The grass is green, the puddles ready for jumping, and spring is fully in bloom! There are so many to honor this month, from teachers and mothers to those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Here are 10 special family-friendly holidays and events you and your kids will want to mark in May:
National Foster Care MonthMay marks the month when we recognize families making a meaningful difference in the lives of the more than 440,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Find out more about the important work of fostering children. May 1-31.
Want to support local foster families and youth? Learn about Kids Belong and their mission in Muskegon and Ottawa counties.
National Bike Month
Did you know that 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles? That means we should all get on our bicycles more! Commit with your kids to ride your bikes as much as possible throughout May. And don't forget Bike to School Day on May 5! May 1-31
Get out the fancy hats (or make your own!) and make some fancy drinks and food to celebrate the running of the 2021 Kentucky Derby. See recipe ideas from Macaroni Kid EATS (including for an amazing mint julep!). May 1
Cinco de Mayo
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday meant to mark the day the Mexican Army beat the French Army in the 1800s. In the United States, however, the day has turned into a giant celebration of Mexican-American culture, music, and cuisine. Check out our delicious recipes for guacamole, pico de gallo and homemade chips! May 5
National Provider Appreciation Day
Just like teachers, child care providers have an enormous impact on our children's lives. It takes a village, after all. May 7
It doesn't matter if the appreciation of the work you do comes in the form of a sticky hug, a handmade card, breakfast in bed, or an expensive gift. Know that you are loved today, and every day. May 9
National Paper Airplane Day
This simple creation has brought generations of kids joy around the world. Need inspiration? Check out the family-friendly movie "Paper Planes" now streaming on Amazon. It's based on a true story. May 26
Today we remember those who died serving in the U.S. military. May 31