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Explore Summer Holidays and History Days with the Kids
7/5/2012  •  Comment
By SusanR

It’s fun to have something to celebrate! Kids know that more than anyone. And parents can make every day this summer an occasion to celebrate and learn—because according to at least one website, every day is a holiday.

For example, July 14 is Bastille Day.  Tell the kids about the basics of the French Revolution, and give them a snack of baguette with dark chocolate or Nutella, a favorite after school snack of French kids.

July 26 is Mozart’s birthday!  Well, Franz Mozart’s.  He was Wolfgang Amadeus’s son and not the genius his dad was.  Listen to one of his piano quartets and compare it to one of his father’s.

August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day, so it might be a good opportunity to support the local thrift store. Take a field trip there and let the kids pick out wacky clothes and accessories, then go home and play dress-up. Come up with an alter ego for certain outfits and have fun just pretending.

Parents can also put an educational spin on this idea by looking at historical events for each day of summer. For a list of historical events, visit URL.

Tags: kids summer, summer holidays, odd holidays, goofy holidays, holiday activities, bastille day, teaching kids history