May Family Holidays: 31 Days of Celebrations

April Showers bring May Flowers! May is such a great month in Minnesota. The temperatures are starting to warm towards summer. While we do sometimes get hot weather in May, we have plenty of cooler evenings and spring showers to balance out the sunny weather. Add some of these fun celebrations to your families May activities.

MAY MONTH-LONG HOLIDAYS

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Family Fun Ideas:

May is also National Bike Month

You’ll find a couple more bike-related holidays in May and National Bike to Work Week/Day is each year in mid-May, but it doesn’t seem to have a set week. (Thank you to Reader Pam for this information.)
Fun At Home: Time to get the bikes out, tune them up and pimp them out for a season of family bicycling. Then print and play this Bike Bingo game from the City of Minnetonka. How many squares can you fill in May? Minnetonka is also encouraging residents to draw inspirational bike drawings with sidewalk chalk, but you can do this anywhere.
Family Fun Out & About: The Cycling Museum of Minnesota doesn’t currently have a permanent home, but you can follow them on Facebook to learn about events and updates on their search for a new location. We have more specific bike themed activities on our Buncha Family Fun Calendar

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The first full week of May is both National Wildflower Week and Loon Appreciation Week.

Ladyslipper Flowers can be found at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis Minnesota in Spring
Visitors to Eloise Wildflower Garden will find “spectacular seasonal displays of native wildflowers in woodland, wetland and prairie areas,” including our somewhat rare State Flower, the Lady Slipper

The first Monday in May is the Start of Children’s Book Week.

So nice, we celebrate twice! Children’s Book Week runs the first week of May and again the first week of November.

Outing: Visit a library this week and pick out some good children’s books together. Share your favorites and ask your kids to share their favorites.
Family Fun at Home
: Celebrate this holiday by exploring all the great Twin Cities children’s book authors.
Read Aloud: Let your kids choose the read  choices this week.
Learn More: At Every Child A Reader.

Little girls exploring the children's section of Brookdale Library in A bookshelf in the shape of a purple dragon reading a book lounges in the background. Summer Reading Programs at Twin Cities Libraries
Children’s Section of Brookdale Library in Brooklyn Center Minnesota.

Third Full Week of May is National Public Works Week

Sounds boring, but its NOT! This is the week that many local Public Works departments offer open house programs. These are like mini, intimate Touch-A-Truck events, kids can get up close to and sometimes even climb inside all manner of city trucks. Find our list of events on our Touch-A-Truck calendar.

Touch A Truck Calendar for the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area

MAY FAMILY HOLIDAYS
BY DAY OF THE WEEK

First Sunday in May – World Laughter Day

Family Fun at Home: Check out Laughter Yoga in the video below. Even if you don’t want to try it yourself, watching makes you smile, too!
Read Aloud: Pass around a silly joke book and let everyone read their favorites. Download this 99 cent book onto your Kindle app.
Learn More: World Laughter Day was started by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. More recently its been mixed with Bollywood style dancing for an aerobic workout.

First Saturday in May – Start Seeing Monarchs Day

Family Fun: Get out to your favorite Flower Garden to look for early monarch butterflies..
Read Aloud: Enjoy the Bookflix fiction/non-fiction pairing of: Waiting for Wings and Butterflies..
Meal Idea: Add some edible flowers to your salad today.
Learn More:  The Minnesota DNR shares information about Monarchs. Or Learn About Start Seeing Monarchs Day.

Pollinators

Second Saturday in May – National Archery Day

Outing Idea: Get out to one of our many Twin Cities Archery Ranges.

Second Saturday in May – International Migratory Bird Day

Family Fun: Spring is the season for birds who migrate south during the cold to return to their northern nesting grounds. Bald eagles and trumpeter swans are two majestic examples of these birds. Three Rivers Parks District heads up a Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project in several of its parks. Try a family outing to Elm Creek Park Reserve today – bring bikes if you can (many trumpeters hang out within view of the trails) and plan for at least an hour on their gigantic playground.
Road Trip: It’s the weekend! Wanna take a road trip with kids to learn more about migratory birds in Minnesota? The National Eagle Center is about an hour and a half’s drive from the middle of the metro in Wabasha. You can read about our family’s fun visit at the link. Kids can’t handle the car ride? We’ve had luck spotting bald eagles along the Mississippi River in Lilydale Regional Park.

Small girl outside the National Eagle Center in Wabasha Minnesota

Read Aloud: I loved reading The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White with my children.
Meal Idea: If you’re birdwatching outdoors, pack a picnic meal.
Learn More: about International Migratory Bird Day.

Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day

Family Fun: This will totally depend on the person being celebrated! If Mom might like a special family outing, we’ve got dozens of ideas on our Mother’s Day in the Twin Cities page. Or, parents might appreciate some solo R’nR (hint: Mom may not come out and tell you this. It’s worth offering!) Maybe Dad or another caregiver could consult our Family Fun Calendar for outing ideas with the kids while Mom takes a day to herself.
Read Aloud: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Unsure how to sing that song, Robert Munsch sings it for us here. You can also find the book read aloud on YouTube as well.
Meal Idea: If you can celebrate with Mom, Grandma, or another special caretaker in your life, definitely let them choose the meal and cook it for them, or let the celebrated person pick the restaurant. Personalized place settings might make a nice touch and keepsake.

Second Sunday of May – Lilac Sunday

Family Fun: Take a family walk and look (or sniff) for blooming Lilacs. If you have your own Lilac Shrub, bring some inside for their lovely perfume. (These would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift for mom!)

Saturday – 2 Weeks Prior to Memorial Day Weekend – Minnesota Fishing Opener

The Minnesota Fishing opener usually aligns with Mother’s Day Weekend – but not always. Mother’s Day is the 2nd Sunday of May, while the fishing opener is determined counting backwards from Memorial Day weekend.

At Home Family Fun: No matter whether you are interested in fishing, you can learn a little about the Minnesota State Fish, the Walleye.
Outing Idea:

  • Visit Como Zoo’s Fish Tanks.
  • Go Fishing. We have some ideas for good fishing spots here.
  • Don’t forget that residents can fish free without a license in Minnesota State Parks – most will even loan you the equipment for free.

Read Aloud: Local Author Laura Purdie Salas has written this book about fishing: Saltwater Fishing
Learn More: The Fishing in Minnesota.  Learn about how the Fishing Opener is determined each year.

Third Sunday in May – National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day

Family Fun: As if you needed one more excuse to get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather we’re having! Pick a new playground to explore from FFTC’s Parks & Playgrounds Search tool. Or get inspired with our list of 10 of the Best Twin Cities Playgrounds which include winners like Hyland Play Area and Central Park of Maple Grove.
Meal Idea: Pack a picnic to take along to the playground.
Learn More: about National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day.

Third Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day

Military Families Take Note:  Armed Forces Day is the first day of the annual summer Blue Star Museum program. Military Families get free admission to museums around the country from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Learn more here.

MAY FAMILY HOLIDAYS BY DATE

May 1st – May Day

Outing: Attend the annual MayDay Celebration in South Minneapolis
Family Fun at Home
: Traditionally people would create May Day baskets and secretly leave them for friends and neighbors. This would be great to do for a special neighbor this year. Perhaps you can weave a basket and create flowers out of paper.
Read Aloud: On the Morn of Mayfest by Erica Silverman. If you can find the physical book, the illustrations are beautiful and kids would probably enjoy pouring over them  However, I found a read aloud on YouTube, as well.
Meal Idea: According to  an article that I can no longer find on Epicurus, children in Greece get cake for breakfast on May Day. And children in France drink warm milk straight from the cow. For modern kids, maybe a coffee cake with freshly steamed and frothed milk?
Learn More: Britannica has more information on May Day.

Tree of Life at the In the Heart of the Beast May Day Parade and Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota
May Day Tree of Life – Image courtesy of IHOB.

May 1st – Learn to Ride A Bike Day

Family Fun: If you have a beginner in the family, now is a great day to start learning to ride. (REI offers classes if you need some help)

Read Aloud: D.W. Rides Again by Marc Brown
Learn More: at the video below for teaching tips.

May 4th – Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be With You

Family Fun At Home: Family Movie Night: If you have Disney+, you have plenty of Star Wars movies and series to choose among. If you don’t, check out the virtual Rise of the Resistance Ride.
Read Aloud: Brightly has a list of book ideas for young Star Wars fans.
Meal Idea: I kind of feel you could mix these two holidays. Blend some blueberries with milk for some “blue milk” for your drink.

May 4th – International Respect for Chickens Day

Outings: This is the time of year when you might find newly hatched chicks. We keep a list of where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies. Note: Wild Rumpus Books does not currently have any chickens among their residents.
At Home Family Fun: Watch the movie Chicken Run. Is your neighborhood beginning to swell with urban chicken coops? Ours is and we love to stop and admire our chicken neighbors during our evening walks.
Read Aloud: Use your library’s Bookflix account to read/watch Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins paired with A Chick Grows Up by by Pam Zollman.
Meal Idea: For your main dish, you can have an “anything but chicken” meal.

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo

Outings: District del Sol in St Paul is the Mexican-American hub of the Twin Cities. Each year a huge Cinco de Mayo festival spills out into the streets. It is traditionally held on the weekend closest to the 5th.
Read Aloud: Marco’s Cinco de Mayo by local children’s book author, Lisa Bullard.
Meal Idea: The West Side neighborhood of St Paul is packed with authentic Mexican flavors. Pick a local taco shop or browse one of their menus online to get ideas on cooking your own Cinco de Mayo feast at home.
Learn More about Cinco de Mayo, a traditional annual celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

May 5th – National Ride A Bike Day

Family Fun: Use this day as an excuse for a family bike ride.

Want to find some family bike riding events? The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota keeps a calendar of events.

May 8th – National Have a Coke Day

Outings: We love the retro soda fountain at Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop (formerly Blue Sun) in Spring Lake Park. Concoct a float with hundreds of soda flavors to choose from, play retro arcade games and get a glimpse of their bottling assembly line. You can also find small batch pop made by Northern Soda Company in Arden Hills.
Family Fun: At home, you can make your own soda fountain drinks. Find directions for classic soda drinks here or concoct your own specialties.

Whistler Soda Bottling at Blue Sun Soda Shop in Spring Lake Park, MN
Soda Bottling at Grandpa Joes Candy Shop

Read AloudThe Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle. This is probably my all time favorite LaRochelle book and the little boy meets the “best pet of all” at a soda fountain!
Meal Idea: How about one of these recipes that start with a can of Coca-Cola?
Learn More: about National Have a Coke Day and please enjoy the corniest Coca-Cola commercial ever made.

May 8th – International Viking Day

Outing: Visit the American Swedish Institute 
Read Aloud
: Helga Makes A Name for Herself by Megan Maynor.


May 10th – National Clean Your Room Day

Family Fun?: If you’re short on Mother’s Day gift ideas, just think how thrilled Mom would be if you surprised her with this!
Need Help?: Molly Maid offers some Clean Your Room Day advice you can employ year round.

Bookshelf with kids books and toys/
My daughter’s bookshelves after a day of cleaning & organizing – It doesn’t last long, so I have to take photos!

May 11th – National Eat What You Want Day

(It should be National Eat What You Want – as Long As You Cook It Yourself Day!)

Family Fun & Meal Idea: Do just that – call it a day where the menu is flexible and well-balanced goes out the window. Ice cream could fly for breakfast. Doritos for lunch. Donuts for dinner. Maybe this day calls for a splurge out at your family’s favorite restaurant. Indulge for the day; you can return to nutritious tomorrow.

Bonus Tie-In Holiday: Chokladbollens Dag, or Chocolate Ball Day

Since what I want to eat every day is chocolate and coffee, I offer a big THANK YOU to the American Swedish Institute for this idea. ASI tells us that May 11th is also chokladbollens dag, or Chocolate Ball Day, in Sweden. You can add an outing to ASI’s FIKA Cafe, or at home, ASI suggests:

“To celebrate the 5th anniversary of their book Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, Johanna Kindvall and Anna Brones recently released a printable zine that includes a recipe for chokladbollar. Also look for other great tips on how the ritual of fika is especially important at this time.”

May 12th – National Limerick Day

Family Fun: Quick tutorial – a limerick is a 5-line poem where the first, second, and fifth line rhyme with each other and have 8-9 syllables. The third and fourth line rhyme with each other and have 5-6 syllables. Challenge your family members to create limericks based on the day’s activities.
Read Aloud: Read your creations aloud at dinnertime.
Learn More: about National Limerick Day.

May 13 – National Frog Jumping Day

Family Fun: This holiday is based on Mark Twain’s first short story, about a contest to see whose frog could jump highest. Put your own “frog” jumping contests in your own in your backyard. See who can jump highest, farthest, fastest and coolest.
Read Aloud: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain (Find it FREE here) for bigger kids or A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer for little kids.
Meal Idea: I just don’t think I could ever eat frog legs, but they sort of look like fish sticks. Close enough for me.
Learn More: about National Frog Jumping Day.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center & Central Park
Meester Kikker (not actually a frog or a “Meester”), but toads can jump, too!

May 14th – National Dance Like a Chicken Day

Family Fun: Learn the Chicken Dance, of course, a popular polka tune at weddings.
Outing Idea: Want to spy on chickens and find out if they really dance? Dodge Nature Center in West St Paul has a working farm on its property that houses chickens (among other critters). The barns are only open for registered programs, but you can wander past the barns and get a look at the resident chickens.
Read Aloud: Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer.
Meal Idea: Finger lickin’ fried chicken sounds pretty good to us.
Learn More: about National Dance Like a Chicken Day.

Visiting Chickens at Dodge Nature Center
Meeting the Animals at Dodge Nature Center

May 15th – National Endangered Species Day

Family Fun: The World Wildlife Federation provides us with this list of endangered animals. Have each kid in the family pick one to learn about (black rhino, lowland gorilla, blue whale). Learn about the animal’s habitat, diet and sources of its threat – then hold a mini species fair.
Read Aloud: Don’t Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton.
Meal Plan: Eat local today. What can you make with food grown/raised within 100 miles of your home?
Learn More: about National Endangered Species Day.

May 16 – National Learn to Swim Day, Also National Sea Monkey Day

At Home Family Fun: Start a Sea Monkey colony and let their swimming antics encourage you to get out and swim.
Outing: May is water safety month and a good time to brush up on water safety skills before the start of outdoor swimming season in the Twin Cities. When you’re ready to take the plunge, Minneapolis’ free wading pools are the perfect place to start. Rather hit up the beach? Start planning for the summer with our list of the top 20 Twin Cities beaches.
Read Aloud: Swimming lessons are among the funniest parts of Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume. Read this aloud with your grade-school kids.
Snack Idea: Bring your goldfish crackers along to the park today.
Learn More: Here are some water safety tips for young swimmers courtesy our local swim school.

Toddler playing with a Timberwolves playground ball in the wading pool at Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis

May 16th – National Drawing Day

At Home Family Fun: Pull out the paper and draw together.  My favorite drawing book will always be Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals.
Outing Idea: Visit the MIA or the Walker and spend a little time looking at drawings.
Learn More: About National Drawing Day from the National Gallery of Ireland

May 18 – The Anniversary of the Little Free Library

At Home Family Fun: This is a perfect day to organize your bookshelves and look for books you are done with to trade out at a Little Free Library.
Read Aloud: Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Wisconsin author, Miranda Paul.

Outing Idea: Visit your favorite Little Free Libraries or map a new route!
Meal Idea: If you are lucky enough to find a cookbook on your journey, make one of the recipes in the book you found.
Dinner Conversation Starter: The Little Free Library was a little idea that made a big impact on the world. What little things can you do to make the world a better place?
Learn More: Gianna has written more about Little Free Libraries here; and Joy has suggested ways to make your visits even more fun here.

Bonus May 17th Holiday: May 17th is Norway’s Constitution Day. Referred to simply as Syttende Mai, it is a big holiday like our 4th of July. This year, because of social distancing, the celebration has gone online and The Norway House in Minneapolis has a list of links to these celebrations plus more historical information, family fun ideas, songs and recipes to celebrate.


May 18 – International Museum Day

Family Fun: The Twin Cities is home to many superb museums for the family. A Monday is not always ideal for celebrating but if you have the luxury we have some recommendations: Any kid will love a trip to the Minnesota Children’s Museum or the Science Museum of Minnesota in St Paul. The Minneapolis Institute of Art has surprising kid appeal (and it’s free!). Lesser-known gems include The Works Museum in Bloomington and Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. If you can’t get out to a museum you could try one of these 12 Virtual Museum Tours.
Read Aloud: Babar’s Museum of Art by Laurent De Brunhoff
Learn More: about International Museum Day.

May 19th – World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day – Or Just Plant Something Day

Family Fun: Gianna has the details on how to make gardening with kids an educational and emotionally beneficial activity. Not ready to commit to a full-on vegetable garden with weeding and watering responsibilities? Joy tells us how her kids started a kitchen scrap garden inside the house.
Read Aloud: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.
Meal Idea: Today is also National Devil’s Food Cake Day. This would make for a sinfully delicious dessert idea after all those thoughts of fresh, healthy vegetables.
Learn More: about World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day.

My modest, but exciting Kitchen Scrap Garden
My modest, but exciting Kitchen Scrap Garden

THIRD WEEK OF MAY 2020

May 20 – World Bee Day

Family Fun: Have you heard all the buzz about the importance of protecting our pollinators? Three fun field trip ideas to learn more:

Want to attract pollinators right in your yard? Invite natives with a bee hotel – Modern Farmer gives you a step-by-step if you’d like to build your own.

Meal Idea: Sweeten up your meal naturally with a little honey: glaze chicken wings or add to lemonade for a refreshing twist.
Learn More: about National Bee Day.

Bonus May 20 Holiday:  Anniversary of the Homestead Act: May 20, 1862 – the congressional act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862, ultimately brought 75,000 people to Minnesota over a three year time span. Plan a visit a historic Minnesota home.

May 21 – National Strawberries and Cream Day

Family Fun: National Strawberry Day is actually May 20, but in our neck of the woods the berries aren’t yet ripe. Pick-your-own strawberry patches typically open mid-June and make a super sweet outing with kids. Today might be perfect to plan where you’ll head with our guide to the best strawberry patches in the Twin Cities. Can’t wait for a strawberry fix? Whip up a batch of fresh strawberry ice cream right at home.
Read Aloud: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Little Mouse worries that the Big, Hungry Bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.
Meal Idea: Strawberries-and-cream parfaits for dessert.
Learn More: about National Strawberries and Cream Day.

Strawberry Patches - Best in the Twin Cities


May 22 – National Road Trip Day (annually, Friday before Memorial Day)

Family Fun: What says bring on summer like a family road trip? Maybe it’s time to open the cabin for the season. Maybe it’s the first camping trip of the year. Or more likely we’re just itching to hit the road – any road – after the spring we’ve been through. We have 8 great suggestions on our Family Day & Road Trips page highlighting kid-friendly activities in places like Duluth and Mankato. If you can’t spare the entire day, pick a city or suburb off the map you’ve never visited and explore. Can’t get out at all? Plan a trip together for a later date.
Read Aloud: I’ve always wanted to order this National Geographic Kids Ultimate US Road Trip Atlas to keep kids busy in the backseat.
Meal Idea: Get a taste of the local flavor at a family-owned restaurant or bar and grill along your travel route.
Learn More: about National Road Trip Day.

Day & Road Trips


May 23rd – World Turtle Day

At Home Family Fun:. Make it a movie night with Turtle: The Incredible Journey. Or Study The Tortoise & The Hare with Maestro Classics – they offer affordable audio lessons and FREE study guides on the website.

Outing Idea: The boardwalk at Maplewood Nature Center is a spot you might spy a turtle out sunning itself. Although the nature center is closed, you are still free to access the trails around the lake
Read Aloud: Old Turtle by Douglas Wood or Read Aesop’s Fable – The Tortoise & The Hare (download it for Kindle for 99¢).
Meal Idea: The Bread Kitchen offers this recipe for making a turtle-shaped loaf of bread with kids.
Learn More: about World Turtle Day.

Bonus May 23rd Celebration: If you are a fan of the Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, today is the official Elmer’s Day. Download an activity packet from the Elmer website; watch Author David McKee read the book aloud below; and don’t forget to have your own Elmer’s Day Parade:


FOURTH WEEK OF MAY 2020

May 24th – National Scavenger Hunt Day

Family Fun: Joy has compiled a terrific guide packed with local scavenger and treasure hunts to make this day into an exciting quest. Try your hand at geocaching (a high-tech treasure hunt) or check with a local nature center for an environmentally-friendly scavenger hunt. There’s always the DIY option whether you choose to stay at home or venture out – write your own clues or hunt for objects in the backyard.
Read Aloud: Read a search and find book, like The Lost House by B. B. Cronin.
Learn More: about National Scavenger Hunt Day.

Bonus Holiday: May 24, 2021 – Day of the Castle – Holland

At Home Family Fun: Teach your kids the solitaire game, Beleaguered Castle.
Outing Ideas: Plan a visit to the American Swedish Institute (affectionately known as “The Castle”)
Meal Idea:  Traditionally, the Dutch serve white foods on this day. Perfect for spring: Fettuccini Alfredo with a side of asparagus (go with white asparagus if you can find it, but green looks pretty with this dish)
Learn More: Learn More about Day of the Castles (Whit Monday)- Always celebrated on a Monday, 50 days after Easter.

May 25th –

May 26th – National Paper Airplane Day

Family Fun: Design your own paper airplane landing strips. This is a great engineering game we love from What Do We Do All Day? Can you fold the ideal airplane to land in the correct “landing strip?” Get creative with the landing space adjusting the size to fit the kids playing.

Want to spot some real jumbo jets? The Minneapolis-St Paul Airport has a designated aircraft viewing area where you can watch exciting takeoffs and landings. There’s even a sign with details about the various planes.

Aircraft Viewing Area

Read Aloud: Warm up your best airplane sounds with Planes Go by Steve Light for toddlers; or we really like the Klutz Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters Craft Kit by Ben and Pat Murphy for our older kids.
Learn More: about National Paper Airplane Day.

May 27th – National Senior Health & Fitness Day (annually, the last Wednesday of May)

Family Fun: Grab Grandma & Grandpa (or another special senior) and get out for a stroll. If you can’t get together this year, maybe you could take a virtual walk together? Walk and talk on the phone.
Read Aloud: Mr Putter & Tabby Run the Race by Cynthia Rylant will steal your heart.
Meal Idea: After all that fresh air and exercise you’ll have worked up an appetite. Cook up a healthy meal with your special senior. Save room for dessert – today is also National Grape Popsicle Day, a nod to the patent of the frozen treat-on-a-stick.


Learn More: about National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

May 28th – National Hamburger Day.

Family Fun & Meal Idea: Get out the grill and make burgers, of course, topped just the way you like. Make it extra special with fries and milkshakes. Play diner and have someone take the orders and pass them on to the cook.
Read Aloud: The Perfect Hamburger by Alexander McCall Smith
Learn More: Did you the largest hamburger ever was cooked right here in Minnesota? Learn more about National Hamburger Day.

Bonus Holidays:

  • World Play Day to celebrate the opening of the first Toy Library.  Celebrate by joining the Minneapolis Toy Library.
  • Ironically May 28th is also World Hunger Day. If you want to go the opposite direction of this very first-world holiday, you could go do a family volunteer session at Feed My Starving Children.

May 29th – National Learn About Composting Day

Family Fun: Have you ever tried composting your kitchen scraps? Today might be a great day to start. You might be surprised by all the materials you can compost right in your home and yard. Get started with tips on how to compost. Once you get started, it’s easy to make it a habit.
Meal Idea: Try making a meal using only compostable foods (no meat, dairy, fish or cooking fats except a small amount of cooking oil). What delicious plant-based recipe can you create?
Read Aloud: Worms are an important part of composting. Find a good book about worms. We love Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser
Learn More: about National Learn About Composting Day.

May 30th – International Hug Your Cat Day

Family Fun: If you can’t hug your own, make an outing to the Animal Humane Society to play with the cats waiting for a home. Families are welcome to do this almost any time, or look into programs such as preschool Furry Tales Storytime and Rescue Readers. Or check out the Humane Society’s new virtual adoption page and send warm hugs to some adorable kitties.
Read Aloud and Dessert Idea: Recite The Three Little Kittens by Mother Goose. Then “Put on your mittens, you silly kittens, And you shall have some pie.”
Learn More: about International Hug Your Cat Day.

Animal Humane Society of MN


May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day (annually, last Monday in May)

Family Fun: We salute a few of the larger celebrations in the Twin Cities on our Memorial Day round-up. This weekend, traditionally the kickoff to summer, also finds seasonal attractions opening their doors.
Read Aloud: America’s White Table, by Margot Theis Raven and Mike Benny.
Meal Idea: Gather all the family and fixings for a backyard barbecue.
Learn More: about the roots of Memorial Day, when many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have given their lives in military service.

Bonus Holodiay: May 31st – National Save Your Hearing Day

Family Fun: You’ve come to the end of May! Reward yourself (parents) by declaring today a VERY QUIET day. Speak in whispers. Keep the volume low. See if you can communicate without words. Read books all day or journal (it’s a Sunday). If you venture out for a walk, stay quiet and observe the almost soundless aspects of nature.
Read Aloud: Read The Napping House by Audrey Wood (quietly, of course).
Meal Idea: Did you know that you can actually eat to promote better hearing? Check out this list of Foods That Promote Hearing Health and work some into tonight’s meal.
Learn More: about National Save Your Hearing Day.

 

Your turn. What are some of your favorite silly or sweet or thoughtful October Family Holidays to celebrate? Leave us a note in the comments.


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2 thoughts on “May Family Holidays: 31 Days of Celebrations”

  1. Pam Delaney Ross

    May is National Bike Month. You have Learn to Ride A Bike Day on May 1st, but May 5th is National Ride a Bike Day. May 13-19 is Bike to Work Week with Friday the 17th being Bike to Work Day. Learn more from the League of American Bicyclists.

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