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    National Aviation Day

    When is National Aviation Day? National Aviation Day has been celebrated every year on August 19th since its enactment in 1939. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. Not only does this holiday represent the work done by Wright and his brother Wilbur, but it’s an all-encompassing holiday for every aspect of aviation. Americans take the time to celebrate the achievements made possible through the history of aircraft and passenger flights. Aviation History On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made aviation history. Not only did they successfully fly an aircraft, but this...

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    Parents’ Day

    Parents’ Day is a holiday that collectively celebrates all the parental figures in a child’s life. It is held annually every fourth Sunday in July. While Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are the traditional mainstream parental holidays, Parents’ Day aims to recognize other parental figures. The holiday has increased in popularity as acceptance of non-traditional marriages and families continue to increase. History Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have been slated as “Hallmark holidays” for years now. However, there didn’t used to be a holiday that recognized the roles that two parents can have together to raise children. In the early...

National Aviation Day Recipe Ideas

Celebrate National Aviation Day with a recipe! A recipe? That’s right. When you think of this aircraft themed holiday, food probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. Making paper airplanes, visiting an airport or taking a tour of a historic airfield museum might all seem like activities that are more connected to this day than cooking. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the kitchen (with your kids!) and create a few National Aviation Day themed treats. In-Flight Meal Create a bento box style mini meal that looks like what you’d get on a plain. Pick...

International Youth Day Art Activities

Celebrate International Youth Day with a few artsy activities! This holiday (held on August 12th) recognizes the accomplishments of young people. Help your child to get creative on this special day, making an imaginative artwork with a Youth Day theme. Check out these art activities for kids of all ages. You can adapt the project to fit your child’s age, developmental level and needs. Mighty Mural Roll out the butcher paper (or use solid, light-colored gift wrap) to make a background for a movable mural. Ask your child to draw a scene that features notable children from throughout history or...

Celebrate World Friendship Day Across the Globe

What are your kids doing on World Friendship Day? Well, if you said spending time with friends – you’d have the obvious answer! Along with celebrating our BFF’s, this holiday also helps everyone to understand friendships in a global way. Take the opportunity that this special day gives to learn about friendships that cross borders. How? Understand Allies Start by asking your child what an ally is. If she can’t answer, help her to figure out the definition (she can look it up online or in a book). Now, take the discussion to a world-wide level. Do some research on...

5 Must-Read Children’s Books for National Aviation Day

Celebrating National Aviation Day doesn’t have to mean taking a flight. Even though you (and your family) can certainly fly away on this aviation themed day, you may also want to stay at home. If that’s the case, you can still celebrate. How? Check out these flight-focused reads that are sure to be a hot with the kids! Amazing Airplanes, by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. Animals on a plane? That’s right! In this children’s nook, the animals are the crew and the passengers. This easy read is perfect for preschoolers, ages 3 through 5-years. I Am Emilia Earhart (Ordinary...

International Youth Day Activities for Kids

August 12th is International Youth Day. Celebrate the young person in your life with a few family-fun events and activities! Also known as World Youth Day, this holiday acknowledges the accomplishments, successes and achievements of youth across the globe. So, what can you do to mark this day? Learn About Youth Athletes Your child is sporty to the max. She plays soccer, does gymnastics, skis, skates and is constantly on the go. Help her to understand that top athletes aren’t always adults. Do some library or Internet research on youth and teen athletes. Your child can read a biography or...

Make an Airplane for National Aviation Day

August 19th is National Aviation Day. Also marking Orville Wright’s birthday, this holiday celebrates the achievements made in flight. Help your child to focus on flight with a few airplane-making art activities! Even though he can’t (at least, not yet) build his own aircraft, he can start with a few paper and cardboard mock-ups right now. Traditional Plane This is the time-tested paper airplane design. All your child needs is a piece of paper. Use an 8x10-inch sheet to make the folding easier. He can use plain white or pick a colorful piece of paper. Position the paper vertically. Fold...

Parent’s Day Book Picks for Kids

The fourth Sunday of July is Parent’s Day! You’ve made a meal, decided on a few (or, more than a few) fun-filled family activities – now what? End the day with a special parent-child book reading session. These literary selections are perfect for young children, and focus on parent themes. Are You My Mother? By: P.D. Eastman. In this classic early reader a confused baby bird tries to figure out who his mother is. While your preschooler might not be able to read the words yet, she’ll enjoy this easy read. How to Put Your Parents to Bed, By: Mylisa...

World Friendship Day Recipe Ideas

You could celebrate World Friendship Day (July 30) by taking a friend out for a meal, or you could make it more personal and cook one! The same idea applies to kids too. Your child can invite her BFF’s over for a fun lunch date – that she whips up for them (with your help, of course). What can your child make for her friends? A fun-sized pizza and a sweet s’mores dessert should do the trick. The best part is that your child’s friends can participate in the food prep, making this meal that celebrates partnership (and friendship!). Pizza...

Parent’s Day Glitter Cards

You celebrated Mother’s Day. Then, you celebrated Father’s Day. Now it’s time for Parent’s Day! Held on the fourth Sunday of July, this day recognizes all parental figures in children’s lives. Mark Parent’s Day with a few fun (and crafty) cards. Kids can make one for mom and another for dad – both sparkling with a similar design, in glitter. Materials: Glitter Card stock paper (8x10-inch, or letter, size) Clear-drying school glue A pencil Scissors Instructions: Position the paper vertically. Fold the paper from top to bottom, tent style. Repeat to make a second card. Optional: Use the scissors to...

Celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day With Your Family

Started in 2009, Nelson Mandela International Day brings the message that every person can (and has the responsibility to) change the world for the better. Celebrating Mandela’s legacy, this holiday honors the idea of serving every day. Celebrating Mandela Day means taking action. This can fall under a number of different categories – including, food security, education and literacy, shelter and infrastructure and the environment. Whether you’re young or old, you (and your family) can mark this day with your own celebration. How? Pick a theme. What’s important to you? What about your family? Choose from the four main themes...