February 2014 Senior Activity Calendar
This calendar provides unique and fun activity ideas that can be easily added to your facility's February activity calendar. Each day consists of an idea for an afternoon social, as well as three other activities that provide fun entertainment. In addition, find easy crafts for seniors on both Sundays and Thursdays. All of the activities listed are inspired by holidays, events, or observances for the month of February. Below the calendar, you will find detailed explanations for each of the activities. Further, when more information is needed to complete the activities, you will find third-party links to appropriate websites that will provide even more information.
February is ...
- AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
- American Heart Month
- Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
- Bake for Family Fun Month
- Library Lovers' Month
- National Bird-Feeding Month
- National Black History Month
- National Cherry Month
- National Grapefruit Month
- Spunky Old Broads Month
- Wise Health Care Consumer Month
- Birthday: Clark Gable, actor (1901)
- Decorating With Candy Day
- Hula in the Coola Day, a day to host a fun, "warm" luau party indoors during winter
Baking Club: Cupcakes
During this Bake for Family Fun Month, invite the Baking Club to make tasty cupcakes.
For this Decorating With Candy Day, invite the residents to frost and decorate the cupcakes that were baked earlier.
Pass around photos of the leading men of The Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s on this birthday of leading man Clark Gable. Ask residents about their favorite actors of that time.
Celebrate this Hula in the Coola Day by escaping winter with a luau party. Turn up the heat indoors and have residents sip fruity non-alcoholic drinks as they enjoy Hawaiian music.
- Groundhog Day
- Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Television game show "What's My Line?" premiered (1950)
Groundhog Day Breakfast
Coordinate with Dining Services to host a special breakfast for residents on this Groundhog Day. Ask residents if they think that there will be six more weeks of winter.
Crafts: Groundhog Puppets
Invite residents to make their own groundhog puppets to give to their grandkids as gifts.
What's My Line? Social
Have fun with residents as you play the popular game show "What's My Line?" on this day that the show premiered on television. Have players guess the former occupations of residents by asking them simple yes or no questions. If the player asks a question that results in a "yes" then they can ask another question; however, if a resident asks a question that results in a "no", then you move on to the next player. Once a player has asked four consecutive questions that have resulted in "yes", then they must give an answer. Serve peanuts for a snack.
Super Bowl XLVIII Party
Throw a fun Super Bowl party in your Activity Room in which residents watch the big game on your television. Encourage residents to root for their favorite team.
- Birthday: Norman Rockwell, artist and illustrator (1894)
Learn a New Language
During this romantic month, teach residents how to speak French, the language of love. Have a resident or staff member, who knows a little French, teach the class.
Older But Wiser
For this Spunky Old Broads Month, reminisce with the women of your facility about lessons that they have learned during their lives, now that they are older and wiser. Ask the women about funny mistakes that they have made in the past.
Painting to Music
Invite residents to paint to music on this birthday of American artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell. Supply residents with paint and canvas.
Encourage residents to enjoy the afternoon with a piece of fresh grapefruit during this National Grapefruit Month.
- Famous concert pianist Liberace died (1987)
- Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst's granddaughter was kidnapped (1974)
- United Service Organizations (USO) was founded (1941)
Baking Club: Homemade Cherry Pie
For this National Cherry Month, encourage the Baking Club to make a homemade cherry pie to be served at the upcoming U.S.O. Memories activity.
Offer piano lessons to residents on this day that pianist and entertainer Liberace died. Have a staff member teach residents a simple song like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on your facility's piano.
Invite residents to reminisce about the United Service Organizations (USO) on this day that it was founded. Ask the residents about the USO parties that they have attended. Play music from the 1940s to refresh the residents' memories as you serve the homemade cherry pie made earlier today by the Baking Club.
Front Page Social
Talk to residents about current events and newspaper headlines on this day that Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped. Serve coffee and pastries.
- Weatherman's Day
During this American Heart Month, have a speaker, like your facility's dietician, speak to residents about healthy foods that are good for their heart.
Share interesting winter predictions for 2014 that are found in the Farmers' Almanac on this Weatherman's Day.
Trip to the Library
For this Library Lovers' Month, take residents for a trip to your local library.
Weather Report Social
On this Weatherman's Day, invite residents to learn more about weather by conducting a fun science experiment, like creating a tornado in a jar. (On the website, scroll down to the Tornado in a Jar section.) Serve veggies and dip as a snack.
- Children's Authors and Illustrators Week (February 2-8)
- Elizabeth II became Queen of England (1952)
- Massachusetts became the 6th state (1788)
Crafts: Pop-up Books
During this Children's Authors and Illustrators Week, encourage residents to create a pop-up book for their grandchildren by making pop-up cards and pasting them together to form a book.
For this National Black History Month, discuss the various inventions and discoveries made by African-Americans.
Host a high tea for your residents this afternoon on this day that Elizabeth II became Queen of England. Serve hot tea and warm scones.
Strawberries and Cream Social
Celebrate Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month by serving residents strawberries and cream. Ask residents if they have ever picked strawberries.
- Ballet was introduced to the United States (1827)
- Beatles band arrived in New York, setting off Beatle mania (1964)
- Bubble Gum Day
- National Wear Red Day
Wear Red Day
Encourage residents and staff to wear red on this National Wear Red Day, in honor of American Heart Month.
Bubble Blowing Contest
On this Bubble Gum Day, encourage residents to have a contest to see who can blow the biggest bubble. Line participants up in a row, give them the gum, and let 'em blow. Have the other residents judge who blows the biggest bubble.
Play familiar Beatles tunes as you encourage residents to discuss Beatle mania on this day that the Beatles arrived in New York. Ask residents if they remember the teen frenzy around Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Serve ice cream sundaes.
Night at the Ballet
On this day that ballet was first brought to the United States, show residents a popular ballet, like Swan Lake.
- Birthday: Portland, Oregon (1851)
- Boy Scouts of America was founded (1910)
- Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida (February 6-17)
Celebrate this birthday of Portland, Oregon, also known as the "City of Roses", by encouraging residents to make beautiful crepe paper roses.
Set up a fun obstacle course in the Activity Room and encourage residents to participate to earn their merit badges in sports on this day that the Boy Scouts of America was formed. Beforehand, have residents make their own merit badges using construction paper.
During this first week of the Florida State Fair, host a fun winter fair in your Activity Room. Set up several carnival games, like Ring Toss or Bean Bag Toss, for your residents to enjoy.
For this American Heart Month, coordinate with Dining Services to provide a heart-healthy snack for residents, like fat-free yogurt with granola, cantaloupe with fat-free cottage cheese, or veggies with hummus.
- Baseball great Satchel Paige was nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame (1971)
- Birthday: William Henry Harrison, U.S. president (1773)
Crafts: Bird Houses
For this National Bird-Feeding Month, have residents assemble bird houses to be painted during Crafts on February 16. Purchase inexpensive bird house kits from your local activity supply store.
Pass around baseball cards from the 1940s and have residents discuss the players on this day that Satchel Paige (the first Negro League veteran) was nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Invite residents to improve their heart health by joining your Exercise Class today during this American Heart Month.
Presidential Trivia Social
Quiz residents about presidential trivia on this day that President William Henry Harrison, who had the shortest term in history with 32 days as President, was born. Serve warm cookies as a snack.
- Freelance Writers Appreciation Week (February 9-15)
- Jell-O Week (February 9-15)
- Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 10-16)
Gather residents to assist you in the Activity Department during this Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Take your facility's new residents on a tour of your facility's library during this Library Lovers' Month.
During this Freelance Writers Appreciation Week, encourage residents to write a love poem for Valentine's Day. Supply residents with stationery and pens.
Coordinate with Dining Services to serve an array of gelatins for the afternoon social during this Jell-O Week. Ask residents whether they remember making Jell-O for their kids.
- Birthday: Thomas Edison, inventor (1847)
- Julia Childs premiered on the television show "The French Chef" (1963)
- Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City (February 10-11)
To pay tribute to this second day of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, invite a dog that knows dog tricks (a staff member's dog or a family member's dog) to come visit your facility. If your facility has a dog, teach the dog some dog tricks and demonstrate them to the residents.
Inventor's Day Project
Invite residents to create toys for their grandkids, like a parachute or a spinning top, on this day that inventor Thomas Edison was born.
French Cooking Demo
Celebrate this day that "The French Chef" premiered on television with Julia Child by having a staff member from Dining Services demonstrate how to make an easy French food, like crepes.
Tart Trivia Social
In celebration of this National Grapefruit Month, host a tart trivia social in which you ask trivia questions. If a resident gives a wrong answer, then he or she must drink a shot of grapefruit juice.
- Birthday: Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president (1809)
- Dracula premiered (1931)
Building a Telescope
Invite residents to make a simple telescope to watch the full moon on February 14 during the Snow Moon Nightcap.
(Log) Cabin Fever
To honor log cabin president Abraham Lincoln's birthday on this day, host a checkers tournament to help residents fight off their cabin fever during these cold days.
Staying Warm Social
Serve a variety of hot drinks for residents on this cold day, like hot tea, hot cocoa, and hot toddies.
Scary Movie Night
Show residents the popular movie Dracula (1931) on this day that it premiered. Borrow the DVD from your local library or video store. Serve popcorn.
- Get a Different Name Day
Crafts: Valentine's Day Cards
Have fun with residents as they make Valentine's cards for Valentine's Day.
Baking Club: Chocolate Mousse
Encourage the Baking Club to make a delicious chocolate mousse for residents to enjoy at the afternoon social.
They Call Me...
On this Get a Different Name Day, ask residents which name they would like to be called today. Write their new name on a name tag or label that residents can stick on their clothing for the day.
Get ready for Valentine's Day by serving a tasty favorite: chocolate. Serve a variety of chocolates, including the chocolate mousse that was made earlier today.
- Arizona became the 48th state (1912)
- Oregon became the 33rd state (1859)
- Saint Valentine's Day
- Snow (Full) Moon, so named by American Indians because of the amount of snow in February
Create bingo cards on your computer with the names of famous couples in each of the squares. During the game, list facts or trivia about a particular couple and have the residents place a chip on the correct couple's names.
Manicures & Make-up Social
Encourage residents to get ready for tonight's big ball by inviting a make-up consultant to give free make-overs to residents. Have staff members give manicures to residents. Serve appetizers on toothpicks so the manicures will remain intact.
Valentine's Day Ball
Invite residents to get all gussied up for tonight's Valentine's Ball. Hire fun, musical entertainment to keep the residents on the dance floor all night!
Snow Moon Nightcap
Encourage residents to gaze at the Snow (Full) Moon tonight. Set up the telescope, which was made on February 12, near a large picture window.
- Birthday: Galileo Galilei, astronomer (1564)
- Birthday: John Barrymore, actor (1882)
- Birthday: Susan B. Anthony, women's suffrage pioneer (1820)
- Comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted on "The Guy Lombardo Show" on the radio (1932)
In recognition of this birthday of actor John Barrymore, invite residents to act out fun, short skits.
On this day that George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted on the radio on "The Guy Lombardo Show", quiz residents about Hollywood couples.
Host a discussion about the history of women's voting rights on this day that Susan B. Anthony was born. Ask residents about their past voting experiences.
For this birthday of astronomer Galileo Galilei, invite residents to make bottle rockets during the afternoon social. Invite visiting grandkids to try out the rockets. Serve butter cookies and hot tea for a snack.
Crafts: Painting Birdhouses
During this National Bird-Feeding Month, have residents paint the bird houses they assembled during Crafts on February 9. Once dry, add bird feed and set the houses outdoors.
Baking Club: Ginger Cookies
Encourage the residents to bake ginger cookies for this afternoon's Hot Cocoa and Warm Cookie Social.
Find a special place or "gallery" in your facility to hang the residents' artwork. Encourage residents to use ribbons to make a frame for their paintings by gluing the ribbon around the edges of the paintings. Invite residents to peruse the artwork in your facility's new "gallery".
Hot Cocoa and Warm Cookies Social
Keep your residents warm on this cold day by serving them hot cocoa and the warm ginger cookies made earlier today by the Baking Club.
- American Indian leader Geronimo died (1909)
- Great Backyard Bird Count, a national movement in which volunteers track the number and types of birds in their area (February 14-17)
On this last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count, supply residents with binoculars to view the birds in your backyard through one of your facility's large picture windows.
Recognize this day that famous American Indian Geronimo died by showing a documentary about his life. Borrow the documentary Geronimo and the Apache Resistance (1988) from your local library or video store. Serve residents popcorn.
Winter Gardening Social
Recruit residents at this afternoon social to help plant flower bulbs in indoor planters so that your facility can have beautiful flowers during the wintertime. Serve the residents hot coffee and pastries as a snack.
Ladies' Margarita Night
For this Spunky Old Broads Month, invite the women of your facility to have nonalcoholic margaritas while listening to big band music. Purchase nonalcoholic margarita mix at your local grocery store.
Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project
Invite the red hatters to make no-sew fleece hats to be donated to a local homeless shelter.
For this Wise Health Care Consumer Month, invite your facility's nurse to speak to family members and residents about the types of health care decisions that need to be made.
Armchair Travel: Antarctica
During this snowy season, take your residents for a fun trip to Antarctica. Show a DVD that showcases penguins and other wildlife, like National Geographic: Antarctic Wildlife Adventure (1991). Borrow the DVD from your local library or video store.
Tea Sampler Social
Keep residents warm by providing them with an array of hot teas for them to sample. Encourage residents to vote on which tea they prefer. Serve butter cookies.
- Automotive company Ford finished the prototype of the Thunderbird (1954)
- Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique about women achieving their potential in life (1963)
- Inventor Thomas Edison patented the phonograph (1878)
Have fun with residents as you play musical bingo on this day that Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. Make bingo cards and place the titles of the songs that you will play into each of the bingo card squares. Be sure to play only instrumental songs so that the residents will have to guess the song title and place a chip on the correct song title.
My First Car
Reminisce with residents about their first car on this day that the Ford Thunderbird's prototype was formed.
Dust off your shuffleboard game and host a shuffleboard tournament in the dead of winter! Pretend that you are aboard a cruise ship and serve residents fun tropical drinks with umbrellas.
The Feminine Mystique Social
Encourage residents to reminisce about the women's movement on this day that author Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique. Ask residents if any of them recall the contents of the book. Serve residents warm bread as a snack.
Crafts: Snow Globe Cake
On this wintry day, assist residents with how to make a snow globe cake.
Low Vision Support Group
Encourage your low vision residents to meet during this Low Vision Awareness Month. Have several department coordinators in attendance to discuss ways in which their departments can improve services for low vision residents.
Persuade residents to take a break and take a snow day! Invite residents to take a book out of your facility's library and enjoy this winter day by reading.
Roaring 20s Social
On this 20th of February, play music from the roaring 1920s and encourage residents to dance at this fun, afternoon social. Serve cheese and crackers.
- Actress Elizabeth Taylor married Michael Wilding (1952)
- Washington Monument was dedicated to George Washington (1885)
Name That Monument
Share pictures of U.S. monuments and have residents guess "what and where" on this day that the Washington Monument was dedicated to George Washington.
Which Husband Was It?
On this day that actress Elizabeth Taylor married Michael Wilding, reminisce with residents about actress Elizabeth Taylor's eight husbands as you quiz residents to guess which husband you are describing.
Winter Cocktail Happy Hour
Movie Night: Father of the Bride
Show the popular movie Father of the Bride (1950) starring Elizabeth Taylor on this day that Liz married hubby #2 Michael Wilding. Serve popcorn.
- Birthday: George Washington, U.S. president (1732)
- Five and dime store Woolworth's opened (1879)
- United States hockey team upset the Soviet Union hockey team in the Winter Olympics (1980)
Baking Club: Russian Apples
Encourage the Baking Club to make a delicious Russian Apple dessert on this day that the U.S. hockey team upset the Soviet team during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Lunch Counter Memories
Reminisce with residents about the five and dime store Woolworth's on this day that it opened.
Washington and the Cherry Tree
On this birthday of President George Washington, share the fable about Washington cutting down the cherry tree. Ask residents what they think about the myth.
What Is It? Social
Borrow an antique from your local antique store and pass it around to residents during the social. Have residents guess what the antique is and how to use it. Serve the Russian Apple dessert made earlier today by the Baking Club.
- Children received the first polio vaccine (1954)
- Folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land" (1940)
- United States flag was raised over Iwo Jima (1945)
Crafts: Soapbox Dragsters
Invite the grandsons over for a fun Daytona 500 viewing in your Activity Room. Before the race begins, invite the residents to make soapbox dragsters with their grandsons.
Show & Tell
On this day that the U.S. flag was raised over Iwo Jima, invite residents to show and tell about their military mementos. Have residents discuss their time (or their husband's time) in the military.
Do You Remember?
Reminisce with residents about vaccinations in the 1950s on this day that children received the first polio vaccine.
Sing Along Social
Play folk music and encourage residents to sing along on this day that folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land." Borrow a folk music CD from your local library. Serve peanuts and ginger ale.
- Flag Day in Mexico
- United States Supreme Court defended the right to satirize public figures (1988)
Invite residents to watch the PBS documentary A History of Black Achievement in America (2005) during this Black History Month.
Encourage residents to participate in a talent show on this day that the U.S. Supreme Court defended the right to satirize public figures. Persuade residents to share their talents with other residents.
Mexican Fiesta Social
On this Flag Day in Mexico, teach residents a few Spanish words and phrases. Serve guacamole and chips as a snack.
Start Your Engines
Host a fun Daytona 500 Party for residents in the Activity Room. Serve salsa and chips as residents watch this annual car race on television.
- First national bank was chartered by Congress (1791)
- "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premiered on television (1950)
Baking Club: Oatmeal Grapefruit Quick Bread
Encourage residents to make a grapefruit recipe like oatmeal grapefruit quick bread during this National Grapefruit Month.
Start up an interesting discussion with residents about the services that they used to receive from their local banks, on this day that the first national bank was chartered by Congress. Ask residents about the gifts their banks gave them for being good customers, like free toasters.
Enjoy the cold weather indoors by showing residents how to play indoor hockey. Simply, have two teams of residents sitting in chairs facing each other. Provide brooms to residents to use to try to hit a soft Nerf ball under their opposing team's chairs to score a goal.
Your Show of Shows Social
Take residents back to the 1950s on this day that the television show "Your Show of Shows" premiered featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Show the DVD The Best of Sid Caesar (1955), which you can rent from your local video store. Serve the Oatmeal Grapefruit Quick Bread made earlier today by the Baking Club.
- Birthday: Levi Strauss, jean manufacturer (1829)
Wear Your Jeans Day
Encourage staff and residents to wear their dungarees on this day that jean manufacturer Levi Strauss was born.
Sweet Treat Demonstration
For this National Cherry Month, host a fun sweet treat demonstration of Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins. Allow the muffins to cool and serve at the upcoming Chocolate & Cherries Social.
Quiz residents about their heart health during this American Heart Month.
Chocolate & Cherries Social
During this National Cherry Month, invite residents to sample the delectable double chocolate cherry muffins made earlier today during the sweet treat demonstration.
- United States Supreme Court declared the 19th Amendment, the women's right to vote, was constitutional (1922)
Crafts: Still Life Artwork
On this cold day, encourage residents to enjoy the indoors by persuading them to show their artistic side as they paint a bowl of fruit. Set the residents around a table and place the bowl of fruit in the middle of the table. Give each resident a canvas and paint. Afterwards, have residents show their paintings and compare the different viewpoints of the same bowl of fruit.
Famous Women Trivia
Question residents about famous women on this day that the U.S. Supreme Court declared the 19th Amendment, the women's right to vote, constitutional.
Winter Memories Social
Invite residents to reminisce about their winter memories. Serve peanuts as a snack.
Strawberry Daiquiri Night
Play fun music as you hand out Virgin Strawberry Daiquiris to residents during this Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month.
- Floral Design Day
- National Tooth Fairy Day
- Scientists discovered the double helix structure of human DNA (1953)
Tissue Paper Flowers
On this Floral Design Day, encourage your seniors to make fun and easy tissue paper flowers to decorate your facility.
Have residents bring photos and mementos to discuss their family history on this day that scientists discovered the double helix structure of human DNA.
Provide residents with special paper and scrapbooking materials so that they can create a genealogy book of their photos and mementos.
Tooth Fairy Social
For this National Tooth Fairy Day, provide residents with a healthy snack for their teeth. Discuss whether any of the residents left money from the Tooth Fairy under their kids' pillows.