Break Up Your Social Distancing Routine by Celebrating National Holidays

Hi Mamas! How are you doing? Hanging in there? I find that some days I think “I can do this!” and other days I think “Who can do this?”

Either way, it sounds like I’ll be social distancing from everyone, except for the people who expect me to make their meals, do their laundry, clean up after them, and entertain them—all without raising my voice or needing some time to myself.

Its nice to know my kids think I’m a superhero . . . but ugh.

One thing that has helped me break up the days has been to find silly little national holidays (National French Toast Day or National Squirrel Day anyone?) to shake up the non-routine, routine a little.

In case you think that might be helpful for you and yours, I’ve put together a calendar of some fun “national” holidays for the month of April—along with a few suggestions about how to celebrate.

If you end up celebrating, post your photos and tag Iowa City Moms on Instagram and Facebook. We’d love to see what you’re up to! Be sure to use #icmomsinthistogether.

Celebrate These National Holidays While Social Distancing

celebrate national holidays while social distancing

April 1: National Walking Day

You know what to do . . . go outside and walk! Consider using this nature scavenger hunt and maybe make a trail mix to take on your walk.

April 2: National Children’s Book and Peanut Butter Jelly Day

Two holidays on the same day! Celebrate both or pick your favorite. Download the Novel Effect app on your phone and add sound effects to your kids favorite children’s book. FaceTime with a grandparent or friend and read a book.

Then, make PBJ cookies or pancakes and do the Peanut Butter Jelly Time Dance.

April 8: National Zoo Lover’s Day

Many different zoos are offering live web cams on their websites. How many different zoos can you visit virtually? Build your own zoo at home. Eat animal crackers and bug juice for a snack today.

April 14: National Look Up at the Sky Day

Go outside and look at the sky. Keep a science journal for today. What does the sky look like at 7 a.m.? Noon? 4 p.m.? 7p.m.?

April 24: National Pig in a Blanket Day

Make pigs in a blanket for lunch, dinner, or a snack. Try three or four different dipping sauces, and have family members vote on their favorite. Read any Gerald and Piggy book, and then complete Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.

Happy celebrating (and sanity!), mamas!


Kate is the mom to Jack (2006), Liz (2007), and Alice (2011) and an avid Cubs fan through marriage. She's an assistant professor of mathematics and STEM education at St. Ambrose University and also moonlights as a mathematics teacher at South East Junior High in Iowa City. Between soccer, running club, tumbling, and piano lessons she likes to cook, run, and do yoga. She's also a sucker for 5Ks with cool swag and awesome medals.


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