Make your outing a high-brow event by escorting them to the opera, the ballet, or a jazz club. For a berry good day, visit a local orchard and see what you can pick to prepare back home. Or stay close to home, but not too close, by visiting a town the kids have never explored to see what kinds of playgrounds and pizza it offers. You can also surrender some control to older grandkids and let them plan your itinerary. Bess Kelley, 68, a grandmother of five in Spotsylvania, Va., recalls how her teenage grandson Josh, who lives in the Outer Banks of N.C., took her out on his boat to watch the sunset. It was something she should see from the water, he told her. Josh provided pizza, dessert, and drinks onboard. "We had a wonderful evening enjoying each other's company and the beautiful sunset," she says.