Q. My grandchildren are coming for a week and I am concerned about how to entertain them. My budget has been hit hard lately and I can’t afford Disneyland and the other theme parks. What do you suggest?
How about a week of “Grandma Camp”? Think of all the things you did when you were their age.
If you have any granddaughters, let them play dress-up. If you don’t have anything at home, hit the local thrift shop. Old wedding dresses can always be found there, along with myriad other treasures.
Here are some other suggestions to prod your memory. If it’s too hot to go outside, they can play cards — “Old Maid,” “Go Fish” or “Rummy” are easy ones. With just paper and pencil, they can play “Hangman” or the “Dots and Lines” game, where you draw a grid of dots and then take turns connecting the dots to make squares. You can write a long word on a piece of paper and they can see how many shorter words they can make out of the letters. You can get a large jigsaw puzzle and set it up on a card table so it can be worked on by everyone all week.