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Family Fun Calendar
March 2002

Ideas for "magic moments" with your child

Friday 1-Mar-2002

National Pig Day ~ Tell the story of The Three Little Pigs or read the classic pig story, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

Share a Smile Day ~ Share a smile with a stranger today... on the bus, at the market, in the elevator.  It costs you nothing, and it's great exercise.

Peanut Butter Lover's Day ~ Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or make these no bake peanut butter cookies.

Happy Anniversary to Peace Corps (1961) ~ Explore the globe with your child at Peace Corps Kids World and learn about making a difference through service.

Saturday 2-Mar-2002

Babysitter Safety Day ~ Print this Babysitter Checklist and make several copies to post on the fridge, and by each telephone in your home.

Dr. Seuss's Birthday (1904) ~ Celebrate by reading your favorite Dr. Seuss classics together.

"Today was good.
Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one."

Theodore S. Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)

Sunday 3-Mar-2002

Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday ~ Use his marvelous invention to call friends and family, and brighten their day.

I Want You To Be Happy Day ~ Do something today, just to make someone happy.

Monday 4-Mar-2002

March is Young Art Month ~ Create a work of art with your child. Paint, watercolor, sculpt, carve, or cut & paste.  See our Rainy Day Recipes to make edible play dough, homemade face paint, and lick-and-stick glue.

Tuesday 5-Mar-2002

Dr. Doolittle Day ~ Doo-a-little Dance with your child today.

Mother-in-law Day ~ Call your mother-in-law today, send her flowers, or take her somewhere special.

Wednesday 6-Mar-2002

Michaelangelo's Birthday ~ Share the life story of this Renaissance man, then break out the art supplies and create a masterpiece.

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Oreo Cookies Day (first sold 1912) ~ How many different ways can you eat an Oreo cookie?  Share a plateful of Oreos with your child and find out.  My favorite technique:  the "twist".

Thursday 7-Mar-2002

Telephone Patented 1876 ~ Phone a friend you haven't been in touch with in a while.

Friday 8-Mar-2002

International Women's Day ~ This special day has been recognized since 1910. Who are the important women in your life?  Show them your appreciation for them with a letter, poem, email, phone call.

Saturday 9-Mar-2002

Genealogy Day ~ Help your child make a family tree.  Draw a tree on poster board, and cut out photos of grandparents and yourselves to paste on the tree. (use duplicates that you don't mind cutting up, or make photo copies of favorite photos)

Bang Clang Day ~ Bring out the pots and pans and let little ones bang away.

Employee Appreciation Day ~ Do something special for the people who make your life a little easier.

Sunday 10-Mar-2002

Salvation Army Founded 1880 ~ Go through your closets and donate seldom-worn or outgrown clothes.

Monday 11-Mar-2002

Johnny Appleseed Day ~ Eat an apple or bake an apple pie today.  

Tuesday 12-Mar-2002

Celebrate children's book author Virginia Hamilton's birthday by visiting her website at

Wednesday 13-Mar-2002

Two planets were discovered on this date in history: Uranus in 1781, and Pluto in 1930.  Hope for a clear sky this evening and go stargazing with your child.

Thursday 14-Mar-2002

Albert Einstein's Birthday

Learn about Butterflies Day ~ Take a walk in the park and count butterflies.

Save a Spider Day ~ Itsy-Bitsy-Spider song and finger play.

Friday 15-Mar-2002  
Saturday 16-Mar-2002

Islamic New Year

Vitamin C Discovered 1932 ~ Start your day with a glass of orange juice, or split an orange with your child.  Count the sections together.

Sunday 17-Mar-2002

St. Patrick's Day Get a laugh over Life Sans St. Patrick

Rubber Band Invented 1845

Monday 18-Mar-2002

First Walk in Space 1965

Tuesday 19-Mar-2002  
Wednesday 20-Mar-2002

Big Bird's Birthday (Sesame Street) ~ "B" is for "Big Bird".

It's Memory Day! Take some time to talk about favorite memories (so far).  If you don't already, consider keeping a journal of milestones, life in Taipei, family vacations, and those magic moments you share with your child.

Thursday 21-Mar-2002

Children's Poetry Day ~ Celebrated on the third Thursday of March, Absolutely Incredible Kids Day, sponsored by the Campfire Boys & Girls, this day encourages adults to write a letter to a child in their life, telling them how special they are and how much they mean to them.  w

Friday 22-Mar-2002

National Sing Out Day

As Young As You Feel Day

Saturday 23-Mar-2002

Near Miss Day ~ On March 23, 1989, a mountain-sized asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of earth.  Be grateful for life's big and little blessings.

Sunday 24-Mar-2002

National Bubble Week (US, Mar 18-24) ~ Make your own bubbles

Monday 25-Mar-2002

Anniversary of the color TV (1954)!  Pick a flick or rent a movie to watch as a family, or to enjoy after the kids are in bed.

Tuesday 26-Mar-2002

Robert Frost's Birthday ~ Enjoy some of Robert Frost's Poetry with your child today.

"Nature's first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Wednesday 27-Mar-2002

Passover begins at sundown

Thursday 28-Mar-2002

It's Write Grandma & Grandpa a Letter Day! Get out your favorite paper, pens, crayons, stickers, and write your grandparents (or your favorite older person) a note telling them about your week.

Something on a Stick Day ~ Treat yourselves to something on a stick;  cotton candy, lollipops, corn dogs, popsicles, or cookie pops.

Friday 29-Mar-2002

Good Friday

Coca Cola Invented ~ Share an ice cream float.

Saturday 30-Mar-2002

I am in Control Day ~ Another one of our bizarre American holidays. Although not a family-oriented holiday, I thought it would be opportunity to remind ourselves of 9 Things to do Instead of Spanking and What to do When You Want to Have a Tantrum 

Vincent Van Gogh's Birthday (1853) ~ Tell your child about this famous artist and then create a work of art together.

Sunday 31-Mar-2002

Easter Sunday ~ Spend the day with loved ones today. Surprise the kids with Easter baskets brimming with little trinkets and treats.  Color eggs with these recipes, and have an egg hunt.