

photo: Mira Temkin

2. Photos

They probably already have them in their wallets, but make sure grandma and grandpa have a few recent photos of your kids, in case of emergency, both physical and digital. 

 

photo: Mira Temkin

3 Medical & Dental Insurance Info

Grandparents should have a notarized letter from parents or legal guardians, giving medical personnel permission to treat your child as well as permission that they can make medical decisions as their guardian. Include your child’s medical and dental insurance cards as well as prescriptions for medication in case they need to be replaced.

Tip: Print all of these records as well as scan and email them to the grandparents. With a digital version, it’s easier to keep track of and harder to lose.

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4. Consider Travel Insurance

Life happens, and with kids and older adults, it happens a lot! Sickness or injury are the most common reasons for canceling or interrupting a vacation. Depending on the length and distance of your trip, travel insurance may cover the risk for both adults and children. Investigate and then suggest a policy which could save the grandparents a substantial amount of money in the long run. If you can, pay for the insurance yourself since the grands are likely covering everything else. 

Packing Tips

5. Have Kids Bring Something from Home

If your child sleeps with a lovey or favorite teddy bear, make sure they pack it along. Ditto for their favorite snacks. Fill a bunch of plastic zippered bags for grandma with grab n’ go treats like granola bars and crackers. 

photo: Mira Temkin

6. Pack in Plastic

Make the Grands morning easier by putting each day’s outfits in a Ziploc bag. Include underwear, socks, t-shirt and shorts/jeans. Let your little explorer pick the bag they want, but with everything inside, grandpa or grandma won’t have to search for any necessities.

Tips for an Epic Experience

photo: Mira Temkin

7. Play by Mom & Dad’s Rules

While the grandparents are not strangers to your kids, they’re also not their parents. Grandparents might fudge on bedtime or excess sweets, but make sure everyone has a plan in place to keep to the family rules. 

When it comes to screentime, Amazon Kids Edition tablet makes it easy for everyone to be on the same page. Parents can set their desired parental controls prior to the trip so that kiddo and grandparents don't have to negotiate screentime. Parental control features include giving Junior access to his own profile so he can access age-appropriate content, setting daily goals and time limits and daily activity reports so you know what your child viewed. 

Bottom line: whatever methods you follow as a family, it's a good idea to discuss these with the kids present one more time before heading out as well as appropriate responses to any inappropriate behavior. 

8. Let the Kids Help Decide

Kids should help decide what activities they want to do. Give them choices: Do you want to go swimming or go play mini-golf? Make sure the activities are age-appropriate and appeal to their interests. If they don’t want to go, don’t push it, however the beauty of travel is to experience new things, so be sure that everyone, grands included, get a choice in the matter. One grandma told us she had to convince her granddaughter to go to Medieval Times. And guess who was cheering the loudest in the end? 

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9. Account for Downtime

Make sure there’s some downtime for the kids to chill out with books or tablets. If your family is staying at a resort, see what amenities they offer, like games at the pool, face painting or other included activities. And, if you're bringing along your Amazon Kids Edition tablet, your kids get access to thousands of age-appropriate books, apps, games and more with FreeTime Unlimited—no matter where you travel. Bring the tablet for downtime in the room or poolside. The tablet's parental control dashboard ensures your child won't see anything he shouldn't, which means grandparents can also enjoy a bit of downtime and not have to worry about what kiddo is accessing on their watch.

10. Stay Connected

Encourage the kids to use FaceTime or call home once a day. This will make them feel more secure as they can share their adventures with the parents and also see that everything is ok at home.

11. Souvenirs

Buy a gift card or set aside cash for your kids to use for souvenirs for themselves or their siblings. The grandparents will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

photo: Mira Temkin

12. Take Lots (& Lots) of Pictures

After the trip is over, make two photo books from Shutterfly or other online photo company: one for you, the other for the kiddos to remember the cherished memories you all made together.

When you purchase a new Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet it comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited at no additional cost. FreeTime Unlimited offers thousands of content titles for children ages three to twelve years old. Use code REDTRI to get 20% off your purchase of an Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet. 

—Mira Temkin

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