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The following information provides you with suggestions for where you can travel each month, beginning in February. Each month we feature different locations throughout the world, along with a list of activities that correspond with that destination.
But the sky's the limit!
Let your resident's choose were they want to travel each month,
and post your activities/travels on Facebook!

Be sure to tag @AALCIllinois and use the hashtags:

 so we can track and promote your travels!

Visit New Orleans! Celebrate Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Day!

New Orleans Activity Ideas:

Valentines Day  & President's Activity Ideas:

  • Hold a craft day to prepare for Valentines Day (Feb. 14)
  • Have everyone dress in red or pink
  • Decorate sugar cookie hearts
  • Hold a Valentine's Day luncheon
  • Take photos and post on social media!
  • Elect a Valentine's Queen & King. Have them wear crowns throughout the day.
  • President's Day (Feb. 15) hold a trivia contest!


Visit Ireland! Celebrate St. Patty's Day!

Ireland Activity Ideas:

Visit Spain! Celebrate Easter & Earth Day!

Spain Activity Ideas:
Easter & Earth Day Activity Ideas:
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday (April 4)
  • Get Creative with Easter Crafts! 
  • Dye Easter Eggs, Decorate Cookies, Make Easter Cards
  • Decorate Easter Bonnets and hold a hat parade! Take pictures and post on social media.
  • Earth Day Celebration (April 22)
  • Plant a flower garden! Plant a tree!
  • Take a walk outside! Hold a scavenger hunt! 

Key Dates in April

April 4     Easter Sunday
April 22    Earth Day

Visit Mexico! Celebrate  Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day & Memorial Day!

Mexico Activity Ideas:

    Mother's Day  & Memorial Activity Ideas:
    • Celebrate Mother's Day (May 9) by holding a Mother's Day Lunch
    • Hold Zoom calls with family
    • Make Mother's Day Cards for all the moms
    • Celebrate Memorial Day (May 31) by taking a virtual tour of the White House!
    • Have resident Veteran’s share stories
    • Write letters to soldiers
    • Hold an art day where residents draw/paint U.S. Flags or decorate your community in red, white & blue

      Key Dates in May

      May 9      Mother's Day

      May 31    Memorial Day

      Visit Italy! Celebrate Father's Day & Flag Day!

      Italy Activity Ideas:

      • Visit Italy Virtually!
      • Host an Italian Dinner! Pizza & Spaghetti
      • Tour Italian Museums, Talk about famous pieces of art
      • Hold an Italian Trivia night!
      • Learn some Italian!    Buon giorno= Good morning / Grazie= Thank you / Prego=You're welcome / Mi scusi = Excuse me
      Father's Day & Flag Day Activity Ideas:
      • Flag Day (June 14): Have residents paint flags from the countries they have visited! 
      • Hold a "Match the Country with the Flag" Contest!
      • Father’s Day (June 20): Zoom calls to Family
      • Print and color cards for dads
      • Take photos of all the dads and post on Facebook!

      Key Dates in June

      June 14    Flag Day
      June 20    Father's Day

      Visit the USA
      ! Celebrate 4th of July!

      USA Activity Ideas:

      4th of July Activity Ideas:

      • Hold a BBQ & picnic
      • Decorate in red, white & blue
      • Ask residents to dress in red, white& blue
      • Ice cream socials are always fun!
      • Plan a parade! Decorate walkers or walking sticks, wear silly hats, have fun!
      • Hold a 4th of July Scavenger hunt!

      Key Dates in July

      July 4    4th of July

      Photo & Testimonial Contests begin this month!

      Visit France! Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day!

      France Activity Ideas:

      • Visit France Virtually
      • Learn some French! Bonjour = Hello / Au revoir = Goodbye
        Bonne journée = Good Day / Merci = Thank you / Bonsoir = Good Evening
      • Have a French food day – Crepes, French Onion Soup, Quiche & Macarons,
      • Watch some fun films with French themes – The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ratatouille, An American in Paris, La Vie En Rose
      • Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day (August 6)
      •  Host a French themed party
      • Have everyone wear berets!

      Key Dates in August

      Photo & Testimonial Contests end this month!

      Visit Amsterdam/Netherlands! Celebrate Labor Day & Grandparents Day!

      Amsterdam Activity Ideas:

      • Visit Amsterdam Virtually
      • Tour the tulip gardens virtually
      • Make a bouquet of paper tulips
      • Ask the kitchen to hold a Amsterdam dessert night with apple pie  and Stroopwafels!
      • Learn some Dutch!   Hallo = Hello / Hoi = Hi / Goedemorgen – Good morning / Bedankt = Thanks
      • Celebrate Labor Day (Sept. 6) with a picnic or BBQ
      • Celebrate Grandparent's Day (Sept. 12) with a show & tell of family photos
      • Post photos of grandparents holding pics of grand kids to social media

      Key Dates in September

      Sept. 6  Labor Day

      Sept. 12 Grandparent's Day

      Visit Germany! Celebrate Halloween!

      Germany Activity Ideas:

      Halloween Activity Ideas:

      Key Dates in October

      Oct. 1: Best of our Abilities  & Centenarian Contests Begin

      Oct. 31: Halloween

      Visit India! Celebrate Veterans Day & Thanksgiving!

      India Activity Ideas:

      Veterans Day & Thanksgiving Activity Ideas:

      • Hold a hall parade for veterans to thank them on Veteran's Day (Nov. 11)
      • Celebrate veterans at dinner. Take a photo for Social media!
      • Hold a flag raising ceremony
      • Decorate tables for Thanksgiving (Nov. 25)
      • Have residents make Fall crafts like wreaths and painted gourds
      • Have fun making decorated turkey cookies!

      Key Dates in November

      Nov. 11    Labor Day

      Nov. 25    Thanksgiving

      Best of our Abilities & Centenarian Contests end this month

      Visit Norway! Celebrate Christmas & Winter Solstice!

      Norway Activity Ideas:

      • Visit Norway Virtually
      •  Learn some Norwegian! Hallo = Hello / Ha Det = Goodbye
        God Morgen = Good Morning / God Dag = Good Day / Nei = No /
        Thank you = Tusen Takk / Please = Vær så snill
      • Eat a traditional Norwegian meal such risengrynsgrøt; a hot rice pudding served with sugar, cinnamon and butter, Skillingsboller (Norwegian cinnamon rolls) or Sodd (Norway’s national dish is a soup with meat and vegetables)

      Christmas Activity Ideas:

      Key Dates in December

      Dec. 25    Christmas Day

      Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
      601 W. Monroe St.
      Springfield, IL  62704

      Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

      AALC is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.


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