August signals the winding down of summer and the kiddos returning to school. It can be a hectic month with getting back into a school routine. A time where getting outside and creating memories are put on the back burner. At KiddoGear, we completely understand the craziness. And, that’s why we have “low key” ideas in the August Outdoor Family Calendar that keeps your family connected to nature and gives you ideas to make good memories.
August 3rd: National Watermelon Day
Although watermelons originated from southern Africa, the first record of watermelons occurred 5,000 years ago in Egypt. Today, American eat more watermelons than any other type of melon. Consisting of 92% water, it’s a healthy alternative to processed foods; and, a summer BBQ favorite. In honor of Nat’l Watermelon Day, enjoy a watermelon seed spitting contest or try grilling it for a tasty dessert. Learn more about the history of watermelons, the health benefits of watermelons and grilling the fruit at watermelon.org. #watermelon
August 6th: National Wiggle Your Toes Day
With the summer days winding down, take advantage of keeping the toes free and give them a wiggle in one last Hooray! by going barefoot or wearing sandals or flip-flops. Although the origin of this day is unknown, some believe it started in Hawaii . . . well, let’s hang ten! #wiggleyourtoes
National Lighthouse Day: Last year, I added this day to honor a friend who lost his battle to cancer last year. A friend who was inspired to keep a lighthouse “alive” in his hometown. This year, I researched the day. On August 7, 1789, the US Congress approved an act to establish and support lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. Two hundred years last, Congress designated the day as National Lighthouse Day. In celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service, visit a lighthouse near you. The National Historic Landmarks provides a list of lighthouses to explore. #lighthouse
Friendship Day: Hallmark established this day in 1919 as a day for everyone to celebrate friendships by sending cards. By 1940, National Friendship Day ceased. The day was resurrected in 1998 when the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh the Ambassador of Friendship. This year, reach out to your friends with a personal touch – a call, card or hug. #friendship
August 10th: National S’mores Day
Like watermelon, s’mores seem to resonate with summer. The first recorded version of the snack is traced to Tramping and Trailing with the Girls Scouts in 1927. This national day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. This year, we have a secret to share . . . we enjoy s’mores even in the winter. Yea, using the microwave isn’t the same as using the campfire but it gives us a chance to stop and connect with each other as a family. #smores
August 15th: National Relaxation Day
I couldn’t find the origin of this “national holiday”. With summer winding down and the kids going back to school, having one more day to relax, to take a moment to breathe and to savor another memory together by grilling watermelon, roasting marshmallows for a s’more or going for a walk. #relax
August 25th: 100th Birthday of National Park Service
Today, we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” which created the National Park Service. Per the NPS website, the Act states that “the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” There’s still time to enjoy the wonders of “America’s Best Idea” at #FindYourPark.
Although President Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, President Teddy Roosevelt is credited for the modern-day conversation movement and for establishing Yellowstone as the first national park. Learn more about Teddy Roosevelt by reading and discussion Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt! by Frank Murphy with your kiddos.
August 26th: National Dog Day
According to National Calendar, National Dog Day was founded by pet and family lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige. This day celebrates dog ownership and promotes the idea that all dogs should live a “happy, safe and abuse free life”. This is a great day to get go for a walk or hike with your dog. Don’t have a dog, walk the neighbors’ dog or volunteer at a pet shelter. #dogday
August 31st: National Trail Mix Day
The origin of this day is unknown; yet, trail mix is a hiking favorite for its portability and convenience. While many may refer to this popular snack as trail mix, others call it “gorp”. Personalize trail mix with ingredients that fits your preferences. We like to include popcorn and candy corn along with various nuts, raisins and chocolate candies. #trailmix
We hope the August Outdoor Family Calendar proves you with some added inspiration during the “back to school” rush to get outdoors and to connect your kiddos to the world around them. Our goal is to save you time in planning and give you more time being outdoors. Sign up for our monthly email that will provide ideas, information, and inspiration to get you and your family outdoors making memories and having adventures.