Sample Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Assisted Living Facilities

February 2024 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar

Find interesting themed activity ideas in the calendar below that you can use for your senior residents and easily add to your senior facility’s activity calendar.

TIP: Click on the links in the calendar box below to see more information about each activity.

Fun Weekly-Themed Activity Ideas for February
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Groundhog Week

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Chinese New Year Week

Countdown to Mardi Gras Week

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Valentine's Week

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Presidents' Week

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Leap Day Week

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TIP: Use the following monthly themes as inspiration for activity ideas.

February is …

  • African-American Cultural Heritage Month
  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • Creative Romance Month
  • Declutter for a Cause Month
  • Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • International Boost Self-Esteem Month
  • Library Lovers’ Month
  • National Bird-Feeding Month
  • National Black History Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Goat Yoga Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • National Mend a Broken Heart Month
  • National Parent Leadership Month
  • National Pet Dental Health Month
  • National Senior Independence Month
  • National Sweet Potato Month
  • National Time Management Month
  • National Wedding Month
  • Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Wise Health Care Consumer Month
  • Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month

TIP: Click on the following weeks of the month to see activity ideas for that specific week.

TIP: Find activities that are classified to help you easily find the types of activity ideas that you need for your calendar.

Each week contains ten types of activities:

  • Crafts: projects allowing the residents to increase their hand and finger mobility
  • Reminiscing: interesting group discussions to help the residents reminisce
  • Physical: enjoyable physical activities to keep residents moving
  • One-on-One: fun, specialized activities that work well with only one or two residents
  • Lower-Functioning: hands-on activities
  • Bedside: simple bedside activities that appeal to at least one of the resident's senses
  • Outing: fun trips or bus rides
  • Sensory Stimulation: fun, interactive, large-group activities to stimulate the senses
  • Men's: projects or activities specifically geared toward men
  • Special Event: enjoyable, interactive large-group activities

TIP: Click on the highlighted links below to get more information (instructions, recipes, or pictures) to assist with completing the activity.

Groundhog Week

(Week of January 28)

Crafts: No-Sew Sock Animals

Celebrate this halfway mark in winter by scheduling fun activities that recognize Groundhog Day this week. Start the week by showing residents how to assemble no-sew sock animals that can be donated to a local kindergarten class. Use socks, fabric markers, puffy paint, old fabric scraps, and rubber bands for the craft.

Reminiscing: Cartoon Shadows

Reminisce with residents about Punxsutawney Phil and whether they believe that he will see his shadow this year, resulting in a late spring. Afterwards, see how well your residents work with shadows as you pass out a fun silhouette/shadow sheet of famous cartoon characters to see if your residents can correctly identify them.

Physical: "End of Winter" Bucket List

Encourage residents to prepare for six more weeks of winter by playing a fun ball-tossing game that allows them to choose which activities they get to do during these last weeks of winter. For the game, set up four different buckets and mark each bucket with a different fun winter bucket list idea, like assembling gingerbread houses or making hot cocoa, to see which of those items you all will do later this week. Set the buckets far apart, and give each resident three ping pong balls or bean bags to toss them into the bucket for the winter bucket list idea that they want most. Once everyone has had a turn, whichever bucket has the most balls or bean bags becomes the winter bucket list activity that your residents get to do this week.

One-on-One: Shadow Sculptures

Recruit your resident to help you play with shadows as the two of you create shadow sculptures. For the activity, first decide on what image to create, and then collect everyday objects like cardboard and paper to shape so that it resembles the desired object in its shadow.

Lower-Functioning: Groundhog Cookies and Milk

Whip up a batch of groundhog molasses cookies for residents to sample to see if they can taste the molasses and ginger. Serve glasses of milk for residents to enjoy with their spicy cookies.

Bedside: Find the Shadow Match

Borrow a tablet to see how quickly your resident can match the shadows in a fun online matching game.

Outing: Woodland Animal Scavenger Hunt

Take residents on a fun scenic trip through the country to look for woodland animals. Provide each resident with a woodland animal scavenger hunt sheet to mark whenever they see any of the animals along the ride that are on their sheet.

Sensory Stimulation: Guess the Animal

Make shadow puppets to see if residents can guess the animal you are making with your hands. (More shadow puppets)

Men's: Groundhog Day Animal Taboo

Invite the men to play a game of Animal Taboo. Before the game, cut out the Taboo cards (starting on page 2 of the PDF). Then during the game, divide the men into two teams, and have one of the team members give clues to his teammates without speaking any of the Taboo or forbidden words. Award a point for each correct answer. (More Animal Taboo cards)

Special Event: Halfway Through Winter Party

Since we are technically just halfway through winter, host a fun party to help residents get over the hump and enjoy the season. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve a variety of "half" foods, like a half cake, half and half cookies, and the Arnold Palmer drink, which is half lemonade and half iced tea. (Please note that Groundhog Day is Friday, February 2.)

Chinese New Year Week

(Week of February 4)

Crafts: Chinese Fans

Help your residents celebrate this Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon – with fun activities throughout the week. Begin the week by assisting residents with making Chinese fans using red cardstock, gold paint, glitter, and glue. Hang the finished fans as decoration.

Reminiscing: Chinese Food

Reminisce with residents about their favorite Chinese foods to eat. Pass around photos of popular Chinese food dishes to see if residents can identify them.

Physical: Chinese Table Tennis

Invite residents to play the popular Chinese sport of table tennis in your Activity Room. To create a ping pong table, simply push two square tables together, and provide residents with paddles and ping pong balls.

One-on-One: Chinese Fortunes

Assist your resident with baking fortune cookies to set out for passersby to sample. Ahead of time, print out several appropriate funny fortunes to slip into the cookies before they cool.

Lower-Functioning: Chinese Pandas

Use halved potatoes to assist residents with creating stamped panda cards to send to loved ones for the new year. Simply fold a piece of cardstock in half and have residents stamp the panda heads on the front. Then once the paint dries, help your residents write well wishes inside the cards before sending them to family members.

Bedside: Chinese Dragons

Since this is the Year of the Dragon, stop by your resident's room with colored pencils and adult coloring pages of dragon coloring pages and other Chinese New Year coloring pages for her to color and for you to frame as decoration for the holiday.

Outing: Chinese Restaurant

Take your residents on a fun lunch bunch outing to your local Chinese restaurant. Encourage residents to try to eat a portion of their meal with chopsticks.

Sensory Stimulation: Chinese Spring Rolls

Recruit residents to attempt to make their very own Chinese spring rolls. Beforehand, coordinate with Dining Services to provide shredded vegetables for your residents to roll in the spring roll sheets. After baking, serve the finished rolls with a tasty dipping sauce.

Men's: Chinese Games

Teach the men how to play Chinese Poker using regular playing cards, but no poker chips. (Video)

Special Event: Chinese Take-Out

Host a fun Chinese Take-Out Party in your Activity Room, in which you order a variety of Chinese take-out foods for residents to sample. (Please note that the Chinese New Year is Saturday, February 10. This year is the "Year of the Dragon.")

Countdown to Mardi Gras Week

(Week of February 4)

Crafts: Mardi Gras Wreaths

Get your residents celebrating this carnival season as you plan fun Mardi Gras-themed activities throughout the week leading up to Fat Tuesday next week on February 13th. Begin the week by helping residents make Mardi Gras wreaths for their doors. To make the wreaths, cut out wreath shapes from cardboard (or simply use old wreaths that you can cover with fabric). Then have residents use fabric (or tissue paper if fabric is not available) to wrap around the cardboard wreath to make it bulkier. Then begin attaching colorful Mardi Gras beads to the wreath using colorful pipe cleaners. Help residents hang their finished wreaths on their doors for this carnival season.

Reminiscing: Mardi Gras Traditions

Reminisce with residents about their past Mardi Gras celebrations, and whether they ever celebrated in the city of New Orleans. Afterwards, share a list of popular Mardi Gras traditions to see if your residents ever participated.

Physical: Mardi Gras Coins

Hide gold, green, and purple chocolate coins throughout your facility for a fun Mardi Gras coin hunt to see who can find and collect the most coins.

One-on-One: Mardi Gras Lingo

Help your resident speak the language of Mardi Gras as you teach him a few Mardi Gras terms and New Orleans terms.

Lower-Functioning: Mardi Gras Music

Play fun New Orleans-themed Mardi Gras music as you encourage residents to hit gold, green, and purple balloons back and forth.

Bedside: Mardi Gras Floats

Use a tablet to transport your resident to New Orleans to view beautiful Mardi Gras floats from a past parade.

Outing: Mardi Gras Cakes

Schedule a fun trip to a local bakery where your residents can sample a Mardi Gras King Cake.

Sensory Stimulation: Mardi Gras Masks

Assist residents with decorating masks for Mardi Gras. Simply print out the colorful masks and have your residents decorate the masks with adhesive gems and puffy paint. Once done, use hot glue to attach painted wooden dowels to the side of each mask so that your residents can hold it up in front of their face. Save the finished masks for the upcoming French Quarter Masquerade Dinner.

Men's: Mardi Gras Mocktails

Wear your white shirt and black pants as you play bartender to host a Mardi Gras mocktail tasting for the men. Make a variety of Mardi Gras mocktails for the men to sample before ranking their favorites.

Special Event: Mardi Gras Dinner

Coordinate with Dining Services to serve New Orleans cuisine for a fun French Quarter-inspired Masquerade dinner in your Dining Room, like Cajun catfish and beans and rice. Place one of the Mardi Gras masks made earlier during the Sensory Stimulation activity at each place setting in the Dining Room, and decorate the tables with Mardi Gras beads. (Please note that Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 13.)

Valentine's Week

(Week of February 11)

Crafts: I Love My Crafts

Acknowledge this valentine season by planning a fun week of fun activities that honor the things that your residents love. Start the week by paying tribute to your residents' love of crafts by having them help you make string heart art. To make the art, first print out the square template to trace and cut out of cardstock before tracing the heart shape onto the square. Then use a needle to create holes along the line of the traced heart. Next, add colorful thread to the needle and begin sewing through the holes crossing back and forth over the heart, as shown on the website. Use the finished hearts as decoration throughout your facility for this valentine season.

Reminiscing: I Love My Chocolate

Reminisce with residents about popular valentine candy. Encourage residents to rank their favorites. During the discussion, recruit residents to help you wrap chocolate candy bars with valentine wrappers. To wrap the candy bars, simply print and cut out the candy wrappers to wrap around the candy bars. Secure with glue sticks.

Physical: I Love My Candy Hearts

Organize a fun candy heart-vase drop game for residents, in which they try to drop the most hearts into a vase while standing above the vase. For the game, divide residents into groups of three, and have the three compete against one another to see who can get the most of their 10 candy hearts to fall into the vase. To play, the three players take turns standing straight up and holding the candy at nose level before letting go. (Make sure that each person is using a different colored candy heart to make it easier to see who got the most hearts in the vase.) At the end of the round, the person with the most hearts in the vase wins the round and competes against the winners from the other groups of three. Continue having the winners play one another until there is only one winner left.

One-on-One: I Love My Manicures

Give your resident a fun valentine manicure using red nail polish and a white nail marker.

Lower-Functioning: I Love My Valentines

Encourage residents to help you assemble valentines to give out to residents. Before the activity, print out fun valentines and cut out. (On the website, simply click on the image of the valentine batch and print from your browser.) Then during the activity, make heart stamps (toilet paper rolls shaped as hearts and dipped in paint) for your residents to use to stamp the back side of the valentines. Once the valentines have dried, place them at the place settings at your Dining Room tables to make sure that every resident gets one. (A few sewing-themed valentines to give to the members of your facility's Sewing Club; PDF)

Bedside: I Love My Coffee

Help your coffee lover create a fun heart coffee mug that she can use every day as she enjoys her cup of joe. For the activity, provide your resident with red polymer clay to help you mold lots of red hearts that you can stick onto an inexpensive mug. Once the hearts have been made (as shown on the website) and placed on the mug, bake the mug according to the clay instructions and allow to cool. Next, remove each heart and reattach with a strong adhesive.

Outing: I Love My Flowers

Take residents on a field trip to a local plant nursery to pick out fresh flowers that residents can use to fill vases as table centerpieces for your Dining Room tables.

Sensory Stimulation: I Love My Dog

Recruit residents to help you bake a batch of valentine dog treats that can be given out to your facility's visitors who are also dog owners. To create the dog biscuits, first take store-bought dog biscuits and decorate with royal icing (detailed in the 3rd paragraph on the website). Next, print out the dog valentines onto cardstock and attach the dog biscuits using royal icing. Then place the dog valentines with biscuits into cellophane wrappers and set out at your facility's front desk for dog owners to take.

Men's: I Love My Glitter

Invite the men to assist you with making colorful glitter balloons to decorate your facility and to pass out to your bedridden residents. To assemble the balloons, first inflate colorful balloons with helium. Then draw a design on the balloon, like a heart or lips. Make sure that the color of the marker matches the color of the glitter that will be used. Next fill the design with tacky glue before sprinkling on the glitter. Shake off any excess glitter before passing out.

Special Event: I Love My Champagne

Host a fun champagne and chocolates party for residents to enjoy. For the activity, supply lots of boxed chocolates for residents to sample as they sip champagne. (Please note that Valentine's Day is Wednesday, February 14.)

Presidents' Week

(Week of February 18)

Crafts: Presidential Log Cabins

Recognize this Presidents' Week as a fun time to incorporate a few patriotic activities in mid-February. Start the week by providing residents with small milk cartons, peanut butter, pretzel sticks, pretzel snaps, graham crackers, and thin wheat crackers to make their own log cabins to use as decoration for the week.

Reminiscing: Presidential Money

Chit chat with residents about whether they remember the presidents on their money as you play a fun money game with them. To play, simply take out different bills and coins, and ask residents to identify the presidents that are on each.

Physical: Presidential Toss

Draw a grid of squares on a large sheet of paper, and have residents pitch pennies onto the paper. In each of the squares, write in a prize that residents will win if they toss their penny so that it lands within the square.

One-on-One: Presidential Peg Dolls

Assist your resident with painting mini presidential peg dolls that can be used as decoration for the holiday. For the activity, use a pencil to draw on the wooden peg dolls before filling in with paint or markers. Complete the dolls by gluing on pipe cleaner hair.

Lower-Functioning: Presidential Monument

Invite residents to create their own version of Mount Rushmore by doing a crayon rubbing of coins. Provide residents with a quarter (George Washington), nickel (Thomas Jefferson), dime (Franklin Roosevelt, not Teddy), and a penny (Abraham Lincoln), and in that order, for residents to rub the imprint onto paper using a crayon.

Bedside: Presidential Cookies

Assemble a few eagle cookies for your resident to sample. Use oval cookies, vanilla icing, shredded coconut, cashews, sliced almonds, and mini chocolate chips for the treats.

Outing: Presidential Trip

Take your residents on a trip to a local historic landmark to learn about more about your city's history.

Sensory Stimulation: Presidential Song

Teach residents the Presidents Song so that residents can remember the order of each of the American presidents.

Men's: Presidential Order

Challenge the men to work together to identify the order of the American presidents. First, seat the men at a large table, and place photos of all the American presidents on the table for the men to work together to put them in order of presidencies. Use a timer to see how long it takes the men to arrange the presidents in the correct order.

Special Event: Presidential Desserts

Host a fun dessert party where Dining Services provides a variety of desserts that are the favorites of some of the presidents. Be sure to label each of the desserts so that residents know which president's dessert they are sampling. (Please note that Presidents' Day is Monday, February 19.)

Leap Day Week

(Week of February 25)

Crafts: Leap Into Art

Celebrate this Leap Day with residents by helping them leap into different activities throughout the week. Begin the week by assisting them with folding origami frogs that can be used for your upcoming scavenger hunt during the Leap Into Hunting activity.

Reminiscing: Leap Into Memories

Reminisce with residents about their past Leap Days as you share a list of things that have happened on past Leap Days.

Physical: Leap Into Hunting

Schedule a fun scavenger hunt for residents where they look for hidden frogs throughout your facility. For the day-long activity, hide the origami frogs that were made earlier during the Crafts activity. Then at the end of the day, award a prize to the person who has found the most frogs.

One-on-One: Leap Into Mathematics

Educate your resident about the math behind Leap Year.

Lower-Functioning: Leap Into Painting

Supply residents with rocks and paint as you show them how to assemble rock frogs that can be used as decoration for this Leap Year. (On the website, scroll down the page to view the craft.)

Bedside: Leap Into Celebrity Trivia

Have fun with your resident as you share a list of celebrities who were born on Leap Day.

Outing: Leap Into Trying Something New

Take residents to a local restaurant to sample frog legs. Ask residents whether the frog legs taste like chicken.

Sensory Stimulation: Leap Into Creativity

Assist residents with being creative while baking as you show them how to make frog biscuits with a few alterations to your biscuit dough.

Men's: Leap Into Eating

Organize a fun frog sandwich lunch for the men featuring frog sandwiches using pickles as the tongues and olives as the eyes.

Special Event: Leap Into the Future

Host a fun Leap Day time capsule activity, in which you ask each participant to bring a memento or object to place in a time capsule that will be opened in four years on the next Leap Day on February 29, 2028. (Please note that Leap Day is Thursday, February 29.)