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Things to Do in February with Your Family
Looking for some fun this to do with your family during the cold and dreary month of February? Here are some ideas related to February events and holidays. There are suggestions for month long events like Black History Month as well as one day holidays like National Gumdrop Day.
Black History Month
The month of February was chosen as the month to celebrate the people and events in African American History because Abraham Lincoln's birthday and Frederick Douglass' birthday both fall in the month of February. Here are some things you and your family can do to celebrate:
- Attend events in your community.
- Learn more about the African American History by going to exhibitions in your area or reading books together.
- Have an African food night.
- Take an online trip on the Underground Railroad using the below link.
- Throw a Superbowl party.
- Play a game of football with the family before the Superbowl starts.
President's Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February. It is a day to honor all US Presidents. Today, you can:
- Talk about what you would do if you were President.
- Play Presidential Trivia. Some trivia resource links are listed below.
- US Presidents Trivia Quiz
See if you can answer the eleven questions pertaining to the office of the President of the United States, several U.S. Presidents, their accomplishments and their contribution to the history of the nation.
- Presidential Trivia - Fun Facts and Information
Fun Facts about Presidential Trivia. Interesting factoids, information and answers.
February 1 - National Freedom Day
National Freedom Day is a celebration of February 1, 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. To celebrate freedom with your family you can:
- Make red, white, and blue food.
- Visit a museum or exhibit in your area that deals with slavery and freedom.
- Dress in red, white, and blue.
- Send a card to someone in the military thanking them for their service. The below link provides information on where to send the letters.
February 2nd - Groundhog Day
On Groundhog's day, if a groundhog sees his shadow (meaning it is sunny outside) there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow (meaning it is cloudy outside) then spring will be here shortly. To celebrate Groundhog's day you can:
- Watch Punxsutawney Phil, the most well known groundhog, on tv to see if he sees his shadow or go to Punxsutawney Pennsylvania to participate in the festivities in person.
- Go to a local Groundhog Day celebration.
- Host a Groundhog Day party.
- Make edible Groundhog Day push pops using the instructions on the link below.
February 2nd - Candlemas
Candelmas is a holiday that is 40 days after Christmas. It marks the date that Jesus was first presented in the temple as well as Mary's ritual purification after giving birth. On Candlemas all of the churches candles are blessed. Candelmas draws some elements from the Pagan Festival Light. Held on the same day, it marks the mid point of winter. During the Pagan festival people lit candles to scare away spirits. During Candlemas people also light candles and place them in their windows. To celebrate Candlemas you can:
- Make candles. I have provided tutorials on making a couple different kinds of candles.
2. Make little cakes that look like candles for dessert. The recipe is on the below link.
In France, the holiday is called La Chandeleur or Crepe Day. They eat crepes. While making the crepes they hold a coin in their writing hand and the crepe pan in their other hand. They try to flip the crepe in the pan and get it to stay in the pan. Your family is supposed to be prosperous for the rest of the year if you can catch the crepe in the pan.
February 4th - Thank a Mailman Day
Our mail carriers work very hard to ensure that our mail is delivered every day. Take today to thank them for all their hard work. You and your family can:
- Make a thank you card or picture and give it to your mail carrier.
- Freshen up your mail box, if needed. See guidelines from the United States Post Office on the below link.
- USPS – Know Mailbox Guidelines
Whether you buy it or build it, make sure your mailbox is safe and secure.
February 5th - National Weatherman's Day
It's important to know the weather so we can keep ourselves safe. The weather men and women are up at all hours to keep track of the weather and update us on it's status. February 5th is a day to celebrate them. You and your family can:
- Make a card or picture and mail it to your favorite weather person.
February 7th - Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor Day
I believe that wave all your fingers at your neighbor day was created to promote happiness and positive relationships. Neighbor can be anyone you see. So, as you and your family go through your day you can:
- Wave to everyone you see.
February 7th - Send a Card to a Friend Day
- Send a card to a friend you have not seen in a while or who lives far away.
February 8th - Kite Flying Day
- Fly a kite.
- If it is to cold to go outside and fly a kite, decorate some kites inside using colored paper and ribbon.
February 11th - Make a Friend Day
- Be friendly.
- Talk to someone you have been afraid to talk to.
- Do something nice for others.
- Bring a dessert to a neighbor.
- Bring a meal to an elderly relative or neighbor.
February 12th - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
We celebrate President Abraham Lincoln's life on his birthday, February 12th. Here are some things you and your family can do to celebrate:
- Make beards and top hats out of construction paper and wear them around the house.
- Read the Gettysburg Address out loud to the family.
- Be honest.
- Get a picture of Lincoln, a handful of construction paper ties with tape on the back and play pin the tie on Abraham.
- About 15,000 books have been written about Honest Abe, read one of them as a family.
- Throw a birthday party for Abe.
- Visit the Abraham Lincoln President Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
- Read some of Abraham Lincoln's quotes. I have provided my favorites below.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes
"Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's life the life in your years."
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."
"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."
"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."
February 13th - Get a Different Name Day
- Pick different names for all of your family members and call them by these names throughout the day. My son always wants to be called Steve, for some reason. Steve is not his name but for this one day in February I will call him Steve.
February 14th - Valentine's Day
- Make and deliver homemade Valentine's Day cards.
- Make foods using red and pink food coloring.
- At dinner, take turns talking about the things you love about each family member. Start with one of the kiddos and each person should take a turn saying what they love about that kiddo. Each person should get a turn to be the person loved on.
- Write poems to each other.
- Eat chocolate.
- Drink sparking cider.
- Make a Love Bug Sock Puppets. See link below for directions.
- Puppet Crafts for Kids
How to Make Sock Puppets, Canvas Puppets, Paper Bag Puppets, Stick Puppets, and Hand Puppets
February 15th - National Gumdrop Day
I love gumdrops! What better day to eat and play with gumdrops then on National Gumdrop Day!
- Make homemade gumdrops. Here are some recipes to make gumdrops and gumdrop related foods.
- Gumdrop Fudge Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes
"Making candy is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays," pens Jennifer Short from her home in Omaha, Nebraska. "This sweet white fudge is as easy to put together as it is beautiful to serve."
2. Make a gumdrop craft like the gumdrop wreath in the below link.
February 16th - Do a Grouch a Favor Day
- Find a grouchy person and do something to put them in a better mood.
February 17th - Randomn Acts of Kindness Day
- Get some quarters and put the change in meters of cars with expired meters.
- Go to a drive through restaraunt and pay for the meal of the car behind you.
- Donate used books to the library.
- Give carepacks to the homeless.
- Visit an elderly neighbor or relative. Better yet, clean their house or do their yard work.
February 19th - National Chocolate Mint Day
On National Chocolate Mint Day pick a yummy mint and chocolate dessert to make. Some dessert ideas and recipes are listed below.
- Marbled Mint Chocolate Fudge
Marbled Mint Chocolate Fudge, easy recipe and delicious peppermint taste!
- Kids Cooking Recipe: Indoor Chocolate Mint S'Mores
Who says s'mores are just for summer and outdoors? Try these easy to cook with kids indoor chocolate mint s'mores with Kraft Jet-Puffed Chocolate Marshmallows.
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cake - Martha Stewart Recipes
Get Martha Stewart's Mint Chocolate Chip Cake recipe. Also browse hundreds more test kitchen-approved food recipes and cooking tips from Martha Stewart.
February 20th - Cherry Pie Day
- Bake a cherry pie for dessert. The perfect cherry pie recipe is below.
- Perfect Cherry Pie Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Cherry pie is just about the easiest fruit pie to make. Sour cherries -- the kind you need for pie -- are rarely available fresh or frozen, so the canned variety usually is the only option for most cooks. Not only do canned cherries make good pies, b
February 20th - Love Your Pet Day
- Take your pet for a walk.
- Buy your pet a treat.
- Spend some extra quality time with your pet.
- Take your dog to the dog park.
- Adopt a pet.
What would it be like to live in the 1700's?
February 22nd - George Washington's Birthday
The first President of the United States was born on February 22, 1732. To celebrate his birthday you and your family can:
- Throw a birthday party.
- Read about George Washington's life.
- Talk about that time period in history.
- Try to spend the evening day acting like people of that time would, like using no electricity.
February 22nd - Walking The Dog Day
- Take your dog for a walk.
- Get a group together to walk your pets.
- Learn the "Walk the dog" yo-yo trick.
February 22nd - Be Humble Day
- Do not brag about yourself all day.
- Talk positively about others!
February 23rd - Tennis Day
- Play tennis.
- Play table tennis.
February 26th - Carnival Day
- Make funnel cones and hot dogs.
- Learn how to juggle.
- Dress up as clowns.
- Teach your dog some carnival type tricks like jumping through a hula hoop.
- Dress your pet up like a lion.
- Tell each other's fortune's.
- Make a carnival ticket bowl using the tutorial in the below link.
- Carnival ticket bowl with glitter. - Mod Podge Rocks
A DIY carnival ticket bowl is so easy to make! Mod Podge causes it to keep its shape and harden into a usable bowl - great for parties or home decor.
February 26th - Tell a Fairy Tale Day
- Read a fairy tale aloud to the family.
- Sit in a circle and make up a fairy tale as a family. Start the fairytale with one sentence and then let the family member to your left add the next sentence and so on.
February 27th - Polar Bear Day
- Visit polar bears at the zoo.
- Learn about polar bears.
- Watch a polar bear documentary.
- Dress all in white like a polar bear.
- Make polar bear cupcakes. Directions are on the below link.
February 28th - National Tooth Fairy Day
- Draw pictures of what you think a tooth fairy looks like.
- Debate whether you think the tooth fairy is a boy or girl and why.
- Holiday Insights : February 2013 Holidays, Bizarre, Unique, and Special Days - Valentine's Day, Pre
February 2013 Holidays Bixarre Special Days Valentine's Day, President's day
- BBC - Religions - Christianity: Candlemas
The Christian festival of Candlemas commemorates the purification of Mary after giving birth, as well as the presentation of Jesus in the temple.
- French Candlemas - La Chandeleur - Crepe Day
The Catholic holiday of Candlemas, on 2 February, is a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus. In France, this holiday is called la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or jour des crêpes.
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