Activity Ideas to Celebrate Grandparents Day

1Did you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? In 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation to create this holiday, and it’s been celebrated every since. Lets show the grandparents in our lives just how much we appreciate them.  Here are some ideas on some fun ways to spend this special day with grandma and grandpa.

Start the day with a Sunday Brunch.  Here are some great restaurants which offer traditional brunch menus and are sure to please all generations.

Where: 3000 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY
Contact info: (516) 742-7300


Maureen’s Kitchen
Where: 108 Terry Rd, Smithtown, NY
Contact info: (631) 360-9227


Sweet Mama’s
Where: 9 Alsace Place, Northport, NY
Contact info: (631) 261-6262


The Cook Room
Where: 25 Middle Country Rd. Middle Island, NY
Contact info: (631) 696-4260


Where: 850 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY
Contact info: (516) 877-2177


Take the grandparents to a nearby theater to see a show for a few hours of fun entertainment. Here are a few great family theaters on Long Island. Be sure to check ahead for the show schedule and tickets.

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Where: 2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY
Contact info: (631) 724-3700 


Theatre Three
Where: 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY
Contact info: (631) 928-9100


Patchogue Theatre.
Where: 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY
Contact info: (631) 207-1300

Visit one of Long Island’s adventure or amusement parks. Enjoy rides, mini golf, and other fun activities.

Adventureland Amusement Park
Where: 2245 Broad Hollow Road (RT. 110) Farmingdale, NY
Contact info: 631-694-6868


Bayville Adventure Park
Where: 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY
Contact info: 516-624-ride


Where: 655 Long Island Ave., Medford, NY
Contact info: 631-475-1771

Take a leisurely stroll at a park with grandma and grandpa or play at a playground. Find a park using Pick-a-Park which offers filters to search by playgrounds, bathroom facilities, food, and more. Here are other suggestions.

Where: Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY
Contact info: 631-669-0449
Where: Bayville Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY
Contact info: 516-624-6124
Where: 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh, NY
Contact info: 516-785-1600
Where: 630 Lido Beach, Lido Beach, NY
Contact info: 516-431-6650

Sunken Meadow State Park

Where: Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Northport, NY
Contact info: 631-269-4333


 Written by: Tara Arichabala

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