The first whispers of Jack Frost’s cold breathe have begun to sweep across the Bluff City this week, and with them travels an urge to bundle up on the sofa, light the yule logs, and bunker down at home for the winter. For some of us, the idea of a warm blanket and glowing television sounds perfect; however for seniors in love with a daily stroll outside, the confines of home can make the winter days quite weary.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of senior friendly indoor destinations to enjoy during the winter months. Below are a few local suggestions for a senior’s day out away from cold–and the couch:
The Brooks Museum of Art offers senior tickets for those 65 and up for just $6.00. Located in the heart of Overton Park, the Brooks is currently featuring exhibitions on Tiffany Co. lamps from The Neustadt Collection of New York City, Modern American Woodcuts, and Early Southern Quilts. These exhibits run through January. The Brooks also features easy-to-use audio tours, and a senior-friendly interior layout, packing a surprisingly vast collection in a relatively modest building.
For the musically inclined, The Center for Southern Folklore at 119 South Main showcases the history of Mid-South Music. There is no admission fee, however, donations are requested to tour their museum. Combining this trip with a visit to the fabulous Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, just down the hall, is a must. The Belz is one of the finest collections of ivory and porcelain artwork east of the Mississippi. Senior admission is just $5.00.
Like the Center for Southern Folklore, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in East Memphis at 4339 Park Avenue, offers a donation-only entry (Tuesday’s only). The Dixon’s fine gallery of French Impressionism is also accessible any other day of the week (except Mondays) to seniors for $5.00.
If a warm car ride is more up your alley, the annual holiday light display Starry Nights is accessible to vehicle traffic Tuesday-Sundays until December 28, 2012. For $20 per car, you can load up the grandparents and grandchildren together for a toasty night of holiday cheer.
Take advantage of our local opportunities for cabin-fever prevention while it’s cold outside. Your loved ones will appreciate the activity, and with most museums in Memphis offering warm holiday cheer in addition to warm climates, there’s no reason not to!
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