I have ten birthdays to celebrate each year for my ever growing grandchildren. I have always tried to fit their gift perfectly to their current interests or to get them something that they can continue to use as they grow. This year I have decided to do outings with Papa and I instead of a material gift.
My oldest grandchild recently turned ten. We celebrated her birthday by the three of us attending the children's theatre production of Princess and the Pea together. I had pre-approved the outing and the scheduled date with her parents. The play was a couple of weeks after her birthday. The anticipation of the upcoming outing with us just added to her excitement. Each of their outings also include a meal out at a restaurant of their choice.
My oldest grandson just celebrated his ninth birthday. The movie Night at the Museum has sparked an interest in him to visit a museum. His outing is going to be a trip to the Arizona Museum of Natural History with Papa and I. I gave this very internet savvy grandson the website address for the museum so that he could check out what he could look forward to seeing in the museum. http://www.azmnh.org/Home.aspx
His little brother saw the website and said; "I want to go there!" It looks like we just might be visiting the museum again in July!