The grass is green, the flowers blooming, 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 10 special family-friendly holidays and events you and your kids will want to mark in May:
National Foster Care Month ~ May 1-31May marks the month when we recognize families making a meaningful difference in the lives of the more than 440,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Find out more about the important work of fostering children.
National Bike Month ~ May 1-31
Did you know that 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles? That means we should all get on our bicycles more! Commit with your kids to ride your bikes as much as possible throughout May. Get your outgrown or damaged bikes into the hands of children in need at the Recycle Your Bicycle event on May 5.
May Day ~ May 1
Spread the springtime celebration cheer by making a May Day basket for your neighbors. Get our how-to instructions!
Free Comic Book Day ~ May 4
It's a happy coincidence that this year's free comic book day also falls on Star Wars Day, when fans celebrate the movie series with the phrase "May the fourth be with you." Find a participating shop.
Cinco de Mayo ~ May 5
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. Find a local celebration plus great recipes and crafts in this week's article, Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
National Teacher Appreciation Week ~ May 5-11
They work hard every day educating our kids. This is the week to show them your thanks. Need ideas? Check out 10 Great Gift Ideas for Teachers... and 5 to Avoid!
National Provider Appreciation Day ~ May 10
Just like teachers, child care providers have an enormous impact on our children's lives. It takes a village, after all.
Mother's Day ~ May 12
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. Find Mother's Day Events in Douglas County and Surrounding Areas.
National Paper Airplane Day ~ May 26
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.
Memorial Day ~ May 27
Today we remember those who died serving in the U.S. military. "We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them." –Francis A. Walker