10 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day at Cracker Barrel

We love our Grandmas and Grandpas! After all, who doesn’t want a visit from Pop-Pop and Mimi (or whatever fun nicknames you have for them)? It’s a bundle of hugs, surprises, and special memories. And on Sunday, September 12, it’s your chance to show them a little love and appreciation.

That’s right, Grandparents Day is coming!

If you’re looking for some fun and unique ideas to celebrate, we’ve got you covered with several great ways to show them how much you really care.

Treat them to a Meal

Hand-rolled Chicken n’ Dumplins or a hearty Country Boy Breakfast with all the fixins is a great way to show your love. Even if you can’t be with them on Grandparents Day, you can still make it memorable. Give them a delicious meal they can enjoy at their local Cracker BarrelTM or in their own home. Purchase a Cracker Barrel gift card online and personalize it with a message straight from the heart.

Interview Them

Your grandparents are a living history book and a treasure trove of information. While you’re treating them to their favorite meal at Cracker Barrel, ask them about what life was like when they were young. What they envisioned the year 2022 would look like when they were kids, and what is left on their bucket list.

Talk about your family tree. Discover stories about your relatives you never knew. Grab your phone and hit record, and soak it in. They’ll love telling you about it all, and you’ll end up with an archive that’s absolutely priceless.

Take a Road Trip

Feeling adventurous? Why not hit the open road! Remember the bucket list question we told you to ask? Pick a destination they’ve been longing to go to and make plans to spend some time together seeing the sights.

Or visit our locations page and pick a place neither of you has been, and map out your route, picking landmarks, activities, and stops along the way. And when you start getting hungry, make sure you look for that Cracker Barrel sign along the interstate for a pit stop so we can serve you a meal made with care.

Create a Custom Care Package

Walking into one of our Country Stores is like taking a trip back to the past. It’s like a time machine from the old-fashioned candy sticks to the cast-iron Lodge cookware to the nostalgic games. Assemble a care package for Grandma and Grandpa with some of their favorite treats, mementos, activities, or games from their past and make a plan to open it together – either in person or virtually.

Offer a Service

A little bit of help goes a long way. Raking the yard, driving to an appointment, and running errands are all simple ways to show your grandparents you care about them. Plus, it will give you a chance to spend some quality time together. When you’re done trimming the bushes or organizing that closet, pause for a lunch break and stop in at your local Cracker Barrel. Grab a sweet tea and some biscuits and cap off one productive day as the ultimate helper.

Chat in a Rocking Chair & Play a Game

Relax and enjoy a thoughtful conversation with your grandparents on our Front Porch. Challenge them to a game of checkers (but be nice and let them win- after all, it’s their day). Ask them about their favorite pastimes growing up. Who knows, maybe they even remember the times they went to eat at Cracker Barrel back in the day. 

If you’ve ever been in our dining room chances are you’ve played the iconic Peg Game at your table. Here’s your chance to show off that big brain of yours and show them what a genius you are when you only have one peg remaining. (Luckily, we can show you how.)

Or pick up a puzzle in our County Store and spend the rest of the day putting it together. Just make sure you let them fill in the last puzzle piece to complete it!

Hunt for Worms in Dirt Dessert

Want a fun way to bring out the kid in each other? Indulge in our classic Dirt Cup Dessert (now available on our new kids’ menu) and spar with spoons as you and your grandparents hunt for all the gummy worms hiding in our delicious cup of cookie crumble ‘dirt.’ It’s a surprisingly entertaining, sweet way to create some fun memories with Grandma and Grandpa and the family. 

Cook a Family Meal

Stay in and have a tasty Grandparents Day in the kitchen. Try recreating a secret family recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation, or take a stab at creating something brand new. You may even want to use our Cracker Barrel pancake or biscuit mix to really zero in on that “made from scratch” flavor. Browse our pantry for more ideas and supplies, and have fun recreating that old family dish or experimenting with something new.

Craft with Care

Nothing says from the heart better than something you create yourself. Browse our online shop for some of our unique home décor finds, and then put your own creative spin on them. Then your Grandparents will have something special they can display in their home, and they’ll be reminded of you every time they pass by it.

For instance, grab a recent photo and put it in a frame that you can personalize with a special message. Or pick a box or wall sign with something that speaks directly to their own style and personality.

Crash a Virtual Family Party

If you can’t be with them on their special day because they live too far away or you’re still social distancing (thanks, COVID), here’s a great alternative.

While talking to your grandparents virtually, have other family members surprise them with a guest appearance during the call. You can even send them a surprise meal delivery from CrackerBarrel.com just before the call so you can all enjoy a virtual meal together. They’ll be super surprised at your creativity and thoughtfulness (just be sure to throw in some dessert for a super sweet ending).

For more gift ideas, you can visit our online shop. If you’re stopping in to see us on Grandparents Day, make sure you use our online waitlist feature so you can skip the line and celebrate quicker.

No matter what you decide to do for Grandparents Day, remember to, say thanks and tell them how much you appreciate them.


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