By TMoM Team Member Michaela Reynolds

Happy Leap Day! Did you know that the earth takes 365.24 days to revolve around the sun? Overtime, those extra numbers after the decimal add up to 24 hours, creating Leap Day on February 29th.  An extra 24 hours? Well, we know time doesn’t quite stop, but here are some activities to fill your bonus day!

Leap Day Activities for Kids

Kids are always up for a new challenge or activity. Take this day to do a craft, calculate math, learn some history, or make a time capsule.

  1. There is no shortage of frog art projects at the Craft Train. Try something new with Easy Leaping Frog Origami or test the limits with a cool Leap Frog STEM Challenge.
  2. Measure how far your child can jump and compare it to leaping animals like frogs and kangaroos. Practice writing your numbers and skip counting by 5’s and 2’s.
  3. Watch this History of Leap Day for Kids video that explains the why behind Leap Day and encourages kids to dream up ways to spend their extra bonus day.  
  4. Take a Day Trip to a new place or an old favorite. Either way, get out of the house and do something different than the norm!
  5. Create a Leap Day Time Capsule. Collect trinkets, family photos, child artwork, and write down current interests of family members. Store it all in a fun glass bottle. In four years, open up the capsule and enjoy seeing how much has changed!

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Leap Day Activities for Teens and Adults

If you have a teen at home, they most likely won’t be a teen at the next leap day so make the most of spending time with them today!

  1. Take your teens out for bowling, laser tag, or an escape room. There are so many possibilities.
  2. Can you envision a different life in 2028? Imagine and dream up the possibilities. Create a vision board collage with magazine scraps or simply write a list of what you want in 2028. Share with your friends or family.
  3. Read up on all the traditions surrounding Leap Day. Various cultures have different opinions on it. For the Irish it’s a day for women to propose marriage, but for the Greek, it’s considered unlucky to get married in a leap year so 1 in 4 couples avoid it!

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Leap Day Activities for All

Everyone can celebrate Leap Day at a few restaurants today. Wendy’s is promoting a free Cinnabon Pull-Apart during breakfast hours and Chipotle is offering free guacamole all day long. Krispy Kreme and Insomnia Cookies have free donuts and cookies for everyone whose birthday is on Leap Day. Fill your day with some yummy food deals. If that doesn’t satisfy you, there’s always opportunities for kids to eat free in the Triad!

Make the most of today. Breathe deeper and soak in the moment. We can’t wait to hear about how you fill your Leap Day with activities. Leave a comment and tell us all about it! 

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