Ten things I love doing with my grandparents on the holidays 30



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My 11-year-old daughter loves going on holidays with her grandparents, her “Nanny and Poppo”. She looks forward to going to the beach with them every school break, counting down the days until she and her cousins take of for the sunshine. Her Nanny and Poppo are terrific at being grandkid-hosts too. They ferry them from theme parks to movie cinemas, taking full advantage of the three or four days they have with them. In fact, my dad (Poppo) professes proudly that if he gets it right while they are this age, they might just want to come visit him later when he is less entertaining! I think he might be right!  

But this week Paris wanted to share with you what makes going to see and be with her grandparents so special, from the simple, innocent perspective of a ten year old. In fact she insisted, having watched and listened to me talking about everyone in our community and how much they love their grandkids!  


I am a grandkid and I am spending this week with my Nanny and Poppo.  Here are ten things I love to do with them more than anything else.  I look forward to them every holidays.  I hope we’ll be doing them this trip!


1.  The beach

We stay at a house at Coolum Beach. I like to surf with my Poppo, except when he puts us on HUGE waves (which he often tries to).  We all like to go to Noosa and surf as well.


2.  Theme Parks

My grandparents are the best because they take us to THEME PARKS. Normally we go to the theme park in the middle of the week to break up the activities at home. If we go to small theme parks, we get to walk around in pairs with our cousins. [Bec: They often go to a small local theme park that is quite manageable for the kids and grandies alike].


3.  Movies 

Movies are the best. On the holidays the best movies come out and sometimes Nanny and Poppo let us go to the movies and see movies like Frozen or Turbo. We watch movies after dinner as well, with our cousins, all cuddled up on the couch.


4.  Morning Activities

In the morning we get up at about 6:00am to go to the beach or the playground. At Coolum there is a big creek called Stumers Creek and across the creek are the sand hills. Poppo likes to get us out for a run and some fun nice and early. He says it makes us eat breakfast better. I think Nanny just loves a sleep in…


5.  Meals 

Meals with Nanny and Poppo are awesome.


Bacon and eggs, poffertjes and waffles.


McDonald’s, Noosa Surf Club and Sandwiches.  We never get McDonalds at home!


The Surf Club, Bowls Club, and the local pizza restaurant.

(These are not all at once. But Poppo says he likes us to know how to use our knife and fork and we need some practice with him.)


6.  Dancing

My cousins, sister and I all do dancing (except for the boys) so we like to show them our dances. This helps us practice. Poppo sometimes dances for us as well which is rather funny. Performing for them is fun!


7.  Swimming 

Their house has a pool. The pool is very shallow at one end and very deep at the other end. Sometimes we go to the lap pool down the road that also has a heated pool that we play marco polo in (other games also).  In the mornings we sometimes go for a swim at the beach, if it isn’t too cold.


8.  Hanging out with our cousins

When we go to Poppo and Nanny’s our cousins come too, so there is six kids that all get to hang out. We love that and I think it makes it easier for Nanny and Poppo. We kind of keep each other busy.


9.  Getting dressed up 

We go out to dinner on the nights when we aren’t too tired. And when we do, we have to get dressed up in our nice clothes. It is fun to get all dressed up and go out with our Nanny and Poppo. My favourite place is to the Surf Club.


10.  Playing board games

I love playing Monopoly kids, Headbands, Twister and Boggle. It is such fun to sit around on a rainy day with all of us laughing at each other having fun.


This article was written by Rebecca’s 11-year-old daughter, Paris.  

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. We still play Monopoly, watch DVDs, go shopping, talk and just chill out together.. I love it.. so savour it, as they are getting older and memories are created during these times.

  2. You must have plenty of money to take them to movies and dinner. It is so expensive to dine out nowadays. Unless it is Mcdonalds which is rubbish.

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    • Maccas isn’t really cheap. We go to RSL, local pubs which have good meals for $5 to $10. Good food.

    • Hi Adele, I recognise you, Vicki’s sister, Dianne Fuller (now White) – I just had for 10 days, one of my granddaughters, Deanna – we took her swimming, fishing and visiting some of my husband’s family and grandkids and she had a ball – she was just happy to be with us – she’s 7 and such a great kid, easy to please – the most she ever asked for was an ice cream.

  3. What a delightful account of your fun times, Paris, with your grandparents. They are very lucky to have such a loving and appreciative granddaughter, and I just know they love every minute they spend with their lovely grand kids. Thank you for sharing.

  4. My grandsons are now 12, 16, 18 so do little with us now.

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    • Yes, and its much worse in another 10 yrs……Maureen, no time for us anymore….& same with their parents… we still just give & give- its
      all one way I’m afraid

  5. We are full time grandparents our son and his daughters age 8 & 11 have been living with us for 2yrs now and we are in our 70s so it’s day to day stuff we help with, They have a wonderful father he takes them everywhere and when he gets his own place, we will pick up where we left off, they will have sleepovers and outings etc with their Nan & Pop, we have other grown up grandkids age 21 & 23 we love them all .

  6. This is a lovely article Rebecca…your daughter Paris is a very bright girl…it’s very nice to hear from a grandchild’s experienced…
    My two granddaughters are 5 yrs & almost 4yrs old I have never had the opportunity to have them both yet, but this article sure give me some help for the future!! Thanks Paris!

  7. A lovely letter by Paris I enjoyed.We have 9 grandchildren from 12 to 26 now.All lived 4 to 7 hrs from us.From 8 yrs on I had each to stay for One special week without siblings & we did fun things together each day such as farm work,DVD,s,trips to movies,jobs for small pay. & trips to town to spend, cooking, ten pin bowling.Mc Donald’s which was the only time they got it,horse riding ,swimming,mountain climbs,bush picnics,board games. & old fashioned card games,dressed up & one dinner out,I let the girls do my hair. & makeup if they wanted. I remember one time I had to go to town with 12 different coloured bands in my hair,if I said it was a good job I had to show it was,cuddles in our bed,cubbies in the lounge with rugs & cushions,late nights & late mornings, games of footy & other sports.After their one special week they came back with siblings at least yearly. & still come during school hols.We are still great friends with them all as they move around Austalia. & over seas.FB keeps us in touch & they visit with boyfriends & girlfriends now.

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