March 2015 Senior Activity Calendar

Find fun recreational activities for your nursing home residents in the calendar below that can be easily incorporated into your March senior activity calendar. Click on each activity for more information.

Fun Activity Ideas for March
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March is ...

  • American Red Cross Month
  • Deaf History Month (March 13 - April 15)
  • Irish-American Heritage Month
  • National Caffeine Awareness Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Umbrella Month
  • National Women's History Month
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Spiritual Wellness Month

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  • Birthday: Frédéric Chopin, classical musician (1810)
  • Nebraska became the 37th state (1867)
  • Ohio became the 17th state (1803)
  • President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps (1961)
  • Television show "Ripley's Believe It or Not" debuted (1949)

Crafts: Daffodil Pinwheels

Enjoy this National Craft Month by encouraging residents to make a fun craft like daffodil pinwheels.

Helping Others

On this day that President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, invite residents to help out around your facility. Encourage residents to fold napkins in the Dining Room or water the plants throughout the facility.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Reminisce with residents on this day that "Ripley's Believe It or Not" debuted on television by sharing old Ripley's comic strips. Discuss the popular old comic strips that residents used to enjoy reading.

Chopin Concert Social

Celebrate this birthday of classical musician Frédéric Chopin by playing his music during your afternoon social. Serve wine and cheese as residents enjoy the soothing music.

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  • Birthday: Desi Arnaz, actor and musician (1917)
  • Birthday: Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), author and illustrator (1904)
  • Movie King Kong premiered (1933)
  • National Education Association's Read Across America Day

Reading Buddies

Invite local kids to your facility to read books to your residents on this National Education Association's Read Across America Day. Encourage the kids to bring their favorite books.

Conga Line

Recognize conga player Desi Arnaz's birthday today by having a fun conga line. Encourage residents to make conga drums that can be played while others dance in the conga line.

Caffeine-Free Social

For this National Caffeine Awareness Month, quiz residents about the caffeine content of different foods and drinks. Ask them which foods have more caffeine. As a snack, serve caffeine-free foods and drinks.

Movie Night: King Kong

Show the movie King Kong (1933) to residents on this day that the movie premiered with Faye Wray. Borrow the movie from your local library or video store.

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  • Birthday: Jean Harlow, 1930s film star (1911)
  • Florida became the 27th state (1845)
  • Science show "Mr. Wizard" premiered on television (1951)
  • Time magazine was first published (1923)

Morning Devotions

Invite your facility's early-risers to participate in a spiritual morning devotion during this National Spiritual Wellness Month.

Name That Beauty

Recognize this birthday of platinum blond bombshell Jean Harlow by having residents guess which Hollywood beauty or leading man of the past you are describing.

Science Project

Encourage residents to participate in a science project on this day that the science television show "Mr. Wizard" premiered.

Time Magazine Social

Discuss a few of Time magazine's former "Person of the Year" winners on this day that the magazine was first published. Serve coffee and muffins.

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  • City of Chicago was incorporated (1837)
  • Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • National Grammar Day
  • Vermont became the 14th state (1791)

Baking Club: Trail Mix

Encourage residents to make trail mix during this National Peanut Month. Supply residents with cellophane bags and ties to package the trail mix and hand out at the afternoon social.

Weather Vanes

Celebrate the "Windy City" of Chicago on this day that it was incorporated by having residents make weather vanes that they can put outdoors.

Name Game

For this Discover What Your Name Means Day, invite residents to learn what their first name means.

Grammar Quiz Social

On this National Grammar Day, quiz residents with questions about grammar. Serve the trail mix that was made earlier by the Baking Club as a snack.

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  • Boston Massacre (1770)
  • Hula-Hoop was patented (1963)
  • Worm (Full) Moon, so named by Native Americans because of the prevalence of earthworms as the ground begins to thaw for spring

Crafts: Festival Prep

Invite residents to make crafts for the Crafts Festival on March 7, like wind chimes, weaving crafts, or even snow globes.

Reminiscence & Tea: Toys of Yesteryear

On this day that the Hula-Hoop was patented, host a tea party in which residents can reminisce about the toys of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. At the tea, set up a TV and DVD player and show a short part (about 15 minutes) of a documentary like The History of Toys & Games (1998) describing popular toys of those decades. Borrow the documentary from your local library or video store.

Red Coat Social

Pay homage to the city of Boston on this day that the Boston Massacre occurred between the British and the Americans by serving small samples of Boston cream pie.

Worm Moon Nightcap

Encourage residents to stay up and view the full moon or Worm Moon. Serve warm cookies as an after-dinner snack.

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  • Birthday: Lou Costello, comedian (1906)
  • Birthday: Michelangelo, artist (1475)
  • Birthday: Will Eisner, comic book artist (1917)
  • Middle Name Pride Day

Middle Name Pride

Have fun celebrating middle names by having residents (and staff too) wear a name tag with their middle name on it. Tell residents that everyone should be addressed by their middle name all day today.

Comic Books

To honor this birthday of one of the greatest comic book artists, Will Eisner, encourage residents to make a funny comic book using photos taken throughout your facility. Simply have residents cut out people or items from the photos and adhere them to paper. Assist residents with creating funny dialogue and captions that can be written on the paper above the photo cut-outs.

Who's On First?

Show residents the funny skit "Who's On First?" starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on this day that Lou Costello was born. Borrow the DVD Abbott & Costello Funniest Routines: Volume 1 (1950) from your library or local video store.

Masterpiece Social

Supply residents with paint and canvases as you encourage them to tap into their inner Michelangelo on this day that the Italian artist was born. Pass around pictures of Michelangelo's paintings for inspiration. Serve popcorn as a snack.

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  • Genealogy Day
  • National Be Heard Day

Baking Club: Irish Soda Bread

Encourage the Baking Club to make Irish Soda Bread during this Irish-American Heritage Month.

Genealogy Project

Invite family members to help residents fill out their "family tree." Provide residents with genealogy charts and forms to complete.

Crafts Festival

During this National Craft Month, set up a fun Crafts Festival in your Activity Room featuring the crafts that were made on March 5. Invite residents as well as family members to stop by and check out the crafts. Consider selling the crafts to raise money for a local cause.

Be Heard Social

Persuade residents to come to the afternoon social to voice any issues or concerns that they may have on this National Be Heard Day. Serve veggies and dip as a snack.

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  • Daylight Savings Time begins (March 8 - November 1)
  • National Proofreading Day
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 2-8)

Crafts: Painted Umbrellas

During this National Umbrella Month, supply residents with inexpensive Nylon umbrellas for them to decorate and paint.

Spring Forward

On this day that Daylight Savings Time begins, bring all your facility's clocks, which are easy for the residents to change, to your Activity Room to have the residents reset the time. Serve coffee to help "wake up" and orient residents to the new time.

Nap Time

In honor of this National Sleep Awareness Week, invite residents for a quick time-out during the afternoon, in which they can rejuvenate from the day's activities. Play soothing music in your Activity Room and encourage residents to sit a while and rest.

Newsletter Edits Social

Invite residents on this National Proofreading Day to proofread and edit your facility's newsletter or bulletin before it is printed. Serve pretzels as a snack.

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  • Barbie doll debuted (1959)
  • Birthday: Amerigo Vespucci, navigator (1454)

Learn a New Language

For this Irish-American Heritage Month, teach residents a few Irish words.

Low-Vision Support Group

Persuade your low-vision residents to gather during this Save Your Vision Month. Develop a forum for residents with limited vision to voice their concerns, like having small print on flyers or not enough large-print books in the library. Brainstorm with the residents about possible solutions for their concerns.

Navigation Hunt

Today, honor the birthday of the man who America was named after, navigator Amerigo Vespucci, by orchestrating a fun treasure hunt for residents. Be sure to use clues that your residents can solve.

Barbie & Ken Social

Have fun reminiscing with your residents about the Barbie doll on this day that it debuted. Ask staff members to bring in a few of their kids' Barbie dolls for residents to see and reminisce. During the social, share a few interesting facts about Barbie and Ken. Serve warm chocolate chip cookies for a snack.

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  • First Book of the Month Club selection Lolly Willowes was published (1926)
  • Salvation Army began in the United States (1880)

Baking Club: Peanut Butter Cup Pizza

For this National Peanut Butter Month, encourage residents to bake an unique peanut butter cup pizza for this afternoon's social.

Meditative Class

During this Spiritual Wellness Month, teach a meditative class to your residents to help them relax.

Monthly Book Club Tea

Host a monthly tea for your Book Club members on this day that the first Book of the Month Club selection Lolly Willowes was published. If your facility has not started a Book Club, simply contact your local library and ask if they can send you multiple copies of the same book for a few weeks. Hand out the books to interested residents and host the tea once the residents are ready to discuss the book.

Salvation Army Social

Honor the Salvation Army's work on this day that it began in the United States by setting up a clothing drive for residents. Encourage residents to clean out any unused clothes or coats and bring them to this afternoon's social. Donate the collected items to a nearby Salvation Army location. Serve the peanut butter cup pizza that was made earlier today by the Baking Club as a snack.

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  • Dream 2015 Day, a day for everyone to focus on ways to make our world a better place
  • Johnny Appleseed Day

World Wishes

On this Dream 2015 Day, invite residents to discuss their wishes for making our world a better place. Ask residents about the differences in the world today in 2015 versus life back in the 1950s.

Women's History Quiz

Quiz your residents about women's history during this National Women's History Month.

Irish Potatoes

For this Irish-American Heritage Month, show residents how to make tasty Irish potatoes using only sugar, coconut, cream, and cinnamon.

Johnny Appleseed Social

In honor of this Johnny Appleseed Day (the day Johnny Appleseed - Johnny Chapman - died in 1845), celebrate the man who loved planting apple trees. Share information about Johnny Appleseed as you serve apple slices and peanut butter to residents.

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  • Girl Scouts organization was established (1912)
  • President FDR gave his first fireside chat (1933)

Crafts: Eggshell Flowerpots

In time for spring, assist residents with making their own eggshell flowerpots that they can keep on the windowsills in their rooms.

Baking Club: S'more Pie

Think campfire today as you encourage the Baking Club to make a s'more pie on this day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first fireside chat.

Speaker Series

For this National Nutrition Month, invite your facility's nutritionist to speak to residents about their nutrition.

Girl Scouts Social

Purchase Girl Scouts cookies like Thin Mints or Samoas and distribute them to the residents on this day that the Girl Scouts organization was founded. Serve milk with the cookies.

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  • Earmuffs were patented (1887)
  • William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus (1781)

Early Morning Caffeine Booster

During this National Caffeine Awareness Month, set out a variety of coffees for your residents to sample as they "wake up" this morning.

Irish Jig

Teach residents how to dance an Irish Jig during this Irish-American Heritage Month.

Earmuff Social

Invite residents to make earmuffs on this day that they were patented. Serve warm cookies and hot cocoa for a snack.

Late Night Astronomy Class

Set up a telescope in your Activity Room and encourage residents to come out after dinner to look at the star constellations on this day that William Hershel discovered the planet Uranus. Serve coffee and pastries as a late dessert for your resident-astronomers.

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  • Birthday: Lucy Hobbs Taylor, first woman to receive a degree in dentistry in the United States (1833)

Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project

For this American Red Cross Month, encourage your red hatters to set up a blood drive at your facility. Contact the American Red Cross to get in touch with a local chapter.

Eye Exercises

In recognition of this Save Your Vision Month, teach residents how to exercise their eyes.

Pottery Class

Give sculpting clay to residents to make a craft during this National Craft Month. Encourage residents to paint their pottery once it has dried.

Healthy Teeth & Gums Social

Serve an array of healthy foods to residents for their teeth and gums on this birthday of the first woman (Lucy Hobbs Taylor) to receive a degree in dentistry in the United States. Set up a snack bar of mini carrots, apple slices, and cashews.

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  • Automobile Rolls Royce was created (1906)
  • Maine became the 23rd state (1820)
  • Musical group The Chords started doo-wop music (1954)
  • True Confessions Day

Crafts: Cute Leprechauns

Encourage residents to make leprechauns as decorations for St. Patrick's Day.

Now or Then

On this day that the Rolls Royce automobile was first built back in 1906 and sold for under $10,000 (but today sells for over $300,000), host a fun game of "Now or Then" like the pricing game on "The Price Is Right." Show residents an item and have them guess if the price is from now (from the 1990s) or then (from the 1930s).

True Confessions Social

Have fun persuading residents to reveal some interesting tidbits about themselves on this True Confessions Day. Serve fruit and dip for a snack.

Doo-wop Dance

Play fun doo-wop music on this day that it was started by the musical group The Chords. Encourage residents to dance.

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  • Birthday: James Madison, U.S. president (1751)
  • Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22)
  • U.S. Military Academy was established (1802)

Brainy Boost

During this Brain Awareness Week, share some fun facts about the brain. Serve foods that are good for brain health, like walnuts and blueberries.

Hulling Peanuts

Invite residents to enjoy a fun afternoon of socializing while hulling and eating peanuts during this National Peanut Month.

Mix & Match

On this day that U.S. President James Madison was born, have residents match First Ladies with their spouses. Give residents the name of a First Lady and have them guess their husband.

West Point Social

Quiz residents with World War II trivia on this day that the U.S. Military Academy was established. Serve strong coffee, like the coffee served in the military, with pastries.

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  • Birthday: Nat King Cole, singer (1919)
  • St. Patrick's Day

Baking Club: Irish Tea Cake

Encourage residents to make a delicious Irish tea cake on this St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day Lunch

Serve a special St. Patrick's Day lunch to residents, like tasty corned beef sandwiches with sauerkraut.

Crooner Social

Recognize crooner Nat King Cole's birthday today by listening to some of his classic songs, like Mona Lisa or Unforgettable. Serve the Irish tea cake that was made earlier by the Baking Club.

Irish Pub Night

Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day by serving non-alcoholic beer and inviting residents to sing along to Irish songs. Encourage residents to wear green or risk being pinched.

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  • Birthday: Grover Cleveland, U.S. president (1837)

Sign Language

During this Deaf History Month, teach residents how to sign their name using American Sign Language.

Women's History Review

For this National Women's History Month, discuss the roles of a few prominent women in history, like Florence Nightingale, Pocahontas, Joan of Arc, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Beatrix Potter, and Helen Keller.

Gardening Club

With spring right around the corner, invite residents to plant spring bulbs in your facility's garden. If it is still too cold outside, show residents how to plant bulbs in indoor containers, to be transplanted outdoors when warm.

Quick Quiz Social

Give your residents a quick quiz on this day that U.S. President Grover Cleveland was born. Ask residents to tell you which president he was. (This is a trick question because he was both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States.) Give the first resident who gives you the correct answer a fun prize. Serve brain food to residents, like walnuts or pecans. Bring a nutcracker to the afternoon social so residents can crack nuts as they ponder when President Cleveland was in office.

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  • National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Nevada legalized gambling (1931)

Crafts: Spring Ball Decorations

Encourage residents to create beautiful spring flower garlands and spring yarn decorations for the upcoming Spring Ball on March 21.

Baking Club: Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Celebrate this National Chocolate Caramel Day by having the Baking Club bake chocolate caramel brownies for this afternoon's social.

Last Day of Winter Social

Help residents say farewell to winter on this last day by enjoying one last cup of hot cocoa as well as the chocolate caramel brownies made earlier today by the Baking Club. Reminisce with residents about the winter and how cold or warm it was this year.

Casino Night

On this day that Nevada legalized gambling, host a special Casino Night at your facility featuring Black Jack and Poker. Recruit staff members to be the dealers for each of your gaming tables. Be sure to have "waitresses" hand out the free non-alcoholic beverages to the gamblers.

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  • Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival, viewing the world's largest concentration of cranes, in Kearney, Nebraska (March 19-22)
  • Spring (March 20 - June 21)
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor Day

Sponge Painting to Music

On this first day of spring, play soothing, classical music for residents and invite them to paint a springtime scene on canvas while listening to the music. Supply paint, canvases, and paint brushes to residents.

Crane Watch

Show residents an interesting documentary about cranes during the Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival. Show the documentary Crane Song (2008) to commemorate the world's largest concentration of cranes in Nebraska's Platte River Valley.

Vernal Equinox

Welcome the spring by having residents make kites to fly outdoors. Purchase inexpensive kite kits from your local activity supply store.

Meet Your Neighbor Social

Invite residents to meet their neighbors in your facility on this Won't You Be My Neighbor Day. Serve small slices of apple pie as a snack.

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  • Memory Day
  • Television character J.R. Ewing was shot on the television show "Dallas" (1980)

Memory Game

Test your residents' memory on this Memory Day by playing "What's On My Tray?" To play the game, simply place ten everyday items on a tray and give the residents one minute to look at them. Take the tray away and have the residents try to remember what items were on the tray.

Big Hat, Lots of Cattle Social

Pay tribute to the state of Texas on this day that television character J.R. Ewing was shot on the television show "Dallas." Reminisce about "who shot J.R.?" Serve southwestern snacks like salsa and chips.

Manicures & Make-up

Invite a make-up artist to your facility to get residents ready for tonight's Spring Ball. Recruit staff members to give manicures to residents.

Spring Ball

Encourage residents to get dressed up for the Spring Ball. Hire an entertainer to perform for the residents. At the ball, invite the residents to dance and have fun.

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt legalized the sale of beer and wine (1933)
  • New Year's Day in India
  • Tuskegee Airmen were activated (1941)

Crafts: Coffee Filter Butterflies

Encourage residents to create beautiful butterflies to decorate your facility for springtime.

Indian New Year Lunch

Happy New Year! once again. Take residents to India by celebrating the New Year with a special Indian-themed lunch, like chicken curry and rice. Beforehand, decorate your Dining Room with festive colors.

Tuskegee Airmen Social

Honor this day that the Tuskegee Airmen were activated by showing residents a documentary about this special aviation unit. Rent the DVD The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars (2003) from your local video store. Serve popcorn.

Beer & Nuts Night

Invite an entertainer for the evening and serve beer and nuts to residents on this day that Franklin D. Roosevelt legalized the sale of beer and wine.

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  • National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. (March 20 - April 12)
  • National Puppy Day
  • World Meteorological Day

Meteorology Class

Invite residents to learn how to predict springtime storms on this World Meteorological Day. In addition, share old folklore about predicting weather.

Gone to the Dogs

On this National Puppy Day, encourage residents to talk about their favorite pets. If possible, contact a local volunteer organization that brings dogs to nursing homes for pet therapy.

Cherry Blossom Art

During the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., encourage residents to paint cherry blossoms on canvas.

Days Getting Longer Social

Recognize the increase in the daylight hours as well as the onset of spring by inviting residents to choose which vegetables your Garden Club should plant in the facility's vegetable garden this spring. Serve veggies and dip as a snack.

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  • Birthday: Harry Houdini, magician (1874)
  • Birthday: Joe Barbera, animator with Hanna-Barbera cartoons (1911)
  • "Letter From America" premiered on the radio (1946)
  • National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day

Cartoon Sketch Books

Teach residents how to sketch cartoons on this birthday of animator Joe Barbera of Hanna-Barbera cartoons including "The Flintstones" and "Tom and Jerry." Afterwards, encourage the residents to compile the sketches into a coloring book for their grandkids. Use construction paper and ribbon to bind the sketch coloring book together.

Letter From America

Recognize this day that the current events news show "Letter From America" premiered on the radio by hosting your own current events session. Use your local newspaper to find interesting topics to discuss with residents.

Special Treat

Purchase chocolate-covered raisins from your local grocery store to pass out to residents on this National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day.

Magic Show Social

Celebrate magician Harry Houdini's birthday today by hosting your own magic show for residents. Ask a few residents to be your assistants in carrying out a few of your magic tricks. Serve popcorn for a snack.

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  • Jazz musician Charlie Parker recorded tracks including "Cool Blues" before an audience at Loew's Valencia Theater in New York City (1952)
  • Pecan Day

Baking Club: Butter Pecan Cookies

Encourage the Baking Club to make a special pecan dessert on this Pecan Day by baking butter pecan cookies.

Sewing Club

Invite residents to make a small spring blanket, similar to a mini winter quilt, to hang on the wall as a spring decoration.

Spring Tea Party

Help residents shake off the winter blues by host a fun spring tea party for your residents. Decorate your Activity Room in beautiful spring colors. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve a variety of teas and spring cookies.

Jazzy Happy Hour Social

Host a fun, jazz happy hour on this day that jazz great Charlie Parker gave a memorable saxophone performance at the Loew's Valencia Theater in New York. Serve the butter pecan cookies made earlier by the Baking Club.

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  • Birthday: Robert Frost, poet (1874)
  • Daytime television soap opera "The Young and the Restless" premiered (1973)
  • First motion picture film was produced by Eastman Kodak, formerly Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. (1885)

Crafts: Drink Umbrellas

Encourage residents to create drink umbrellas during this National Umbrella Month that can be used as decorations for the tropical drinks at the Spring Break activity on March 30.

"The Young and the Restless" Party

Recognize this day that the daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless" premiered on television by inviting residents to view an episode in your Activity Room. During the commercials, ask residents how soap operas and their commercials have changed over the years. Serve popcorn.

Make a Film

Invite residents to make a film on this day that the first motion picture film was produced. Invite residents to create an old-time flip book by drawing scenes on small pads of paper. Show residents how to start on the last page and then draw a slightly different scene on the page before it and so on. Once done, encourage the residents to swap books and flip through to see each other's movies.

Poetry & Prose Social

To celebrate poet Robert Frost's birthday today, read a few popular poems from Robert Frost to residents like The Road Not Taken (1916). Serve tea and cookies as a snack.

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  • American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, Connecticut (March 27-29)
  • Birthday: Patty Hill, lyricist of "Happy Birthday to You" (1868)
  • Movie Singin' in the Rain premiered (1952)

Spring Bazaar

Celebrate the spring by setting up a fun spring bazaar at your facility. Invite various vendors to sell jewelry, scarves, and spring wear.

Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Invite residents to participate in a fun crossword puzzle tournament on this first day of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Connecticut by passing out easy crossword puzzles to see who finishes first.

Musical Matinee: Singin' in the Rain

Show the movie Singin' in the Rain (1952) featuring Gene Kelly on this day that the film premiered.

"Happy Birthday to You" Social

Host a fun birthday social for all of your residents that were born in March, on this birthday of author and lyricist Patty Hill, who wrote the song "Good Morning to All" that was eventually changed to "Happy Birthday to You." Serve champagne and birthday cake as a snack.

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  • Circus owners Barnum and Bailey merged their circuses to form the Greatest Show on Earth (1881)
  • Hollywood stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks married (1920)

Petting Farm

This spring, recruit a local farmer with small animals to visit your facility. Encourage residents to go outdoors to pet the animals.

Cookies With Grandma & Grandpa

Invite the grandkids of your residents to make peanut butter cookies with your residents during this National Peanut Month.

Greatest Show on Earth

In recognition of this day that P.T. Barnum and James Bailey combined their circuses to form the Greatest Show on Earth, host your own fun circus in your facility. Schedule fun games for residents like "Pie in the Face," in which residents get to throw cream pies in administrators' faces.

Hollywood Star Social

Reminisce about the old days of Hollywood on this day that Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford married. Serve a Hollywood snack, like wine and cheese.

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  • Birthday: Pearl Bailey, Broadway musical star (1918)
  • Birthday: Sam Walton, founder of Walmart (1918)
  • Comic strip "Mutt and Jeff" was the first strip to appear daily in William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner (1908)
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. (March 20 - April 12)

Crafts: Cherry Blossom Display

Invite residents to make a beautiful paper cherry blossom display for your facility during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Vaudeville Show

Host a fun Vaudeville show among residents on this day that Broadway musical star Pearl Bailey, who first got her start in Vaudeville, was born. Ask residents if they have any special talents that they would like to share in the show.

Trip to Walmart

Take residents for a trip to your local Walmart store on this day that Walmart founder Sam Walton was born.

Mutt and Jeff Social

Reminisce with residents about the classic comic strip "Mutt and Jeff" on this day that it became the first daily comic strip in William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. Download old "Mutt and Jeff" comic strips for residents to read. Serve popcorn and pretzels for residents to enjoy as they read the comic strips.

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  • Birthday: Vincent van Gogh, artist (1853)
  • Television game show "Jeopardy" premiered (1964)

Hearing Test

Coordinate with your facility's nurse to set up a routine hearing test for residents on this day that artist Vincent van Gogh, who chopped off his left ear, was born.

Spring Break

Turn up the music and celebrate spring break. Serve fun, tropical drinks like Strawberry Daiquiris using non-alcoholic daiquiri mix from your local grocery store. For the party, set up a volleyball net and blow up a few balloons as you encourage residents to have fun playing balloon volleyball.

Final Jeopardy

Encourage residents to participate in a Jeopardy game using trivia questions on this day that the television show premiered.

Going Out Like a Lamb Social

Celebrate the spring weather with residents by talking about climate change. Share a few quick facts about climate change. Serve butter cookies and juice.

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  • Birthday: Robert Wilheim Eberhard von Bunsen, creator of the Bunsen Burner (1811)
  • Eiffel Tower opened in Paris, France (1889)
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. (March 20 - April 12)

Baking Club: Cherry Cobbler

Encourage residents to bake a tasty cherry cobbler during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Deaf Culture

For this Deaf History Month, show residents an educational documentary about the deaf culture, like Through Deaf Eyes (2007). Borrow the DVD from your local library or video store.

Mad Scientist Project

Celebrate the birthday of the creator of the Bunsen Burner, German chemist Robert Wilheim Eberhard von Bunsen, by partaking in a fun chemistry experiment.

Parisian Social

Host a fun, Parisian social on this day that the Eiffel Tower opened. Serve strong coffee and croissants.

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