Round trip train rides can be lots of fun for grandchildren. If you are accompanying a child with disabilities, Amtrak will allow a caregiver or shadow to travel free of cost. Take Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano, Los Angeles or other local destinations. Have lunch or just visit the near-by attractions. Amtrak goes to San Diego where you can visit the Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World or other attractions. Annual passes are relatively inexpensive. Call ahead to ask about policies in effect for special needs individuals.
Tips & Suggestions
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Post photographs or pictures of local places to visit or shop on the refrigerator or on a piece of paper and ask grandchildren to choose where they would like to go. Prepare a day schedule using the pictures in sequential order so children can anticipate the timelines for activities. If your grandchild is sensitive to being in crowds, plan to go early or on days when you can predict that fewer people will be there.
Start when the grandchildren can move around independently and never stop. You will always be older than your grandchildren and will always need to teach and re-teach new things.