It can be a challenge to keep kids entertained and busy during the summer months. With no school to keep them busy, they can get bored. Of course, many kids these days escape boredom by spending hours in front of one screen or another: the television, computer, cell phone, tablet, or one of several different gaming systems. Rather than spending that time in front of a screen, your child can spend time with  fun, learning activities.

Every month is full of holidays and observances that offer numerous opportunites for learning and fun. Some of those observances last the entire month, which means your child can delve deeply into that observance’s topic. For example, July is Foreign Language Month. That’s a perfect opportunity to spend time learning a new language, or at least learning about a new language. Maybe your child can even explore what language is and why languages are so different – and why some are so similar!

If you’re a homeschooling parent, the holidays and observances offer you some teaching opportunities. But even if you’re not, you and your child can spend some quality time learning. Why not learn about American artists? Or how about space travel? Or why the Liberty Bell cracked?

It’s not all about learning, though. It’s also about fun. Have a picnic. Have a picnic with teddy bears. Play scrabble. Play chess. One day this month, it’s actually okay to play some video games! July 8th is Video Games Day. That’s a good day, not just to play some video games, but to realize that it’s not the games themselves that are necessarily a problem; it’s the amount of time kids spend playing them.

(Caveat: The links go to the articles I wrote previously for About.com. About editors changed some of the links I created there, so if some links don’t make sense, please understand that I was not responsible and cannot change them. I will be rewriting the articles and linking to the new ones here.)

Month-Long Observances

  • American Artist Appreciation Month
  • American History Essay Contest
  • Family Fun Month
  • Family Meal Month
  • Family Reunion Month
  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • National Foreign Language Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • Purposeful Parenting Month
  • Read an Almanac Month

Week-Long Observances

  • Freedom Week – July 3 – 9 (first week)
  • Music for Life Week – July 10 – 16 (second week)
  • World Listening Week July 16 – 22
  • National Scrabble Week – July 19 – 24
  • National Parenting Gifted Children Week – July 17 – 23 (third full week)
  • United States Space Week – July 16 – 24

Special Days and Holidays

First Eight Days

  • July   1  International Joke Day
  • July   2  I forgot Day
  • July   2  World UFO Day
  • July   3  Disobedience Day
  • July   4  Independence Day
  • July   8  Video Games Day
  • July   8  Math 2.0 Day
  • July   8  Liberty Bell Cracks

Second Seven Days

  • July 10  Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • July 10  National Clerihew Day
  • July 11  Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • July 12  Simplicity Day
  • July 13  Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • July 14  Bastille Day
  • July 15  Be a Dork Day

Next Eleven Days

  • July 17  Wrong Way Day
  • July 18  World Listening Day
  • July 20  Moon Day
  • July 20  International Chess Day
  • July 22  Spoonerism Day
  • July 26  All or Nothing Day

Last Four Days

  • July 28  Fingerprint Day
  • July 29  NASA’s Birthday
  • July 30  National Support Public Education Day
  • July 30  Harry Potter’s Birthday
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It can be a challenge to keep kids entertained and busy during the summer months. With no school to keep them busy, they can get bored. Of course, many kids these days escape boredom by spending hours in front of one screen or another: the television, computer, cell phone,...