June 2013 Senior Activity Calendar
This calendar provides unique and fun activity ideas that can be easily added to your June 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 from the month of June. Below the June calendar, you will find detailed explanations for each of the calendar's 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.
June is ...
- Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month
- Audiobook Appreciation Month
- Children's Awareness Month
- Great Outdoors Month
- International Men's Month
- International Surf Music Month
- National Accordion Awareness Month
- National Camping Month
- National Candy Month
- National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- National Dairy Month
- National Iced Tea Month
- National Rivers Month
- National Rose Month
- National Safety Month
- National Soul Food Month
- National Steakhouse Month
- Skyscraper Month
- Vision Research Month
- Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf hurricane season (June 1 - November 30)
- Birthday: Marilyn Monroe, actress (1926)
- Cable News Network (CNN) became the first 24-hour news television network (1980)
- Kentucky became the 15th state (1792)
- National Trails Day
- Tennessee became the 16th state (1796)
News & Coffee
On this morning that the first 24-hour news network, the Cable News Network (CNN), launched, encourage residents to come to your Activity Room to catch up and watch the latest news. Set up a coffee bar that has a variety of delicious coffees.
Create a fun trail for residents while encouraging exercise on this National Trails Day. Set up several "stations" throughout your facility or at the ends of hallways that contain fun and easy word search puzzles, trivia questions, or picture puzzles. Give a prize to the first resident to complete all of the puzzles.
Guess That Blonde
On this day that blond bombshell Marilyn Monroe was born, quiz residents with descriptions of famous blondes and have them guess which one you are describing.
Hurricane Season Opener Social
Recognize this first day of the 2013 Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf hurricane season by hosting a tropical social. Play fun, tropical music and serve residents fresh pineapple and tasty alcohol-free hurricanes with little drink umbrellas.
- Birthday: Johnny Weissmuller, actor and Olympic swimmer (1904)
- Republic Day in Italy, the day Italy chose to become a republic instead of a monarchy (1946)
Crafts: Sun Mosaics
On this sunny day, invite residents to make sun mosaics using magazines. Use the mosaics as decoration in your Activity Room.
Celebrate this Republic Day in Italy by coordinating with Dining Services to provide an Italian lunch, featuring spaghetti and meat sauce or lasagna. Serve gelato for dessert.
For this International Men's Month, start up a monthly men's club. Turn on the local baseball game and serve the men pizza and beer.
Have fun in the jungle on this day that Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller was born. Serve residents banana smoothies as a snack.
- Birthday: Josephine Baker, dancer and singer (1906)
- Birthday: Norman Brinker, restaurant entrepreneur (1931)
- Duke of Windsor, after giving up his throne as King Edward VIII, married Wallis Warfield Simpson (1937)
During this National Safety Month, invite your facility's Maintenance Coordinator to give a safety talk to residents, e.g., what to do when they hear the fire alarm.
Take your residents out for brunch on this day that the innovator of casual dining in restaurants, Norman Brinker, was born. Have residents pick the place they would like to visit for brunch.
I Would Give Up...Social
Ask residents what they would give up in order to be with the one they love on this day that the Duke of Windsor (former King Edward VIII) married twice-divorced Wallis Warfield Simpson after giving up his throne. Serve residents a royal afternoon snack of tea and cake.
Host a fun 1920s Flappers dance on this day that famous 1920s dancer Josephine Baker was born. Encourage residents to dress up and have fun dancing.
- Pulitzer Prize was first awarded (1917)
Trip to Local Nursery
Take residents to your local nursery to pick out plants and flowers for your facility's garden during this National Rose Month.
On this day that the Pulitzer Prize was first awarded, have residents try writing something of their own. Encourage residents to write down (or dictate to a volunteer) a short autobiography. Once done, have a volunteer type up all of the autobiographies to be displayed and framed in one of your hallways, or placed in your facility's newsletter.
Invite your local pet store owner to bring a few cats to your facility during this Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Invite residents to reminisce about the cats they used to have as pets. If a visit from a local pet store is not an option, look to local pet therapy organizations that bring animals to nursing homes and retirement communities.
Frozen Dairy Social
Have fun serving up ice cream to your residents during this National Dairy Month. Supply residents with fun ice cream toppings like nuts and flavored syrups or even hot fudge.
- Apple II, the first personal computer, went on sale (1977)
- First hot air balloon flight (1783)
- Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot (1968)
- World Environment Day
Hot Air Balloons
Encourage your seniors to make easy hot air balloons on this day of the first hot air balloon flight. Hang the balloons as decoration throughout your Activity Room.
On this day that the first personal computer went on sale, host a computer class for residents. Teach residents how to surf the Internet to find information that is of interest to them.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
On this World Environment Day, encourage residents to recycle their trash. If your facility does not already have one, start up an Environmental Club. Invite representatives from your local government to show your facility how to recycle properly.
Where Were You? Social
Ask residents where they were when they heard the news of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's assassination on this anniversary of the event. Discuss where they were during other important events that happened in the last century. Serve residents veggies and dip as a snack.
- D-Day, anniversary of Allied forces landing in Normandy, France (1944)
- First drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey (1933)
- Securities and Exchange Commission created (1934)
Crafts: Origami Horses
Get ready for the Belmont Stakes this weekend (June 8) by making fun horses to be used as decorations for your Belmont Stakes party
Serve French snacks, like pastries and coffee, on this anniversary of D-Day. Ask residents what they remember hearing (or witnessing) regarding the invasion onto Normandy Beach.
Set up a large white sheet in the backyard and use a projector (try to rent one from your local library) to show a movie outside on this day that the first drive-in movie theater opened.
- Birthday: Dean Martin, singer and actor (1917)
- Boone Day, celebrating the day frontiersman Daniel Boone first saw the land that later became Kentucky
- National Donut Day
Donuts & Coffee
Set out mini donuts with coffee for residents to enjoy on this National Donut Day.
Daniel Boone Social
On this Boone Day, in honor of Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone, have residents make their own trail mix.
Soul Food Happy Hour
Serve residents classic soul food appetizers before dinner, like fried chicken tenders or deviled eggs, during this National Soul Food Month.
Celebrate Dean Martin's birthday today by passing out alcohol-free martinis (Dean's favorite drink) to residents as they listen to popular Dean Martin songs.
- World Oceans Day
- 145th Belmont Stakes horse race in Belmont Park, New York
Oceanographer for a Day
On this World Oceans Day, have residents paint an underwater scene on canvas. Supply residents with paint, brushes, and canvases.
Cloud Gazing Social
Enjoy the beautiful weather and take residents outdoors to look up in the sky and gaze at the clouds. Ask them to describe the pictures they see in the clouds. Serve lemonade to residents.
Belmont Stakes Derby
Turn your Activity Room into a fun place to sit and watch the 145th Belmont Stakes from New York. Give residents monopoly money and have them place wagers on their favorite horses.
Turn your Dining Room into a fun steakhouse and treat your residents to a tasty steak dinner during this National Steakhouse Month.
- Birthday: Charles Loloma, Native American jewelry artist (1921)
Crafts: Sandy Fish
Encourage residents to make a beach sand cast of a fish using sand and Plaster of Paris during this Great Outdoors Month.
Baking Club: Chocolate Picnic Cake
Encourage the Baking Club to make a delicious chocolate cake for this afternoon's social.
Invite residents to make Native American jewelry on this day that Native American jewelry artist Charles Loloma was born. Supply residents with sculpting clay and turquoise paint.
Spell That River Social
Have a spelling bee by asking residents to spell the names of popular rivers during this National Rivers Month. For a snack, serve the chocolate cake that was made earlier by the Baking Club.
During this International Men's Month, encourage the men to make something with wood. Supply participants with wood kits and glue, which can be purchased at your local supply store or dollar store.
Have fun out in the backyard during this Great Outdoors Month by assembling s'mores with residents.
Root Beer Floats Social
Have fun with residents as you make root beer floats by simply serving small cups of vanilla ice cream and root beer.
Concert in the Park
Enjoy the weather outdoors by inviting your residents' favorite entertainer for an after-dinner concert outside.
- Birthday: Jacques Cousteau, French undersea explorer (1910)
- Birthday: William Styron, winner of both National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for Literature (1925)
- King Kamehameha I Day, honoring the memory of the Hawaiian monarch
Documentary Matinee: Jacques Cousteau
On this day that Jacques Cousteau was born, show residents a fascinating documentary about his career, like Jacques Cousteau: Pacific Explorations Collection (1966). Borrow the video from your local library or video store.
Teach your residents how to do the Hula on this King Kamehameha I Day.
During this National Rose Month, encourage residents to help you plant the flowers you purchased earlier (June 4) on your trip to your local plant nursery.
Literary Talk Social
In recognition of this birthday of William Styron, recipient of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, host a literary discussion among the residents. Ask residents about their favorite novels and published works. Serve butter cookies and tea as a snack.
- Actor Gregory Peck died (2003)
Trip to Farmer's Market
During this berry picking season, encourage residents to take a trip to the local farmer's market to pick fresh berries. Make sure to pick enough for the Baking Club's blueberry recipe.
Baking Club: Blueberry Crumb Pie
Encourage residents to bake an easy and light dessert for the upcoming afternoon social.
Sunny Umbrella Social
Put up the umbrellas on the backyard patio furniture and have the afternoon social outdoors. Serve residents the blueberry crumb pie made earlier today by the Baking Club.
Movie Night: To Kill a Mockingbird
Remember the great actor Gregory Peck, who died on this day, by showing residents the award-winning movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) featuring Gregory Peck and Brock Peters.
- First roller coaster opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York (1884)
- Miranda rights, giving citizens the right to remain silent when being questioned by police, were established (1966)
Crafts: Patriotic Windsocks
In anticipation of Flag Day on June 14, encourage your seniors to make easy patriotic windsocks to hang throughout your facility for decoration.
Roller Coaster Ride
On this day that the first roller coaster opened in America at Coney Island, drive residents past a local fair to reminisce about the excitement of rides and roller coasters. Ask residents if they enjoyed riding roller coasters.
Right to Remain Silent
Supply residents with a silent break on this day that the Miranda Rights were established, by encouraging them to come to the Activity Room for some rest and relaxation. Turn down the lights and provide residents with battery-operated neck massages and back massages. Encourage residents to take an afternoon nap.
Accordion Music Social
During this National Accordion Awareness Month, invite an accordion musician to entertain your residents. Serve wine and cheese as a snack.
- Flag Day
- United States Army was established by Congress (1775)
Celebrate Flag Day by hosting a flag ceremony outdoors for your residents. Encourage residents to wear their military insignias during the event. If possible, find a trumpet player to play as you raise the American flag.
Grand Old Flag Social
Invite residents to sing patriotic songs while enjoying apple pie. Make song sheets of patriotic songs so residents can follow along.
Manicures & Make-up
Invite a local make-up consultant to your facility to get the residents ready for the big ball tonight. Have staff give the residents manicures.
Host a fun military ball for residents on this 238th birthday of the U.S. Army. Encourage the residents to dress up for the ball. Decorate your Activity Room with insignias from the military, and hire an entertainer to play fun music from the 1940s.
- Actress Judy Garland married director Vincente Minnelli (1945)
- Arkansas became the 25th state (1836)
- Magna Carta was signed (1215)
- Nature Photography Day
- World Juggling Day
Let residents borrow your facility's camera to take nature photos today on this Nature Photography Day.
On this day that the Magna Carta was signed, host an English tea, serving hot tea with milk (the way the English like it) as well as small finger sandwiches.
On this World Juggling Day, have residents try their hand at juggling. Supply residents with small lightweight ping pong balls.
Hollywood Stars Social
Invite residents to remember the marriage of actress Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli that happened on this day. Serve wine and cheese as residents discuss the careers of famous actresses like Judy Garland.
- Actor Charlie Chaplin, at age 54, married 18 year-old Oona O'Neill (1943)
- Father's Day
Crafts: Handprint Pictures
For an intergenerational activity, encourage residents to create handprint pictures with their grandchildren or great-grandchildren featuring the little ones' handprints.
Father's Day Cookout
Plan with Dining Services to provide a fun cookout for all of your residents as you celebrate Father's Day.
On this day that 54 year-old Charlie Chaplin married 18 year-old Oona O'Neill, show residents some classic Charlie Chaplin skits. Borrow The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Volume 1 (1914) from your local library or video store.
Tie-Tying Contest Social
Gather all of your residents around to see who can tie a necktie the fastest. Supply each participant with a tie. Give the winner a special Father's Day prize. Supply residents with pretzels and soda for a snack.
During this Great Outdoors Month, plan a trip to your local pond and take residents fishing, or purchase an inexpensive fishing game at your local toy store and set it up outside using a large, wide bucket.
Sweet Tea Tasting
During this National Iced Tea Month, serve residents a variety of sweet teas. Consider sweetening the tea with artificial sweeteners.
For this National Dairy Month, encourage your residents to make ice cream for this afternoon's social.
Homemade Ice Cream Social
Have residents sample the ice cream that was made earlier today.
- Birthday: Roger Ebert, film critic (1942)
- Golfer Arnold Palmer won the U.S. Open (1960)
- War of 1812 began
Supply residents with an array of fun candy treats during this National Candy Month.
On this day that the War of 1812 began, ask residents trivia questions about various wars in American history.
Critics Corner Social
Reminisce about old movies on this day that film critic Roger Ebert was born. Discuss the residents' favorite movies of all time and what made them so memorable. Serve popcorn for a snack as residents discuss the movies.
Arnold Palmer Happy Hour
Before dinner, serve residents a refreshing Arnold Palmer (a drink that is half lemonade and half iced tea) on this day that golfer Arnold Palmer won the U.S. Open. Ask residents if they have ever watched Arnold Palmer play golf.
- "Garfield" comic strip debuted (1978)
Comics & Coffee
Invite residents to peruse the Comics section of your local newspaper on this day that the comic strip "Garfield" debuted. Serve residents hot coffee to sip while laughing at the funnies.
Host a fun beach party outdoors during this International Surf Music Month. Play fun beach music and serve fruity drinks. Encourage residents to play fun outdoor games, like beach horseshoes.
At the beach party, set up a volleyball net and have residents sit on either side of the net. Give residents a large beach ball to toss back and forth over the net.
Milk & Cookies Social
For this National Dairy Month, host a fun milk and cookie social for residents. Offer regular or chocolate milk as you serve residents an array of freshly baked, warm cookies.
- West Virginia became the 35th state (1863)
Crafts: Macramé Bracelets
Encourage your seniors to make fun summer gifts for their grandkids like macramé bracelets.
Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project
During this National Rose Month, encourage your red hatters to cut roses or other flowers from your facility's garden to make bouquets for some of your facility's sick residents. Have the ladies personally drop off the bouquets to the residents.
Serve tasty milkshakes to your residents during this National Dairy Month.
During this National Camping Month, host a camp dinner for residents. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve chili and cornbread, along with s'mores for dessert.
- National Daylight Appreciation Day
- New Hampshire became the 9th state (1788)
- Summer begins (June 21 - September 22)
Encourage residents to enjoy the warm weather by taking a dip in the facility's "pool." Set up a kiddy pool out back and fill with water. Set chairs around it and have residents sit and splash around in the pool.
To celebrate the longest day of the year, have residents make their own sun dial.
Serve residents different flavors of popsicles during this warm weather.
For this National Daylight Appreciation Day, which is the longest day of the year, serve residents a fun nightcap outdoors as the sun sets.
- Birthday: Julian Huxley, evolutionary biologist and author of The Science of Life (1887)
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill (1944)
History in Review
On this day that President FDR signed the G.I. Bill to compensate returning members of the armed services for their efforts in World War II, reminisce with residents about the military and its effects on family members.
Raggedy Ann & Andy Tea
For this Children's Awareness Month, host an intergenerational activity and invite the grandkids and great-grandkids of residents to join the residents in a fun afternoon tea. Encourage the kids to bring their Raggedy Ann or Andy doll, if they have one. Decorate the Dining Room with Raggedy Ann & Andy memorabilia. Encourage the residents to talk to the kids about the famous dolls.
Invite residents to partake in a fun science experiment on this birthday of scientist Julian Huxley.
Wine & Wickets Social
Start a fun game of croquet in the backyard of the facility during this Great Outdoors Month. Serve non-alcoholic wine to residents as you encourage them to try their hand at the game of croquet. Purchase an inexpensive croquet set from your local toy store.
- Birthday: Johannes Gutenberg, printing press inventor (1400)
- Mercedes car company registered its brand name (1902)
- Strawberry (Full) Moon
Encourage your seniors to make easy craft puppets for the upcoming puppet show this afternoon.
During this Children's Awareness Month, invite the grandchildren or great-grandchildren of your residents to stop by for a puppet show. Have residents use the puppets that were made earlier today to put on a show.
Car Trivia Social
On this day that Mercedes registered its brand name, have residents guess which car you are describing. Serve popcorn for a snack.
Strawberry Moon Nightcap
Tonight, encourage residents to use a telescope to view the full moon, called the Strawberry Moon by Native Americans because of the abundance of the ripened fruit at this time of year. Serve strawberries and juice at the nightcap.
- Celebration of the Senses Day
- Western series "Hopalong Cassidy" premiered on television (1949)
Celebrate the five senses on this Celebration of the Senses Day by giving residents a variety of summer fruit and berries to taste. Encourage the residents to comment on the taste as to whether they are sweet or sour.
Trip to Nature Center
Take your residents to your local nature center during this Great Outdoors Month.
Show residents a thrilling western movie on this day that the Western series "Hopalong Cassidy" premiered, or show an episode of the Hopalong Cassidy Collection (1952).
Italian Ice Truck Social
Keep your residents hydrated during this warm weather by serving them Italian ice. Deliver small cups of Italian ice throughout your building as you try to keep residents cool and hydrated.
- Korean War began (1950)
- Last Packard car was produced (1956)
- National Columnists' Day
- Virginia became the 10th state (1788)
Men's Health Seminar
For this International Men's Month, invite your facility's nurse to speak to male residents about their health.
Guess That Slogan
On this day that the last Packard was produced, have fun with residents by asking them which product is associated with certain slogans. For example, Packard's slogan was "Ask the man who owns one."
Invite residents to talk about the Korean War on this day that it began. Ask residents what they remember about the start of the war, and whether any of their family members fought in the war.
Newspaper Trivia Social
On this National Columnists' Day, quiz residents about newspapers of major U.S. cities. Serve pretzels.
- Scientists mapped the human genome, a strand of DNA that lists our genetic code (2000)
For this National Rose Month, organize a group of residents to arrange the flowers that are delivered to your facility. If flowers are unavailable, supply residents with fake flowers and have them make arrangements that can be set throughout your facility. Purchase fake flowers at your local dollar store.
For this Skyscraper Month, show residents a documentary about building such massive objects, like Building Big: Skyscrapers (2000).
On this day that the human genome was mapped, encourage residents to create a scrapbook of family pictures that they can give as a gift to loved ones. Supply residents with small photo albums, which can be purchased at your local dollar store, and help them gather family photos to place in the book. Help residents make a family tree to place in the front of the book.
Crack open a cool watermelon to serve to residents during this warm afternoon.
- National Handshake Day
- Song "Happy Birthday to You" was composed (1859)
Crafts: Sand-Filled Bottles
Encourage residents to make beautiful and easy sand-filled bottles as decoration for summer.
To get residents ready to shake hands on this National Handshake Day, have the staff give residents hand massages using scented lotions.
On this day that the song "Happy Birthday to You" was composed, host your monthly birthday party. Coordinate with Dining Services to provide a delicious lunch with champagne and birthday cake.
Yogurt & Granola Social
For National Dairy Month, serve residents yogurt with granola toppings. Encourage residents to add other toppings like nuts or berries.
- Musician Louis Armstrong, nicknamed "Satchmo," recorded "West End Blues" (1928)
During this Vision Research Month, invite a speaker to talk to residents about the latest tips on eye care for seniors.
Recruit residents to assist with making tasty frozen treats for residents to enjoy on this summer day.
Summer Strawberry Jam
Invite residents to chit chat and assist you with making summer jams like strawberry jam.
On this day that musician Louis Armstrong recorded "West End Blues" (1928), play jazz music for the residents. Serve wine and cheese.
- Actress Katharine Hepburn died (2003)
Baking Club: Tropical Lime Cake
Encourage residents to make a delicious tropical dessert for this afternoon's Limbo Contest Social.
Start a monthly Audiobook Club during this Audiobook Appreciation Month. Have residents listen to the same book and discuss it afterwards. Contact your local library to find out how to get audiobooks sent to your facility.
To honor the legendary actress Katharine Hepburn who died on this day at age 96, show Katharine's movies throughout the day. Post the movie and show times. Encourage residents to stop by and watch at least one of her movies. Serve popcorn.
Limbo Contest Social
During this National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, play fun Caribbean music as your facility's staff competes in a limbo contest. Have residents judge the winner as they eat the cake made earlier today by the Baking Club.
- Birthday: Lena Horne, singer and actress (1917)
- National Organization for Women founded (1966)
Crafts: Daisy Chain Necklaces
Invite residents to make cute daisy chain necklaces on this beautiful summer day.
On this day that the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded, start up a chapter at your facility in which the women gather once per month to reminisce about some of the issues they faced as young women, as well as comment on the issues facing women today.
"Stormy Weather" Social
Celebrate this day that singer Lena Horne was born by playing some of her songs like "Stormy Weather." Serve cheese and crackers as a snack.
Late Night Astronomy Class
Encourage residents to sit outdoors and gaze into the night sky on this beautiful summer night. Invite residents to wear the daisy chain necklaces that they made earlier today. Serve cookies as a snack.