June 2014 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.
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)
- Tennessee became the 16th state (1796)
Crafts: Sun Mosaics
Invite residents to make sun mosaics using magazines on this sunny day. Use the mosaics as decoration in your Activity Room.
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.
Guess That Blonde
In recognition of this day that blond bombshell Marilyn Monroe was born, quiz residents with descriptions of famous blondes and have them guess which celebrity you are describing.
Hurricane Season Opener Social
Recognize this first day of the 2014 Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf hurricane season by hosting a tropical social. Play fun, tropical music and serve 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 change its form of government from a monarchy to a republic (1946)
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.
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 a monthly men's club. Turn on the local baseball game and serve pizza and beer.
Have fun in the jungle on this day that Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller was born. Serve 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, like 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 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, encourage residents to write something of their own. Invite residents to write down (or dictate to a volunteer) a short autobiography. Afterwards, recruit a volunteer to type the autobiographies. Display the autobiographies in your Activity Room or in your facility's newsletter.
Frozen Dairy Social
Have fun serving ice cream to your residents during this National Dairy Month. Supply tasty ice cream toppings like nuts and flavored syrups or even hot fudge.
Soul Food Happy Hour
During this National Soul Food Month, serve classic soul food appetizers to residents, like fried chicken tenders or deviled eggs.
- Apple II, the first personal computer, went on sale (1977)
- First hot air balloon took flight (1783)
- Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated (1968)
- World Environment Day
Crafts: 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
For this World Environment Day, encourage residents to recycle their trash. If your facility does not already have one, start 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 veggies and dip as a snack.
- First drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey (1933)
- National Donut Day
- Securities and Exchange Commission created (1934)
Donuts & Coffee
Supply mini donuts and coffee for residents to enjoy on this National Donut Day.
Get ready for the Belmont Stakes this weekend (June 7) by making paper horses to be used as decorations for your Belmont Stakes party.
Financial News Social
On this day that the Securities and Exchange Commission was created, invite residents to discuss a few key financial events of the 1900s like the Great Depression of the 1930s or past recessions. Serve cheese and crackers as a snack.
Set up a large, white sheet in your facility's 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 Trails Day
- 146th Belmont Stakes horse race in Belmont Park, New York
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.
Daniel Boone Social
On this Boone Day, in honor of Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone, encourage residents to make their own trail mix.
Belmont Stakes Derby
Turn your Activity Room into a fun place to sit and watch the 146th Belmont Stakes from New York. Give monopoly money to residents for them to place "wagers" on their favorite horses.
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
Crafts: Sandy Fish
Encourage residents to make a beach sand cast of a fish using sand and Plaster of Paris on this World Oceans Day.
Oceanographer for a Day
On this World Oceans Day, invite residents to paint an underwater scene on canvas. Supply paint, brushes, and canvases to residents.
Cloud Gazing Social
Enjoy the beautiful weather as you take residents outdoors to look up in the sky and gaze at the clouds. Ask them to describe the pictures that they see in the clouds. Serve lemonade to residents.
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)
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. Provide sculpting clay and turquoise paint to residents.
During this National Rose Month, encourage residents to help you plant the flowers that were purchased during your trip to your local plant nursery on June 4.
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 outdoors on your facility's patio during this Great Outdoors Month by assembling and eating s'mores with residents.
Root Beer Floats Social
Cool off during the afternoon by inviting residents to make and enjoy root beer floats with 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 on the back patio.
- 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.
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 upcoming Baking Club's blueberry baking activity on June 12.
Teach your residents how to do the Hula on this King Kamehameha I Day.
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)
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.
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)
- Strawberry (Full) Moon
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 visit the Activity Room for a little rest and relaxation. Turn down the lights and provide residents with hand and back massages. Encourage residents to take an afternoon nap.
Tie-Tying Contest Social
Get your residents ready for Father's Day, which is approaching, by inviting them to compete to see who can tie a necktie the fastest. Supply each participant with a tie. Give the winner a special Father's Day prize. Serve non-alcoholic beer and nuts as a snack.
Strawberry Moon Nightcap
Once the sun sets, 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 the year. Serve strawberries and juice at the nightcap.
- Flag Day
- United States Army was established by Congress (1775)
- World Juggling Day
On this World Juggling Day, have residents try their hand at juggling. Supply ping pong balls for juggling.
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. Serve apple pie as a snack.
Manicures & Make-up Social
Invite a local make-up consultant to your facility to get the residents ready for the big ball tonight. Encourage the staff to give manicures to the residents. Serve fresh fruit as a snack.
Host a fun military ball for residents on this 239th 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.
- Arkansas became the 25th state (1836)
- Father's Day
- Magna Carta was signed (1215)
- Nature Photography Day
Crafts: Handprint Canvases
For an intergenerational activity, encourage residents to create handprint canvases 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.
Let residents borrow your facility's camera to take nature photos today on this Nature Photography Day.
English Tea Social
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.
- Actor Charlie Chaplin, at age 54, married 18 year-old Oona O'Neill (1943)
On this day that 54 year-old Charlie Chaplin married 18 year-old Oona O'Neill, show residents a few classic Charlie Chaplin skits. Borrow The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Volume 1 (1914) from your local library or video store.
Trip to Park
Take residents to a local park for a fun picnic during this Great Outdoors Month.
Set up tables and chairs outdoors and encourage residents to paint en plein air on canvas during this Great Outdoors Month.
Accordion Music Social
During this National Accordion Awareness Month, invite an accordion musician to entertain your residents. Serve wine and cheese as 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
Serve a variety of sweet teas to residents during this National Iced Tea Month. 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 an array of fun candy treats for residents to sample during this National Candy Month.
On this day that the War of 1812 began, quiz residents with 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)
Crafts: Macramé Bracelets
Encourage your seniors to make creative, summer gifts for their grandkids like macramé bracelets.
Comics & Coffee
Invite residents to peruse the Comics section of your local newspaper on this day that the comic strip "Garfield" debuted. Serve hot coffee for residents to sip while laughing at the funnies.
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 freshly baked, warm cookies.
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.
- West Virginia became the 35th state (1863)
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.
Host a fun beach party outdoors during this International Surf Music Month. Play fun, beach music and serve fruity drinks. Encourage residents to play 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.
Serve tasty milkshakes to your residents during this National Dairy Month.
- 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 it with water. Set chairs around it and have residents sit and splash around in the pool.
To celebrate this longest day of the year, have residents make their own sun dial.
Serve different flavors of popsicles for residents to cool off 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, a law providing benefits to World War II veterans (1944)
Crafts: Sock Puppets
Encourage your seniors to make easy sock puppets for the Puppet Show on June 23.
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.
History in Review Social
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. Serve warm cookies as a snack.
- Birthday: Johannes Gutenberg, printing press inventor (1400)
- Mercedes car company registered its brand name (1902)
Baking Club: Raspberry Icebox Cake
On this summer day, encourage residents to make a cool treat like a raspberry icebox cake for the upcoming afternoon social.
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 socks puppets that were made on June 22 to put on a show.
Wine & Wickets
Start a fun game of croquet in the backyard of your 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.
Car Trivia Social
In recognition of this day that Mercedes registered its brand name, have residents guess which car you are describing. Serve the raspberry icebox cake that was made earlier.
- Celebration of the Senses, a day to stimulate the five senses
- National Columnists' Day
- Western series "Hopalong Cassidy" premiered on television (1949)
Celebrate your residents' senses on this day of the Celebration of the Senses 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 a thrilling western movie to your residents on this day that the Western series "Hopalong Cassidy" premiered, or show an episode of the Hopalong Cassidy Collection (1952).
Newspaper Trivia Social
On this National Columnists' Day, quiz residents about newspapers of major U.S. cities. Serve pretzels.
- Korean War began (1950)
- Last Packard car was produced (1956)
- 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 car 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.
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.
- National Handshake Day
- Scientists mapped the human genome, a strand of DNA that lists our genetic code (2000)
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 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 their albums. Help residents make a family tree to place in the front of their album.
Crack open a cool watermelon to serve to residents during this warm afternoon.
- Song "Happy Birthday to You" was composed (1859)
During this Vision Research Month, invite a speaker to talk to residents about the latest tips on eye care for seniors.
For this Skyscraper Month, show a documentary to residents about building the massive objects, like Building Big: Skyscrapers (2000).
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
In recognition of this National Dairy Month, serve residents yogurt with a granola topping. Encourage residents to add other toppings like nuts or berries.
- Musician Louis Armstrong, nicknamed "Satchmo", recorded "West End Blues" (1928)
Summer Strawberry Jam
Invite residents to chit chat and assist you with making summer jams like strawberry jam.
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.
Recruit residents to assist with making tasty frozen treats for residents to enjoy on this summer day.
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)
Crafts: Daisy Chain Necklaces
Invite residents to make cute daisy chain necklaces on this beautiful, summer day.
Baking Club: Tropical Lime Cake
Encourage residents to make a delicious tropical dessert for this afternoon's Limbo Contest Social.
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. Encourage residents to 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 was founded (1966)
Start a monthly Audiobook Club during this Audiobook Appreciation Month. Invite residents to listen to the same book and discuss it afterwards. Contact your local library to find out how to get audiobooks sent to your facility.
On this day that the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded, start a chapter at your facility. Encourage the women to gather once per month to reminisce about some of the issues that they faced as young women, as well as to comment on the issues facing women today.
"Stormy Weather" Social
Celebrate this day that singer Lena Horne was born by playing a few of her songs like "Stormy Weather". Serve cheese and crackers as a snack.
Late Night Astronomy Class
Encourage residents to sit outdoors and gaze at the night stars on this beautiful, summer night. Serve cookies as a snack.