Kids love to celebrate – well, just about anything – and coming up with something more exciting than the stock-standard birthday festivity can be tough. Kick the celebration brain-block to the curb and invite in a random day party – and never fear stir-crazy kids again by noting down these boredom-busting days. From National Oreo Day to Caramel Popcorn Day, Things by Bean have put together their top list of the ultimate child friendly random days to get your celebration on this year.
March 6 // National Oreo Day
What better way to celebrate the world’s fave cookie than to fill your (and your kids’) mouths with them? Forget your glass of milk and ye olde twist and dunk, it’s time to get creative with the kiddos. Try your pass at making an Oreo cheesecake or an Oreo thick shake. Warning – it’s going to get messy.
March 19 // Let’s Laugh Day
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s free, requires zero effort and definitely no extra trip to the doctor. Studies even show that a few minutes of laughter can reduce blood pressure, increase immune response, decrease stress levels and release endorphins. Pop on their fave giggle-inspiring flick or hire a clown for the day – and get a parenting gold star for celebrating this health-boosting day with your kiddos.
March 20 // World Storytelling Day
Storytelling is something we have been fascinated with since we lived in caves and sat around a fire making up tales to pass the time, explain history or mind-boggling concepts in easy-to-digest way. Tell your child a story that explains something to them about your family history, your favourite fairy tale in your own words, or a story about something that’s important to you – or invite them to tell their own story!
April 3 // World Party Day
What better excuse to have a party than a day dedicated to one? It doesn’t take much to please your kids – invite around a few of their pals, present a smorgasbord of their favourite treats and throw glitter around like confetti (literally).
April 7 // World Caramel Popcorn Day
Popcorn plus caramel? Sweet, sugary heaven. Take the opportunity to celebrate this special treat (even if you’re just going to pick a bag up off the shelves of your local and eat it on the way home – no judgement). For the braver of you out there, have a crack at making this treat yourself and host a living room movie marathon with the little ones. Sorry – you’re all on your own for the impending sugar crash.
May 1 // Batman Day
Get your superhero on and celebrate Batman day with your kids by having a Batman marathon – the Batman universe has so many movies, cartoons, video games, comics and more. Get your kids dressed up in a batman costume (or their fave batman themed pyjamas) and dive into the world of the Dark Knight (perhaps with a bowl of caramel popcorn).
May 10 // Clean Up Your Room Day
This day might make your kids yawn and yell – but it’s possible to make it fun. Help them organise their toys, books and beds – and reward them for keeping their room clean. Get the tunes pumping, stash little treats around their room for them to find as they clean, and play make believe – have them pretend they’re a secret agent carrying out a very important mission or a dust-buster destroying grime.
June 1 // World Donut Day
You’re going to go donuts for this day. Treat yourself and the kids by picking up a box of your fave deep-fried treats or host a bake-athon and decorating party at home. Ready, set, icing, piping bags, sprinkles, chocolate chips – go.
July 7 // World Chocolate Day
Finally – a day that encourages you to stuff your face with chocolate. Lace this day with as much chocolate as possible and host a chocolate fondue party. You may think fondue is a retro food from the 70s (when your parents thought it was cool), but what about dipping delicious things into even-more-delicious melted chocolate will ever go out of style? The process is fun, easy and making a comeback – you heard it here first.
July 23 // World Vanilla Ice Cream Day
No one needs an excuse to eat ice cream, but you’ve got one anyway – here’s the scoop on World Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Celebrate this day by having a ‘game of cones’ – set up stations with different toppings, lollies and syrups, and have a competition to see who can decorate their ice cream the coolest.
November 26 // International Cake Day
Have your cake and eat it too – for breakfast, lunch or dinner, ‘cause it’s Cake Day, and you can! Throw a cake party, host a bake-athon, or ditch the overdone lemonade stall and set the kids up on the street with a cake stall. Piece of cake.
December 3 // Make a Gift Day
Celebrate the gift of giving and get your crafty on with the kids. Whether they make a card, a collage, decorate plates, paint splatter aprons, draw a picture or create something that’s not quite limited to a definition – this is a great one to keep the kids occupied.
December 27 // World Go to the Zoo Day
Running out of ideas during the school holidays? Grab the kiddos and take them to the zoo! This one gets the ‘koala-ty’ time tick of approval. Make the most of your trip and turn it into a game – pick an animal for each child and quiz them at the end of the day about everything they learned about the animal.