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Summer in Philadelphia is the perfect time for enjoying the outdoors and sunshine. While your grandchildren are out of school for summer break, make sure to spend as much time with them as possible. Share some wisdom, gain meaningful experiences, and make sure ALWAYS to have fun! Below are a few suggestions of activities to enjoy with grandchildren of all ages in the City of Brotherly Love.
Teach Your Grandchildren How to Play Golf
There is no better time to learn how to play golf than when you are young. Teaching your grandchildren this amazing summer sport is not only a way to get exercise and sunshine but will forge a bond never to be forgotten. Below are two courses that we recommend for your younglings.
Juniata Golf Course
There are two par 3s on the front nine and four on the back nine. The rest of the course is a par 4, making this an excellent choice for a golf outing with the grandchildren. Littered with scenic views, this lovely city course is challenging enough for older kids while still providing shorter and easier play for the little ones. Juniata has a history dating back to 1923, located on 66 acres along Tacony Creek. So, head on out to the links to improve your swing, shave strokes off your game, and teach a lifelong sport to your grandchildren.
Walnut Lane Golf Club
If your grandchildren are on the younger side of the golf spectrum, this course may be more enjoyable for them. Hole distances range from 125-357 yards from the white tees. There are some challenging par 3 holes, but younger golfers can learn from Grandpa and Grandma and make their way through them. Opened in 1940, Walnut Lane Golf Club was built in harmony with the hills and valleys and lay of the land. There is a driving range and practice area for both generations of golfers to warm up their swings. If the kids are too little to walk 9 or 18 holes, consider hitting a bucket of balls on the driving range.
Hang Out at One of Philadelphia’s Amazing Parks
Philadelphia has many fantastic recreational parks. Kids need to burn energy, especially in modern times where sitting by a computer, television, or smartphone dominates much of the day for many. Here are just a couple of parks to consider visiting.
Located at 6th and Race, Franklin Square is an open space park in central Philadelphia. William Penn built this unique concept in 1682 as one of five parks like it in the city. In the center is a large fountain, and scattered throughout the park are miniature golf, carousel rides, basketball courts, and billiard tables. The carousel ride truly is magical at night! Also located in the park is SquareBurger, so no need for concern about anyone going hungry.
FDR Park – 1500 Pattison Avenue
Tucked in the neighborhoods of South Philly is FDR Park. There are many fun things for children here, including a skate park constructed and designed by local skateboarders. The Meadow, also known as South Philly Woodlands, is an excellent place for exploring and easy hiking on a former golf course. Take a break from the sun by relaxing under a gazebo while enjoying a picnic lunch.
South Bowl Philly
South Bowl Philly isn’t just a bowling alley but instead contains just about everything people of all ages can relish together. Bowling, bocce courts, arcade games, shuffleboard, beverages, and, of course, snacks and food. In the backyard of South Bowl Philly are batting cages, horseshoes, and billiard tables. Picnic tables are available outside, giving everyone a place to rest their feet while watching the little ones take swings in the batting cage. Take your grandchildren here, and you won’t regret it!
Visit Philadelphia Museums
Instill American values into your grandchildren by visiting museums rich in stories, artifacts, and our great nation’s history. Most of the museums in Philadelphia are now open once again. Philadelphia’s historical significance is perhaps the greatest in the entire country. Independence Hall, Old City Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, to name a few, are places to enjoy visiting with your grandchildren. Our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were even signed inside at Independence Hall. Ask your grandchildren if they knew that bit of trivia and see if they get it right? The bulk of the historic sites and buildings can be found from 2nd Street and 7th Street and Walnut Street to Arch Street, in the historic district.
Engage with your grandchildren while visiting any of the wonderful sites which can only be found in the City of Brotherly Love. Put everyone’s electronic devices aside for a few hours, and be present for each other. Generational connections are vastly crucial for everyone. From bowling to batting cages, pretzels to ping-pong, golfing to goofing around in a park, little in life compares with the memories of time with our families. I have such fond memories of time with my grandparents, and I bet that someday your grandkids will too. I certainly hope so!
Article by Alex Milzer with Senior Directory
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