Things to Do in April with Your Family
The rainy month of April has many little know holidays that you can celebrate with your family.
April 1 - April Fools Day
One of the most well known holidays is April Fools Day on April 1st. You and your family can plan a day to play some non-harmful pranks on each other. Some ideas are in the below link titled 10 April Fool's Day Pranks for Parents. Or, you can read about Top 100 April Fools Day hoaxes of all time on the website below.
10 April Fool's Day Pranks for Parents
- Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes Of All Time
A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception.
April 1 - Dyngus Day (Day After Easter)
A primarily Polish holiday, Dyngus Day is the Monday after Easter. It celebrates the end of lenten restrictions. This day involves parades, water fights, and feasts. If there is not an organized Dyngus Day celebration in your area you can celebrate at home with your family by planning a big meal and having water fights. Throwing buckets of water on each other is traditional but water guns would probably work just as well.
April 2 - National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
To celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day you and your family can:
- Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
- Switch up the normal peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with different ingredients. Try crunchy peanut butter or strawberry jam. Make a triple decker sandwich or try grilling it.
- Make yummy PB&J Pops using the recipe below.
April 4 - School Librarian Day
School Librarians rarely get recognition for all their hard work. Celebrate this special day by:
- Make a picture or write a letter and give it your librarian.
- Surprise your librarian by decorating her desk.
- Donate books to your school library.
April 6 - Plan Your Epitaph Day
This holiday is kind of morbid but you can give it a twist by making up funny epitaph's with your family like the ones below.
I told you I was sick. (Found in Georgia cemetery)
Here lies Ezekiel Aikle. 102 Years Old. The Good Die Young.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. - Winston Churchill
Despite his claims, was not immortal.
April 6 - Sorry Charlie Day
Sorry Charlie Day is a day to reflect on disappointments and rejections that you have experienced in your life. This is the time to reflect on those times and realize that the world did not end. This is a great day to talk to your children about those types of experiences and how to get through them in a positive way.
April 7 - Caramel Popcorn Day
On Caramel Popcorn Day you can buy caramel popcorn to eat or make your own. A link to a good caramel popcorn recipe is below.
April 7 - No Housework Day
No Housework Day is probably my favorite little known holiday in April. Of course, for No Housework Day you should put off all housework and do something that you and your family want to do.
April 7 - World Health Day
To celebrate World Health Day focus on healthy habits. You can:
- Plan healthy meals with lots of proteins, vegetables, and fruits.
- Go outside and exercise together. Make it something fun like playing a pick up game of soccer.
April 8 - Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
On Draw a Picture of a Bird Day you can do just that. Use your favorite bird as a guideline or make up a new type of bird. Cut the pictures out and hang them up high in a window so they look like they are taking flight.
April 9 - Name Yourself Day
If you or a family member are tired of their name or just want to mix things up, pick out a new name for this day. Let others know what your name is so they can call you by this name for the day.
April 9 - Winston Churchil Day
An important historical figure, Winston Churchill is best known for his leadership as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He is the only Prime Minister to receive a Nobel Peace Prize and he was the first person to be named Honorary Citizen of the United States. On Winston Churchill Day, you and your family can:
- Read and learn about the Prime Minister.
- Watch his biography.
- Read his quotes and pick out your favorites.
Quotes by Winston Churchill
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
"Never, never, never give up."
"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill Mini Biography
April 10 - Golfer's Day
To celebrate Golfer's Day, you and your family can:
- Play mini-golf.
- Teach your kids how to golf.
- Buy your kids golf clubs.
- Go to the driving range.
- Pick out some cute golf clothes.
April 10 - National Siblings Day
On National Siblings Day:
- Get all the siblings together. Invite your siblings over for dinner. If they live out of town, send them a card or small gift.
- Talk to your kids about how important siblings are. Let them know that it is important to treat them well and keep in touch because they are the people that will be in your life for your whole life.
- Take pictures of the siblings.
- Put together a collage of sibling pics.
April 11 - Eight Track Tape Day
On Eight Track Tape Day you can talk to your kids about the way the world used to be before ipods and wifi. Watch their mouths fall open in surprise while they wonder how you survived!
April 11 - National Submarine Day
On National Submarine Day:
- Eat submarine sandwiches.
- Sing Yellow Submarine by The Beatles.
- Watch movies about submarines.
- Read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne or watch the movie version.
April 12 - Big Wind Day
Big Wind Day celebrates nature and the powerful winds it creates. Learn about high speed winds, tornados, and hurricanes. Learn the current wind speed records or fly a kite.
April 13 - Scrabble Day
To celebrate Scrabble Day, you and your family can:
- Play Scrabble
- Learn some new words. Two letter words are always helpful to know while playing the game.
April 14 - International Moment of Laughter Day
To celebrate International Moment of Laughter Day:
- Watch or listen to your favorite comedian.
- Tell your favorite funny family stories.
- Tell a joke.
April 14 - Look Up at the Sky Day
On Look Up at the Sky Day:
- Throw a Sky Party. Invite everyone over to gaze at the night sky with some drinks and appetizers.
- During the day you can lay down some blankets, look up at the sky and guess what the clouds look like.
April 14 - National Pecan Day
On National Pecan Day, you and your family can:
- Plant a pecan tree.
- Make pecan pies. Eat one yourself and deliver others to your friends, family, and neighbors.
- Try out a new recipe like Spicy Pecan Soup. A link to the recipe is below.
- Spicy Pecan Soup Recipe - Allrecipes.com
This creamy and rich soup is made with pecans and chipotle in adobo sauce. This is a treasured family favorite!
April 14 - Reach as High as You Can Day
On Reach as High as You Can Day you and your family can:
- Think about your dreams and make plans to reach those dreams.
- Have a high jumping contest. See who can jump the highest.
April 15 - Rubber Eraser Day
On Rubber Eraser Day you can surprise your kids with new rubber erasers in special designs that they can take to school.
April 15 - Titanic Remembrance Day
To remember the Titanic you and your family can:
- Build a 3-D Model of the Titanic.
- Read about the Titanic.
- Watch the movie.
April 16 - National Eggs Benedict Day
Eggs Benedict consists of half an English muffin, topped with a poached egg, bacon or ham, and hollandaise sauce. To celebrate this day, make Eggs Benedict for your family or take them to a restaurant for breakfast. I have provided the link to a great Eggs Benedict recipe below.
- Eggs Benedict - Martha Stewart Recipes
Get Martha Stewart's Eggs Benedict recipe.
April 18 - International Juggler's Day
On International Juggler's Day you and your family can:
- Learn to juggle.
- Play with juggling sticks.
- Play hacky sack, which is kind of like juggling.
- Get a balloon or a ping pong ball and some paddles and see how long you can keep the balloon or ping pong ball up in the air.
April 18 - Newspaper Columnists Day
On Newspaper Columnists Day write to your favorite Newspaper Columnist and tell him or her how much you enjoy their work. Everyone appreciates positive feedback and it is so rarely given.
April 19 - National Garlic Day
On National Garlic Day, incorporate garlic in all your meals. My favorite garlic food has to be garlic mashed potatoes.
April 20 - Look Alike Day
My Mom and I are nearly identical. In fact, I had a co-worker go to the hospital where my mom works. He happened to see her picture hanging up and came back to the office to ask if I was related to someone that worked at the hospital. So, for us, everyday is Look Alike Day. But, to celebrate this day with your family you and your family can:
- Dress alike if you already look alike.
- You could also dress up to look like your favorite celebrity.
- Talk about which celebrities look alike.
April 22 - Girl Scout Leader Day
Do you have a girl scout leader in your life? If so, find a way to appreciate them and all the hard work they do. Make them a card. Give them a small present. Or bring them flowers.
April 22 - National Jelly Bean Day
I love jelly beans so this holiday will definitely be celebrated in my house! To celebrate National Jelly Bean Day you and your family can:
- Make it really memorable by going to the Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Fairfield, CA.
- Decorate with jelly beans by filing glass jars with the candy.
- Take turns being blindfolded and taste test the jelly beans. See who can get the most flavors correct.
- And my favorite option - Eat jelly beans!
April 23 - Take a Chance Day
On this holiday you should pursue your dreams. Take a chance, go out on a limb, do something you have been afraid to do and encourage your family to do the same. For motivation, check out this short clip from "We Bought A Zoo" about taking chances.
20 Seconds of Courage
April 23 - World Laboratory Day
Add some some science to your families life by celebrating World Laboratory Day. Try some science experiments as a family. Check out the below link of Bill Nye's home experiments.
April 24 - Pig in a Blanket Day
Pigs in a blanket are made differently in different parts of the world. So, for Pigs in a Blanket Day you can investigate the various recipes, cook them, and taste test to see which ones are your favorite.
April 25 - World Penguin Day
On World Penguin Day, you and your family can:
- Learn about these beautiful flightless birds.
- Watch my favorite movie, Happy Feet.
- Dress like a penguin in black and white.
- Draw penguins.
- Adopt a penguin through World Wildlife Fund. The link is below.
April 26 - National Pretzel Day
On National Pretzel Day you can:
- Go buy some pretzels.
- Make your own. I have included the link to a great homemade pretzel recipe below. Make these as a family.
Earthquake Children's Book
April 26 - Richter Scale Day
To celebrate Richter Scale Day:
- Learn more about earthquakes and the Richter scale. Read a book together or watch a documentary.
- Make an emergency preparedness plan for your family.
- Put together 72 Hour Kits for each of your family members in case of emergency.
April 27 - Babe Ruth Day
The first Babe Ruth Day was on April 27, 1947 at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth attended though we was battling throat cancer. He died a year later. He was 53 years old. During his illustrious career he set records for home runs and slugging percentage. He also led the Yankees to win seven pennants and four World Series. To honor The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, you and your family can:
- Play catch.
- Go to the batting cages.
- Go to a baseball game.
- Put together a pick up game of baseball with friends in your neighborhood.
- Visit Babe Ruth's grave site in Hawthorne, New York.
April 27 - National Prime Rib Day
Be sure to make Prime Rib for dinner on National Prime Rib Day! I provided the link to a recipe for the perfect prime rib.
- Perfect Prime Rib Recipe
How to cook a perfect prime rib roast with step by step instructions
April 27 - Tell a Story Day
On Tell a Story Day, you can:
- Read your family your favorite story.
- Make up a story to tell your family.
- Make up a story together. Brain storm, write it down, and draw pictures to go along with it.
- Make up a story on the fly. You say a sentence and then someone else says the next sentence until you have made up a crazy and creative story.
Keep America Beautiful Month
During Keep America Beautiful Month, and every month, you can:
- Pick up litter.
- Reuse materials.
- Keep your yard clean.
- Help clean a vacant lot.
- Beautify your neighborhood by planting flowers.
Poetry Books by Shel Silverstein
National Poetry Month
For National Poetry Month, incorporate some poetry into your families daily life. Read a poem a day or leave fun surprise poems on your children's pillows so they find them when they wake up. Or, put them in their book bags with a treat attached that ties to the poem.
One of my favorite authors is Shel Silverstein. Many of his children's books are books of poetry. My favorite children's books of poetry by Shel Silverstein are "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "A Light in the Attic." See Shel's website below to learn more about his poetry and play some games.
Shel Silverstein Website
- ShelSilverstein.com - the Official Site for Kids - Choose Speed
Shel Silverstein's children's books, stories, poetry, illustrations, fun activities for kids, and teaching resources.
Listen to the Mustn'ts - By Shel Silverstein
Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT'S
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be
Week 1 - Library Week
During Library Week, make use of your library, especially if you don't often stop by. The library is a great place to get books, magazines, movies, music, and video games.
Week 1 - Read a Road Map Week
It's important to know how to read a road map. There may come a time when your Garmin doesn't work and your cell phone doesn't have service. It happened to me once on a rural country road in Southeastern Missouri. And then, I was glad I could read a map. To celebrate Read a Road Map Week you and your family can:
- Practice reading road maps. Get in the car and have your children take the map and help you navigate to a location.
- Try Geo-caching. This is an outdoor treasure hunting game that you can play anytime around the world using GPS enables devices. A link to information about Geo-caching is below.
- Geocaching > Geocaching 101
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Geocaching.com is the listing service for geocaches around the world.
Week 2 - Garden Week
To celebrate Garden Week you and your family can:
- Plant some flowers.
- Have your kids create a new garden design and help them implement it.
Week 4 - National Karaoke Week
To celebrate National Karaoke Week you can:
- Have a dance party and sing along to the radio.
- Play Rock Band on Wii., PS3, or Xbox 360.
- Throw a karaoke party.
Third Monday of Apil - Patriot's Day
Patriot's Day is in remembrance of the American Revolution. To celebrate Patriot's Day you and your family can:
- Talk about what it means to be a patriot.
- Learn about the American Revolution.
- Read a book about the American Revolution.
- Dress in red, white, and blue.
- Watch the PBS series, Liberty's Kids. I added the first episode below. Many of the episodes are available on You Tube.
Liberty's Kids - Episode One - The Boston Tea Party
First Friday of the Month - National Walk to Work Day
My office is 35 miles away from my house so walking to work is not an option for me. But, if you can walk to work, go for it. Or, you can ride your bike or take public transportation. An alternative could be to take a walk with your family after work.
Third Thursday of April - National High Five Day
Give everyone a high five on National High Five Day!
Fourth Thursday in April - Take your Daughter to Work Day
On take your daughter you work day you can take your daughter to work, of course. If taking your daughter to work is not an option then you can talk to her about what your job entails and what it means to be responsible and hard working.
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