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.

Fun Activity Ideas for February
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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

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  • 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.

Candy Decorators

For this Decorating With Candy Day, invite the residents to frost and decorate the cupcakes that were baked earlier.

Leading Men

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.

Hula Social

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Sour Social

Encourage residents to enjoy the afternoon with a piece of fresh grapefruit during this National Grapefruit Month.

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  • 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.

Piano Lesson

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.

USO Memories

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.

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  • Weatherman's Day

Heart-Healthy Program

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.

Winter Predictions

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.

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  • 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.

History Review

For this National Black History Month, discuss the various inventions and discoveries made by African-Americans.

High Tea

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.

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  • 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.

Beatles Social

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.

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  • Birthday: Portland, Oregon (1851)
  • Boy Scouts of America was founded (1910)
  • Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida (February 6-17)

Art Project

Celebrate this birthday of Portland, Oregon, also known as the "City of Roses", by encouraging residents to make beautiful crepe paper roses.

Merit Badges

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.

Winter Fair

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.

Heart-Healthy Social

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.

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  • 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.

Baseball Cards

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.

Heart-Healthy Exercise

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.

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  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week (February 9-15)
  • Jell-O Week (February 9-15)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 10-16)

Random Acts

Gather residents to assist you in the Activity Department during this Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Library Tour

Take your facility's new residents on a tour of your facility's library during this Library Lovers' Month.

Writer's Corner

During this Freelance Writers Appreciation Week, encourage residents to write a love poem for Valentine's Day. Supply residents with stationery and pens.

J-E-L-L-O Social

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.

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  • 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)

Dog Tricks

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Chocolaty Social

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.

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  • 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

Valentine Bingo

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.

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  • 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)

Actor's Studio

In recognition of this birthday of actor John Barrymore, invite residents to act out fun, short skits.

Hollywood Couples

On this day that George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted on the radio on "The Guy Lombardo Show", quiz residents about Hollywood couples.

Women's Suffrage

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.

Astronomy Social

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.

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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.

Art Gallery

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.

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  • 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)

Bird Count

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.

Educational Series

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.

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Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project

Invite the red hatters to make no-sew fleece hats to be donated to a local homeless shelter.

Nurse's Notes

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.

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  • 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)

Musical Bingo

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.

Winter Cruise

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.

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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.

Snow Day

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.

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  • 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

Host a fun happy hour for residents on this wintry day. Provide residents with warm appetizers and wintertime drinks, like a Hot Toddy or a Hot Whiskey Punch.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Flag Day in Mexico
  • United States Supreme Court defended the right to satirize public figures (1988)

Black History

Invite residents to watch the PBS documentary A History of Black Achievement in America (2005) during this Black History Month.

Talent Show

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.

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  • 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.

Banking Memories

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.

Indoor Hockey

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.

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  • 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.

Heart-Health Quiz

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Genealogy Project

Have residents bring photos and mementos to discuss their family history on this day that scientists discovered the double helix structure of human DNA.

Genealogy Scrapbooking

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.

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