Spring is in full swing with warmer weather and longer days and it's the perfect time for seniors and older adults to get outside to enjoy local activities in communities like Oak Park, Austin, and River Forest. Whether you're looking for ways to stay active, socialize, or just enjoy the beauty of the season, there are plenty of options. We've put together a list of some of the happenings we’ve heard of in our service area, so get ready to embrace the season!
6 Spring Activities Happening in Oak Park, Austin and River Forest
Oak Park, IL | Observe the Spring Flowers at the Conservatory or Plant Some in a Mini Garden
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to prioritize activities that support our physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being. Spending time in nature is one that has been shown to have numerous benefits for seniors.
If you're looking for a fun and educational way to spend some time with your loved ones, the Oak Park Conservatory is a great destination with both self-guided and docent-led tours available.
In addition to the tours, the Conservatory is offering a special activity for Mother's Day: teacup gardening kits for purchase. This activity can be a great way for seniors to spend quality time with adult children, grandchildren, or other loved ones.
Austin, Chicago | Senior Prom and “Dancing with the Seniors Luncheon”
What would spring be without dances? Relive the experience of attending prom in the spring by going to the Senior Prom being held at the Columbus Park Refectory on May 4th from 11am-3pm. Like a high school prom, there will be a Prom King & Queen competition, food, and a live DJ for dancing. Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress.
Continue to dance in Austin at Amundsen (Roald) Park on May 18th from 11am-1pm as part of their Dancing with the Seniors Luncheon. Dancing is a great way for older adults to stay active and healthy. Not only does it provide a fun and enjoyable form of exercise, but it can also improve balance, coordination, and flexibility.
River Forest, IL | Group Nature Walks at Thatcher Woods
Regular walking can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen bones and muscles, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and dementia. So, for seniors looking for a low-impact form of exercise that provides numerous health benefits, walking is a great choice. The Forest Preserves of Cook County is offering great opportunities to do so in a group.
The Spring Has Sprung Walk is happening on April 23rd to celebrate the arrival of the season and starts at 1:30 pm heading out from the Trailside Museum of Natural History.
There will also be a senior fitness walk on May 10th starting at 1:00 pm and heading out from the Thatcher Woods Pavillion. Both walks are free to attend but require registration.
Know of any other spring events or activities happening in our service area that older adults might enjoy? We would love to hear about them!