6 fun things to do with your grandkids
Many seniors are looking to get outside once more and spend time with those special young people in their lives. But what are some activities everyone will enjoy? And where are they?
The good news is that the list is long and even better is that we have it right here for you.
Bisected by the Reedy River in the heart of downtown Greenville, Falls Park is a scenic park with many great opportunities for fun regardless of age. Walk the various trails throughout the park, have a picturesque picnic, or walk across the Liberty bridge for a full view of the park and the waterfall. Wednesday nights starting in September there are screenings of classic movies that are free to the public. All you need to do is a chair or a blanket to sit on. Movies begin Sept. 6 with the movie “Jumanji” starring Robin Williams. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/MoonlightMoviesgville.
Mast General Store
Located on Main Street lies an exciting shop sure to cater to both your young ones and the young one inside of you. Mast General Store has all kinds of great things to see, but maybe the surest bet is the barrels (and barrels) of candy found in the back of the store- everything from new confections to old-fashioned favorites. Candy is paid for by the pound, so everyone guaranteed a sweet deal.
Back out on Main Street is a secret scavenger hunt that is great for all ages. The Mouse Hunt is a series of small bronze sculptures hidden throughout Main Street created by Jim Ryan and Zan Wells. Ryan created the venture as a senior project inspired by the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by author Margret Wise Brown in order to encourage people get exercise and learn more about Greenville. Later author Linda Kelly wrote a children’s book about the Greenville mice. Nine of these sculptures are scattered around Main Street and hints about their locations can be found at: www.miceonmain.com/mousehunthints.
Those sometimes hard-to-please teens will find Coffee Underground a great location to cool off and relax. Located on E Coffee Street, Coffee Underground is just as the name implies, an underground coffee shop. Great blends of coffee hot or cold, as well as pastries and other confections taste even better in the nice quiet atmosphere. During the evenings, Coffee Underground hosts many events such as Stand-Up Comedy, Improve Groups, Slam Poetry, and more. Menus and information about events can be found at www.coffeeunderground.info.
Another great stop for any lover of books is M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers. Located on Main Street in the old municipal building, M. Judson sells everything from children’s books to books for adults and young adults. Also built in to the book store is the Chocolate Moose Bakery and Café, where you can get a sweet treat while you read. M. Judson also hold events fit for any age, including book clubs, author signings, trivia nights, and children’s story time readings for younger young ones. For more information and for a list of events, visit www.mjudsonbooks.com.
For those interested in venturing outside of Greenville, apple picking is great activity for any age. In the mountains of Flat Top, North Carolina, lies Sky Top Orchard, the perfect fall spot to visit and go apple picking on the farm and store. Apple varieties range from Gold Delicious, Courtland, Mutsu, Granny Smith and 21 other different types. And that’s not all! Sky Top has hay rides, a pond where you can feed the ducks, farm animals to visit, playgrounds, and a bamboo forest. Also available are delicious apple cider and apple cider donut not to be missed.