Celebrating Senior Dads on Father's Day
If you are planning a Father’s Day gathering for a senior dad, chances are it includes several generations of the family. While celebrating with loved ones is often the best gift you can give to fathers and grandfathers, organizing such an event might feel challenging.
We have a few helpful ideas for organizing your intergenerational Father’s Day event this summer.
3 Tips for Planning an Intergenerational Father’s Day
- Consider the location carefully.
June is usually a great month for outdoor activities. You might consider reserving the clubhouse or covered shelter at a local park. When younger children are part of the party, it gives them space to run and play. Another idea is a picnic at a local park or on the grounds of a senior loved one’s assisted living community. Everyone can bring a favorite dish or two.
If the dads in your family are baseball fans, plan a family outing to a nearby major or minor league baseball game. Ask the park about handicapped accessibility before buying tickets, if that’s an issue.
Whatever location you choose, make sure it has restrooms close by. Also provide plenty of hydrating beverages and sunscreen for everyone.
- Plan intergenerational activities.
If an outdoor party isn’t an option, there are many other family-friendly activities several generations of the family can enjoy together. A few fun Father’s Day activities include:
- Games: Interactive games that get everyone up and laughing are a memorable way to spend Father’s Day. Charades, Pictionary, Taboo, Heads Up!, and Jumanji are a few to try.
- Crafts: Arts and crafts also offer opportunities for the generations to bond. If you aren’t able to come up with some on your own, purchase inexpensive kits at a local or online craft store. Consider making stepping stones with everyone’s handprints on them or paint birdhouses. Painting terra cotta pots and filling them with flowers is another fun idea.
- Karaoke: Purchase or rent a karaoke machine and it’s a party! Encourage everyone to participate on their own or in groups. Make sure you have music that spans the generations. Don’t forget to document the fun.
- Include refreshments and beverages.
You don’t need to plan a fancy meal to celebrate Father’s Day. When multiple generations of the family are together, a potluck is often easier. Everyone can bring their favorites.
If your senior dad lives in an assisted living or retirement community, talk with the dining services staff. Most communities have catering options and private dining rooms available to families.
Every Day Is a Celebration at Five Star
At Five Star Senior Living communities, every day is special. From various life enrichment activities to opportunities for informal gatherings with fellow residents, your loved one can be as busy as they choose each day. Contact us online or by calling (617) 796-8387 to learn more!