Grandfather and Granddaughter celebrating

NT Grandparents Day

Territorians everywhere are urged to hold their own celebration of their grandparents, grand-friends, kin, and those who take on the role of a grandparent in their family or community.

Last updated: October 7, 2021
  • Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • CDU Marrara Stadium Marrara, 0820 Australia
  • Free

COTA NT is urging all Territorians to get behind the first Grandparents Day to be formally celebrated
in the Northern Territory.

Grandparents Day is an opportunity to say thank you to grandparents, pseudo or adopted grandparents, older kin and carers and to publicly recognise and celebrate the role they have.

In 2020, it was estimated that the unpaid time spent by grandparents on providing childcare in Australia was worth more than $4.4 billion per year. The impact of COVID highlighted what a significant, unpaid and free economic benefit grandparents can provide. Grandparents doing the school run and providing after school and holiday care alone can help parents save over $1200 a month.

“Grandparenting is one of the cornerstones of modern Territory life,” said Sue Shearer, Chief Executive Officer of COTA NT. “Many  grandparents sacrifice their own lifestyles, needs and finances to care for children. And it can be tiring – emotionally and physically. Yet they do it, because it is about family, community and contributing; and it often brings joy and opportunity for shared learning. It’s time for us to recognise this contribution publicly and say thank you.”

Everything you need to help you plan and celebrate NT Grandparents Day including an event budget planner, ideas for venue, activities, décor and catering, colouring sheets, free “selfie” frame template, templates for invitations, posters and flyers and artwork for social media and web pages.

  • SHARE You can find out more about SHARING your event and encouraging others to join in with NT Grandparents Day

  • CHALLENGE See who will make the brightest, most smiley “I LOVE Grandie” themed-artwork, photo or writing in your school or community!

  • TAKE UP BRAG RIGHTS  – Take a beautiful big picture and describe what you are doing for NT Grandparents Day in our special online Brag Book.