Want to celebrate family day together, but not sure what activities are out there and accessible to your senior loved one in retirement living? Family Day is a special holiday meant for creating lasting memories and strengthening the bonds that tie families together, which means it’s the perfect time to get the whole family together – including your senior loved ones.

Here are a few of Sunnyside Manor Seniors Communities recommended family day activities that are senior-friendly and fun for everyone!

Explore your White Rock Community

Why not go on an adventure in your own neighborhood? 

Have a Winter Beach Day on White Rock Beach
Go for a stroll on the pier & promenade and grab a coffee or some ice cream from one of the many shops along Marine Drive. The promenade is fairly flat and offers lots of chances for resting on benches. If you’re feeling particularly whimsical, have a winter beach day! Bundle up and bring your beach chairs for a little picnic on White Rock Beach.

Take a Look at White Rock’s Murals
While White Rock is a beach town, it also is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Many pieces of artwork can be found on the streets of White Rock. Why not take a stroll to see the public art around your senior loved ones retirement living community in White Rock? Check out White Rock’s Public Art Map and some of their online resources explaining some of the art you’ll see. 

Go to the White Rock Museum
The White Rock Museum often has something special planned for family day. With exhibits that explore White Rock’s cultural heritage, you and your family can immerse yourselves in the stories that shape our city – and us!  

Wherever you decide to go, check to make sure your destination is senior-friendly ahead of time. Take a look out for these things: opportunities to sit down, nearby parking or drop off locations, smooth pathways or elevators and ramps, and – wherever you’re going – make sure it’s lots of fun!

Plan a Visit to their Retirement Living Community

February weather can be unpredictable in the lower mainland. If the Family Day weather calls for being inside, why not visit your senior loved one in their Retirement Community? Gathering up the family and making the trip to visit seniors’ housing locations can be a bright spot of sunshine not just for your loved one, but all the people around them too. Here are a few family friendly activities you can do at Sunnyside Manor.

Have a Board Game Tournament

Bring your own games or check out what activities we have on site and rediscover the joy of family games night. You could even set up a tournament, built around everyone’s favorite games, to see who comes out the board or card game champion. A little friendly competition is a great, and simple, way to bring the whole family together.

Try your hand at Crafting

Craft a new memory! Bring some supplies on your visit and try your hand at scrapbooking, origami, crocheting, or even sculpting. 

Eat a Meal Together

Get everyone around the same table and enjoy some meal-time conversation. Feeling like they’re a part of a community and family can be a huge comfort to your senior loved one, so it’s important to include them in your family day plans – no matter how simple they are! Sunnyside Manor is located 300m from a coffee shop and shopping mall, so there are plenty of options when it comes to where to eat.

Bring Distant Loved Ones Closer

If you live far away from your senior loved one or can’t make it out to visit this family day, technology can help to bridge the gap and bring families closer together. Host a virtual gathering on a video call, collaborate on a digital family album, or create a virtual scrapbook to document shared memories. It’s a nice way to show your senior loved one that you’re thinking of them even when you’re far apart.

As Family Day approaches, let’s take the opportunity to plan something that can cater to both young and old members of our families. Prioritizing quality time with your senior loved one in retirement living in White Rock can have a big impact on their mental and emotional health. A visit or including them into your plans can help them to combat loneliness, stave off the winter blues, and make them feel a part of your community. 

If planning something for everyone seems daunting just remember this simple tip – keep it simple! It’s the simple moments spent together that matter most. You can also check out the City of Surrey’s Family Day activity list for even more fun-filled festivities in our beautiful city.

What are you planning for this family day? Why not visit us at Sunnyside Manor to see if our seniors housing options in White Rock are right for you? Book a tour today or contact us at 604.531.7470 to get more information.

Wishing you all a happy and memorable Family Day!