The brisk fall winds are being felt as the leaves turn beautiful shades of red, gold and bronze. With school in full swing and kiddos in school activities, it can be a challenge to get outdoors. In the October Outdoor Family Calendar, you’ll find a few ideas that work double duty in keeping your family adventuring outdoors.
October 3rd: Child Health Day
On May 18, 1928, Congress approved a joint resolution designating the first Monday in October as Child Health Day. Each year, the president signs a proclamation reaffirming this day to bring attention to keeping America’s children healthy. To honor this day and promote healthy children, try playing a game of tag in the backyard, going to a local park or trying geocaching.
National Pumpkin Seed Day
This day gives parents two amazing teaching moments – getting outdoors and eating healthy. According to to the USDA nutritional database, pumpkins seeds are a good source of plant-based protein with a bonus of fiber and healthy fat.
While the kiddos are carving up the ole’ Halloween pumpkin, roast the seeds and Viola! You’ll be ready to get outdoors with a tasty treat.
This day was created by Super Seedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds and it’s an official holiday. I found a great infographic with quick pumpkin seed recipes from the Cleveland Clinic. #pumpkinseedday
Nat’l Walk to School Day
The National Center for Safe Routes to School sponsors this annual holiday day to encourage families and kiddos to walk to school. 2016 is the 20th year for the event. To learn more about the day and SafeRoutes, goto saferoutesinfo.org. #walktoschoolday
October 8th: National Touch Tag Day
This laughter -filled game is played around the world and dates back to ancient Rome. It truly seems to be a universal game for kiddos to play. This day reminds me of a memory we had this summer when we went to Yellowstone. Our seven-year-old daughter introduced herself to some new kiddos in the campground. I remember hearing the unbridled laughter of kiddos who had just made new friends. It brought a smile to my face and reminded me of my own childhood. And, as with my own childhood where we played until bedtime, these kiddos played freeze-tag until the 10:00 pm quite-time curfew.
So, today is the day to play tag as a family. Encourage your kiddos to create their own version to spark creativity. #touchtagday
October 12th: National Fossil Day
This day promotes the scientific and educational value of fossils and is celebrated during Earth Science Week. The first Nat’l Fossil Day was held on October 13, 2010, and is celebrated annually on Wednesday of the second full week in October.
Check out your local museums, institutions, and organizations that provide understanding to the world’s fossil history. Or, check out the 260 National Parks that have fossils. #nationalfossilday
October 21st: National Reptile Day
This day is recognized every October 21st as a day to promote the education, conservation, and appreciation of reptiles. Try visiting a local zoo or nature center to learn about the importance of reptiles to our environment.
I have to admit, I’m not a fan of snakes. I try to hide my fear from my daughter so that she wouldn’t adopt the same. Now, I’m happy to say she has an appreciation of snakes. She even enjoys holding them when given a chance. Learn more about reptiles includes snakes, turtles, and lizards with Reptiles Magazine. #nationalreptileday
October 26th: National Pumpkin Day
Tagging onto Nat’l Pumpkin Seed Day and Halloween, this seems to be a perfect chance to get to the pumpkin patch again. According to the Smithsonian, the largest pumpkin ever grown was 2,323.7 pounds which is about the same size of a small car. Interested to a new outdoor science experiment with your kiddo, here are the Smithsonian’s secrets to growing the world’s largest pumpkin. #pumpkinday
October 31st: Halloween
It is believed that Halloween originated 2,000 years ago as an ancient Celtic (now the region of the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northern France) festival. While we celebrate it with costumes and trick-or-treating, other countries dress up and celebrate Halloween to usher in winter. #halloween
We hope the October Outdoor Family Calendar proves you with some easy ideas to celebrate the fall season and to connect your kiddos to the world around them.
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