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Planning summer adventures with grandchildren

It's never too early to start planning summer activities with your grandchildren. [Metro Creative Connection]
It's never too early to start planning summer activities with your grandchildren. [Metro Creative Connection]

Thinking ahead to summer activities with your grandchildren?

Family fun abounds in Oklahoma. The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum and Adventure Quest in Enid, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium in Tulsa, and the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

If your grandkids like water activities, check out Oklahoma City’s Riversport Adventures. They offer a variety of things to do and at three locations ― the Boathouse District, Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner.

There is much more across the state of Oklahoma and you can find the information at

If you want to travel outside the state, Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel, offers adventures in the U.S. or exotic options abroad through their Road Scholar program.

Road Scholar offers opportunities based on how active you want to be, from easy going to spending the day on the move! They offer suggestions for different ages 5 to 18.

If you have a grandchild interested in theater, consider Branson, Missouri's showbiz or New York City’s Broadway shows. If he or she prefers the outdoors, there are wildlife and geysers in Yellowstone, or hiking, rafting and riding in the great Smoky Mountains.

If you have a history buff, discover Philadelphia and look through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a founding father, an 18th century child; or all the offerings in Washington D.C.

In Portland, Oregon, you can have a submarine sleepover or catch fresh rock fish and crabs gathered straight from the ocean floor and then learn how to clean and prepare them for dinner. There is rafting in the Grand Canyon and roping and riding at Tucson’s White Stallion Ranch.

Whether in town, in state, the U.S. or abroad, the idea is to make memories.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at