Grandparents Day

5 ways to make a memory

By Dee Van Dyk

Getaways and ways to learn

According to a Statistics Canada report released in 2001, there are 5.67 million grandparents in Canada, each with an average of five grandchildren. Grandparents Day, which falls on the first Sunday after Labour Day, can translate into a lot of people trying to figure out what to give Grandma that she doesn't already have.

One gift that never gets old is the gift of time. Whether your budget is limitless or nonexistent, you can afford to give your grandparents a thoughtful gift this year.

Need some inspiration? Whether they're for yourself or for your children, here are a few suggestions to get your memory-making started:

1. A group getaway
A recent survey conducted by Yesawich Pepperdine Brown & Russell reveals that 35 per cent of travelling grandparents brought grandkids along. This trend is increasing in popularity, and for good reason: both grandparents and grandchildren are discovering that intergenerational travel is a fun way to bond.

Trips don't need to be lavish or complicated -- a weekend camping getaway will work just as well as a family cruise.

Routes to Learning Canada
Not sure how to match up the travel interests of multiple generations? Check out Routes to Learning Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a learning-based travel experience. Primarily geared to mature adults, they also have intergenerational packages that offer travel opportunities for grandparents with grandchildren.

2. Learn a new skill -- together
Ever wanted to learn a new language? Or to master digital photography manipulation? How about putting together a lavish French meal, practising yoga or painting ceramic garden gnomes? All of these skills are taught around the country in continuing education programs as well as by private companies/individuals.

Pick up continuing education calendars from libraries and schools for ideas. Or call a nearby craft shop to see if they offer classes (they're often free, with your only expenses being the actual craft material you use) or can recommend a place that does.

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