Program Details
June 21 - National Ice Cream Day - Ice Cream Social

Plan a sweet celebration on National Ice Cream Day! Let your residents indulge in a variety of delicious ice cream flavors and toppings at your Ice Cream Social. It’s a perfect opportunity for residents to enjoy a refreshing treat, socialize, and participate in fun activities.

  • Provide a fun and enjoyable social event centered around a popular treat.
  • Encourage social interaction and foster a sense of community among residents.
  • Offer a variety of activities to cater to different interests and abilities.
  1. Preparation:
    • Plan the menu with a variety of ice cream flavors, toppings, and alternative options for dietary restrictions (e.g., dairy-free, sugar-free).
    • Decorate the area with a fun, festive ice cream theme.
    • Communicate the event details to residents and staff.
  2. Setup:
    • Arrange tables and chairs in a comfortable area, ideally outside if the weather permits.
    • Set up an ice cream serving station with scoops, bowls, cones, and toppings.
    • Ensure there are shaded areas or indoor options in case of hot weather.
  3. Activities:
    • Ice Cream Serving: Serve a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings. Assist residents in customizing their sundaes.
    • Music and Entertainment: Play cheerful music and possibly have live entertainment or a sing-along.
    • Games and Crafts: Organize ice cream-themed games such as bingo or trivia, and simple crafts like decorating ice cream cone-shaped paper cutouts.
    • Photo Booth: Set up a photo booth with fun ice cream-themed props for residents to take pictures.
  4. Closure:
    • Assist residents in returning to their rooms or other activities after the event.
    • Thank everyone for participating and gather feedback.
    • Clean up the area, ensuring all supplies are put away and the space is left tidy.
Staffing Requirements
  1. Recreation Manager: Overall coordination and supervision.
  2. Recreation Assistants/Volunteers: Help with setup, serving ice cream, assisting residents, and facilitating activities.
  3. Kitchen/Catering Staff: Prepare and serve ice cream.

  1. Ice cream (variety of flavors, including dairy-free and sugar-free options)
  2. Toppings (sprinkles, syrups, fruits, nuts, whipped cream)
  3. Serving supplies (scoops, bowls, cones, spoons, napkins)
  4. Tables and chairs
  5. Decorations (balloons, banners, tablecloths with an ice cream theme)
  6. Music player and speakers or live entertainment setup
  7. Games and craft supplies (bingo cards, trivia sheets, craft materials)
  8. Photo booth props and backdrop
  9. Cleaning supplies for post-event cleanup
  10. Sunscreen and hats (if the event is held outdoors)
  • Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: Clearly label all ingredients and provide alternatives for residents with allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • Weather: Have an indoor backup plan in case of bad weather or extreme heat.
  • Mobility: Ensure the area is accessible for residents with mobility aids.
Expected Outcomes

By following this plan, you can create a delightful and memorable National Ice Cream Day celebration for your residents, ensuring they have a sweet and enjoyable experience.

Program Type
Level of Care
Assisted Living
Independent Living
Long Term Care
Memory Care
Dimension of Wellness