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Things to Do in September with Your Family

Updated on February 26, 2013

There are many fun holidays in the month of September. You can enjoy these days with your family and make almost everyday a special occasion.

First Monday of the Month - Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday to celebrate the achievements of American Workers, both social and economic. To celebrate you can:

  1. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to a cook out or barbecue.
  2. Get a day in at the pool or beach before summer unofficially ends.
  3. Relax and do something you and your family likes to do like ride bikes or see a movie.

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September 3 - Skyscraper Day

Louis Sullivan was born on September 3, 1856. He was an architect credited for designing some of the first skyscrapers. So, Skyscraper Day is held on his birthday. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Each create a skyscraper out of paper. Put them together in a scene taped to a window.
  2. Read a book about how skyscrapers are built.
  3. Visit a skyscraper.

September 7 - Neither Rain nor Snow Day

On September 7, 1914 the New York Post Office Building opened. Carved into the side of the building was the statement, "Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." This is not the official creed of the US Post Ofice but it is often thought to be. We celebrate our postal workers on this day. Today, you and your family can:

  1. Leave a thank you note for your mail carrier. Ask the kiddos to include pictures that they have drawn.
  2. Read about the postal system.
  3. Create your own stamps using one of the websites to the right.

First Sunday After Labor Day - Grandparent's Day

Celebrate your Grandparents on Grandparents Day. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Take them out to dinner someplace that they normally wouldn't go on their own. It's often hard for older people to drive so they stay close to home. Is there an Italian restaurant that they love but is too far away for them to get to easily? Think of someplace they would like to go but won't go on their own and take them there. My grandparents love sweets so they like to go to the bakery or the ice cream parlor near their old neighborhood.
  2. Clean their house or hire maid service for them.
  3. Spend time with them. Ask the about their lives when they were growing up. I always love to listen to my grandparents talk about their lives when they were growing up or when they were young adults. Their experiences are so much different than mine.


September 8 - International Literacy Day

On International Literacy Day, you and your family can:

  1. Read! Pick out a book to read together or each read a book individually.
  2. Teach someone to read.
  3. Volunteer at your local library.

September 9 - Teddy Bear Day

Teddy Bear Day is September 9th. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Let your kids bring their teddy bears with them anywhere they want to go today.
  2. Have a teddy bear picnic or tea party.

September 11 - 911 Remembrance

On 9/11, remember and honor those that lost of their lives on 9/11/01. You and your family can:

  1. Talk about what happened that day.
  2. Make black out boxes for Seniors or homeless families. These boxes contain everything they would need if the lights go out.
  3. Celebrate and value diversity. Talk about the benefits and importance of diversity with your kids.
  4. Make first aid kits for families in shelters.
  5. Reach out to refugees in your area. They may need school supplies, household items, and/or a warm welcome to the neighborhood.
  6. Discuss how our words and actions affect others.

September 12 - National Video Games Day

To celebrate National Video Game Day, you and your family can:

  1. Play your favorite video games.
  2. Rent a new video game.
  3. Visit an arcade like Tilt or Dave & Busters.
  4. Make your own video game on See link below to the right.

September 13 - Fortune Cookie Day

Fortune Cookie Day is on September 13th. To celebrate you can:

  1. Buy fortune cookies to have as dessert.
  2. Make your own fortune cookies and fortunes using the recipe below.
  3. Read "Fortune Cookies Fortune" by Grace Lin.

September 13 - Positive Thinking Day

On Positive Thinking Day, talk to your family about what each of you can do everyday to be more positive. You could:

  1. Create a thankfulness journal.
  2. Go round the table at dinner each night and say what each of you is thankful for from that day.
  3. Create a positive affirmation for yourself. Say it everyday.

September 13 - Uncle Sam Day

September 13th is the celebration of one of America's most iconic symbols, Uncle Same. To celebrate Uncle Same Day you can:

  1. Learn about the history of Uncle Sam.
  2. Dress up like Uncle Sam.
  3. Wear red, white, and blue.
  4. Create your own Uncle Same poster.

September 15 - Make a Hat Day

Hat Day is September 15th. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Make construction paper hats.
  2. Read the Dr. Seuss Book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins."
  3. Buy new hats.
  4. Wear a hat for the day.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park
Johnson Shut-Ins State Park | Source

September 16 - Collect Rocks Day

On Collect Rocks Day, you and your family can:

  1. Visit a park in your area known for rocks. In Missouri, we are lucky to have Johnson Shut-Ins State Park where you can climb and jump through a valley of large boulders sitting in the Black River. Water courses around and over the rocks so it is a fun and beautiful place to visit. We also have Elephant Rock State Park in Belleville Missouri where there are hundreds of rocks the size of elephants and some are even larger. You can also climb on these rocks but they are on dry land.
  2. Collect rocks and try to identify them using the Internet or an identification book.
  3. Take a cave tour.
  4. See if there are any classes in your area offered for kids and their parents to learn about rocks.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park
Johnson Shut-Ins State Park | Source

September 16 - Mayflower Day

Mayflower Day is on September 16th. On this day in 1620 the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England. To celebrate, you and your family can learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims.

September 16 - National Play Doh Day

September 16th is National Play-Doh Day. to celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Play with Play-Doh.
  2. Make your own play dough.
  3. If you have a youngster that is learning the alphabet or how to read you could make letters or words with the play dough.

September 25 - National Comic Book Day

September 25th is National Comic Book Day.To celebrate, you and your family can:

  1. Visit a comic book store.
  2. Read a comic together.
  3. Draw your own comic together. You could make it about your own family. Maybe you could give each family member a super power that they wished they had.

September 28 - National Good Neighbor Day

September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Drop off a suprise gift at your neighbors door.
  2. Organize a block party.
  3. Send cards to all your neighbors.
  4. Begin a neighborhood kid swap. Coordinate families of kids that play together in the neighborhood to rotate the parents watching the kids one day each weekend so you can get things done or spend time as a couple. Then, you watch all the kiddos the next weekend and so on.

September 29 - Confucius Day

Confucius Day celebrates the teachings of one of the greatest philosophers in the world. To celebrate you can:

  1. Read about his life and teachings.
  2. Learn some of his sayings.
  3. Confucius was from China. So you could east Chinese food or learn to make your favorite Chinese food.

Quotes by Confucius

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, be imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get."

"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of."

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."


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    • Kimberly Vaughn profile image

      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Jean!

    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for all the fun ideas, sometimes we get lazy about thinking how to entertain ourselves and our families. The Confucius quotes were a nice touch as well!