Summer is upon us and while in a normal world, many kids would be packing for camp or headed to their local playground or swimming pool, this summer may look a little different due to the pandemic. 

So, with that in mind, we thought every kiddo deserved a special day dedicated to them and nothing but fun. And, while your little one may not have a birthday party coming up, there still is a reason to celebrate. The second Sunday in June is known as National Children’s Day and it’s meant to encourage families to slow down, turn off the tech and focus on the kids. 

Here are some fun and easy ways to recognize the day and honor your little ones. This summer may just even be their best summer yet. 

Decorate Their Room (and your Front Yard!)

Start the celebration out first thing in the morning by having your little one wake up to a room full of balloons, streamers, posters (or whatever else you have on hand that’s festive!). If you really want to go crazy, carry the decor outside to the front yard! 

Throw Routine Out the Window

Sometimes it’s ok to switch things up! The change in their regular routine will make for a more exciting and special day. A few ideas include having a picnic outside for breakfast or even letting them eat dessert first before lunch! 

Hang a Backyard Pinata 

Nothing says “party” like a pinata! Get your little one’s favorite character pinata and surprise them with it! Meri Meri has an adorable selection of pinatas to choose from. 

Hold a Scavenger Hunt

Entertain them with a scavenger hunt and challenge them to check every item off their list. Easily create your own, or print your own indoor scavenger hunt or backyard scavenger hunt lists. 

Sweet Treats For the Win: Make Popsicles or Decorate Cookies 

Who doesn’t love sweet treats? Check out Weelicious’ 9 Popsicle recipes that are easy (and healthy!) to make or make cookies and let them decorate however they please with frosting, chocolate chips and sprinkles. 

Pamper With a Spa Day

Kids could use a little pampering and relaxation too. Make it special for them by filling up a tub with bubbles and soaking their feet before giving them a special pedicure or have them relax while you apply a face mask. 

Host a “Movie Theater” Night 

End their special day with a “movie theater” night complete with sleeping bags in the living room, special treats and a showing of their favorite movie.