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Family Fun Calendar
April 2002

Monday
Apr 1, 2002
April Fool's Day ~ Tell a joke or help your child "fool" the other parent by doing something slightly different today.  Wear your clothes backwards, place all the dinner plates upside down when setting the table, make your dinner with "foolish" treats, like purple milk (add a drop of purple food coloring to the milk).  Here is an explanation of the holiday http://www.usis.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/april.html

Mahayana Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Tara/Kuan Yin/Kannon ~ Also known as Guan Yin in Taiwan, she declared women the spiritual equals of men.

Tuesday
Apr 2,2002
Hans Christian Anderson's Birthday ~ Celebrate by reading one of these classic children's stories: The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, Little Tiny or Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid
Wednesday Apr 3, 2002 Find a Rainbow Day
Thursday 
Apr 4, 2002
Children's Day (Taiwan) 
Friday
Apr 5, 2002
Tomb Sweeping Day (Taiwan Holiday)
The Chinese use this day to remember their ancestors.  Why don't you take the day to share some family history, and then do like the Chinese do and go fly a kite! http://www.chinatown-online.co.uk/pages/culture/qingming.html
Saturday
Apr 6, 2002
 
Sunday 
Apr 7, 2002
World Health Day ~ WHO's theme for this year's celebration is "Move for Health".  Learn more here and then make a commitment to get your children and yourself moving for good health.
Monday 
Apr 8, 2002
Astronomy Day
Tuesday 
Apr 9, 2002
Yom HaShoah ~ Holocaust Remembrance Day ~ This is the day on which people all over the world remember the six million Jews and five million non-Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Did you know that 1.5 million of those who perished were children? Today, Jew or not, take a few minutes to appreciate the things we take for granted on a daily basis. Remember those who died in the Holocaust, those who survived, and the people and children around the world today who are victims of war. Hug your kids a little tighter, remind them that they're loved, give your spouse or partner a passionate embrace, and get in touch with family and friends.

It is never to early to teach tolerance.  Teach your children about differences between people and teach them to love and respect all of the differences in our world.
http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/newholidays.htm
http://www.mindspring.com/~cleanccl/holocaustlessonplans.html  

Wednesday 
Apr 10, 2002
Encourage a Young Writer Day

National Sibling Day

Golfers Day

Salvation Army Founders Day

Thursday 
Apr 11, 2002
Eight Track Tape Day ~ Remember those?  
Friday
Apr 12, 2002
 
Saturday
Apr 13, 2002
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday 1743

Scrabble Day ~ Bring out this classic family board game and enjoy a game or two with older children.  Younger children who are learning their alphabet can use the tiles to spell their names and simple words.  Remember that some preschool children may put the tiles in their mouths, so parent supervision is a must.
Sunday
Apr 14, 2002
 
Monday
Apr 15, 2002
First Mc Donald's Opens in Des Plaines, IL 1955 

Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthday

Tuesday
Apr 16, 2002
National Eggs Benedict Day (US)
Wednesday
Apr 17, 2002
Daffy Duck's Birthday
Thursday
Apr 18, 2002
Pet Owners Day

International Jugglers Day

Friday
Apr 19, 2002
Patriot's Day
Saturday
Apr 20, 2002
Look Alike Day

Make A Quilt Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day 20- National Pineapples Upside Down Cake Day 20- Volunteer Recognition Day

Sunday Apr-21/2002: Kindergarten Day ~ The First Kindergarten was founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany in 1837

John Muir's birthday Founder of the Sierra Club ~ Make Earth Day two days long by learning about our earth and some of the great people who strive so hard to make it better.  Start by learning about John Muir and the Sierra Club   Find study guides for children in all age groups here.

Monday
Apr 22, 2002
Earth Day ~ Follow up Sierra Club Day with more fun things to do that celebrate the earth.  Plant some flowers.  Recycle your newspapers.  Or better yet, do both with our newspaper seed starters.
Tuesday
Apr 23, 2002
William Shakespeare's Birthday (1564)

Picnic Day

St. George's Day (UK)

Wednesday
Apr 24, 2002
Pigs-in-a-blanket Day
Thursday
Apr 25, 2002
 
Friday
Apr 26, 2002
National Arbor Day (Usually the last Friday of April) ~ National Arbor Day (US) is the Tree Planter's holiday, and has been celebrated since 1872.  It is a day to plant and dedicate a tree to help nature and the environment.  The National Arbor Day Foundation provides millions of trees for planting, and it is estimated that 18 million tress are planted each year on Arbor Day.
Saturday
Apr 27, 2002
Tell a story Day

Childcare Professionals Day

Playground Safety Day

Sunday
Apr 28, 2002
Poetry Reading Day ~ Read a book of poetry with your child, or make up silly poems of your own.
Monday
Apr 29, 2002
Zipper Day patented 1913
Tuesday
Apr 30, 2002
National Oatmeal Cookie Day (US)

Raisin Day