What is a Grandparent to do with these hi-tech kids?
In part two of GoBRT’s Kids Trail educational series – Grandparents and the Grandkids, GoBRT will explore the old generation’s childhood. “In talking to my friends about our childhoods, summer meant that all the schedules went away. Your summer simply meant that you could go out and explore the world with limited adult intervention,” said Nancy Craun. “Today’s world is different and kids no longer have that freedom to explore the world on their own. On top of this, we have now allowed them to become addicted to devices. If we are not careful, kids will grow up never exploring the real world of nature and learning how to communicate with other human beings on a one to one personal real conversation. Perhaps it is the grandparents who can give them this experience in life.”
GoBRT’s Kids Trail has developed a fun adventure game where kids can take their favorite toy – the smart phone and go explore nature. Here are several adventures on the game –
Starting near Winchester, Virginia on the History Card –
Adventure 1 – Step back in time and take your kid to Cedar Creek Battlefield where they can become a Junior Ranger. This will take a good number of hours if you are really going to explore the park.
Adventure 2 – If the child is into food, then book a cooking classy at Nibblins and let them also play the “recipe game”. Not only will your child get a great cookie cutter but he will also walk out with a recipe and the knowledge of the tools he needs.
Adventure 3 – for the pre-teens, book an afternoon at Skyline Paintball and experience a laser tag adventure. Great ideas for taking a group of teens out for a fun time.
Adventure 4 – Drop by Throx Market and get a healthy snack including a craft soda. then head to Jefferson Rock at Harpers Ferry National Park for a light picnic. You can show him exactly where Thomas Jefferson sat and looked out over the gap where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet.
Adventure 5 – Explore the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. This is fun because they have a scavenger hunt in the garden you can do. You can also learn about the valley and how it was settled.
Adventure 5 – Remember the outdoor movies you went to as a kid, take your grandchildren to The Family Drive In. Show them some old pictures of yourself and talk about the good times you as a teenager watching the movies under the stars.
Finally as Ridge says, have that conversation about “Making History with your Family,” We all have generations of history in our backgrounds. Do a little research and tell the kids about their past. If you can, take them to a cemetery and tell them about their ancestors and what you remember. The Family Drive In is 60 years old, Back Home on the Farm is 60 plus, Bryce Resort just celebrated their 50th and the Shenandoah Caverns is about to be 100.
The Kids Trail was started in the the summer of 2014 here in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and West Virginia. The mission was to create bucket lists that included travel experiences all children should have before turning 18. “Although the major emphasis has been on fun, parents have told us that they are amazed at the learning that occurs visiting the Valley,” said Craun. “When my grandchildren visit, I am at first in a panic stage on what we can do together. Then I reach out to the Kids Trail and begin to plan a week of activities. This does not mean that I have to spend tons of money at attractions but instead I expand on learning thru travel with a new twist.
Follow the Kids Trail Grandparents Series on Go Blue Ridge Travel. The bot dog days of summer are here. School will be starting soon again so take this time to have fun with your grand kids. Bucket, the Kids Trail’s Mascot, is about to pick the top road trips for Summer including Bucket’s third birthday party in July a the Family Drive In Theater.