The Senior Citizens program at the Mansfield Activities Center keeps members busy every day, with classes, games and special events from bridge to ballroom dancing. But did you know they take the show on the road, with regular excursions both near and far? It’s just another way the Senior Lifestyles program is, like most things in Mansfield, second to none.
“We love to plan trips with our members, whether it’s to a new restaurant in town or across the state,” said Senior Coordinator Suzanne Newman. “I think most people love a little change in scenery from time to time, regardless of their age. We’re proud to be able to offer these trips as a safe and easy way for our seniors to have a new experience without all the hassle of organizing it on their own.”
Some trips are simple, and involve little more than a bus ride to the destination, which could be a local restaurant, bowling alley or museum. Transportation tends to be one of the biggest hurdles seniors face in getting out of their neighborhood, and the buses that pick up members for daily activities are the perfect option to get everyone safely to a new destination as well.
“All of the trips are so much fun,” said regular participant Wanda Lewis. “I really like the fact that I don’t have to drive, enjoyed meeting new people on the bus and the driver was great.”
Other trips take the adventure a little further, visiting the Magnolia Silos in Waco or world-famous State Fair of Texas. Even something as simple as the holiday light tours offers a new, exciting experience without the commitment or hassle of a long trip away.
For those looking for something more adventurous, MAC seniors have had the opportunity to schedule cruise vacations and week-long trips to the plantations of Charleston, South Carolina. Participants say there is something for everyone and the added variety of new options each quarter.
Susie McQueen said her favorite excursion was to Ennis, Texas, to check out the bluebonnet fields. “I loved seeing the amazing fields of flowers and the restaurant for lunch was wonderful.”
The seniors say the fun is in the journey, and the companions along for the ride, whatever the destination.
If you’re interested in participating in the Mansfield Activities Center Senior Lifestyles program, contact program coordinator Suzanne Newman at (817) 728-3680. This fall’s planned excursions include a day in Canton for First Monday shopping, a visit to Grapefest in Grapevine, shopping at Grapevine Mills Mall, a tour of the Autumn blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and two trips to the State Fair of Texas. Check out specific dates and pricing and register online here .