The best part about looking forward to the weekend is when you have lots of fun and exciting things to do. This is true for seniors as well, although it may be difficult to find weekend activities for your senior family and friends. Here is a list of the top options for them in Connecticut.
Town Of Hamden Elderly Services
2901 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 287-7000
www.hamden.com

The town of Hamden offers some wonderful activities, free concerts and outings for seniors throughout the year. During the summer months, they arrange free outdoor concerts at various venues around the city and can make arrangements for individuals needing transportation to and from the events. On weekends, the town and many volunteers coordinate day activities to the local farmer’s market and develop fun craft shows and workshops through the arts and recreation center. There’s always something new being implemented for seniors in this city to keep them interested and active.

JCC Of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525
(203) 387-2522
www.jccnh.org

The Senior program, also referred to as “Silver Sneakers,” at the JCC of Greater New Haven offers wonderful fitness programs for individuals 65 and older. The programs offer the opportunity for seniors to interact with their peers in a low impact group of activities.  All activities are indoor and include water classes and chair aerobics, with new programs constantly being developed based on request. During the weekends, there are several workshops and trade classes that are offered ranging from photography to art, cooking workshops and even specific days for book clubs. Activities vary by time and day, and it is recommended that you call to find out the schedule for any particular week.

Bridgeport Department Of Aging(DOA)
307 Golden Hill St.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 576-7993
www.bridgeport.gov

Near and surrounding residents of Bridgeport are certain to find fun and exciting events for seniors through the Department of Aging. This organization is committed to providing an active and healthy lifestyle for many seniors who are looking for ways to socialize and remain the on the go. Their weekly and weekend activities include Bingo, ceramic art classes and computer skills training that teaches the basic of computer literacy. Weekends are a lot of fun when line dancing is offered, and outdoor events are often scheduled. The DOA monthly newsletter keeps residents up to date with all they can expect for the month.

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Hands On Hartford MANNA
330 Main St., 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 728-3201
www.handsonhartford.org

Hands on Hartford Manna is a program designed not only to provide meals to families in need, but they but they also focus on neighbors, community and seniors through their Senior Community Cafe program. Based in the Hartford area, MANNA (Meals, Assistance, Neighbors, Nurturing, Advocacy) opens their doors to seniors giving them the opportunity to socialize, eat healthy meals and participate and many scheduled recreational activities. They are a community developed program designed to keep seniors active.

Westport Center For Senior Activities
21 Imperial Ave.
Westport CT 06880
(203) 341-5099
www.westportct.gov

This particular center is only open for a short time on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – noon. During this time, seniors are welcomed to participate in an abundance of different activities. The Saturday open game time is a big hit, giving seniors the opportunity to socialize while playing their favorite board games. Language classes are also offered with basic conversational Spanish or French lessons.  Saturday Film School is another option offering a lecture on a classic film, followed by watching the actual film and open discussion. Periodic outdoor outings are offered as well.

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Wanda Coppage is a resident of New Haven, CT where she works as a Music Director and On-Air personality for anUrban/AC radio station. Her passion for life, music and great entertainment is reflected in all of her endeavors, as a radio personality, thinker and writer, and all things that allow her to creatively express herself. Read more of her work on Examiner.com.
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