8 Exciting Summer Activities for Retirees

The arrival of the warm weather is refreshing and for several winter weary residents, highly anticipated. Rather than staying indoors, people can finally get outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures.

For those living in retirement homes, this is a great time to meet new neighbours, visit friends you haven’t seen in a while, and plan outdoor events for the community.  Many activities can be hosted on the facility grounds. But for those wanting to get out into the community for some excitement, there are plenty of festivals in your city as well.  Some of the most popular natural summertime entertainments include:

1. Community Barbeques

Whether planning for a major holiday like Canada Day, designating a weekend to acknowledge everyone celebrating a birthday during that month, or just because you want to meet your neighbours, barbeques are favourite summertime cookouts enjoyed by almost everyone. So, get the signup sheet on the bulletin board, pull out the grills, stock up on the grub and host a fabulous barbeque. These seasonal past times can be as big or small as you like.

2. Lawn Games

Lawn games are always enjoyable physical activities that are easy to set up in your back yard, garden, or common area. Some of the most likeable gaming activities include: bocce ball, frisbee toss, badminton, lawn darts, and horse shoes. Other popular exciting fitness events that might require some travel include pickle ball, tennis, and volleyball.

3. Go Golfing

Golf is a leisurely game that many look forward to playing in the summer. Whether playing nine-hole, eighteen hole, or miniature golf, you cannot go wrong when you meet friends, grab the clubs and balls, and head out for a day on the course.

4. Outdoor Markets and Sales

Spend your day browsing and shopping at all the unique markets that are now open. Many outdoor flea markets and garage sales are held in the summer. There are always large and small venues throughout the town to walk through while looking at all the treasures available. These great events can be enjoyed solo or with a group.

5. Baseball Game

Now that baseball season is in full swing, enjoy a day at your local stadium watching your favourite team hit a home run. This is another exciting event that can be enjoyed on your own or with others. For the more ambitious residents, why not form your own team. Enjoy getting exercise while playing a game you enjoy.

6. Outdoor Festivals and Theatres

There are plenty of festivals and theatre performances being held this time of year on now available outside stages. Check your community calendar for all the upcoming attractions and plan taking in a fabulous musical, concert, or community festival.

7. Canada Day Celebrations

With our nations birthday only weeks away, it’s time to decide how to spend it. You can host your own Community Birthday party or go to any one of the July 1 parties held in your city. There is always something to do on Canada Day.

8. Gardening

People love to garden and right now is a great time to get the dirt prepped and seeds planted. Whether you enjoy growing flowers, herbs, or veggies, gardening is a wonderful leisure past time that can be done solo or with others.

Summer is an excellent time of year to plan outdoor festivities with friends, family, and neighbours. There are plenty of events going on throughout your community. But if you do not want to travel, there are many options that you can host in your own retirement community.

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