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Vacations with the grandchildrenour survival kit "made in Trégor

Great vacations with grandma and grandpa

Every school vacation period, it’s the same: “Hello, Mom, could you take the girls for the vacations? They love going to your house so much, and then it’s good for them to breathe the fresh air of Brittany…” We know we’re going to be on pins and needles by the end of the week, but deep down, we’re so happy to enjoy the little ones that we never hesitate for long!”
The first few times, we waded through a bit. Not so easy to figure out how to keep the grandkids busy for a whole week… So now that we’re seasoned grandparents, we’re sharing our tips for making the most of it!

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#1 Locate entertainment

The Place aux mômes shows are always a hit. The same goes for the Môm’Art festival at All Saints’ Day: the program is fun, the price is low and the little ones always come out delighted.
From April to October, there are also plenty of nature outings with professional animators, some of which are reserved for children


#2 Choose a supervised outdoor activity for older kids

Next summer, seven-year-old Julie wants to go sailing, just like her cousin who can’t stop talking about his optimist sessions. “You’ll see it’s too much fun! We’ll sign him up with peace of mind. On the Pink Granite Coast, we are lucky to have great protected waters, without big waves… The ideal for children! And the advantage is that during this time we can do quiet activities with his little sister.

#3 Draw 1 family outing in the week

In a box, we shuffle papers with the names of activities or parks that everyone wants to do, and let chance decide!!
A day at the Radome Park, climb the trees at Vivons Perchés (there’s a mini-forest from 2 years old!), walking at the Sound Discovery Center in Cavan… You have to admit that you’re spoilt for choice here! For the next vacations, I spotted walks with donkeys in Lanvellec, to try.

#4 The rest of the time, pro-fi-ter!

Our must-dos with the girls:

  • lsnacks at Duke’s Mill in Lannion, to enjoy the giant slide and the free tree climbing, but beware, you have to be more resourceful to dislodge them from the zip line!
  • go to the tide pool and share our foot fishing secrets
  • walk on the beach or in the forest, make giant mandalas with nature’s treasures, teach them to recognize flowers

#5 What about when it rains?

Not even afraid! We put on boots and oilskins, we jump in the puddles, we race snails, we go admire the waves at the end of Ile Grande… If it rains really hard, we take shelter at the LPO station on Ile Grande to see the Northern Gannets on webcam. We also go sometimes to wade in the Forum of Trégastel (in the morning, there are less people!)… Or we stay quietly at home, making pancakes or board games borrowed from the toy library.
That’s also what vacations are like at grandma and grandpa’s house!!

In our backpack: a ruler for fishing on foot, bags to bring back treasures, a flora, a camera for souvenirs!

Cultivating experiences