September hosts a very special celebration on the calendar – National Grandparents Day! On September 13th, have fun and spend the day with your favorite grammy and pops! Grandparents Day originated in 1979 when former president Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day would be devoted to grandpa and grandmas everywhere. Here are thirteen ideas that can help commemorate the day!
Mulberry Lane Farm
Spend the day on the farm and in the sunshine with your grandparents. They can relive childhood memories of milking cows, driving tractors, and doing morning chores. Guests can tour the farm and visit the adorable farm animals!
- Mulberry Lane Farm, W3190 County Road B, Sherwood
- Admission is $13/person (cash) and one grandparent is admitted FREE with each paid admission
- Sunday, September 13, 2020: 10 am – 3 pm
Green Bay Botanical Garden
Take a stroll through 47-acres of lush gardens, filled with beautiful perennials, fountains, a rose garden and trees. The garden also is home to the Gertrude B. Nielson Children’s Garden, which includes a treehouse, slide, maze and sundial.
- Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay
- Adults are $10, children 3-17 are $7, under 2 are FREE. Grandparents are FREE all day! Save $2 per ticket by purchasing admission in advance online.
- Sunday, September 13, 2020: 9 – 6:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Museum
Rain, chill or shine, families can enjoy exploring the Milwaukee Public Museum! The museum, located downtown Milwaukee, opened to the public in 1884 and focuses on natural and human history. There are many exhibits to enjoy like Bugs Alive, European Village, Living Oceans, the Artic and more. Spend the day celebrating the present by learning about the past!
- Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee
- Ages 14+ are $18, Youth 4-13 are $12, under 3 are FREE. FREE admission for grandparents!
- Sunday, September 13, 2020: 11 am – 5 pm
Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
Treat grandparents and grandkids to a day celebrating Wisconsin’s rich agriculture history! Farm Wisconsin is home to 15,000 square feet of educational exhibits and can provide an entertaining afternoon for the whole family!
- Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, 7001 Gass Lake Road, Manitowoc
- Adults are $16, Youth 4-18 are $8, under 3 are FREE. Grandparents get in FREE!
- Sunday, September 11-13, 2020: 9 am – 5 pm
Paine Art Center and Gardens
Children and their grandparents can enjoy a unique adventure – a Gnome Hunt! Over 100 little bearded gnomes have been hidden throughout every nook and cranny of the mansion and gardens. Can you find them all? This event runs September thru October.
- Paine Art Center and Gardens, 1410 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh
- Admission: $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for ages 5-17 and FREE for under 4. Reservations are required (920-235-6903).
- Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm (September) and 10 am – 4 pm (October)
Menomonee Park Zoo
Head to Menomonee Park in Oshkosh for the opportunity to peruse the zoo and check out their newly renovated playground! The zoo includes eight acres and houses 30-50 animals during the season. Watch otters splash in their pool and a badger dig in the sand – either way, there is fun for everyone at the park!
- Menominee Park Zoo, 520 Pratt Trail, Oshkosh
- Admission is always FREE!
- Open Daily until September 27, 2020: 9 am – 7 pm
Other Activities to Celebrate Grandparents Day
- Have a picnic at the park
- Go on a scavenger hunt on a local trail
- Make a time capsule or put together a scrapbook
- Draw a family tree and share old photos
- Prepare a meal from a cherished family recipe
- Curl up with popcorn and watch home videos
- Learn your grandparent’s favorite hobby
Regardless of the activity, enjoy the day with your grandparents. Take lots of photos and be in the moment. Don’t forget to give them each an extra hug, it is their special day after all!