Things to Do in May with Your Family
There are many fun little known holidays that you can celebrate with your family. Here are the holidays I recommend celebrating in May.
May 1 - May Day
May Day on the first of May is a celebration of spring. However, in some places it can have other meanings. To celebrate May Day you and your family can:
- Plant flowers.
- Make crowns of flowers.
- Attend a May Day Celebration in your area.
May 1 - Loyalty Day
Loyalty Day is a holiday in the United States to express our loyalty to our country. On Loyalty Day you and your family can:
- Hang the flag outside your house.
- Wear red, white, and blue.
- Pray for those in the armed forces and our nations leaders.
May 1 - Mother Goose Day
Mother Goose dates back all the way to the late 1600's. Many nursery rhymes were considered authored by a fictitious Mother Goose. To celebrate Mother Goose Day, you and your family can:
- Read some children's nursery rhymes.
- Act our your favorite nursery rhymes.
- Pick your favorite rhyme. Give roles from the rhyme to everyone in your house. While at home that day, you must stay in character doing and saying what that character would say and do.
- Watch the below video to learn about the importance of nursery rhymes for children.
The Importance of Nursery Rhymes for Children
May 1- Save the Rhino Day
Rhino's have been around for millions of years but they have been hunted to near extinction. On May 1st, remember the rhino. You and your family can:
- Talk about what it means if an animal goes extinct and how that affects the world.
- Read about rhinos.
- Visit rhino's at the zoo.
- Adopt a rhino through the World Wildlife Foundation. See link below.
May 2 - Baby Day
May 2nd is a holiday devoted to babies. To celebrate you can;
- Watch the movie Babies. It is about the first year of life for 4 babies from around the world.
- If you have a baby at your house, spend some extra time playing and cuddling with him or her.
- If you know someone that has a baby, offer to do something to help them out. Offer to babysit while mom and dad go to dinner or bring them a meal so they don't have to cook.
May 2 - Brothers & Sisters Day
Remember to cherish your siblings on Brothers & Sisters Day. You can:
- Send cards or small gifts to your siblings.
- Invite your siblings and their families over for dinner.
- Encourage your kids to do something fun with their siblings today.
First Friday in May - International Space Day
On International Space Day you and your family can:
- Attend an educational program, demonstration, or exhibition held in your area. Many events should be available to celebrate the holiday.
- Use a telescope to look at the stars during the evening.
May 3 - World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day is a holiday to appreciate the sacrifices of journalists and importance of freedom of speech. Talk about this important right with your kids. Read stories of journslists heroic efforts.
May 4 - Bird Day
To celebrate Bird Day, you and your family can:
- Watch and feed birds in your neighborhood.
- Make a bird feeder.
- Learn about the amazing journey birds make every year when they migrate.
Geese Migration - National Geographic
May 4 - National Candied Orange Day
Candied Orange Peel is a treat made of orange peels. They are boiled, sliced, and sugar is added to them. They can be eaten alone but they are most often added to baked goods. On Candied Orange Peel Day, learn how to make this treat and add them to a baked good. I have provided the link to a recipe for making Candied Orange Peels below.
- Candied Orange Recipe : Food Network Kitchens : Recipes : Food Network
Get this all-star, easy-to-follow Food Network Candied Orange recipe from Food Network Kitchens.
May 4 - Renewal Day
Renewal Day is a day to renew relationships that have faltered due to the hectic schedule of everyday life. On Renewal Day:
- Talk to your kids about the importance of relationships and how to maintain them.
- Work on your relationships and encourage your kids to do the same.
May 4 - Star Wars Day
The fourth of May was selected as Star Wars Day as a play on words. If you have ever watched Star Wars, then you know that a big quote in the movie is "May the force (fourth) be with you." Since fourth sounds like force it was chosen for the day to celebrate Star Wars. To celebrate Star Wars Day, you and your family can:
- Have a Star Wars movie marathon. Can you watch all six movies in one day?
- Have a light saber duel.
- Dress in Star Wars costumes.
- Throw a Star Wars themed party.
May 5 - Cindo de Mayo
This holiday comes from May 5, 1862, when the Mexican army defeated the French army at the battle of Puebla. Today, the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican culture. To celebrate you can:
- Plan a Mexican Fiesta.
- Celebrate with a pinata.
- Wear sombreros.
May 5 - National Hoagie Day
On National Hoagie Day you can:
- Make hoagies for your family for dinner.
- Go to your favorite hoagie place for dinner.
- Have the kids invent a new hoagie recipe. Take them to the store to get the ingredients. Then, have them make the hoagies for the whole family for dinner.
May 6 - National Tourist Appreciation Day
On National Tourist Day:
- Be a tourist in your own town. Go to visit the places that out of towners would go.
- While you are there, if you see a tourist, offer to take a picture of their group for them. I know I always appreciate it when someone offers to do this for us.
Tuesday of the first full week of May- National Teachers Day
Honor your teachers on Teachers Day. You can:
- Have your children draw them a picture or write them a note. I am sure they would love to hear about your children's favorite learning experience.
- Remember your favorite teachers. Send them a card and tell them how their involvement in your life influenced you.
- Send flowers to school for your child's teacher. Let your children help pick them out and sign the card.
May 8 - Iris Day
To celebrate Iris Day you can:
- spend time with the family planting these beautiful flowers.
- Buy some and deliver them to your friends and relatives.
World Red Cross Day & World Red Crescent Day
This is one of my favorite holidays in May because I am a Disaster Services Volunteer for the American Red Cross. On May 8th you can:
- Sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross.
- Donate blood.
- Thank a Red Cross Volunteer.
- Prepare for emergencies by putting together a Emergency Preparedness Plan and/or putting together 72 Hour Kits for each of your family members.
May 9 - Lost Sock Memorial Day
This is one of the oddest holidays I have ever heard of. Lost Sock Memorial Day can be celebrated by:
- Decorating the house with the socks that are left over. Have one of each? Hang them on the windows or the ceiling.
- Have a memorial for your lost socks.
- At the end of the day, throw away those leftover socks. I am sure you will accumulate plenty more by next years Lost Sock Memorial Day.
May 9 - National Train Day
On May 9th in 1869 two railroad tracks coming from opposite sides of the United States met in Promontory Summit, Utah. The first continental rail line of 1,776 miles was born. To celebrate this historic day, you can:
- Ride a train.
- Visit a train museum.
- Watch a movie with trains. I like Dumbo or Polar Express.
- Play with a train set.
May 10 - Clean Up Your Room Day
Not a fun holiday but definitely a necessity. On Clean Up Your Room Day, have your kids clean their room. It may be the only time they do it all year! You can help them with it, if you're feeling especially nice.
May 11 - Eat What You Want Day
May 11th is a good day in my book. It is Eat What You Want Day. Do you want to have ice cream and soda for breakfast? Go ahead! Your kiddos will love this day.
May 12 - Limerick Day
Limericks are funny short poems that rhyme. They typically have three long and two short lines. To celebrate, read some limericks or write your own.
"There was a young lady from Leeds
Who swallowed a package of seeds.
Now this sorry young lass
Is quite covered in grass,
But has all the tomatoes she needs."
"Is Algebra fruitless endeavor?
It seems they've been trying for ever
To find x,y,and z
And it's quite clear to me:
If they've not found them yet then they'll never."
- Graham Lester
A Frog in the Bog
May 13 - Frog Jumping Day
Mark Twain published three short stories involving jumping frogs. Thus, the roots of Frog Jumping Day were born. Celebrate by:
- Reading Mark Twain's stories about frogs including "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.
- Jump like a frog. You can make it into a contest to see who can do the longest frog jump.
- Visit the frogs at the zoo.
- Read other stories about frogs like "A Frog in the Bog" by Karma Wilson and Joan Rankin.
May 13 - Leprechaun Day
To celebrate these tiny elves of Ireland you can:
- Make your own mini pots of gold filled with chocolate covered in gold wrapping and surprise your kids with them. Or, have your kids make them to deliver to their friends.
- For dinner, make a meal that has a rainbow of colors.
- Dress in green.
- Plan a scavenger hunt through your house or neighborhood to find the pot of gold.
Second Sunday in May - Mother's Day
To celebrate Mother's Day, do something special for your Mom. You can:
- Make her breakfast in bed.
- Clean the house.
- Do the laundry.
- Plant some flowers in the yard.
- Write her a letter about how much she means to you.
May 14 - Dance Like a Chicken Day
On Dance like a Chicken Day, teach your kids the Chicken Dance.
May 15 - National Chocolate Chip Day
May 15th has to be one of my favorite days of the year. I love any kind of chocolate so National Chocolate Chip Day is right up my alley. You can celebrate this holiday with your family by:
- Make chocolate chip cookies or any kind of recipe that you like with chocolate chips.
- Snack on chocolate chips.
May 15 - Police Officer's Memorial Day
To remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty you can:
- Thank a police officer for their service and dedication.
- Make a donation to your local organization that helps the families left behind by public safety workers killed in the line of duty. In my area, that organization is BackStoppers.
- Participate in local events that mark the day.
- Make a card and send it to your local police station thanking them for all they do.
The Lorax by Dr. Duess
May 16 - Love a Tree Day
On Love a Tree Day, you and your family can:
- Pamper the trees at your house. Give them a good trim, water and fertilize them. Remove any seedlings that are sprouting up around them. These seedlings take precious nutrients away from grown trees.
- "I speak for the trees for the trees have no voices" comes from my favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax. Read The Lorax with your children today.
May 16 - National Sea Monkey Day
Buy some sea monkeys on National Sea Monkey Day and get them started in their new habitat.
May 16 - Wear Purple for Peace Day
On Wear Purple for Peace day you can:
- Wear purple, of course.
- Talk to your kids about how to handle disputes peacefully.
- Say The Prayer for Peace by St. Francis together. I included the prayer below.
Prayer for Peace by St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand;to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
Third Saturday of May - Armed Forces Day
The third Saturday in May is reserved to honor those who work so diligently to protect us. To celebrate you can:
- Send a card package to a soldier. Include things like sun screen, toiletries, and phone cards. There are many websites that you can do this through. Make sure it is a legitimate one. I would consider working with the USO. I attached a link below where you can donate to their care packages.
- Donate blood.
- Attend a parade in your area.
- Hang a flag outside your home.
- Send a Care Package to Our Troops – Donate to Troops | USO
Send a Care Package to Our Troops – Donate to Troops
May 18 - International Museum Day
On International Museum Day you and your family can:
- Visit a museum in your area.
- Volunteer at a museum.
- Donate to a museum.
- If you really want to go all out you can visit The Louvre in Paris, France or The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
May 18 - Visit Your Relatives Day
Bring your family closer together by visiting your relatives on May 18th. If you can't visit, send them a card or skype with them.
May 20 - Be a Millionaire Day
On Be a Millionaire Day you can:
- Make an investment on behalf of your children.
- Talk to your kids about money and its value.
- Teach your kids how the stock market works.
- Play Monopoly.
- Talk about what you would do with a million dollars.
May 20 - Pick Strawberries Day
On Pick Strawberries Day you and your family can:
- Find a local Pick Your Own Farm to pick strawberries.
- Pick strawberries at the grocery store.
- Make Strawberry Shortcake.
- Plant some strawberries.
May 24 - National Escargot Day
Escargot is not something that kids normally eat. I myself have only had it once in my life while on a cruise. Today is the day to introduce your kids to something they normally wouldn't be eating. They should try at least one bite. They never know. They might actually like it.
May 26 - Sally Ride Day
Sally Ride Day celebrates the first American women to go into space. She opened doors for young women. Today, learn more about this pioneer and talk to your kids about the importance of working towards your goals, even if they aren't the norm.
May 28 - Amnesty International Day
Amnesty International is an organization that works to protects human rights. You and your older children can:
- Learn about human rights issues.
- Become active in working on human rights causes by participating in Amnesty International campaigns.
- Write your local politicians about human rights issues.
- Make a donation or hold a fundraiser for Amnesty International.
Last Monday of May - Memorial Day
First called Decoration Day, the holiday was changed to Memorial Day in 1882. This holiday dates all the way to the end of the Civil War. It is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom and for our country. To celebrate, you and your family can:
- Participate in the countless activities held on Memorial Day Weekend.
- Visit a Veteran's cemetery in your area.
- Visit Veteran's in a Veteran's Hospital in your area. Bring cookies, books, cards, and games.
- Fly the US flag at your home.
- Wear red, white, and blue.
- Send a care package to a soldier.