Fun Leap Year Activities
How are you celebrating February 29th? Check out these fun leap year activities for kids of all ages!
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!
Fun Leap Year Activities
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:
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).
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!
Leap Year Party Activities
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!
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.
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!
Leap Year Time Capsule Activity
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?
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!
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!
This is a fantastic idea! Will definitely do the time capsule.
Love the capsule idea. Do you have a link to the questionnaire?
I would be happy to email it to you! Email me – email@example.com
Just emailed you.
Great research on Leap Year. Thanks.
Great article. There is a fun video that explains all this too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56zlm9qhVGc
(not spam and fun for kids)
Jon – LOVED the video – watched it with the kids! Well Done!
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 🙂
Please do! I would love to hear how it went!
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.
Love the time capsule idea! How fun!
I love the idea of the time capsule! My 5 year old will absolutely love every aspect of that!
I started the time capsule with the Preschoolers today, and with my Son this evening.
Also, posted about how to make that time capsule, specifically for Preschoolers.
You can check it out if you’d like,
Of course I linked back to you as our complete inspiration 🙂
I loved it Liz!! Thanks for the link back!! So fun!!
Wow! These are so fun. Now I have an excuse to make a cake tomorrow! 😉 I would love it if you’d link this up on my blog carnival Family Time Tuesday!
In old tradition, Leap year was when a girl could ask the guy to marry her. Am I the only one who has heard of this? Everyone I talk to is surprised when I say that. 🙂
Delirious, I think that was in Ireland, right? And the guy couldn’t say no??!!
Great ideas! Not sure if I am celebrating as I usually get my retirement check on the 1st. Now I have to wait an extra day!
Would love for you to email me the questionnaire, too. Thanks!
Great ideas! I love the idea of a time capsule. I linked you up on my blog: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-leap-year-day.html
Did you know that a person born on leap year is called a “Leapling”? Just FYI 🙂