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Have You Made Plans for National KidsDay?

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Have You Made Plans for National KidsDay?


National KidsDay KidsDay® will be celebrated around the nation on Sunday, August 7th. KidsPeace created this annual event to encourage the adults – parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbors, teachers and other caregivers – to spend more meaningful time with America’s children and to honor and celebrate the inherent value and worth of all kids.

National KidsDay is an opportunity to:
• Celebrate childhood
• Demonstrate our commitment to nurturing children
• Inspire our nation, our communities and our families to love and appreciate children
• To make our children feel loved and valued
• To guide our children toward a healthy, happy, successful future.

What You Can Do
There are so many different ways that you can celebrate this day with children in your care. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to let your children know that you love them. They will appreciate your time and uninterrupted attention so much more.

Plan to do something fun with your children, like a picnic or a long walk in the park, or an arts and crafts project or baking something delicious. Go to or rent a movie, start scrap booking together, take a bike ride. Whatever you plan to do, tell your children about it early so they have the fun of anticipation. Breakfast in bed? Why not? You may want to spend part of National KidsDay volunteering together at a local food bank, cleaning up the yard of an elderly neighbor or organizing a neighborhood scavenger hunt.

It is also a day for aunts and uncles, grandparents, family friends and community members to recognize the importance of the children in their lives and stand in for parents who may have to work or are away. Foster parents are encouraged to participate in the celebration of this day with their foster and biological children. Many KidsPeace Foster Care offices sponsor events that bring foster families together as one large community that creates one large family for all members. There are also many children in residential care at KidsPeace facilities in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Maine and Georgia. If their families cannot visit, KidsPeace staff members plan events for the children in care.

These may include:

• Take the kids in your care outside for a picnic – arrange this with food services so that it can be a special treat
• Play ball or Frisbee with them
• If possible, take them for a hike in the nearby woods or fields
• Look at flowers and try to see how many varieties you can identify
• Bring in an age appropriate video to watch in the afternoon
• If possible, arrange for a donation of water ices or ice cream or a cake from a local business
• Do an arts and crafts project and hang up or display their works of art
• Have a sing-along.

Why America Needs National KidsDay
For decades, children across America asked their parents, grandparents and guardians why America celebrates "Mother's Day" and "Father's Day," but has no "Kid's Day." National KidsDay fills that gap and seeks to provide a reminder of children's year-round need for meaningful time and interactions with adults.

Please join KidsPeace and a growing number of organizations and businesses in making National KidsDay

Background Information

National KidsDay® was created by KidsPeace to encourage adults to spend meaningful time with America’s children, and to celebrate their inherent worth and value. Recognized by the U.S. Congress and endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National KidsDay is a registered trademark of KidsPeace to ensure the day is always used for the benefit of children.

KidsPeace is a 129-year-old national children’s charity dedicated to helping America’s kids avoid and overcome the kinds of crises that can strike any child – from traumas to neglect, depression and the stresses of modern life. Founded in 1882 in Bethlehem, PA, KidsPeace helps thousands of children a day at centers nationally and millions more through public education and outreach with the support of celebrities. KidsPeace was called “the outstanding organization” of its kind by the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children and “a prototype of what we need for all children everywhere” by family expert Dr. Lee Salk. For more information, go to www.kidspeace.org.

 
   
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