My trick for eating out with kids | Cup of Jo

We just got back from San Francisco where we visited family. One evening we went to dinner with my sister’s in-laws and we had four mischievous children at the table. It was all well and good – we could have scraped through – but then I remembered a fun game for the table…

Have you ever played Grandma’s Suitcase? It’s a memory game and you go around the table saying, “In my grandma’s trunk, I packed…” and then list an item along with all the items people have already said.

Here is an example:
Person #1 says, “In my grandmother’s suitcase I packed a toothbrush.”
Person #2 says, “In my grandmother’s suitcase I packed a toothbrush and chicken soup.”
Person #3 says, “In my grandmother’s suitcase I packed a toothbrush and chicken soup and the movie Home Alone.”
And it goes on!

When someone destroys the list or forgets an item, they are out and the game continues until only the winner is left.

The game is fun for all ages (Alex’s mom is a secret genius at it) and I always laugh at the weird things people put in their suitcases (Palm Springs the movie, The Palm Springs locationa later bedtime, grandma herself).

thoughts? What games do you play with all ages? Other restaurant tips?

PS 9 tips for eating out with childrenand my kids’ funny passive-aggressive notes.

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