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May Flowers…Welcome Official Spring: 56 Kid-Friendly Observances for May

When you hear May, what comes to mind? Mother’s Day? The Maypole? As a child I used to play May Day games and make baskets. It’s a special day we don’t hear about too much anymore. It’s time to change that. Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? How about Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month? For STEAM kids, it’s also National Inventors Month! Here’s this month’s list of May holidays to plan your activities around.

May is a great time to appreciate the world around us and learn something new.

May International Holidays

May 11th

  • World Migratory Bird Day

May 19th

  • Vesak

May 31st

  • World No Tobacco Day

May Monthly Observances

  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month
  • National Inventors Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Get Caught Reading Month
  • National Barbeque Month

May Weekly Observances

  • National Wildflower Week (First Full Week of May)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (First Monday through Friday in May)
  • National Pet Week (First Sunday through Monday in May)
  • National Etiquette Week (Starts Monday of the second full week)

May National Day Observances

May 1st

  • May Day
  • National School Principal’s Day
  • National Mother Goose Day

May 2nd

  • National Brothers and Sisters Day

May 3rd

  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

May 4th

  • National Star Wars Day – May the Forth Be With You!

May 5th

  • Cinco De Mayo

May 6th

  • National Nurses Day

May 7th

  • National Foster Care Day

May 8th

  • National School Nurses Day

May 9th

  • National Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 11th

  • National Train Day
  • National Archery Day
  • National Miniature Golf Day

May 12th 

  • Mother’s Day

May 13th 

  • National Frog Jumping Day

May 14th

  • National Dance Like A Chicken Day
  • National Underground America Day

May 15th

  • National Chocolate Chip Day

May 16th

  • Honor Our LGBT Elders Day
  • National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day
  • National Love A Tree Day
  • National Sea Monkey Day

May 17th

  • National Endangered Species Day
  • National Pizza Party Day

May 18th

  • National Visit Your Relatives Day
  • National No Dirty Dishes Day
  • National Learn To Swim Day

May 19th

  • Take Your Parents To The Playground Day

May 20th

  • National Pick Strawberries Day
  • National Rescue Dog Day

May 22nd

  • National Buy A Musical Instrument Day
  • Emergancy Medical Services for Children Day

May 23rd

  • National Lucky Penny Day







May 24th

  • National Don’t Fry Day

May 25th

  • National Missing Children’s Day
  • National Brown Bag It Day
  • National Tap Dance Day

May 27th

  • Memorial Day

May 29th

  • Learn About Composting Day

May 30th

  • National Water A Flower Day
  • National Creativity Day

May 31st

  • National Smile Day
  • National Heat Awareness Day

Whitney Foster is an entrepreneur and educator from Cleveland, OH. She's a foodie and loves crafting, particularly crochet and cross stitching. She also loves children and learning about the world around her.

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