No one loves a good holiday more than me. I believe life is too short not to celebrate every chance we get with our grandchildren!
I love all the major holidays that roll around … Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, April Fools, Remembrance Day, New Years, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick’s Day.
But those are only a handful of days during a year of 365 days. I want more holidays … heck, I would celebrate a great teeth flossing if I could break out a treat and play a game.
Did you know that there are a slew of wacky and fun holidays throughout the year that gives grandmas an excuse to do something fun and celebrate with their grandkids?
I have compiled a list of some of those fun holidays (and an idea or two of how you might celebrate them with the grandkids). I realize that not all grandmas live near their grandchildren or see them regularly, but when they do come for a visit, see what holidays are happening over the time they are with you.
These fun holidays are from July to December … check out my previous post to see holidays from January to June.
Start the celebrations!
- July 1 – Creative Ice-cream Flavor Day – (it is also Canada Day for me) get out bucket of ice-cream from the freezer (or make your own – see the comments for January 15, above) and try some toppings on your ice-cream that you’ve never tried before. You could also take your grandchild to a place that sells ice-cream , like Dairy Queen, and try a treat that they’ve have never been able to try before.
- July 4 – Country Music Day – (also Independence Day for our USA grandmas) I don’t usually listen to country music, but there are lots of songs I really like. Get your plaid shirts, cowboy boots and hats on and learn how to do the latest line dance together (there are many to watch on YouTube). Yee haw!
- July 8 – Blueberry Day – find a You Pick blueberry farm nearby and pick a bucket of blueberries together. Then you can go home and bake some blueberry muffins while you read the classic kid’s picture book Blueberries for Sal (available at any library).
- July 10 – Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day – Grab some teddy bears (they are cheap at any garage sale), spread out a blanket in the backyard and have a picnic. Don’t forget to sing the song and read the book!
- July 23 – Parent’s Day – you and your grandchild can plan a surprise for their parents to thank them for being so amazing!
- July 24 – Amelia Earhart Day – Learn about this amazing, brave woman by reading one of the many books written about her (hit the library). If you have an aviation museum in your city, today would be a perfect day to visit it!
- July 31 – Uncommon Musical Instrument Day – make some unusual instruments and create some music together! Go HERE for lots of ideas for making instruments!
- August 3 – Watermelon Day – nothing like cool watermelon on a hot summer’s day … and you can go to HERE for some watermelon activity ideas!
- August 9 – Book Lovers Day – I hope to pass on a love of books to all my grandchildren. Here is a day to celebrate books and read, read, read! To read my post on ways you can help to raise a reader, go HERE.
- August 16 – Tell a Joke Day – practice telling jokes to each other (there are joke books at the library). Maybe try doing some stand-up comedy in front of the family or watch a clean comedian together, like Brian Regan (if your grandkids are older). Let the giggles begin!
- August 17 – Thrift Store Day – What? They have a holiday just for me? I ADORE thrift stores, and today is a great day to take along a grandchild. You each get $5 and you have to find the perfect (or hilarious) gift for the other person at the thrift store!
- August 19 –Photo Day – get the camera (or phone) out and have a photo shoot, wearing costumes and acting out scenes from theirr favorite stories.
- August 24 – Vesuvius Day – Vesuvius Day marks the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius exploded and destroyed Pompeii. It is an interesting event in history to explore and learn about with your older grandchild.
- August 26 – Dog Appreciation Day – if you or your grandchild has a dog, do something special for it, like giving them a bath, or baking doggie treats together (find a recipe HERE). If you don’t have a dog, see if a neighbor will let you take their dog for a walk. There are also hundreds of books about dogs at the library to enjoy together or movies like Old Yeller to watch (get out the Kleenex first).
- September 13 – Roald Dahl Day – whether your favorite story by this author is James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or one his many others, celebrate this great children’s author. Click HERE for tons of great ideas to celebrate Roald Dahl Day.
- September 15 – Make a Hat Day – use scraps and objects around the house and have a contest to see who can create the craziest hat.
- September 18 – Cheeseburger Day – hit your favorite burger joint and enjoy a cheeseburger together or fire up the barbecue for a family cheeseburger celebration!
- September 21 – Miniature Golf Day – hit your local miniature golf spot and see who has the best shot! If you are feeling really ambitious, you can set up a miniature golf course in your backyard. Click HERE to see an easy one to create.
- September 21 – Gratitude Day – take time to make some cards with your grandchild and have them write a message to people in their lives that they are grateful for. Then deliver the card and some treats and afterwards talk about how it made them feel.
- September 28 – Ask a Stupid Question Day – children need to know it is okay to ask questions (even stupid ones). I used to tell my Grade 3 students that all questions are valid and taught them the quote, “Ask a question and be a fool for a minute. Don’t ask a question and be a fool forever.” Each of you can ask a stupid question and then research it on the computer to see what the answer is.
- September 28 – Good Neighbor Day – come up with ways to help a neighbor, like walk their dog, make them a treat, wash their car or sweep their sidewalk.
- October 5 – Teacher’s Day – if your grandchild is old enough to go to school, make a special card or gift for them to give to their teacher (a person who spends a lot of time helping your grandchild learn important things). I found this adorable idea for a One Smart Cookie Teacher Gift HERE.
- October 14 – Dessert Day – try cooking up an amazing new dessert with your grandchild (check Pinterest) and have a piece, or two, or three …
- October 17 – Wear Something Gaudy Day – the word “gaudy” is from the work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudy, whose buildings were over the top (Google his name and you can look at some of the buildings with your grandchild). Get all dressed up for dinner in your gaudiest outfit and take lots of pictures.
- October 25 – Pasta Day – try your hands at making pasta noodles together and prepare a feast for the family!
- October 28 – Observe the Moon Night – go out and observe the moon together. For moon activities you could do, click HERE.
- October 29 – Cat Day – celebrate cats today! And one of my favorite cats of all time is The Cat in the Hat. Click HERE for a Cat in the Hat science activity (there are more links to activities at the bottom of this post).
- October 31 – Carve a Pumpkin Day – well, no surprises here! Kids love the mystery (and taking out the gucky insides) of creating a jack-o-lantern. But don’t just carve the same old face on your pumpkin … find some new ideas HERE.
- November 1 – Author’s Day – put your author brains together and write and illustrate a picture book. Make sure you include a picture of both of you on the back cover with a blurb telling all about the authors.
- November 4 – King Tut Day – a great day to learn about all things Egyptian. Write your names or messages to each other in hieroglyphics, found HERE.
- November 8 – Tongue Twister Day – there are many more tongue twisters to try beyond, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” Take a book out of the library and get your tongues twisting!
- November 13 – Kindness Day – brainstorm some kind things to do together, like take muffins to your local fire station or donate some of their unwanted books and toys to a charity store.
- November 16 – Fast Food Day – I know, I know, fast food really is unhealthy for our bodies … but one day a year should be okay. Head out to your grandchild’s favorite place and please pass the ketchup.
- November 17 – Take a Hike Day – find some hiking trails near your home and enjoy the great outdoors together. Maybe learn some new hiking songs to sing on the walk!
- November 26 – Cake Day – bake a cake today with your grandchild and decorate it with icing and candies. I am going to try doing what I loved as a child … money coins were wrapped in wax paper and baked in the cake and whoever got the quarter won.
December (a month already filled with wonderful celebrations for Christmas)
- December 8 – Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day – pick a period of history and have fun pretending to be in that time. If you go back to the time of the pioneers, you could make your own butter and make a cabin with Lego … the possibilities are endless!
- December 12 – Gingerbread House Day – my mother-in-law always made candy houses with my children at Christmas when they were young and they loved it. Here are great ideas to host a gingerbread house party for your grandchildren (and maybe their friends) HERE.
- December 14 –Monkey Day – my favorite monkey for kids was always Curious George. HERE are some fun ideas from a Curious George birthday party!
- December 19 – Ugly Sweater Day – let everyone create an ugly sweater for themselves and have a fashion show.
- December 26 – Thank You Note Day – I can see where they are going with this! I think it is a great thing to teach our grandchildren the dying art of the thank you card. Help them write a quick thank you to all the people who gave them a Christmas gift.
- December 28 – Card Playing Day – whether it is Go Fish, Old Maid, Hearts or Uno, grab the cards and learn some new games and play some old favorites (my kid’s grandma taught them all to play poker!).
Hope these fun holidays help you have a year of celebrations!
Remember to check out the first part of this post that covers January to June.
Share with us in the comments below if you try any of these celebrations! What was a success and what would you change?