September Family Holidays: 30 Days of Fun Celebrations

We have sprinkled this list of September Family Holidays with suggestions for things kids love, plus a little Minnesota trivia and history and some sneaky education for curious kids. Remember, this is not homework. You don’t have to celebrate every day and you don’t even have to celebrate on the right day. Pick your favorite September Family Holidays from our list, make up your own, skip a week, skip a month. You could just celebrate together once a week, picking your favorite celebration idea from that week’s list. You can pick and choose how much you do. Maybe some days you just use the conversation starters. The important thing is to have fun with your family and maybe learn a little something along the way.


Besides the daily holidays below, book lovers can also choose to celebrate National Library Card Signup Month and Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month (Hey! That’s us!).  Make a point to visit a library (or 101) this month. You can find a list of the library systems on our 101 Twin Cities Libraries article.

Children's section at Sun Ray Library in St. Paul, Minnesota
Celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month (Sun Ray Library in St. Paul)

Music lovers may want to celebrate Classical Music Month and/or International Square Dancing Month. Check out our Guide to Family Music Classes to find a local class.

Maestro Classics Bundle - Kid-Friendly Classical Music
Follow the link to learn about Maestro Classics – Kid-Friendly Classical Music


College Colors Day – Always the Friday Before Labor Day.

Outing Idea: We’re so lucky to have so many colleges in the Twin Cities area. Today would be a good day to take a walk around your favorite campus wearing your college colors and point out your favorite places to your kids. We’ve gathered some of the best University of Minnesota – Family-Friendly Offerings here.
At Home Family Fun: Dress in your favorite college colors today. Make pennants to decorate your walls.
Read Aloud: Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.
Meal Idea: Make the meal that was your go-to during college or early adult days? Do you hate it or love it now? (I can’t even do Ramen anymore, but my kids would love it for dinner. I could totally do a PB&J sandwich for dinner.)
Dinner Conversation Starter: Share stories with your kids about your own college days, lack thereof, or philosophy on education.
Learn More: About College Colors Day.

Coffman Memorial Union has many activities thare are free, all ages and open to the public
Coffman Memorial Union. Image Courtesy University of Minnesota.

International Vulture Awareness Day – First Saturday of September

Outing: Book a 30-minute family tour at the U of M’s Raptor Center. There is a small fee to participate in tours and groups are limited to 15 people.
At Home Family Fun: Go birding in your backyard or nearby park. We often see Turkey Vultures and other raptors fly through our neighborhood.
Meal Idea: For dinner tonight, I think we can just be thankful we don’t have to eat like a vulture and eat something fresh instead.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Learn some Fun Vulture Facts together at dinner.
Learn More: Watch this video from The Raptor Center of a Turkey Vulture.

International Bacon Day – Saturday before Labor Day

Outing: Did you know that Blue Sun Soda Shop sells bacon-flavored soda? and Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store has an entire aisle dedicated to bacon? You could always go see the BIG PIG at the Minnesota State Fair or visit a farm. We have a handy Year-Round Guide to Family Fun on the Farm in Minnesota.
At Home Family Fun: Try out the Makin’ Bacon Dice Game or, if you want exercise and can come up with six players, try Steal the Bacon yard game.
Read Aloud: Read your favorite excerpts from Charlotte’s Web and celebrate the fact that Wilbur will never be bacon.
Meal Idea: BLTs are always a popular (and simple) request at our house.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Talk in Pig Latin all the way through dinner.
Learn More: International Bacon Day celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day.

A soda packing assembly line at Blue Sun Soda Shop in Minnesota
Bacon Flavored Pop? Okay! – Blue Sun Soda Shop

Labor Day – First Monday in September

Outing Idea: Pick something off your Summer Bucket List that you still want to do and do it!
At Home Family Fun: While today is about celebrating the laborer, it’s also a day to have fun as a family, get outside and play yard games today.
Read Aloud: Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?
Meal Idea: Get (at least) one more cookout in today.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Learn More: About Labor Day.

Grandparents Day – First Sunday After Labor Day

Outing Idea: Visit with grandparents today – in person if you can or virtually if not. (Or check out StoriiTime, where kids can get matched up virtually with seniors to read to them). Thank you to Doing Good Together for this idea.
At Home Family Fun: Make cards to send to Grandma and Grandpa today!
Read Aloud: Read the first two chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. These chapters describe Charlie’s relationship with his grandparents.
Meal Idea: Pick one of grandma or grandpa’s favorite meals today or a meal that reminds you of your own grandparents.
Dinner Conversation Starter: As you eat, tell your kids the story of why your parents loved this meal – feel free to embellish.

Last Week of September: Banned Books Week & National Wild Rice Week

Our state grain is wild rice and the last week of September celebrates National Wild Rice Week. Work a little wild rice into your meal plan this week! For a fun, free and educational outing, the Wild Rice Festival at HARRIET ALEXANDER NATURE CENTER in Roseville fits the theme perfectly. But take note: the festival is usually held the mid-week of September, so you need to plan ahead a little.

Girl playing at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville, Minnesota
Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Two weeks leading up to the first Sunday of October: Oktoberfest

Although it always ends in October, the majority of Oktoberfest falls in September. Twin Cities celebrations may fall before the official Munich dates.
Outing Ideas: We have two annual Oktoberfest events – both offering family-friendly entertainment – one in St. Paul at the Germanic-American Institute and the other in Delano  Check our Fall Festivals Calendar for exact dates.
At Home Family Fun: Make homemade pretzels together. Make them from scratch, buy pretzel freezer dough or just use playdough and feed them to your dolls.
Read Aloud: Pick your favorite Grimm Fairy Tale or a new one you’ve never read.
Meal Idea: Pick a night this month for a German-inspired meal – Brats,  potato salad, stuffed cabbage rolls.  Add some root beer in mugs for extra fun.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Do a beginner German language lesson together at the dinner table or teach your kids to sing Ein, Zwei G’suffa while swinging Rootbeer mugs.


September 1st – American Chess Day

Outing Idea: Now – CAVELL PARK in Minneapolis is one of several parks that have built in chess boards on the playground. Play an outdoor game together. Later – Plan a Wednesday visit to Union Depot in St. Paul. Each Wednesday, they put out giant games for the public — including a giant chess set.
At Home Family Fun: Play chess. If you don’t know how, teaching kids to play is a great excuse to learn together.
Read Aloud: Through the Looking Glass. Download the entire Alice in Wonderland collection FREE from Kindle. Or Listen to Through the Looking Glass for free on LibriVox.
Meal Idea: We found some really cute chess-themed meal ideas on Pinterest and saved them to our September Holiday Board.
Dinner Conversation Starter: If you read or listened to Through the Looking Glass, “Who do you think was actually dreaming in the book? Alice, The Red King or the author?”
Learn More: There are several holidays dedicated to Chess, but American Chess Day is celebrated in September.

Group of children playing a life-size chess game during Games Galore at Union Depot Station in St. Paul, MN,
Union Depot Train Station – Games Galore

September 2nd – World Coconut Day

Outing Idea: Visit Como Zoo & Conservatory’s Palm Dome and go on a coconut scavenger hunt.
At Home Family Fun: For a twist on the age-old vinegar & baking soda experiment, try this idea for a Coconut Eruption!
Read Aloud: Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans by Minnesota author, Chris Monroe. There are not a lot of coconuts in this book, but it is filled with palm trees. Or, pull out your library card and watch/read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (along with Let’s Have Fun with Alphabet Riddles) on Bookflix.
Meal Idea: Coconut and lime is my favorite way to flavor salmon. The perfect dessert with that is s’mores made with Mounds bars and banana in place of the marshmallow. All of this can be done on the grill. So good!
Dinner Conversation Starter: Did you know that more people are killed by coconuts than sharks each year? More fun coconut facts here.
Learn More: Is a coconut a fruit, a nut or a seed? The Library of Congress has the Answer.

September 3rd – Skyscraper Day

Outing Idea: Anne recommends some great viewing of the downtown skylines from local parks. To see St. Paul, try INDIAN MOUNDS PARK or HARRIET ISLAND REGIONAL PARK. In Minneapolis BOOM ISLAND PARK is a good choice. Or you could actually visit to some of the best buildings in the Twin Cities. A really great book for short descriptions of these buildings is Minnesota Free by Jim Morse. Published in 1990, the book is a bit outdated, but its descriptions of the architecture of the historic buildings is still useful.
At Home Family Fun: Try this FREE game called Skyscrapers that uses blocks like LEGO bricks, to encourage logical deduction and spatial reasoning; or if you prefer order these Build A Skyscraper stackable card kit.
Read Aloud: A Skyscraper Story by Charlotte Wilcox describes the building of the Norwest Center skyscraper in Minneapolis.  Or, on Bookflix watch – This Is the House That Jack Built, paired with Totally Strange Buildings.
Meal Idea: Think Stackable with toothpicks? Sandwich squares, cheese and ham cubes, marshmallow squares. Then let family members design their own cityscape before eating it.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Would you want to go to the top of the tallest building and look down? Why or Why Not?

Two girls on shoreline of the Mississippi River with skyline in background at Harriet Island Park in Saint Paul Minnesota
St. Paul Skyline from Harriet Island Park

September 7th – Grandma Moses Day

Outing Idea: Anna “Grandma” Moses was a prolific folk-art painter who earned her nickname because she didn’t pick up a paintbrush until she was in her later 70s. She typically painted peaceful or cheerful pictures of rural life. You might be able to get a feel for a bygone farmstead with a trip to GIBBS FARM. You can visit the farmhouse and one-room schoolhouse, check in on the farm animals and slow down your pace. 
At Home Activity: This Faber-Castell watercolor lesson for kids (or anyone who desires to learn) is inspired by a Grandma Moses farm painting.
Read Aloud: Grandma Moses, a picture book for kids by Alexandra Wallner.
Dinner Conversation Starter: If Grandma Moses can take up a career at 77, couldn’t anyone? What hobby could you start right now?

Gibbs Farm Summer Camp
With its red barn and white farmhouse, Gibbs Farm gives the feel of a Grandma Moses Painting. Image courtesy of Gibbs Farm

September 8th – International Literacy Day

Outing Idea: Go for a walk, bike ride or drive. Gather nice books you have outgrown to distribute among sad Little Free Libraries and make them happy again. Or maybe you’ll find a bustling LFL where you can select some books to take home.
At Home Family Fun: Watch a documentary like On the Way to School or Most Dangerous Ways to School that shows kids going to extreme lengths for literacy and learning.
Read Aloud: Read the first chapter of Matilda by Roald Dahl — the chapter where she learns that reading can help her escape her unbearable life.
Meal Idea: Often the lack of literacy and hunger are issues that go hand-in-hand. Today could be a good time to pull out your favorite third-world meal as a reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. I like CRS for good recipes.  Or, you can purchase a Solidarity Meal Kit from Feed My Starving Children.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What is your favorite book? If you are doing the Solidarity Meal, then use the kit discussion materials.
Learn More: Learn more about International Literacy Day.

September 8th – Gravity Day

Outing Idea: Visit Zero Gravity Trampoline Park.
Read Aloud: Bookflix has a pair of books on gravity — Chicken Little and Scholastic’s non-fiction book, What is Gravity?
Learn More about Standard Gravity Day.

September 9th – Teddy Bear Day

Outing Idea: A perfect day to plan a visit charming TEDDY BEAR PARK in Stillwater. Make the most of your outing with our list of THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN STILLWATER WITH KIDS or our city planning guide to FAMILY FUN IN STILLWATER. (Note: In 2023, Teddy Bear Park is being resurfaced all September)
At Home Family Fun: Listen to your favorite Teddy Bear Band music and dance with your favorite teddy bear.
Read Aloud: Read from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne or pull out Corduroy by Don Freeman.
Meal Idea: Have a teddy bear picnic with Teddy Grahams for dessert.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Tell your kids about your favorite teddy bear growing up. Or, if you didn’t have a favorite, you could tell the the story of the first teddy bear ⇓.
Learn More: How Did The Teddy Bear Get Its Name?

September 10th – Sewing Machine Day

Outing Idea: We can think of at least two FREE galleries you might take the kids to view textile art – the TEXTILE CENTER, in Minneapolis, and the GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN, tucked away on the St Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Both welcome families to their exhibits. St. Paul residents can get an St. Paul Public Library Innovation Lab Membership, where they can reserve a sewing machine to make their own creations. The library’s innovation lab also has some supplies of patterns, fabrics and notions to get you started.

Two dresses on display at the GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN in St. Paul, Minnesota

At Home Family Fun: Start teaching your kids the basics of sewing. The video below has some ideas for working with kids. Tip: We have really good luck finding beginning sewing projects — similar to this one — unused at thrift stores. This is perfect for testing out new hobbies without breaking the bank.
Read Aloud: Bruno the Tailor by Lars Klinting
Meal Idea: When I get embroiled in sewing, I don’t want to stop to eat and the table is usually covered with fabric. This might be a day to order out.
Learn More: About National Sewing Machine Day

September 11th – Patriot Day

Outing Idea: Celebrate heroic firefighters and first responders today. Plan a visit to the Firefighters Hall and Museum in Minneapolis –open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9am until 4pm. It’s a wonderful, interactive museum for anyone; kids who love trucks or tinkering with equipment will have an especially good time.
At Home Family Fun: This website has some ideas for celebrating this not-so-festive day with kids, including book suggestions and meal ideas. Here are some more at-home ideas for fire prevention.
Read Aloud: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein – A nice book to remember the Twin Towers in a beautiful way.  If you want to watch it on Bookflix, it is paired with the non-fiction book, New York City.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Tell your kids your story of where you were when the planes hit the World Trade Center Towers. It is interesting how, as adults, this day is so burned into our memories, but for our kids, it is an historical event.
Learn More: About Patriot Day.

September 13th – Roald Dahl’s birthday

Outing Idea: Roald Dahl is a favorite author for playwrights to make into musicals. Check our Performing Arts Calendar to see if you can get tickets for an upcoming Roald Dahl play.
Learn More: About Roald Dahl as remembered by his granddaughter. Start here today because it reminds us of the importance of grandparents in children’s lives, the value of family meals and why we love Roald Dahl.
At Home Family Fun: Blast and sing along to the song, Revolting Children from Matilda, the Musical!
Read Aloud: We started Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl on grandparents day. Keep going or pick another favorite to share.
Meal Idea/Dinner Conversation Starter: “A meal at Gipsy House was never just a meal; it was instead a recipe from a prince in Dar es Salaam, rescued from the jaws of a hungry python, at the crucial moment, by my grandfather.”  Whatever meal you choose, create a highly-embellished back story.

Roald Dahl September 1990. "Grandpa Mold" Roald Dahl in the garden at Gipsy House  By Jürgen Wieshoff - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, 
Grandpa Mold” Roald Dahl in the garden at Gipsy House by Jürgen Wieshoff

September 14th – National Coloring Day

Outing Idea: Visit one of our favorite local arts-and-crafts studios that welcome kids. Or, for a splurge, visit Crayola Experience, Mall of America.
At Home Family Fun: Color together!
Read Aloud: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. We also really love Aaron Becker’s Wordless Trilogy.
Meal Idea: Eat a rainbow. If you have a garden – see if you can pick a rainbow from your garden.
Dinner Conversation Starter: “What’s your favorite color and your least favorite color?” No fair picking chartreuse for both.
Learn More: about National Coloring Day

Art Alive at the Crayola Experience
There are all types of interactive coloring experiences at The Crayola Experience.

September 15th – Tomie dePaola’s Birthday & National Linguine Day

Outing Idea: Maple Grove Library has original art from Tomie dePaola’s visit in 1990. The artwork is on the main floor… and/or … Wild Rumpus Books has a tile drawn by Tomie dePaola among their collection of tiles decorated by authors/illustrators who have visited the store. Stop by both or either to see original works by this iconic illustrator.
At Home Family Fun: In DePaola’s book “The Art Lesson” he tells about how he became an artist by not copying and “practice, practice, practice”.  Practice drawing together today – no copying.
Read Aloud: Tomie dePaola has a lot of great books, but in celebration of National Linguine Day, Strega Nona is perfect.
Meal Idea: Make a big pot of Linguine.

“Bubble, bubble, pasta pot,
Boil me some pasta, nice and hot,
I’m hungry and it’s time to sup,
Boil enough pasta to fill me up.”

Dinner Conversation Starter: This site offers a list of philosophical discussion questions to go with Strega Nona.
Learn More: About Tomie DePaola on the Tomie website.

September 15th – International Dot Day

Keeping with the theme of art today, it is also International Dot Day – Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration with the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  You can find this on Bookflix with your library card.  It is paired with the non-fiction book, All The Colors of the Rainbow.

September 16th – Play Doh Day

Outing Idea: Visit your favorite or a new sculpture garden
At Home Family Fun: Concoct homemade playdough and make your own sculptures inspired by your outing.
Read Aloud: Play-doh Pioneer: Joseph Mcvicker by Lee Slater
Meal Idea: Make a meal that begins with real dough – Like Homemade White Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What would you like to invent or create when you grow up?
Learn More: About National Play Doh Day.

sculpture gardens

September 16th – National Mayflower Day

Outing Idea: Visit Lake Harriet Park and see any sailboats that are still out.
At Home Family Fun: Make your own paper Mayflower ships with origami.
Read AloudOn The Mayflower by Kate Waters Photographs by Russ Kendall
Meal Idea: Have a mini Thanksgiving feast in honor of the day the Pilgrims set sail from England.
Learn More: About National Play Doh Day.

September 17th – Constitution Day

Outing Idea: This would be an ideal day to plan a visit to the MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING. Yes, you can do just that (weekdays, 8am-5pm o Saturdays 10am-3pm) and the historical society is happy to see families with kids. We did the art treasures scavenger hunt ($2) one summer and had the wonderful building all to ourselves. Take a free guided tour or explore at your own pace.

Art Treasures Scavenger Hunt at the Minnesota State Capitol

At Home Family Fun: Make a quill pen like was used to draft the constitution. I’m not sure my sister ever forgave me for giving my Harry Potter loving niece her very own quill pen. However, DIY quill pens could be a fun family project. I give you two options – a “no mess” version made with a ball point pen or something closer to the real deal. You’ll have to purchase your own ink for the second.
Read Aloud: The Story of the Constitution: Cornerstones of Freedom by Marilyn Prolman
Meal Idea: When Constitution drafter Ben Franklin was a teen, he became a vegetarian so he could save money for books. Make your favorite vegetarian meal today. Or make fish since that is what tempted him back.
Dinner Conversation Starter: If we were going to write a “Bill of Rights” for our family, what would you want included?
Learn More: About Constitution Day.

September 18 – Rice Krispie Treat Day & National Cheeseburger Day

Outing Idea: After I finally took Gianna’s advice to go to Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supplies, I am a convert. It’s so much fun to find the perfect accessories and colors when making food art.
At Home Family Fun: Make Rice Krispie treats sculptures – maybe even a Rice Krispie Cheeseburger!
Read Aloud: More of a look at book, but it’s fun to curl up and look at recipes together: Treat Yourself!: How to Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats by Jessica Siskin (Author)
Meal Idea: Cheeseburgers with Rice Krispies cheeseburgers for dessert.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Do you like making or eating Rice Krispie sculptures better.
Learn More: About the history of Rice Krispies Treats.

September 19th –  Talk Like a Pirate Day

Outing Idea:  Plan the ultimate fall day PINEHAVEN FARM in Wyoming (open annually from mid-September to late October), where you can watch the Skeleton Pirate Band and fire off cannons from the Pirate Ship Corn Cannons. Plus more fall festivities than you can wrap your head around. (Note: save $ with tickets purchased online)
At Home Family Fun: Sing along with the Monkey Mind Pirates by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
Read Aloud: A Is for Arrr!: A Pirate Alphabet by Laura Purdie Salas; or Puppy Pirates series by Erin Soderberg
Meal Idea: Seafood tonight?
Dinner Conversation Starter: All conversation has to be in Pirate speak today. Tell these pirate jokes from Scary Mommy.

Monkey Mind Pirates – Image Courtesy of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

September 20th – National Pepperoni Pizza Day

Outing Idea: A handful of these TWIN CITIES AREA PIZZA FARMS are open through September, but you better hurry or you’ll be waiting until next year.
At Home Family Fun: Play the Pepperoni Pizza math game by YouCubed.
Read Aloud: Pick a book from local author, Stephen Shaskan’s Pizza and Taco series. The learn to draw Pizza and Taco with this video that Mr. Shaskan created for Random House Kids.
Meal Idea: Have a pepperoni pizza party and use our recipe for homemade white whole wheat pizza dough.
Learn More: Read a history of pepperoni from Giovanni’s Pizza in Brainerd.

Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm in Waseca, Minnesota

September 21st – International Day of Peace

Outing Idea: Seek out the most peaceful activities you can:, lay in a hammock, visit the new Midway Peace Park in St Paul or take a quiet hike and birdwatch in Islands of Peace County Park in Fridley or follow the pathway for peace in the Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis.
At Home Family Fun: Make a pact to cease sibling bickering for the day.

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

— Mother Teresa

Read Aloud: The Peace Stick by Nidhi Misra
Meal Idea: In researching meals with a peace theme, I found several different websites and articles about promoting peace through meals and food choices. While each of these articles came from different world views and approached peace and food choices through these views, the main theme that kept coming through was simplicity. So, for today, maybe serve a simple bread and soup meal.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Some of the sites about promoting peace at the dinner table suggested inviting people who may be lonely to dinner. “Who could we invite to dinner who might need a friend?”
Learn More: About The International Day of Peace

September 22nd or 23rd (or rarely the 21st) – Fall Equinox

Outing Idea: We’re hitting peak color season in our area of Minnesota, go for a leafing color drive or plan one for the weekend.
At Home Family Fun: Make some fall color crafts to decorate your front window. Gather leaves or cut out leaf shapes from construction paper.
Read Aloud: Yellow Time by local author Lauren Stringer. Or hop on Bookflix for Fletcher and the Falling Leaves paired with How Do You Know It’s Fall?
Meal Idea: Make a fall equinox harvest meal – with veggies from your garden or a farmers market.
Dinner Conversation Starter: How is school going for you this year? What do you think is working that we and your school are doing? What do you think we could change or make better?
Learn More: Learn more about the Autumn Equinox.

Girl holding red/orange leaf in front of her face. "Fall Colors in Minnesota: 10 Tours for Families"

September 23rd – Battle of the Wood Lake

Outing Idea: Visit or plan a visit to the Wood Lake Battlefield site in Echo, Minnesota.
At Home Family Fun: Not so much “fun” as interesting, take 5 minutes to watch this video and learn a little about this historic battle.
Read Aloud:  With older kids, read the Battle History from Two Perspectives on the historic battlefield’s website.
Meal Idea: Make your favorite potato soup.
Dinner Conversation Starter: The Wood Lake battle began when soldiers, acting against orders, went to dig potatoes. Do you think the battle would have played out the same had these soldiers followed orders?
Learn More: About the Battle of Wood Lake

September 24 – National Punctuation Day

Outing Idea: Take your chalk on a walk. Leave nice notes for your neighbors and don’t forget to use punctuation.
At Home Family Fun: Try out this Noisy Punctuation Game from Scholastic as you do today’s read aloud.
Read Aloud: Scholastic also recommends Punctuation Tales: A Motivating Collection of Super-Funny Storybooks That Help Kids Master the Mechanics of Writing by Liza Charlesworth
Meal Idea: These punctuation cupcakes would be a fun dessert.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Use your Noisy Punctuation Game techniques during dinner conversation today.
Learn More: Learn more about National Punctuation Day and find more ideas for celebrating.

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September 25 – National Comic Book Day & Shel Silverstein’s Birthday

Outing Idea: Visit a local comic book store.
At Home Family Fun: Make your own comic books together. Grab a blank comic book from Amazon to fill up or make your own with blank sheets of paper. Make it extra fun with comic bubble stamps.
Read Aloud: Shel Silverstein has made some comics, but not everything he does is kid-friendly. Enjoy one of his iconic poetry books for kids, which feature his illustrations; and then read a kid-friendly comic book for fun.

September 25th – National Dream Day

Start your middle grader on a new series – The Daring Dreamers Club by local author Erin Soderberg.

September 26th – Johnny Appleseed Day

Outing Idea: A beautiful fall day just begs for a trip to the apple orchard. Pick your favorite or try a new one: Twin Cities Apple Orchards: A Family Guide.
At Home Family Fun: Let’s make apple crisp today!
Read Aloud: Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh (or any version you love)
Meal Idea: My favorite meal to serve with apple crisp is chili. Make a big pot and serve the apple crisp on the side.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Here is some fun trivia to share about the real Johnny Appleseed.
Learn More: Learn more about John Chapman.

September 27th – World Tourism Day

Outing Idea: Pretend to be a tourist in your own city(ies) and plan an itinerary to explore some well-known tourist attractions in MSP or seek out new ones you’ve always meant to visit.  Make mini passport books to “stamp” at each stop.
At Home Family Fun: Make mini passport books of tourist attractions you would like to visit in your area.
Read Aloud: Pour over your favorite local guide books as you put together your passport.
Meal Idea: Whenever we have visitors, they want to go out for Juicy Lucy’s. Make or take out your favorite local cuisine.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What is your favorite part about living in the Twin Cities.
Learn More: Learn more about World Tourism Day.

September 28th – Ask a Silly Question Day

At Home Family Fun / Dinner Conversation Starter: Run down this list of Silly Questions to ask at dinner tonight.
Read Aloud: What Would Happen?: Serious Answers to Silly Questions by National Geographic Kids.

September 29th – World Heart Day

Outing Idea: Go for a long walk, hike or family bike ride today. Need some suggestions for family-friendly trails? We’ve shared our favorites in Minneapolis & St Paul.
At Home Family Fun: Get outside (or inside) for some heart-healthy active play today.
Read Aloud: One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike than Different by Linsey Davis
Meal Idea: Pick your go-to health meal for today.

45 Fun Physical Activities For Kids of All Ages

September 30th – International Podcast Day

Outing Idea: While Pavek Museum of Broadcasting mainly deals with traditional radio, they are dipping into podcasting.
At Home Family Fun: Explore some family-friendly podcasts that you can listen to together instead of TV sometimes.
Read Aloud: Did any of these podcasts inspire you with a book? Maybe you can find it and read it today.

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

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

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