Not just another card shop holiday, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation creating a National Grandparents Day in September, 1979. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with your grandparents in the Seattle area. All aboard?

Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
Saturday and Sunday
September 10 and 11
38625 SE King Street
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Grandparents ride Snoqualmie Valley Railroad free when accompanied by paying grandchildren (of any age) Saturday and Sunday, September 10 & 11. The 75-minute round trip departs from Snoqualmie Depot or North Bend Depot. $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/ages 2 to 12, free/younger than age 2.

The Old Spaghetti Factory
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
September 11, 12 and 13
2801 Elliott Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, grandparents will be honored with a FREE meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory! Step into one of their restaurants on Sept 11, 12, or 13 for lunch or dinner, and grandparents will eat FREE with the purchase of an entrée (dine-in only). Please go to for additional information and for location’s specific hours as lunch service is limited in some restaurants. Locations in Tacoma, Lynnwood, Tukwila and Seattle.

American Girl Seattle
Sunday, September 11
Alderwood Mall
3000 184th Street
Lynnwood, WA 98037

A Great Day with Grandparents! Spend a wonderful day with your granddaughter! You’ll enjoy a delicious meal and special time together. Includes an American Girl book, a commemorative photo and frame, and keepsakes to take home as a reminder of your day. Tickets: $35 per person. Reservations required at 877.247.5223. For girls ages 6 and up.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Saturday, September 10
10:00am – 1:00pm
2217 Nw 57Th St
Seattle, WA 98107

Jo-Ann will host a free Make It-Take It on Saturday, September 10 from 11am – 1pm at all stores with classrooms. At this event, children will have the chance to craft take-home gifts for grandma and grandpa. Children will use colorful beads to create one-of-a-kind craft designs that store Team Members will iron into finished take-home gifts. Check for the store nearest you.

Grandparents Tea
Saturday, September 10
Daily Joy Tea House
1033 Commercial Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

The Daily Joy Tea House is having a Grandparents Tea in honor of National Grandparents Day. It’s sure to have delicious food, fun activities, and good company.

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  2. Racheal says:

    You can also say thank you to special grandparents by sending them a heartfelt Grandparents day e card

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