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 some special family-friendly holidays and events you and your kids will want to mark in May:
May 1-31- National Foster Care MonthMay marks the month when we recognize families making a meaningful difference in the lives of the more than 407,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Find out more about the important work of fostering children.
May 2-8 Screen-Free Week
It's time for the annual observation where children, families, schools, and communities around the world swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. This is a week that gives children—and adults— a chance to power down and reconnect with the world around them. Visit www.screenfree.org to learn how you can get involved.
May 1-31- Jewish Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month is commemorated in May and is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.
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May 1-31: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures are so rich in culture and diversity because they are represented in more than 30 countries — including the entire Asian continent and the Pacific Islands — and encompass more than 100 different languages.
Above is a link to a story we love called Lotus & Feather read by Michelle Yeoh, inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village. The author, Ji-li Jiang, grew up in Shanghai before moving to the U.S. in 1984.
Click HERE to see our top suggestions for books, movies and local restaurants to help your family celebrate!
May 3-7: National Teacher Appreciation Week
They work hard every day educating our kids. This is the week to show them your thanks. Need ideas?
May 4th- Star Wars Day
May the 4th be with you! Wear your Wookie costume or bring your lightsaber. Then prepare for warp speed. Wherever you go, may the fourth be with you. Oh, and be sure to watch some Star Wars films or play some trivia. Make some outer space snacks to enjoy, too.
Read our 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE STAR WARS DAY.
Visit our STAR WARS SNACK BOARD on Pinterest for some great ideas!
May 5: 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.
May 6: Kentucky Derby Day
Get out the fancy hats (or make your own!) and make some fancy drinks and food to celebrate the running of the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
May 6th: Free Comic Book Day
In 2001, comic book retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California noticed how the success of movies based on comic books. As a way to expose all those moviegoers to the joys of the comic books that inspired the big-screen characters, Field created Free Comic Book Day the opening weekend of Spider-Man in 2002. Thanks to Field, there is a whole new generation of comic book fans that might never have existed if it weren’t for him.
The first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is the biggest event in the comic book industry—a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! This day encourages both curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. Each one is unique in its community, with a style and personality all its own, and each one carries a full line of comics, graphic novels, toys and related products. Local comic shops are the hubs of our community, where fans can come together to discover new comics, make lifelong friends, and find a sense of commonality.
A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold Sponsor and thirty-eight Silver Sponsor comic books, can be viewed online at https://www.freecomicbookday.com/.
Participating Gwinnett County Shops:
- LEVEL-UP GAMES AND COMICS, 2131 PLEASANT HILL RD, STE 129, DULUTH, GA, 30096
- GALACTIC QUEST, 116 EAST CROGAN STREET, LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, 30046
- GALACTIC QUEST, 4264 SUDDERTH ROAD, SUITE D, BUFORD, GA, 30518
- INFINITE REALITIES, 5007 LAVISTA ROAD, TUCKER, GA, 30084
If your child doesn't read comic books, you might be interested in this article:
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May 14th: Mother's Day
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.
Although you are priceless, YOU ARE WORTH YOUR WEIGHT IN GOLD... WELL, ALMOST! and LOOK MOM, I'M A SUCCESSFUL ADULT!
May 16th: National Piercing DayPiercing the lobe of the ear is thought to be the oldest form of body piercing, dated back to biblical times. Not only is it considered an artistic expression but in many cultures, piercing holds great meaning in religious ceremonies. If your daughter has been begging to get her ears pierced, this might be the day! If so, please read this article before you decide where to go: THINKING OF GETTING YOUR CHILD'S EARS PIERCED? HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
May 26th: 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.
Find link to instructions for 47 different types paper airplanes ranging from the most basic wedge design to more complicated stunt planes at https://bit.ly/3irNwAW
May 29th: National 529 Day
Why 529s are an easy way to save for your child's future:
- 529s can be used for 4-year or community colleges, career and technical schools, and registered apprenticeships. In addition to tuition and fees, they can cover those expenses that add up, such as room and board, fees, books, computers. And they can be used for qualified institutions abroad.
- 529 savings can also be used by another family member – or even yourself – for retraining or getting a new certification.
- If your child does incur debt, 529 account funds can be used to pay up to $10,000 in qualified student loans per beneficiary.
- And, it’s easy: grandparents, friends, and other family members can contribute as little as $10 to a child’s account through online gifting tools, crowdfunding platforms, or E-gift cards.
May 30th: National Memorial Day
It's not about parades and bar-b-ques. Today we remember those who died serving in the U.S. military. Their duty was to serve, ours is to remember and be worthy of their sacrifice.
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