In the depths of winter, you and your child may be looking at the calendar of observances for opportunities for special learning activities. Besides Valentine's Day and Black History Month, there are days devoted to emotional health, physical activities, and health challenges—all of which provide opportunities to expand understanding.
Your community centers, health organizations, and schools may have events in coordination with some of these special days and observances. But don't hesitate to create your ways to learn more about areas of interest or to just have fun.
- Black History Month: In February, celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans, past and present.
- American Heart Month: Hosted by the American Heart Association. Learn about keeping your heart healthy. Many local medical centers have activities and health fairs, including walks and "Go Red for Women," a movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.
- National Children's Dental Health Month: Use this month as a good time to discuss good oral care habits. It's hosted by the American Dental Association.
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Discuss this important topic with your sons and daughters.
- Friendship Month: Let Valentine's Day ignite a spark of love and friendship this month. Friendship month is a great excuse to reach out to friends.
- National Youth Leadership Month: This celebration aims to encourage young leaders to get involved in their community.
- Library Lovers Month: If you don't have a library card, head to your local library and get one.
Check your current calendar as these weeks may vary from year to year.
- Children's Authors and Illustrators Week (first week)
- National School Counseling Week (first week)
- Congenital Heart Failure Awareness Week (second week)
- Jello Week (second full week)
- Random Acts of Kindness Week (third week)
- Engineers Week (third week)
- National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (fourth week)
Special Days and Holidays
The dates shown are examples only, as some observances are on the same day every year while others can vary. Check your calendar to see the date for the current year.
- February 1: National Freedom Day (freedom from slavery), Take Your Child to the Library Day (2020 date; date varies in different years), National Serpent Day
- February 2: Groundhog Day, National Tater Tot Day
- February 3: Four Chaplains Day, National Missing Persons Day
- February 4: USO Day, World Cancer Day, National Homemade Soup Day
- February 5: National Weatherman's Day
- February 6: National Lame Duck Day
- February 7: National Send a Card to a Friend Day
- First Friday of February: National Wear Red Day (awareness of heart disease in women)
- February 8: Kite Flying Day
- February 9: Read in the Bathtub Day, World Marriage Day
- February 10: National Umbrella Day
- February 11: National Make a Friend Day
- February 11: National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, Make a Friend Day
- February 12: Lincoln's Birthday, International Darwin Day
- February 13: World Radio Day
- February 14: Valentine's Day, National Organ Donor Day
- February 15: National Gumdrop Day
- Second Wednesday in October: National Stop Bullying Day
- Third Monday of February: Presidents Day
- February 16: Do a Grouch a Favor Day
- February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
- February 18: National Battery Day
- February 19: Chocolate Mint Day
- February 20: National Love Your Pet Day
- February 21: International Mother Language Day
- Third Friday in February: National Caregivers Day
- February 22: Washington's birthday, Be Humble Day, and World Thinking Day
- February 23: National Banana Bread Day
- February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day
- February 25: National Chocolate Covered Nut Day
- February 26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day
- February 27: No Brainer Day, National Polar Bear Day, Digital Learning Day
- February 28: National Public Sleeping Day
- February 29: Leap day (once every four years)
- Last Day of February (Feb. 28 or 29): World Rare Disease Day