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How to Celebrate Grandparents Day Without Spending Too Much

happy family together with grandparents in the park

National Grandparents Day is an ideal time to appreciate and recognize the older generation, who have worked hard and have cared for their family unconditionally. We at VroomVroomVroom would like to give honor to all grandparents in the world by sharing some tips on how you can make this special day memorable for them. It doesn't have to be expensive as long as you find ways to bond with your loved ones.

How did Grandparents Day get started?

In the US, National Grandparents Day was declared by President Jimmy Carter at the instigation of a housewife from West Virginia, Marian McQuade, in 1978. While in the UK, some people are now starting to honor Grandparent's Day too. This special day is projected to increase in the near future as the number of grandparents in the United States alone grows from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020. National Grandparents' Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day in the USA and on the first Sunday of October in the United Kingdom.

Four affordable and fun activities for your grandparents

Plan a fun-filled day for your grandma and grandpa to show them how much you love them. There are many awesome things you can do - from visiting a museum and strolling in the park to watching some cool performances to checking out a zoo. Listed below are some ideas you can do with your beloved grandparents that won't burn a hole in your pocket.

1. Enjoy a picnic at the park

grandparents having picnic with grandchildren

One of the best ways to celebrate National Grandparents Day is to go on a picnic with the whole family as it offers a sense of peace and fun to the elders. Here are our picks for the best places to have a picnic in the U.S.:

  • Central Park in Manhattan
  • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Colorado
  • Mount Bonnell in Texas
  • Walden Pond in  Massachusetts
  • Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon
  • Golden Gate Park in California
  • Folly Beach in South Carolina
  • Ram Island Lighthouse in Maine
  • Bedell Cellars in  Long Island. 

2. Stroll through a public garden

Jump into your rental car through VroomVroomVroom and drive to see these seven stunning gardens:

  • Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon 
  • New York Botanical Garden in New York
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Texas
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami
  • Boston Public Garden in Massachusetts
  • Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona 
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia

3. Get up close and personal with animals at the zoo

grandmother with granddaughter looking the elephant at the zoo

Visiting a zoo is another fun way to spend time with grandparents. Thanks to the great and must-visited zoos in America, families have the opportunity to get up and close and personal with different animal species. Here are the most popular zoos in the USA:

  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Denver Zoo
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Riverbanks Zoo

4. Check out a cool museum exhibit

With so many historic and top museums in the U.S., as well as numerous children's museum exhibits, here are our top picks for your grandparents and kiddos to dive into and enjoy.

grandfather and grandson at the museum
  • The Art Institute of Chicago in  Illinois
  • The National WWII Museum in  Louisiana
  • The Getty Center in Los Angeles
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson
  • The National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida
  • Newseum in Washington
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

If you are in New York or Washington, D.C., you are in luck because half of the top 10 museums can be found there, according to Forbes. You can spend your weekend exploring the following museums:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
  • Frick Collection and American Museum of National History
  • The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
  • The National Gallery of Art

If you need a rental car while you are in New York, we may be able to help you.

Meanwhile you may want to show your love and gratitude for your grandparents by using this hashtag #NationalGrandparentsDay when you post on social media. Do you have other fun ideas for Grandparents Day? Please share them in the comment box below.

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