Senior Activities


Southfield Adult Recreation Center 50+ Activities

The Southfield Adult Recreation Center 50+ is committed to helping Southfield seniors get and stay active, physically and mentally, through a number of classes, monthly programs and trip opportunities. The Southfield Scribe, a quarterly newsletter published by the Center, contains many details about these programs. For more details on senior activities you can download The Southfield Scribe April-June 2014 (pdf) here, call us at (248) 796-4650, or e-mail

Some monthly activities at the Center include:

Day Trips
Some of the most popular day trips departing from the Adult Recreation Center 50+ are the Monthly Casino Trips. Participants are able to spend the day at one of the area casinos and, in some cases, enjoy special packages from the casino including coins and/or food vouchers. (Please note that casino packages are subject to change without prior notice.)

Trips are also taken to various events or locations throughout the area including trips to music programs such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, museums or other points of interest. Registration is limited for all day trips and all participants must have proper picture I.D. with them on the trip.

Flyers with further details regarding day trips and other Adult Recreation Center 50+ events are available from the Center office, open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. All trips depart from the Adult Recreation Center 50+ unless otherwise noted. A bus may be requested to pick up off-site if there are five or more passengers. Off-site bus pick up registration must be completed two weeks in advance. We reserve the right to deny access to any applicants we deem unable to follow the trip guidelines.

Dining Out
Visit area restaurants for an enjoyable dinner with friends. Transportation cost is $5 (unless otherwise noted); participants pay for their food and tip separately.

Shop Till You Drop
These monthly trips to area shopping malls fill up fast so be sure to reserve your space today! The bus departs from the Adult Recreation Center 50+, usually in the morning, and returns in the early afternoon. That leaves you with at least a couple of hours to hit the sales! Transportation cost is $5 unless otherwise noted.

Clubs and support groups that meet at the Center include:

  • American Association of Retired Persons (#3483 meetings)
  • Bible Club
  • Bingo
  • Scrabble Club
  • Red Hats Ladies
  • The Ban-Joe's of Michigan hold open practices on Tuesday evenings
  • Bid Whist is played on Wednesday afternoons

Staying Active With Parks & Recreation

The City of Southfield offers a variety of programs for seniors that will help you stay active. Programs are offered at many sites throughout the city and include bounce volleyball, tennis, softball, golf, tai chi, water exercise, and line dancing. Programs are open to all residents (and non-residents) age 50 and over unless otherwise noted. To view current offerings, please download the Spring/Summer 2014 P&R Activities Guide (pdf) here.

For more information on specific classes, please call the Adult Recreation Center 50+ at (248) 796-4650 or e-mail

Beech Woods Recreation & Wellness Center
The Beech Woods Recreation Center is located at 22200 Beech Road. You can contact the office at (248) 796-4670. 

Join us for Pickleball, the new up-and-coming racquet sport!! Pickleball is played on a badminton court with a paddle and whiffle ball and can be played at your own pace. Partners will be determined each week. All skill levels welcome. Come join us on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. or Tuesdays mornings from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Beech Woods Recreation Center. Cost is only $25 for 12 weeks.

Senior Tennis
If you are looking for a fun morning playing tennis and meeting new people, this is the program for you! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, you will find a match that is right for you. We've moved inside to the Beech Woods Recreation Center at 22200 Beech Road (east side of Beech, just south of Nine Mile Road) to keep the games going through the colder weather. When the weather turns warmer, we meet outside at the Civic Center Park (26000 Evergreen Road) tennis courts. Join us Thursday mornings beginning at 8 a.m. for a Beginners session, or 10:00 a.m. for more Advanced players and our All Play session. Cost is just $25 per person for 8 weeks. For more information, please call (248) 796-4670.