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Family entertainment: On the calendar

11:35 AM, Sep. 4, 2013  |  Comments
Include grandparents in your travel plans.
Include grandparents in your travel plans.
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HEAD OUT

Sept. 8 and 17

The Gardens of the Fox Cities in Appleton is holding art classes for adults. Create a colorful, stained glass fish sun catcher. The class is offered at three times: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $25.

Create a one-of-a-kind leaf cast. Bring some heavily veined leaves, like rhubarb or burdock for this leaf-casting class. It will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17. The cost is $55.

Preregistration is required at 920-750-5462 or gardensfoxcities.org.

SAVE THE DATE

Seize the opportunity to plan a grand adventure with your clan or to honor the bond closer to home. Here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Plan a Road Scholar trip. This not-for-profit organization offers a wide range of learning adventures designed specifically for grandparents and their grandkids. Choose from more than 100 itineraries, many targeted for children in specific age ranges. You'll join other multigenerational clans to learn about big cats in Kenya, the magic of Harry Potter in England or whale sharks and spider monkeys in the Yucatan. Contact: 800-454-5768; roadscholar.org

2. Consider "gramping." First there was glamping (glamorous camping). And now, "gramping." The historic Inn at Cedar Falls in Ohio's Hocking Hills has introduced a program that encourages multigenerational families to enjoy picnic lunches, local hiking, zip lining and kayaking during the day. They can then return to the inn for dinner and s'mores around the campfire. The twist comes at bedtime. Grandparents retire to a comfy guest room while parents and grandkids head to the nearby campground to sleep under the stars. Contact: 800-653-2557; innatcedarfalls.com

3. Enjoy a sunny holiday. Plan a trip to the Isla Verde Beach Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Some family members can relax on beachfront hammocks, while others can enjoy water sports including surfing, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Bonus: Free salsa dancing lessons give grandparents the chance to surprise the younger crew with their rhythm and style. Contact: 800-791-2553; sjcourtyard.com

4. Take a multigenerational journey. Trek to Nepal (children under 50 pounds can hike or be carried) or explore Mayan mysteries in Belize with this travel company that specializes in creating multigenerational adventures. Journeys guides are specially trained to attend to the needs of all age groups. Contact: 800-255-8735; journeys.travel

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