Whether your parents or in-laws live around the block, or around the world, September 9 is the perfect day to show them how much you appreciate having them in your children’s lives.

Here are a few fun ways to celebrate grandma and grandpa on their special day. 

Phone Call 

Sometimes we get so busy that days or weeks can go by without the grandparents getting a call from their grandkids. Set aside some time for the kids to surprise the grandparents with a phone call and fill them in on their friends and activities. Go the extra mile and make it a Facetime call so the kids can do a little show and tell. Extremely simple, yet super meaningful.  

Dinner and Game Night 

Invite your parents or in-laws over and make a fuss over them. Have the kids prepare their favorite meal, wait on grandma and grandpa, and linger around the dinner table over dessert and conversation. If your family has a favorite board game, now is the time to break it out. Pictionary, Bananagrams and Apples to Apples are a few games that are fun for all ages. 

Ice Cream Date 

Give the kids a gift card to their favorite ice cream shop and let them take their grandparents out for a date night – on them! Some ice cream places are even offering free treats for the grandparents for Grandparents Day. It’s a bit of a drive, but the Nitro Live Icecreamery in Gilbert is offering a BOGO deal on Grandparents Day, where grandma or grandpa gets one free ice cream with the purchase of another.  

Get some culture 

Make it a family outing and head to the theater. Have a multi-generational boo-hoo when Charlotte says goodbye to Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web at Herberger Theater. Or take advantage of Discount Tire Free Family Sunday at Phoenix Art Museum, with hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, live performances, story times and free tours. A visit to the Children’s Museum or Arizona Science Center are other fun ways for grandparents to get in touch with their inner child. 

Day at the ballpark 

Pile in the car and head out for an afternoon Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. On September 9, the D-backs will take on the Atlanta Braves. Snap some photos of the crew, and frame them as a lasting memory of your Grandparents Day outing.  

Photo books and gifts 

Melt their hearts with a photo book chronicling all the special moments with the grandkids through the years. Or better yet, pick a favorite photo and have it emblazoned on a mug, mouse pad, pillow, yoga mat, tote bag or journal. Then grandma and grandpa will get to show off their favorite little people every chance they get.