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Oh, the places to go

Grass Valley Charter School students and their grandparents chose these activities as the top 10 places for grandparents to go with their grandchildren in Grass Valley:

1. Culture Shock, 106 Mill St.

2. Del Oro Theatre, 165 Mill St.

3. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd.

4. 49er Fun Park, 314 Railroad Ave.

5. Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 East Empire St.

6. Lazy Dog Chocolateria, 111 Mill St.

7. Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St.

8. Grass Valley Library, 207 Mill St.

9. Summerthyme’s (for hot chocolate), 421 Colfax Ave.

10. The Book Seller, 107 Mill St.

Grandparents seeking a place to take their grandchildren for family fun activities will need to look no further than a top-10 list of Grass Valley attractions compiled by Grass Valley Charter School grandparents and students.

“Having so many grandparents in the population causes many calls wondering what to do with grandchildren during the summer,” said Grass Valley Charter School kindergarten teacher Chelsea Sullivan.

Sullivan’s students as well as those from Holly Davatz’s kindergarten class toured downtown Grass Valley this week, going to the spots on the list and learning about the community.



“The children in school are studying community and journeys people take, which led us to study different forms of transportation and locations in our community,” Sullivan said. “It’s been so much fun studying. The kids learned map skills and public-speaking skills.”

“I think it’s wonderful and a great way to get grandparents involved.”
— Bob Peterson

Gil Dominguez of Touchdown Productions tagged along to film the children on their journey, after a GVCS parent made a donation toward a film project promoting the list.




“She bid in an auction for an NCTV (Nevada County Television) fundraiser to make a commercial or something, and this is what she asked for,” Dominguez said, adding that working with elementary school children has been an entertaining venture.

“It’s been refreshing. I forgot what it’s like to be around 5-year-olds,” Dominguez said. “As a parent of adults, it’s nice to see little kids again and interact with them.”

Dominguez said the interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is important and the project allows viewers to witness the special moments with the children’s involvement with the community.

“These are cute little moments for them to be involved in something good for merchants and grandparents,” Dominguez said. “And having fun things to do with kids and grandparents is important in the development of kids. Kids need more parental involvement.”

Bob Peterson, co-owner of Lazy Dog Ice Cream, which made number six on the list, said the project is a great way to connect children with their grandparents.

“I think it’s wonderful and a great way to get grandparents involved,” Peterson said. “We’ve done things with the charter school, but it’s been so fun with the kids. The kids have a sort of controlled excitement.”

Peterson said he appreciates that Lazy Dog made the list.

“I love it,” Peterson said. “I’m surprised we made No. 6 when we’ve only been open for three weeks.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4230.


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