By Jennifer Halter
September brings with it a new season and cooler temperatures. Summer travel has ended, our free-flowing days are behind us for now, and we are back into our school and work routines. Although we are about to enter the holiday season with lots to celebrate, this month may not have as much on the calendar to keep the family excited. Here are 10 fun days to celebrate and bring a little more fun to your September.
National Read a Book Day (Sept. 6)
This one is a pretty simple one to celebrate. Set aside time on this day to read together with your child(ren). Each of you can share your favorite story with the family. Talk about some of your favorite books when you were your child’s age and what you love about reading. You can add a little fun by taking your reading outdoors to a local park or sharing this time with neighbors and friends. Get family who may not live nearby involved by hosting a virtual read along.
National Grandparents Day (Sept. 8)
Grandparents are some of the most special people your child can have in his or her life, and Sept. 8 is the day to let them know just how amazing they are! If you’re able to visit, plan a special meal with them. Set up a time for grandparents and children to play a game of “Ask Anything” where kids can ask questions about what it was like when the grandparents were growing up (or even how they were as children…yikes!). They will enjoy having a captive audience for their stories and the kids will love hearing about the past. If you’re into giving gifts, this is the perfect time for your children to whip up their favorite handmade creations, such as cards or artwork for the fridge.
National Coloring Day (Sept. 14)
Break out the crayons, markers or colored pencils and let your creativity flow. Whether you’re using coloring books, printed pages from online or drawing your own designs, coloring is an activity that the entire family can enjoy. Make a book of all of your coloring pages, so you can look back at it each year.
National Dance Day (Sept. 18)
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Plan a fun family dance party where each family member can let loose and show off their best dance moves. Make things more interesting by dancing to music from different decades or try learning popular dances from each era. Teens may enjoy (or cringe) watching parents learn the latest TikTok dances.
National Cheeseburger Day (Sept. 18)
The answer to “What’s for dinner?” just got a little easier if you celebrate National Cheeseburger Day! Make plans to order from your favorite burger joint or set up a make-your-own burger bar complete with all of the fixings at home. Not into eating meat? There are many vegan burger options at the grocery store and many restaurants, too!
International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19)
Ahoy, matey! Your kids will have a blast using their best pirate talk today. Celebrate by letting them wear their favorite pirate costume or make a fun challenge to see who can stay in pirate character the longest. There are great resources online to help you learn all of the best phrases.
National Clean Up Day (Sept. 19)
Parents are probably going to be extra excited for today as this is the perfect time to get everyone involved in cleaning up. Whether it’s inside or out, cleaning together as a family can make this seem less like a chore. If you choose, add in an incentive, such as dinner out or ice cream for dessert, once all of the clean up is done for the day.
National Comic Book Day (Sept. 25)
Comic books may not be as popular among the younger crowd as they once were, but the popular characters from them are favorites to many of our children. Celebrate today by dressing up as your favorite comic book characters. Break out your old comics or head to a local thrift or book store to see what treasures you may find. For those with children who don’t know what a comic book is, share what they are and what they look like. You can even create your own handmade family comic book.
National Pancake Day (Sept. 26)
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, pancakes are always a winner! Head to your favorite pancake house for a stack or make your own at home. Get creative by offering a variety of toppings, such as fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips and more, so the family can make their own pancake masterpieces.
No matter how you celebrate these unique observances, remember to have fun in all you do!
Jennifer Halter is the Publisher of Macaroni Kid Woodbridge and Macaroni Kid Gainesville/Manassas, free online calendars and resources to help you find your family fun all year round.