Hidden holidays


The holiday season seems like ages ago, but it’s never too late—or too early—to learn fun facts about some unofficial American holidays. March holds the fun of St. Patrick’s Day, but this month, why not explore some lesser-known holidays? With these fun suggestions, there’s no excuse for boredom any day of the year.

12/8 is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. Each member of your family can"travel” to a different time period, culminating with stories about those adventures over dinner.

5/10 is Clean up Your Room Day. Maybe the kids won’t find this as fun as you will.

3/14 is Pi Day. Celebrate this mathematical marvel with pies of all types. Whichever kid memorizes the most digits get the biggest piece.

9/19 is International Talk like a Pirate Day. See who can talk this way the longest without laughing—it won’t be easy. Arrrr!

5/2 is International Scurvy Awareness Day. Use it as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of getting your necessary servings of fruits and vegetables.

10/30 is Mischief Night. On second thought, maybe you should keep this one a secret from your kids. Same with Ask a Stupid Question Day on Sept. 28.

9/7 is Grandparents Day in 2008. Honor your parents or in-laws by giving them the parenting duties for the day, while you catch up on some relaxation.

11/22 is Start Your Own Country Day. Have each family member make up the Constitution, flag and mascot for their country—maybe even make up its silly holidays, too.

4/4-10 is National Read a Road Map Week. Devise a plan for the perfect road trip, or just use the time as an opportunity to learn more about our country’s geography.

Allison Markowitz

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