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Senior-Friendly Summer Activities

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, it's time to embrace the start of the summer season. For seniors at Aberdeen Heights, it's the perfect time to connect with the season's joys and plan some special times with friends and family. 

Summer means spending more time outdoors. From exploring new areas within our local community to hosting a barbecue or picnic, these activities are always more enjoyable when the sun is shining. Here are just a few ideas to make it a summer to remember. 

Exploring the Local Community

Kirkwood is a community brimming with character and charm. Take a stroll downtown, and you can take your pick from the town's quaint boutiques, cozy cafes and lush parks. From the beautiful Victorian-era train station to a picnic in Greentree Park, there's something for everyone. 

Taking in the town's local sights offers so much more than just an opportunity to get outdoors. It's a great way to get the blood pumping, enjoy some fresh air and connect with fellow residents. 

Start a Garden

How's your green thumb? Are you an avid and competent gardener or more of a novice when it comes to looking after plants? As nature springs to life all around us, why not cultivate your own little oasis? Gardening provides immense satisfaction and a connection to the natural world. Whether you're caring for one houseplant or an entire flowerbed, the rewards of nurturing living things are undeniable.

Here are some more ideas to inspire you: 

  • Container gardening. Explore the joys of gardening without the need for a traditional garden plot by planting herbs, flowers or vegetables in containers placed on balconies or windowsills.
  • Indoor herb garden. Bring a touch of greenery and flavor to your apartment by cultivating an indoor herb garden. Choose easy-to-grow herbs like basil, mint and parsley. Fresh herbs are great for cooking and seasoning year-round or for making herbal tea infusions. 
  • Raised bed gardens. Transform unused outdoor spaces into vibrant gardens with raised bed planters. These make gardening accessible for residents with limited mobility. 
  • Therapeutic gardening. Harness the therapeutic benefits of gardening to promote physical activity, reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Incorporate activities like seed planting, watering and gentle gardening tasks. These activities encourage mindfulness and connection with nature.

Go on a Field Trip

If you enjoy walks and strolls around the local Kirkwood community, why not spread your wings a little with a field trip? Kirkwood is home to an abundance of nature and fascinating history. Organize a trip to Kirkwood Park or Emmenegger Nature Park for a day of picnicking and leisurely walks along scenic trails. 

Take a trip to nearby farmers' markets like the Kirkwood Farmers' Market or the Webster Groves Farmers' Market. Grab a freshly brewed coffee, stock the pantry with local produce and catch up with good friends. 

Visit a Museum

If you're looking to soak up a little culture, explore the rich history of Kirkwood at the Kirkwood Historical Society Museum. Housed in a historic building, the museum features exhibits highlighting the city's early settlers and information about local landmarks. Slightly further afield in St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum and Missouri History Museum are perfect for those looking for a dose of art, culture and education. 

Visit Route 66 Park

Route 66 Park is just a short drive away from Kirkwood and offers a picturesque retreat packed with trails and picnic spots. For those who like to take it easy or have mobility challenges, there are plenty of opportunities for a gentle stroll or simply spotting myriad wildlife. There are also lots of biking and hiking trails available throughout the park. 

Take a Walk in a New Location

Lace up your walking shoes and set off to discover new paths and trails around Kirkwood. Whether taking a walk on your own or joining a group for a walk and chat, every step brings the promise of new sights, sounds and experiences. Who knows? You might discover a new coffee shop or a picturesque shortcut back to Aberdeen Heights. Wherever your curiosity takes you, each stroll provides an opportunity to connect with the community and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. 

Stay Up to Date With Your Local Community Events

From outdoor concerts to farmers' markets, Kirkwood offers plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow residents and neighbors. The official Kirkwood events calendar is your first stop for finding out what's going on in the local area. From annual events to local classes and groups, you'll find it here. At Aberdeen Heights, we offer a rich program of events, classes and activities, all of which you'll find on our social activities calendars

Host a Barbecue or Picnic

Nothing says it's finally summer more than the aroma of burgers or enjoying a picnic in the great outdoors. So, why not fire up the grill or pack up a basket full of sandwiches and snacks? Whether it's a backyard gathering or a picnic in the park, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy good food and great company. 

Experience the Best of Summer at Aberdeen Heights

At Aberdeen Heights, we're committed to enriching the lives of our residents and fostering a vibrant community. We strive to create an environment where every day brings new opportunities for growth and enjoyment. As summer unfolds, we invite you to join us as we embrace the season and all it has to offer, both within our own community and the local area. From engaging events to enriching activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Let's make this summer one to remember.

Explore the exciting events and activities awaiting you at Aberdeen Heights this summer. Contact us today at 314-909-6000 to learn more and schedule your visit.

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