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the grandparents handbook!

Leaving them with the teenybopper next door is one thing, but taking them to Nana’s should never be a gamble — especially now that there’s The Grandparents Handbook.

Local author Elizabeth LaBan (with her father-in-law and mother) compiled tips and activities that are sure to score with both generations. Here’s our spin on a few.

Stock Up
Load the house with craft supplies (found items like bottle caps and buttons work wonders). And don’t forget snacks, such as pretzels, raisins, and chocolate chips.

Get Savvy
Poppy still waxes about the good ole days, but nudge him to embrace technology. He can team up with your tot to start a family blog or record a story.

Improvise, Don’t Spend
Expensive toys are overrated. Pass time looking at photo albums. Or hold an impromptu luau by dropping blue food coloring into the bath, adding plastic flowers, and piping in Hawaiian tunes.

Odds are, they’ll have a ball.


The Grandparents Handbook is available online at amazon.com.

this week in philadelphia!

PADDLE
Swim Lessons
What: Little fishies (6 months and up) get their sea legs with basic techniques.
Why:
You love the life aquatic.
When:
Book now. Classes run Jan. 16-Mar. 6.
Where:
Sweat Fitness, 1425 Arch St. (215-564-0303).

CREATE
Cool Art in the Far North
What: Tykes (ages 4 and up) create multimedia art projects focused on the cultures and animals of chilly climates.
Why:
It’s floe easy.
When:
Fri. & Jan. 22, 12:45-2:45 p.m.
Where: Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Rd., Haverford. To register in advance, call 610-525-0272 ext. 10 or go to mainlineart.org.

DO
George Washington Carver Wild Weekend
What:
Celebrate the gifted inventor with performances from Afrikan Connections Danse Company, crafts, and other activities.
Why:
That’s using your peanut.
When:
Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. (215-299-1000).

Photo: Courtesy of Quirk Books

LOCATIONS
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Rd
Haverford, PA 19041
610-525-0272
Sweat Fitness
1425 Arch St
@ 14th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
@ 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-299-1000
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