10 Summertime activities to include the whole family
The summer season heralds the kickoff of pleasurable and entertaining events with family and friends.
Many older adults may no longer have the health, mobility and stamina to join in the fun. And that could create a dilemma for families who want to ensure that everyone is part of the action. A little pre-planning can help make it easier for an older adult to take part in the festivities too!
Check out a list of ideas below:
1 - A day of painting or colouring. With the popularity of adult colouring books, both older adults and grandchildren can now enjoy this pleasing pastime. If your family is particularly artistic, they might even want to try their hand at watercolours and paint selfies to share with the entire family.
2 - Lunch outdoors. If the weather is nice, lunch on the patio may be a great alternative if an older adult no longer has the endurance to leave the family home. Pack up a picnic basket with all their favourite foods, put out a tablecloth and you’re set!
3 - A trip to the park, even if you must drive there, is a good way to help relive memories! Sit on the park bench and reminisce of past adventures on sunny days.
4 - Gardening is a favourite hobby for many. Kids and adults love planting flowers, herbs and vegetables in pots! Check out ideas online and on Pinterest or go to your favourite garden centre. Many have gardening classes and activities. Some have great restaurants which serve cake!
5 - Start a book club. Why not enlist a few friends or family members to read a book they would all enjoy? Gather the group for coffee and tea and share thoughts about the book. There are also online book clubs for older adults if you would prefer that option.
6 - Check out the town’s events. Why not be a tourist in your own town? Search for area activities on Facebook or through the local media. Popular summer activities in many communities include concerts and plays, ice cream socials and festivals.
7 - Plan a tea party. Everyone can join in on this mini event. Maybe bake some cakes and raise money for a charity close to your heart?
8 - Share a hobby. With school out for summer and the kids itching for something to do, why not ask Grandad or Grandma to teach your children his or her favourite! Whether it’s knitting, woodworking, playing guitar or working crossword puzzles, children will enjoy learning a new skill while getting better acquainted with a grandparent.
9 - Anchors away! You’re never too old to ride on the waves with the wind blowing through your hair. Find a local lake that hires out boats or paddle boards! Remember the hat, sunscreen, fishing pole and life jacket!
10 - Pick fruit. Picking juicy cherries or other fruit in season may have been a past summertime task in your life. Check out fruit farms in your area and load up the entire family for a weekend afternoon outing.