It isn’t hard to know that spring has sprung in southern California- from the cherry blossoms to the migrating Sand Cranes, the signs are everywhere. When the weather and spring is in the air, take advantage of the many senior-friendly activities and events that will put you in an inspired mood and get you ready for springtime!
Five fabulous ways to celebrate spring in the San Fernando Valley are:
Say ‘hello’ to spring with a walk through one of the renowned local parks. In the San Fernando Valley, Lake Balboa Park promises a captivating and welcome retreat from the dreary winter weather. The large park is perfect for a picnic, or take a walk through the fresh fields that lie on the surrounding outskirts. Stroll the walkway along the lake, and simply sit on the wood benches to bask in nature’s beauty. There are boats available for rides and charters, as well as plenty of wildlife to keep you entertained while you sit and take in the blooming cherry blossom trees.
The sight and smell of blooming flowers and foliage are another marker of the spring season; make this the time of year to visit area homes for flower and gardening tours. Seniors, especially, will enjoy the casual and colorful stroll through local properties and there are many upcoming spring garden tour dates to suit your schedule. Shed that winter-coat and garner some spring motivation with a day outside!
Make this season a period of enlightenment and enrich yourself with a class this spring. From cake-decorating and karate, to history and swim, seniors can access a wide variety of course offerings in the San Fernando Valley region. Senior centers, civic organizations, and community colleges in the area foster a love of learning with various classes, lectures, and programs for personal fulfillment, college credit, and social engagement- all of which play a role in overall quality of life.
Since spring is the perfect time for a walk, consider checking out the City Walk at Universal Studios; this comfortable, wide walkway offers a range of restaurants, shops, and stores surrounding a large, well-lit greenspace. Beautiful fountains greet visitors at both ends of this notorious walk, and there is no charge to access this favorite locale. Bring a neighbor, grandchild, or furry friend for an afternoon on the City Walk!
Shopping is always in season, especially in southern California! If you enjoy vintage shopping, the Valley’s Ventura Boulevard, downtown, is a mecca of antique stores, consignment shops, and retail venues for the discriminating, discount shopper. There is often exhibitions and performers to enjoy during your visit, and it is the perfect spot for a date-night or an evening out. The true highlight of Ventura Boulevard is the wide-range of vintage thrifts and shops, which attract visitors from across the country.
Seniors that socialize and remain active are shown to have an improved quality of life, and this may also contribute to holistic health and well-being. Seniors that engage with others and attend events or functions, may develop a greater sense of purpose which can enhance personal fulfillment and facilitate autonomy among the aging population.
Talk with area providers and home care in the San Fernando Valley regarding support or assistance as needed to ensure you- or a senior that you love- has the opportunity to enjoy civic, community, and leisure activities. This spring, participate in these five festive and fun activities as a way of welcoming in the new season. Celebrate this special time of year with these relaxing and low-key ideas that will suit any senior.