Grandpa Builds Backyard Roller Coaster for Grandson During Quarantine

Johnny Lopez
May 23, 2020 - 10:59 am

It looks like we have a contender for grandfather of the year.

A lucky kid got the ultimate diversion while in quarantine - a homemade roller coaster built by his granddad.

In a clip that has gone viral, the boy can be seen riding in a plastic car with wooden wheels along a track made that is being held up with a garbage can, wood and cinder blocks.

Making sure to keep his grandson safe, the proud grandfather runs alongside him giving a needed push to get over the incline.

It took about a week and a half to build the fun contraption from materials purchased at Home Depot, the grandfather said during an interview with the Instagram account Dad Is Not A Noun.

The young boy’s mother uploaded the video with the caption: “it’s not done but they having the time of they lives.”

The 12-second clip has amassed over 5.5 million views on Twitter and has received over 56K retweets and 310K likes.

As expected, fans had nothing but praise for the doting grandfather’s handy work.

“This is the sweetest thing I have seen all week,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Oh damn. I’m jealous for my son. My pops trash,” joked another.

“I think grandpa is enjoying this even more. Adorable,” captioned a third.

Other parents have also gotten creative trying to keep their kids entertained while hunkered down at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A California father recreated his daughter’s favorite stores so she could play at home during the outbreak.

With stay-at-home orders in place, Diego Gonzalez’s two-year-old daughter, Mila, wasn’t able to partake in her usual family outings to Target and Starbucks with her parents.

He and his wife got most of the supplies at their local Home Depot and built replicas of a Target register and a Starbucks barista stand.

When the DIY project was finished, Mila’s reaction made it all worthwhile.

“Her face lit up when she came into the room,” Gonzalez said. “She was so excited to start playing with it. She has so much fun in there and it keeps her distracted from everything that's going on.”

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