5 ideas for a day of fun with a grandkids

September 6, 2015 - garden totes

Finding things to do with active grandchildren can be a challenge. Here are suggestions from Carroll County grandparents who are roving that path.


Robert Lillis, of Silver Run, has taken his grandkids, Aiden (age 8) and Marleaux (age 5), fishing during a adjacent pool and a Silver Run Union Mills Lions Park pond. He believes fishing can be fun for all kids.

“It’s recreational, it’s a fastening knowledge and we have their attention,” he pronounced of given fishing with grandchildren is fun. “You’re not articulate to them and wondering if they even hear we given they are glued to an iPad or a television.”

Lillis pronounced that when his grandchildren held their initial fish they were “giddy and giggly.” He helped them take it off a hook.

Places to fish in Carroll County embody Piney Run Park in Eldersburg, a Silver Run Union Mills Lions Park pool in Union Mills (7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m), a pool during Bennett Cerf Park subsequent to Random House on Md. 27 in Westminster, a Farm Museum Pond in Westminster, a Westminster City Pond (when it re-opens) and seasonally during Cascade Lake in Snydersburg.

This stocking schedule, that shows where fish are stocked in Maryland, is accessible online during http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Documents/stocking-printversion.pdf.

Kids can fish worry-free, though teenagers comparison than 16 and adults need a Maryland fishing license.

“When we are fishing we are indeed interacting with your grandchildren,” Lillis said. “It’s something they will remember when they grow up.”

Explore and More Museum

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The Explore and More Museum in Gettysburg is owned by former preschool teachers Alesia Bennett and Andrea Robinson, who contend a museum’s activities rivet children from preschool by age 10 or 12.

The museum facilities an 1860s-era residence and ubiquitous store where kids can dress adult and step behind in time. There’s a science, room, an art room, a construction area and more.

“The art room has giveaway choice art material,” Bennett said. “Kids take home anything they make.”

The construction room is set adult like an public line, with conveyors and rises and totes.

Robin Wills, of Westminster, pronounced she and her daughter, Melissa Buckingham, of Hampstead, recently took Wills’ grandchildren Mackenzie (age 5) and Mason (age 3).

“I consider they many enjoyed a bubble,” Wills pronounced of an activity in that children can pull a burble adult and around them, putting themselves inside a bubble. “They kept doing it over and over.”

Weather permitting, there are also activities in a behind yard, Bennett said, fixing a fondle dinosaur setup, a dinosaur hoary puncture in sand, a angel garden with fondle fairies and angel houses, a tip garden with checkers and tic-tac-toe, captivating fishing, a continue station, and a bug find.

“We have 8 opposite bugs or turtles on a house and matching ones dark in a yard to find,” Bennett said.

“Our activities are open-ended, so kids take from it what they are prepared to take from it, what they are prepared to learn,” Robinson said.

Wills pronounced she likes a educational aspect of a museum. “They learn, though during a same time it is fun for them to do,” she said.

Trampoline park

Nolly Gelsinger, of Westminster, pronounced her 12-year-old grandson, Nate Gelsinger loves to jump.

“On vacation he always goes to a jumping park, each time, and he loves dodgeball,” Gelsinger said. When she found out about Stratosphere, a trampoline park in Eldersburg, Gelsinger took a outing with Nate and his friend.

“The trampoline is indeed in a building and they play dodgeball on a trampoline floor,” she said. “The kids only desired it given we are jumping everywhere we go.”

Stratosphere sets aside opposite times for opposite ages, so call before we go. They are sealed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Call for their hours and for specials.

Gelsinger said, “Jumping goes in half-hour increments. There are monitors in all areas. They use tone coded wrist bands and each half hour they call out, vouchsafing everybody with an orange wrist rope [or whatever color] know their time is up.”

“Nate has always been a sports child and there was some flattering good movement in a dodgeball court,” Gelsinger said. “I consider they had a good time.”


Sharon Parks, of Taneytown, pronounced she and her husband, Earl, expostulate their twin grandsons all over a county looking for trains.

“We take a 3-year-old grandsons, Greyson and Reed, all over to locate a demeanour during a trains, bridges and tyrannise crossings,” Parks said. “They adore Thomas a sight and looking during trains on their small iPads.

“We went to a Union Bridge sight hire and they saw a sight entrance out of Lehigh. They unequivocally favourite that. We also visited a aged Hampstead sight station, where they could travel around and see a marks and a caboose outside.”

Parks pronounced they are formulation a outing to Sykesville to revisit a Little Sykes Train Park and a Sykesville and Patapsco Railway, a museum within a sight automobile and caboose with handling indication sight displays.

“Grandpa pronounced it’s a good thing gas prices are going down given all we do is float around to demeanour for trains.”

Parks and more

You can find fun with your grandchildren during parks, playgrounds, cruise areas, inlet centers and museums within Carroll County.

Maddie Koenig, naturalist during Bear Branch Nature Center, said, “This winter we’ll be perplexing out a new array called Grand Hikes, that are shorter, reduction eager hikes privately tailored for grandparents and younger grandkids. The infancy of a programs are meant for all ages, that includes grandparents and grandkids.”

Also check out lists of programs during a Carroll County Public Library and a Historical Society of Carroll County’s monthly Past Times for Children program.

If we go

Call for hours, pricing and serve information on these places mentioned in a article:

Cascade Lake: 2844 Snydersburg Road, Hampstead, 410-374-9111 www.cascadelake.com

The Carroll County Farm Museum: 500 S. Center St., Westminster. 410- 386-3880 www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org

Explore and More: 20 E. High St., Gettysburg, PA 717-337-9151 info@exploreandmore.com www.exploreandmore.com.

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