Looking for some leap year activities to celebrate the leap year? We have so many great leap year activities to make this leap year extra special. Kids of all ages will love these fun leap year activities. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids will have a blast doing these leap year activities. You can do these fun activities at home or in the classroom.

Fun Leap Year Activities

Leap Year

This year is a leap year! And that means we have an extra day in February! That makes this year super exciting! But for those of you who may not know what leap year is, let’s learn what leap year is!

Related: Grab your leap year facts for kids printable!

What is a Leap Year? 

Every four years we have a Leap Year, which means we have a year with 366 days in it, rather than the typical 365. That day is February 29. This is done so that the calendar year can keep up with the astronomical year. If we didn’t have this extra day built in every four years, our seasons would slowly change. Can you imagine having to wear a winter coat during a July snowstorm? Neither can we!

How are you celebrating February 29th? Check out these fun leap year activities for kids of all ages! 

Fun Leap Year Activities

Leap Year Activities For Kids

Today is Leap Year Day, woohoo! And being that it is a day that only comes around once every four years, we are going to celebrate it in style:

1. Plan A Leap Year Party

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Let’s throw a leap year party!

Plan a Leap Year Party – any reason to celebrate, right? Plan a special evening to make this ordinary Wednesday really stand out.   Have a fun meal the whole family loves! Order take-out, make a homemade pizza using pepperoni or veggies to form a “29”, or have Brinner (our super fancy name for breakfast for dinner).

2. Discuss Leap Year Over Dinner

Discuss Leap Year over dinner –  Talk about being born on February 29th and how each family member would feel how would you feel about only being able to celebrate your “real” birthday every four years. How would you celebrate? Put on your thinking caps, and figure out how many Leap Years-old you are!

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3. Bake A Birthday Cake

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Let’s bake a Leap Year cake!

Bake a Birthday Cake – Sing Happy Birthday to all the people who are born on Leap Day! Do you know someone who was? Call them up and sing to them live!

4. Leap Year Dance Party

Would you like to dance? – Did you know that in Ireland on February 29th, women were allowed to ask men for their hand in marriage? A man was fined if he refused! Celebrate this fun tradition by putting on some music and having the girls ask the guys to dance.

5. Take A Mini Adventure Trip

Take a Mini Adventure Trip – Are there any day trips in your region that you can take your family on?   Maybe you can visit the same local destination every four years, and watch the region evolve!   

4. Leap Year Time Capsule Activity

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Pick out the best items to put into your leap year time capsule.

I have always loved the idea of making a time capsule but never have the patience to wait 10-20 years to open it up again! Four years sounds ideal, and I can’t wait to make one as a family. Our plan is to put items in a shoebox, with a letter written by us (to us), and then we will hide it in the back of our closet until February 29, 2024.

A few ideas could include a newspaper, currency, family photos, a drawing, a poem, a grocery receipt, concert or movie ticket stubs, trophies, a book, or a favorite toy.

In addition to the items, I am having each family member complete a questionnaire about themselves in 2020. Typical questions such as favorite subject, best friend, and favorite food are on there, along with a few thought-provoking questions: what do you want to be when you grow up and why? What do you hope to be doing in 4 years?

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Fill out a leap year letter to yourself and see how things changed next leap year.

Once everything is tucked away nicely (don’t forget to write the letter!), it’s a good idea to tape the box up. This prevents you from peeking!

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Don’t forget the reminder of Not to open and the next leap Year date!

This is a day that only comes around once in four years “ whether you make a big deal out of it or not, I encourage you to do at least one activity with your kids out of the ordinary. Make it a day to remember!

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How are you celebrating this leap year? Comment below! 

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  1. This is a great idea! JDaniel will be 8 by the time Leap Year comes around. He will be so different in what he likes and enjoys.

  2. I love the time capsule idea. This is my little guy’s first Leap Year, and starting a time capsule tradition is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!! Once we complete it, we’ll share 🙂