Soon, school bells will ring one last time for the calendar year, and that means summer fun is imminent. Don’t give up on spring just yet, though, and plan family fun activities to enjoy all month long. Try out some of the zany, but actual, holidays below for May festivities. Get creative and throw in a few original family celebrations, too.
➤ National Museum Day — Celebrate National Museum Day with a family reading of the classic children’s book, "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," by E.L. Konigsburg. Read a chapter each night until you solve the mystery. Plan to visit local museums and those within day-trip travels, too, but check websites first for openings. In fact, make a list of all the museums you’d like to visit. Then try to get through the entire list before the summer ends.
➤ National Towel Day — Play a game outside with a couple of old towels. You’ll need three people for the game, and you can mix and match partners to see who works well together in the family. Let two people hold each end of an old towel. The third person tosses small balls or bean bags or rolled-up socks towards the pair holding the towel.
Without letting go of the edges, the towel holders catch the object tossed with the towel. Switch around the players to see who is the best “tosser” and which pair makes the most successful catches.
➤ National Biscuit Day — Work together in the kitchen to make these easy biscuits. Use different shaped cookie cutters to make some fun-shaped biscuits, too. Enjoy the biscuits for breakfast with a sausage patty or bacon and cheese. Or, pair the biscuits with a seasonal jelly or jam for dessert at dinnertime. Or an even better idea — shop locally for Bulloch County-prepared honey and enjoy a taste of springtime with fresh-made honey and biscuits. To make the biscuits, stir together one stick of softened butter and 2 cups of self-rising flour. Stir in 1 cup of sour cream. Roll dough on a floured surface and cut with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutters. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.
➤ Water a Flower Day — Plan to nourish the flowers in your yard as a family project. Purchase a plastic watering can for each member of the family. Most dollar stores sell them. Let each member of the family get creative to decorate their own watering can. Use permanent markers, paint, craft foam shapes, stickers, and other embellishments to decorate and personalize each one. Once glue and marker and paint additions are completely dry, get busy watering the plants!
➤ National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day — Well, this holiday is pretty self-explanatory. As a family, think of fun ways to bless a neighbor or more than one neighbor. Pick up wind-blown sticks in one neighbor’s yard and pine cones in another. Mow the lawn for someone in need. Weed a backyard garden for someone or sweep the sidewalk. Bake cookies or homemade bread to share. Invite a neighbor family over for an outdoor picnic. Share books that you’ve finished reading with a nearby family.
What other creative ideas to bless a neighbor can you think of?
It’s a beautiful time of year, with clear blue skies, new spring growth and flowers of all colors showing off.
Find lots of ways to continue enjoying springtime during the month of May. Make it an a-MAY-zing month of fun and memory-making events with the ones you love!
Statesboro native Julie Lavender, author of "365 Ways to Love Your Kids: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories" enjoys springtime in the Boro with family.