According to Generations United, “Between 2000 and 2016, the number of multigenerational households increased by a remarkable 21.6 million, increasing from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. Today, 1 in 5 American households are multigenerational.”
Holidays are the perfect time to bring family members together, whether you live in a multigenerational household or not. As you celebrate Father’s Day this month, we encourage you to plan a celebration that recognizes and honors every “Dad” in the family.
HarborChase Senior Living, with retirement communities throughout the United States, encourages family and friends to celebrate their personal events and milestones in our communities! We want to share some ways to plan a successful multigenerational celebration, so everyone feels involved and enjoys themselves this Father’s Day.
We understand that there is still uncertainty and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. HarborChase is sharing this article in the hopes that it helps you plan and celebrate future events once social distancing is no longer necessary!
Choose an Appropriate Location
Depending on how many family members you are including, you want to pick a comfortable location that can host everyone in an open and spacious environment. Be mindful that the site is friendly and suited to everyone’s needs. Some things to consider if you are planning an event at a third-party location include:
- Is there plenty of seating (not just for eating but for people to relax and talk)?
- Are there easily accessible restrooms?
- If someone in your family uses a wheelchair or walker, is the location handicap accessible?
- If there will be small children, are there any areas/items that could pose a safety hazard (stairs, sharp objects, etc.)?
A great location for a multigenerational Father’s Day celebration may be somewhere outside, like a park or a reserved space that has ample space for all. If you do plan for an outdoor celebration, you want to ensure there is sufficient coverage in case of rain!
Use Shared Interests to Promote Connectivity
As they say, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” so it is likely that some of the people involved share similar interests. Use this common ground to celebrate an event or holiday with an activity that everyone can enjoy. For example, if backyard bocce is a multigenerational hobby, pick a location and include this activity in your celebration! Not only will it connect different generations, but it will create memories that will last a lifetime.
Consider a Multigenerational Family Vacation
While it may be challenging to coordinate a multigenerational family vacation due to varying schedules and commitments, it could be the perfect way to celebrate a holiday or milestone event.
A cruise can be a great vacation idea that can allow families to relax, explore, and enjoy numerous activities together. Most cruise lines offer a variety of activities and amenities to accommodate every member of the family, from children to grandparents. Many cruises are also specifically family-friendly and include events that promote family bonding, as well as discount pricing for larger groups.
Another multigenerational family getaway could be to a theme park. Theme parks typically cater to families and have attractions that can be enjoyed by all ages. Major theme parks also have luxurious resorts that add a bit of relaxation to the vacation when you’re out of the parks or need a rest.
If an extravagant vacation isn’t an option, a staycation is the next best thing! This Father’s Day, consider the local hotspots that your area or community has to offer. Museums, national parks, and entertainment venues can help save on money while providing a memorable experience for your family.
Celebrate Your Family
At the end of the day, the most important aspect of planning a multigenerational celebration is to make everyone involved feel appreciated and included. Whether your family has first-time fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, or even great-grandfathers, take the time to talk and learn from each one. Encourage the fathers in your life to share their experiences and wisdom for the future fathers in your family.
HarborChase Senior Living understands the importance and value of honoring and celebrating multiple generations. Beyond residents’ personal living spaces, our communities offer a variety of dining venues and spaces to help families celebrate holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. We invite you to find a HarborChase community near you and start celebrating senior living!