Father's Day is a very special celebration and planning a program with specific activities will help make the day stress-free and enjoyable for residents, guests, friends and family.
Another benefit of having a program is the fact that it provides a point of reference and suggested time-frames; no guessing or last minute choice of presenters or background music.
The celebration can be a simple morning tea, a special BBQ lunch, a picnic in the park or a themed party such as Luau or Mexican fiesta, or a Western Party.
The presentation of Father's Day cards should be for every male in the room, even if they never married or had any children. People are often compelled to 'mother' or 'father' someone in their lifetime.
The background music should be happy and non-intrusive. I recommend instrumental music such as: Acker Bill, Ray Conniff Orchestra, Richard Clayderman or Bert Kaempfert Orchestra. These were very popular in the 50s and 60s and will have everybody humming along to the melodies. Remember that background music should not be loud.
Here are some of the points to remember when planning your program:
See our sample program for more ideas.
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VIDEO Instructions included! Make bow ties in a craft session and give it to your male residents on Father’s Day to help celebrate this festive occasion.
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Here's a fun find-a-word especially for Father's Day!
Poems especially for Dad's!
A quiz featuring famous fathers of yesteryear
This is a wonderful reminiscing activity that will engage men in a social setting.
A quiz for Father's Day!
Here's a crossword for Father's Day!
Another Father's Day Word Search!
Have some fun having a 'Spot the Differences' contest! This is a great group activity for seniors!
Here are some suitable indoor and outdoor activities for Fathers Day.
Who is known as the 'Father of History'?
This is an ideal game for men to form/strengthen friendships whilst having fun.
Ideal for men, this activity will foster friendship and bring much laughter. It would be helpful if you could find a male volunteer to sit with participants and remind them of different ways to make paper airplanes.
Making greeting cards is a lot of fun! Have a session to make cards for every male in you facility on Father's Day. Celebrate their hobbies, their love of animals, their fancy cars and their enthusiasm for sports.
Here are a few movies worth considering for showing on Father's Day:
This game has been adapted to indoors to suit people with a limited range of movements.
This is a great game for a "Men's Club"
Promote friendship and stimulates physically.
We play a game we call MarPoolBowls and it is one of the most looked forward to activities we have. Thanks Ron for another great activity!
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Decorate your facility with garlands for Father's Day. They are fun to make and eye catching!
Here is a fishing themed word finder!
This game was the forerunner to ten pin bowling and was very popular in England's pubs since the 17th century.
Here are some funny light-hearted jokes to share on Father's Day.
Here is a sample program for a Father's Day event. Adapt it to suit!
Encourage residents to reminisce with some questions about their own fathers or male role models.
Have fun decorating cards for Father's Day.
Here's an easy recipe for ginger beer!
Learn how to say 'father' in different languages.
Have some fun remembering the way things used to be.
Get residents to reminisce about their own fathers.
This activity is based on the old game of fishing using magnets and paper clips.
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Meccano, model sets, train set, cars, box brownie cameras and photos, cigarette cards/football cards, marbles and stamps. Lots of stories were told about their childhood.
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Here is an easy version of the popular Family Feud game!
Another quiz to enjoy on Father's Day!
Gorgeous bow-tie and tie garland decorations for Father's Day. Perfect for a craft session with seniors.
As the saying goes - One Person's Trash is Another Person's Art - Scavenger Collages can be made of almost anything you find or intend to throw out. This is also a great activity for men in nursing homes.
Hand-eye coordination. Upper body movements (exercise).
Number 2 in our word ladders series! A fun and stimulating brain activity for the elderly! This word ladder has a Father's Day theme.
Here is some interesting trivia about ties!
Here is some interesting trivia regarding the history of the necktie.
A "Tie One On Party", is a party where everyone wears a tie.
This is a simple and fun theme for a party that everyone will enjoy!