The number of available social events naturally goes up in summer when the weather is warm and school is out, which gives seniors plenty of opportunities to spend time with their families and friends. At the Gardens at Barry Road, we encourage our residents to live their lives to the fullest, and this includes building memories and meeting new people.
To make it easier for seniors to find chances to experience preferred pastimes and connect with potential friends, we've put together a list of places that regularly hosts social events for seniors.
Annual events such as Kansas City's Big Picnic and RiverFest are some of the popular celebrations that seniors can enjoy locally. Many of these official festivals offer our residents the chance to explore music, art and history alongside their community members.
Multiple nearby fairgrounds ensure fans of country fairs can attend car shows, craft demonstrations and 4-H showcases or even enter their own pies and baked goods in judged contests.
Potlucks, concerts and board game nights are often held by area churches. These gatherings are perfect opportunities for seniors of faith to fellowship with other members of the body of Christ. If seniors don't have a current home church of their own, they can visit the church of some of their family members or friends or simply check into gatherings at nearby congregations, who usually welcome newcomers.
The Kansas City Public Library hosts many signature events and exhibits as well as a variety of classes, workshops and clubs, during the year with the summer months being no exception.
Volunteering gives seniors the chance to spend time interacting with others. Seniors who love reading to their own grandchildren can participate in the Stories To Go program, which serves small children in daycares and learning centers.
In the Mid-Continent Public Library, seniors can attend activity groups and events or sign up to help patrons with genealogy research.
Restaurants and small businesses hold special promotions in order to gain more customers and reward regulars with something new. These often include karaoke nights, flashbacks to an earlier decade or live music.
In the same fashion, museums and art galleries routinely plan recreational and informative events aimed at increasing visitors and engaging the surrounding community.
Our memory care resident's regular outings to Royals games are just one of the ways that seniors can cheer on their favorite teams this summer. Youth, minor league and amateur games, which are usually less crowded, let fans join others in cheering for local players from their favorite team or school.