Ahhh. Spring in Topeka. The birds are chirping, the weather is warming, and the smell of fresh flowers is in the air.
If you’re a senior living in Topeka, you may be looking for things to do that will allow you to go outside and enjoy the spring air. Here are some ideas that you can either do alone or with the help of your home care provider or other caregiver.
And if you happen to be caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia, there are some things on this list the two of you might enjoy, as well.
Visit Gage Park. Stroll through the Reinisch Rose Garden and the Doran Rock Garden. The tulips in the Rock Garden should be particularly lovely during the spring. For a longer walk, check out the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center while you’re there.
Have a picnic. You can either have it in your own back yard or at a Topeka park. Invite some friends or family members and have everyone bring a dish so you don’t have to do all the cooking.
Go for a drive. One of the prettiest signs of spring in Topeka is seeing the trees in full bloom. So take a drive through your favorite tree-lined area, roll down your windows, and enjoy the scenery.
Take an art walk. On the first Friday of every month, the North Topeka Arts District has a First Friday Art Walk. Hours vary by shop, but most are open from at least 5 to 8 p.m. As you walk from store to store, you can shop for art, meet the artists, watch demonstrations, listen to music, and enjoy refreshments.
Shop at the Farmers Market. You’ll have to wait until mid-April for this one (and they’re only open on Saturdays), but the Downtown Topeka Farmers Market is a great place to spend a spring day. You can shop not only for fresh produce, but also for art, jewelry, baked goods, and other items.
Visit Lake Shawnee. Bring a picnic, grab a table, and just enjoy the beauty of the lake. If you’re feeling more adventurous, utilize the walking trails, or visit the arboretum and gardens.