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3 weeks ago
Catch the Wellness Wave - Weekend Wellness Festival 3 weeks ago

With the New Year in full swing, community residents may have made resolutions for becoming healthy and fit. A weekend wellness festival can help your residents get their health screenings done, learn about keeping healthy, and enroll in fitness classes – all under one roof!

 

 

Health and Fitness Trivia and Raffle

To get started, you can organize an interactive question and answer session with your residents and also ask health- and fitness-related trivia questions.

Put names into a raffle and give out a fully stocked “health and fitness basket” to one lucky winner that answered correctly. Ask local health-affiliated businesses to sponsor the event and donate items to the raffle!

Introduce High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Fitness Classes

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Create a schedule of adrenaline-inducing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) fitness classes. Offer a taste of various local fitness classes on-site in partnership with nearby gyms and fitness centers.

Depending on interest and engagement, you can also support the creation of a resident-only weekly or monthly recurring group fitness event right inside your community!

***BONUS*** Start a special fitness program for senior residents to help them stay active and engaged.

Mindfulness Training

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Ask local mental health practitioners to deliver workshops and training on mindfulness. In today’s stressful world, mindfulness is an important technique for dealing healthfully with overwhelm and anxiety. Take this opportunity to help your residents learn about the various mindfulness techniques available to them.

On-site health screenings

A major component of your Wellness Festival should include inviting various health-related associations. This will allow your residents to avail of on-site health screenings and check-ups. Here is a list of experts you may want to call to the event:

·         American Heart Association

·         American Red Cross

·         American Diabetes Association

·         American Lung Association

·         County Health Department

·         Car Seat Safety Check experts

·         Dieticians

·         Personal trainers

***TIP*** Make a booth for senior citizens, veterans, students, and other underserved populations where residents can get a complete checkup by a GP or nurse practitioner done in one place!

Health Conscious Food and After-Party Boutique

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Provide your residents with a variety of healthy food options. It’s a great opportunity to contact local eateries, caterers, food trucks, juice bars, and cafes, to join your event (even to sell their food to residents). This way, residents will become more aware of the healthier food providers available in your local community.

Make space for health and fitness resident businesses at your event!Rent out tables or booths to community residents who have businesses in the health and fitness niche. This will both help you generate income to fund the event and also give residents a chance to pitch their products and services in your community. Additionally, it will also raise awareness in your community about the local products and items that may be available right next door!

While planning and organizing a wellness event is a large undertaking, it can easily be made into a yearly tradition! And it will definitely be worth all your efforts.

 

The event will provide the residents with brilliant support and motivation to remain fit throughout the year and your health screenings and car seat checks may even save a life!

3 weeks ago
Grilled Cheese Bar & Lease Renewal 3 weeks ago

Is there any better way to get your community residents to re-sign their leases than over a cup of warm coffee and a grilled cheese bar? We bet there isn’t!

If you’re looking to get residents to renew their lease agreements, we suggest dedicating a mouthwateringly enticing event to the task. This way, your community residents will be able to socialize with each other, have fun, and renew their agreements in a laid-back, hassle-free, yet systematic way!

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Inform Your Residents

Be sure to inform all the residents about the event by sending in notices or texts well beforehand so that they can make themselves available.

If you schedule the event during a holiday or local school break, it may also be a good idea to invite the residents and with their children/families.

Set up a specially decorated desk near the entrance of the room for renewals, have a dedicated staff member present for typing, bookkeeping, and making copies of the signed documents. You can also ask the residents to collect their renewals after the event. 

***TIP*** Ask the residents to come with copies of any documents that need updating when they come!

How to Organize the Grilled Cheese Bar

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For the juiciest, meltiest, grilled cheese bar, you’ll need:

·         A small flat grill, sandwich maker, or hotplate and frying pan

·         Spatulas and/or tongs

·         A variety of cheese, bread, and fillings

·         Plenty of butter for cooking

·         A large buffet table

·         A dedicated staff member to help residents warm and grill their sandwiches

·         Plates and napkins

Allow the residents to select their own bread, fillings, and cheese. Alternatively, you can also mention some pre-defined bread and topping combinations if you know your residents tend to be indecisive.

Here is a useful resource for making excellent combinations of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Coffee Corner

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Last, but not least, end the event with a warm cup of cappuccino. Use this time to ask the residents if they would like to see any changes or improvements in the community in the coming year!

For best results, ask specific questions about known problem areas (e.g. “What changes would you like to see in the community pool?” or “What can we do to improve the community park?”) You can also ask open-ended questions and/or invite residents to submit anonymous suggestions.

Make a Suggestion Box

Ask the residents to put in their suggestions and or complaints in the box. This way, residents’ concerns can be heard and improvements can be made in due course. Reassure the residents that all their suggestions will be read and discussed with management.

 

***BONUS*** For common themes or suggestions that come up, community voting (or voting on social media) can be done to see how many residents are in favor of a particular change or against it! Use the discussions you start during the event to fuel dialog with your residents year-round!

3 weeks ago
Valentine’s Day Love Poems & Heart-y Crafts 3 weeks ago

With Valentine’s Day drawing close, we propose doing an event that would piqué your residents’ emotions and put them in the mood for the holiday. This romantic poetry event is perfect when paired with a fun, keepsake, craft! Ask your residents to bring along their partners and sweethearts to the event if they wish to as well.

Let the community members know that it will be a poetry event so that all the lovers of the written and spoken word can join in the fun.

The Poetic Extravaganza

Ask your residents to bring in and recite their favorite pieces of romantic poetry. The guests can also bring in poems that they’ve written themselves.

***TIP*** Ask your guests to dedicate a few lines of poetry to someone within the group, to make the event more enjoyable!

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It might be a good idea to borrow a few anthologies of love poems from a library or buy one here. This way, any residents who don’t have their own collection can still participate in the event!

***Bonus*** See if you can get someone to propose at your event!

Snacks

 

 

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Serve Valentine’s Day-themed snacks such as heart-shaped cookies, Hershey’s Kisses chocolates, and hot beverages with heart-shaped froth or whipped cream!

Couple’s Silhouette Craft Activity

In addition to poetry, we also suggest doing a really simple yet striking craft activity (full instructions here), which would make an excellent keepsake or gift for loved ones. Ask residents to bring along printed pictures of their loved ones in a profile view. Or take pictures and print them off right there at the event!

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For this activity, you’ll need to provide residents with:

·         Scissors

·         Pencils

·         Tracing paper

·         Glue

·         Cardstock

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For this craft activity, instruct the guests to:

1.      Put the tracing paper on the pictures they have brought, and trace out the silhouette.

2.      Next, ask them to staple the paper with the traced silhouettes onto the card paper.

3.      Cut out the silhouettes one by one on the card paper.

Ask the guests to get creative with the images and make fancy frames or cards to place the silhouettes of themselves and their loved ones. You can also buy a few dozen Dollar Store frames along with some colorful Valentine’s Day themed scrapbook papers or wrapping papers for residents to use as the background for their silhouettes!

Residents are sure to enjoy getting into the holiday spirit with some love poem recitations, tasty holiday treats, and their cute keepsake gift for a loved one!

3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
New Year Celebration Bonfire Night 3 weeks ago

Looking to plan a festive event to welcome the New Year? Try a bonfire night with games and campfire food! The goal is to have an evening full of fun and start off the year right making happy memories. We suggest starting the bonfire at dusk and keep it going ‘til 10 PM.

The combination of different types of music with an outdoor evening event is magical! You can either ask guests to bring their own instruments – like drums and guitars – or you can curate some music yourself for the event.

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New Year Games

New Year Predictions

At the start of the event, arrange for several ice-breaking games!  For example, ask your residents to write down some anonymous predictions for the New Year. Have everyone to put their predictions in a bowl. Then, one by one, pick out a random prediction to read aloud.

***TIP*** You could also provide some prompts for predictions, or mention a few subjects to stay away from (e.g. avoiding religion and politics) to keep the event lighthearted and fun.

Two Resolutions and a Lie

Another entertaining game to play involves asking residents to tell others about three resolutions for the New Year, out of which two of them are true but one is a lie. The residents should guess which one of the resolutions is a lie.

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Ribbon Dancing

Take your community evening to the next level! For this activity, you’ll need several ribbons cut into three-foot lengths.

Hold all the ribbons in the center and have all the guests clutch an end of a ribbon. The two people holding the ends of the same ribbon will have to be partners for a dance. It’s especially fun when there are some unusual pairings.

***TIP*** Repeat the ribbon pairings more than once to add more chances for laughs and fun.

Bonfire Snacks

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No bonfire is complete without appropriate food and snacks to go with it. Offer traditional campfire grub to your residents to make the event fun and delicious! In addition to the main bonfire, a smaller fire or barbeque can be lit in another area to prepare the food such as hot dogs, marshmallows, and campfire popcorn.

Stew can also be a wonderful treat for a winter bonfire. We suggest preparing Brunswick Stew to leave the guests with a full warm belly and happy memories. For sweets, these easily prepared Fried Nutella ball treats would be wonderful for kids and adults alike!

2 months ago
Snow Bowling 2 months ago

Among the joys of winter are ice and snow sports! The combination of sun and snow is just perfect to enjoy a day outdoors.

Select a day with sunshine to have a Snow Bowling tournament along with other fun snow activities with your community residents.

While bowling is usually an indoor sport, bowling outside in the snow can be simply spectacular!

Break the Ice

Locate a large open space with lots of snow. Make a lane (or multiple lanes) through the snow using a shovel. Smooth down your bowling lane using a large wooden board or sleds. Then set up your 10 pins in a 1/2/3/4 triangle.

Use real bowling balls and bowling pins for tournament play!

***TIP*** Call bowling alleys for supplies! They often sell or donate used bowling pins for cheap.

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How to Play

For fun (and not tournament play) make two teams of people and allow each person to have two turns to hit as many pins as possible. Make a note of the team with the most pins knocked over and offer a gift at the end. Also, to make the event more thrilling, you could put a time limit on the shots each player can take.

The winning team can then be further divided into two teams who will play against one another. Similarly, individual competitions among community residents can also be held.

If you have a limited number of players, you can also start a true bowling game. Here are some scoring rules for briefing your residents. It may be helpful to print out and laminate a few copies. You can also download and print your score sheets here.

***TIP*** Remind the residents to wear non-slip boots, warm coats, and waterproof gloves to avoid accidents and frostbite.

Pair Bowling with Other Snow Activities

The event may also be paired up with other games such as snow tug-of-war. Tug-of-war is fun as it is! Imagine the amusement of people plopping down in heaps of slushy snow. 

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For snow tug-of-war you will need:

·         A large open space of snow

·         A long rope

·         Two (roughly) equal size and strength teams

Here’s a video showing how fun a game of snow tug-of-war can be.

 

 

 

2 months ago
Food Truck Fridays 2 months ago

Here’s another fun suggestion for residents: a food truck every Friday!

Everybody loves food! And eating out without having to go out is also a great way to socialize with other members of the community right near home.

Arranging a food truck every week is a wonderful way to bring the community together to share a delicious meal they may not have ordinarily tried. It can introduce your community members to new things, and even open up intercultural dialog over a shared love: FOOD!

When choosing your visiting trucks, ensure the prices of the available dishes are reasonable to your average resident. This way more community members can participate.

Also, be sure to get the word out well in advance and post many reminders for residents so the food truck owners are able to make coming into your community worth their while!

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Select Trucks with an Attractive Exterior

To make a good impression, and also to attract more people to the food truck, it is essential that the look of the truck stands out. 

To help the owners of the truck you can supply extra waterproof decorations such as:

·         Balloons

·         Fairy lights/Christmas lights

·         Fake vines

·         Flags and banners

·         Tiki lights

·         Or other culture-specific and cuisine-specific decorations!

Add other eye-catching decorations around the truck and at the gate of your community to give the visiting food truck a festive and inviting look.

You can also set up outdoor seating if the weather is suitable, or set up tables and chairs indoors for residents to munch on their meals.

Locate a Parking Spot

Select a spot that in your community that’s high traffic so community members will see the parked truck. Parking the truck next to the office or community center is a great option. Ideally, the surrounding space should also be large enough to accommodate modest seating as well!

Posting a signboard or sandwich board by the gate will help with visiability and serve as a reminder that it’s Food Truck Friday. It’s a great visual reminder, since parking the truck next to the gate will disrupt the traffic flow and be impractical.

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What to Serve

Mobile food trucks serve a variety of things from fast-food to ice-cream. However, it’s best to notify residents of the menu and pricing in advance so they can plan accordingly.

For instance, in winter, people love having anything warm – so a food truck that serves spicy dishes, or soups and other hot beverages is ideal!

And while residents will always love on-the-go hot food - such as French fries, cheeseburgers, tacos, and hot dogs - don’t be afraid to bring in more unique, artisanal, and ethnic trucks into your community.  

***TIP*** You may want to add freebies to your food truck such as candies for kids, or a few free meals to the first few visitors, to ensure more people turn out.

Take a Poll!

You know your community best, and you should feel open to suggestions from them as well.

Ask for truck recommendations or hold a vote for what types of food your community wants to see next. Keep changing it up with lots of variety until you hit on what works best for your residents!

2 months ago
Senior Citizen Prom Night 2 months ago

This fun event is a senior citizen prom! We often forget that the aging members of our communities also need recreation and a little festivity. This can help them de-stress from their daily lives and recapture a bit of their youth.

This event is designed for community members 55 years and older, but you may want to allow senior citizens to invite a younger family member as a “date” if they wish!

Planning the Event

Ask for input regarding the prom from a few outgoing senior community members. They will be able to guide you better about their preferences and how to makethe event enticing.

***TIP*** Ensure arrangements and space for wheelchairs and any other special needs your elderly attendees may have.

Music

Arrange a DJ who can play a variety of recorded tracks from different decades. If possible, also arrange a live or tribute band to add to the excitement.

Select a Theme

Select a theme that the elderly citizens will love. For instance, a popular movie theme could be selected from the 1930s, 40s, or 50s. Masquerade balls and Mardi Gras are also timeless prom themes!

***Bonus*** Arrange for corsages and boutonnieres for all your guests.

Set the Mood through Appropriate Décor

Lighting, floral arrangements, decorations, scents, and other elements of the theme will help to pull off a wonderful prom party.

If the theme is from a movie (for example, Gone With the Wind) cut out life-size pictures of the actors and place them at the hall entrance. Also, cover the walls with old movie posters as well!

If the theme selected is something ornate like a masquerade ball; be sure to provide the guests with feathered masks, and serve snacks in silver trays!

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Snacks

Prepare prom party appetizers for the guests. Here are a handful of excellent recipes for a prom party in addition to the traditional cookies and punch.

Making the Event Accessible

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Some seniors may not be able to dance, so other interesting activities should be planned for them. For example, arrange casino tables, card games, fortune telling, board games, and photo booths!

Karaoke is another potentially fun activity to add to the evening’s enjoyment.

 

***BONUS*** Remember to hold a prom king and queen vote throughout the event. You can announce your prom king and queen towards the end of the evening with a special ceremony and gifts for your winning couple!

2 months ago
A Feast for Forest Friends 2 months ago

Wildlife is an important part of every community and your critters should be looked after in the winter months. This clever activity involves making a giant snow cake for local wildlife!

This family-friendly activity is both enjoyable and educational. The idea is to do something fun for the kids as well as help them understand how weather affects local bird and animal foraging patterns. 

If you don’t live in a suburban or rural area, this activity may also involve a “field trip” away from more densely populated areas or even to a local park (check with your city about needed permissions!) 

Things You Will Need

·         Carpool arrangements if traveling 

·         3-5 big shovels

·         Small shovels for little kids

·         Food items such as whole and sliced vegetables, seeds, grains, dried corn, berries, etc.

·         An open area with lots of snow

Ask the parents to dress up children in warm clothes, as they will be working and playing in the snow. Additionally, also ask parents to swap or top their fabric gloves with plastic or rubber ones, so that their gloves do not get wet while building the giant snow cake.

Make sure to locate a suitable and safe place for this activity a couple of days before the event.

Making the Giant Snow Cake

Give out the shovels to children, and gather snow in three heaps. Shape out the snow into a giant snow cake, with three tiers.  Once the structure of the cake is ready, ask the children to top up the cake with carrots, seeds, grains, and berries.

***BONUS*** To make the cake look tastier, paint the snow in different colors with sprayed-on food coloring! To paint the snow cake, you would need various spray bottles with warm water and a few drops of food coloring.

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Once the cake is finished, ask the children to leave the space and watch how the birds, insects and other wildlife come into sight to have a feast.

***TIP*** Remember to take photos of the kids during and after the activity.

Other Fun Outdoor Snow Activities

Viewing the snow as a canvas, encourage kids to also color and draw in the snow!

Use spray bottles, water and a few drops of food color to make different colors of your own “snow paint!” Let the children get creative and paint whatever they wish!

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***BONUS*** Sprinkle leftover food items from the previous activity to attract more wildlife to the paintings and make them more beautiful.

2 months ago
“The Polar Express” Pajama Party 2 months ago

This event is for the kids: a movie night in their pajamas! The movie for the event is “The Polar Express” as it’s a perfect film for the winter season.

All the children - and parents too - are going to simply love this event. Ask the children to come in their pajamas and also bring along their blankets, pillows, and small stuffed toys for cuddling! 

Prep and Planning

Time the event around six in the evening: well before children’s bed-times. If they get sleepy during the movie it will spoil the fun.

Arrange a large open space for the kids so they’re able to lie down and watch the movie. Also arrange mats, rugs, or a carpet to make the floor comfortable.

A big screen is a must. Bring out the magic in the film in larger than TV format by renting a projector screen if you don’t already have one in your resident community.

Get the heating going! If your space is chilly in afternoons and evenings, consider turning up the heat an hour in advance. You can also renting a couple of portable heaters to warm up the space for the kids.

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For refreshments, plan hot cocoa, buttered popcorn, and goodie bags of other snacks and candies.

***TIP*** The goodie-bags and refreshment table can be decorated in a Christmas theme which will add to the festive movie night experience.

Pre- or Post-Movie Activities

A letter-writing station can be set up in a corner for the kids can write letters to Santa. Put out papers, pencils, crayons, envelopes, festive stickers, and tape so children can use their imagination and get creative with their letters!

***TIP*** Later, these letters can be given back to parents.

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Similarly, a snowflake craft station is another enjoyable activity. For this kids activity station, you’ll need wooden craft sticks, ornaments or gems to decorate the snowflakes, feathers, snowflake shaped stickers, silver or ice-blue glitter, and glue.

All in all, the movie night, snacks, and crafts will be a memorable winter holiday-themed event for the kids in your community.

3 months ago
Pet and Resident Photo-Shoot 3 months ago

This special event that involves both residents and their pets! The event will show resident pet-lovers you care and create a bonding opportunity among the community pets (and owners!)

 

Photography Arrangements

You'll need an experienced pet photographer who knows how to capture pets beautifully. We also suggest making it an outdoor, morning, event as the natural lighting will make the photos naturally artistic. (Outdoors will also make it easier to clean up!)

 

Use Props

Using props can take the photo-shoot fun to another level. It will make the photo-shoot more fun and lively. Props can include items like hats, bow-ties, glasses, sunshades, or hankies. Ask your photographer what types of things might be best to keep on hand.

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***TIP*** Depending on what time of year you plan this event, you may also want to add other holiday-themed or seasonal props as well!

 

Ask the Residents to Come with Dressed-Up Pets

For some added fun, ask the residents to come up with dressed up pets. Or even to dress like their pets!

***BONUS*** This could also be made into a competition for best-dressed pets. You can arrange a few small prizes for the winners. For example, gift certificates, toys, or new collars for dogs and cats.

 

Make Them Pose!

Photo shoots are most amusing when you pose, and almost every animal loves to ham for the camera. Each pet has their own quirks, so ask the residents to bring out their pets’ comical sides as they pose for photographs together. These light and carefree moments are the most memorable.

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Treats and Snacks

To make the event comfortable and cheerful, offer snacks for the residents as well as their pets.

Treats for the animals is a must, as are some water dishes for thirsty animals. Make separate sections for dogs, cats, and birds. Add treats for everyone to munch on while they wait for their turn to get their photos taken.

For residents, refreshments can include items like coffee, sandwiches, and cookies. 

 

Pet of the Day Award

One last suggestion is to give out a “Pet of the Day” award. This could be awarded to the best-behaved, good-looking, or well-dressed pet - whatever criteria you choose to go with!

 

After the session, get everyone's contact details. Remind residents to pick up their photos from the office in two weeks (or however long the photographer needs to process the photos).

3 months ago
Snowballs Reading and Activity 3 months ago

Winters sometimes make the children extra wiggly, especially when they can't go outside to play. This snowball event is the perfect way to get rid of all that pent-up energy!

It's most suitable for children aged three to seven but older children may also have fun participating. The activity includes reading the book “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert followed by indoor activities related to the book.

The event can be organized at your community center, or if needed at a local library.

 

Indoor Snow Activities

Several indoor snow activities can be organized after reading the storybook. For example, a snow dough station, indoor snowball fight, and a snowball shovel race.

 

Snow Dough Station

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Creating a snow dough station will allow children to experiment and get creative. Here is a five-minute recipe for making your own snow dough! Once created, it can be placed in a number of trays or plastic containers to minimize the mess.

Ingredients

·         2 cups cornstarch

·         1/3 to 1/2 of a cup vegetable oil

·         3-4 tablespoons silver glitter

·         Glycerin (optional)

Method

1.      Knead cornstarch with oil until it takes the form of smooth dough.

2.      You may also add in a few drops of glycerin to make the dough softer and smoother.

3.      In the end, add in the glitter to give the snow a magical look!

 

Accessorize!

Add in accessories at the Snow Dough Station that would allow the children to come up with unique play ideas.

For example, add small items such as buttons, little snowflakes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Let the children create whatever they wish.

Some children might even want to build a snowman, so make sure you have lots of snow dough at hand!

 

Indoor Snowball Fight

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Another fun activity for the evening would be an indoor snowball fight! All you need for the snowball fight would be around two-dozen fake snowballs and a group of energized children! You may buy soft snowballs from Amazon, or you can even make your own snowballs from white yarn.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your very own soft snowballs.

***TIP*** The snowballs are super soft, so it's okay to let the children play without any rules!

 

Snowball Toss through a Snowman

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Yet another exciting activity for the day's activities would be snowball toss! You need a snowman made out of a foam sheet.  Make a hole in the middle of the snowman and ask the children to take turns and toss the snowballs through the snowman.

 

Snowball Shovel Race

This game gives the children an adrenaline rush. For this game, you will need:

·         Cotton Balls or fake snowballs  for the “snow”

·         Spoons as the “shovel"

·         Bowls

·         Timer or stopwatch

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How to Play

1.      Give each player an equal number of snowballs, a plastic spoon, and a bowl.

2.      Race to see which player can scoop the most cotton balls off the table and run across the room to drop them into the bowl in a minute or less.

 

3.      The players are only allowed to use their spoons to scoop the snowballs in the bowls.

3 months ago
3 months ago
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 3 months ago

Breakfast with the Clauses will be a thrilling event for the children in your community. The event will take a little planning, but will be a source of immense awe! An indoor event would be most suitable for everyone’s comfort.

 

Pre-Event Preparations

The main attraction would require two volunteers (one male and one female) to dress up as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Costumes for Santa and Mrs. Claus will also need to be made, purchased, or rented for the event.

Prepare and send out invites to the residents telling them about the program, timings, and location of the breakfast. You could also consider specifically inviting parents and grandparents of the children as well!

 

Add a Color Dress Code

Adding a color theme to the event will make it even more picture-perfect. Ask and encourage all the residents to come wearing clothes that are red, green, or white!

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Planning Your Menu

Chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies served with tall classes of milk or hot cocoa would be a wonderful combination and complement the morning event really well. However, you can also serve up a fuller breakfast with treats like peppermint pancakes or waffles, and other holiday-themed breakfast buffet goodies!

Don’t forget to decorate at the event with things like candy canes, gingerbread men, and marshmallows to enhance the festivities.

You may also want to add to the theme by purchasing Christmas-themed disposable paper cups, plates, napkins, and other decorations!

 

***BONUS*** Make a few dozen ornament-shaped cookies to make the event even more fun.

 

Photo Booth and Professional Photography

At events like this, photo shoots are a must! While there will be photos being captured everywhere around the room (and especially with the Clauses) - having a separate photo booth is a great idea!

Here is an example of some Christmas party photo props which will go really well with the event:

·         Reindeer antlers

·         Ear-muffs

·         Winter scarves, hats, and gloves

·         Elf ears and hats

·         Snowflakes of all sizes, or a snowflake garland

·         And of course, Santa hats!

A box full of fun props is sure to make the children, and even adults, happy to play a bit of dress up.

You'll also want to arrange in advance with a local professional photographer that will do the hard work of organizing and taking all the shots of children sitting with the Clauses.

***TIP*** Play some festive and upbeat Christmas music to the event to make the morning merrier!

 

Letter Writing Station

Last but not least, organize a table with papers, pens, and envelopes. Ask the participants to write or draw their wish lists to the Clauses. Children can either give their letters to Santa by hand or put them in a special basket or decorated box which the Clauses can “take along” when they leave.

***TIP*** Remind parents to add their child's full name to the back of the letters their child writes to Santa. This can stop by the office to pick them up later for some help with gift ideas!

3 months ago
Facebook Scarecrow Selfie Challenge 3 months ago

With Autumn here, it's a treat to spend the afternoons and evenings outdoors in the crisp air. It's also a great time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures! For a competitive community event, plan a thrilling outdoor challenge for your residents. This seasonal activity is geared towards adults and teenagers.

 

How to Play the Scarecrow Selfie Challenge

Residents will be required to look for clues on your Facebook page about where the community's scarecrow is hidden. Whoever finds the scarecrow has to prove they found it by taking a selfie with the scarecrow and posting it publically on your community Facebook page. The winner will receive a gift card to a store of your choice from management.

***TIP*** before you plan this event, you can choose to ask residents to each donate a few things from their homes to build the scarecrow as a community activity. Asking the residents to participate in making the scarecrow will add to the fun and excitement!

 

How to Make a Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow can be exciting yet daunting if you have never done it before. The things you’ll need to make a sturdy scarecrow include:

·         Hammer

·         Scissors

·         Old clothes

·         Boots

·         Two 1x2 wooden sticks:  One 6’ long and one 3’-4’ long

·         Twine

·         Nails

·         Straw or dried grass

·         White pillowcase

·         Thread and needle as needed

 

Instructions:

1.      Take the two pieces of wood and make a large T shape by laying the horizontal piece of wood over the vertical piece. (Remember to insert the shirt between the vertical and horizontal sticks!)

2.      Hammer the frame together using the nails and hammer.

3.      Tie the waistline and sleeves with twine. Now stuff the shirt and pants with dried grass or straw. Sew closed as needed.

4.      You can also attach pants and boots to the scarecrow frame.

5.      Fill up the small pillowcase with straw and place it on top of the "T" to make the scarecrow’s head.

6.      Finish it off by adding details such as a face, hair, hat, etc. You may want to sew the pieces together to make them extra sturdy.

For more ideas, here is a step-by-step guide to creating a scarecrow.

Once the scarecrow is ready, find different places across the community to hide it every day for a week. Carefully but firmly hammer the frame into the ground.

Once you have your scarecrow in his hiding spot each morning, place clues on your Facebook page to guide residents to its location.

You can start with harder clues and work your way up to easier clues (noted below) as the day goes by without a sighting. Don’t forget to encourage the participants by mentioning the gifts they'll receive to create interest, healthy competition, and some hype.

 

Ideas for Hiding Places + Clues

Here are a few ideas that could be used throughout the week.

Day 1: Hide the scarecrow beside the office computer

Final clue: “The scarecrow went out to research something for school.”

Day 2: Hide the scarecrow under the playground

Final clue: “The scarecrow watched the children play from his little hidey-hole.”

Day 3: Hide the scarecrow by the pool

Final clue: “The scarecrow was sad because he didn’t have a swimsuit.”

Day 4: Hide the scarecrow near the community center

Final clue: “The scarecrow was nervous because he had to deliver a speech.”

Day 5: Hide the scarecrow near the vending machines

Final clue: “The scarecrow was famished and was looking for food.”

Day 6: Hide the scarecrow near the gym

Final clue: “The scarecrow was looking to build some muscle!”

Day 7: Hide the scarecrow near the on-side laundry

Final clue: “The scarecrow wanted to wash his clothes.”

 

Winning the contest!

It’s recommended to do this event Nov 16th-22nd (The week leading up to Thanksgiving).

Remember, after residents check the Facebook page for clues or walk around the community on a hunt, the first resident to find the scarecrow each day and post a photo with him on the Facebook page is that day’s winner!

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Roller Skating Night Out 4 months ago

Roller Skating is making a comeback in a big way! From roller derbies to roller date nights, more people want to experience the thrill and fun of roller skating at their local rink!

 

It's easy to rent or reserve a time for your community any night of the week. Call your local roller rink to inquire about group discounts and other booking requirements.

 

No Skates? No Problem!

 

It's not likely that many people will still have their old sets of skates or blades. But no worries…the rink has them on hand to rent!

 

Roller rinks sometimes provide rental skates as part of admission fees, so there is no reason to bring your own! However, do check the policies of your local rink ahead of time to understand what services are included with their group rate admission fees. There may be an additional fee to rent skates.

 

***TIP*** Remind residents to wear socks and shoes to the rink, not sandals. Otherwise, they will usually have to buy a pair of socks before they can wear their borrowed skates! Alternatively, you may want to keep a few extra new pairs of children's and adults socks available for residents just in case.

Pick a Theme

 

Take your outing up a notch!

 

To make things even more fun, ask the skate rink management about the possibility of doing a theme for your community skate night! Encourage dressing up in costumes with games, prizes, and more!

 

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You can also ask the rink to play a range of hits from any recognizable decade: 70s, 80s, 90s, 00’s and present day!

 

***BONUS*** Did you know your community night at the roller rink can be holiday-themed as well. When's the last time you went to a roller rink for a community-wide ugly sweater costume party? I'm going to guess never!

 

Make your own new community traditions with a holiday-themed roller-skating night on the town! Your community skate night event is sure to be a big hit with young and old alike. Skate on!