Children's Holidays and Observances

Our Children's Holidays and Observances summary page will include all Observance and Awareness days related to infants, kids, and teens. We'll include days that are related to children, and days that are honoring those such as teachers and school librarians and school nurses that work specifically with children.  We do have some of the Health Awareness Days that are related to infants, children, and teens also listed here, but have not included those related to both children and adults. We have also included some of the Family Holidays here, but not all of them.


Children's Holidays

Photo of Baby Eli by Katherine Vess Photography in Sacramento, CA

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Below, listed by month are the Children's Holidays and Observances, that we are aware of so far. There may a few duplicates or incorrect dates, there may be some that we have left off that we will add as we find them, and there are some that are similar, but have different Sponsor Organizations that started the Observances, that may have different approaches and info. As we delve into all the details, we will fix any issues.

Ultimately, there will be a devoted page done for each of the different 
Children's Holidays and Observances.  As pages are completed, they will be linked up below, as well as in our Daily Holiday pages, our Holidays by Month pages, and our Holidays and Observances Alphabetical Listing.


January Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • International Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month
  • National Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Catholic Schools Week - January 28, 2018 - February 3, 2018 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
  • National PTA Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week - January 22-28, 2018
  • National School Choice Week - January 21-27, 2018
  • No Name Calling Week - January 15-20, 2018

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)


February Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Children's Dental Health Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Boy Scout Anniversary Week - February 4-10, 2018
  • Children of Alcoholics Week - February 11-17, 2018 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Children's Authors and Illustrators Week - February 4-10, 2018 (First Full Week in February)
  • National Children's Mental Health Week - February 5-11, 2018
  • National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend - February 23-25, 2018
  • National School Counseling Week - February 5-9, 2018
  • Read Across America Week - February 26 - March 2, 2018 (M-F week of Dr. Seuss Birthday on March 2)

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)


Children's Holidays and Observances

Our niece, Amanda on a family trip to Hawaii


March Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Child Life Month
  • Colic Awareness Month
  • Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
  • Music in our Schools Month
  • Sing With Your Child Month
  • Youth Art Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Girl Scout Week - March 11-17, 2018 (Second Week of March)
  • National Cheerleading Week - March 1-7
  • National School Breakfast Week - March 5-9, 2018
  • National Schools Social Work Week - March 4-10, 2018 (First Full Week of March)
  • Read Across America Week - February 26 - March 2, 2018 (M-F week of Dr. Seuss Birthday on March 2)
  • Teen Tech Week - March 4-10, 2018
  • World Orphan Week - March 4-11

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Dr. Seuss Day - March 2
  • Read Across America Day - March 2, 2018 (Falls during the week of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd)
  • Girls Write Now Day - March 8
  • Barbie Day - March 9
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10
  • Girl Scout Sunday - March 11, 2018 (The Sunday in Girl Scout Week, or closest to March 12)
  • Girl Scouts Day - March 12
  • Incredible Kid Day - March 15, 2018 (Third Thursday in March)
  • Campfire Girls Day - March 17
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day - March 18
  • World Storytelling Day - March 20
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day - March 24, 2018
  • International Day of the Unborn Child - March 25
  • Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A. - March 27, 2018


Children's Holidays and Observances

Our nephew Kyle, and niece Amanda (twins), at the Calavaras Big Trees State Park in California in June 2011. Kyle is holding a huge butterfly that landed on a stick that he was holding.


April Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Global Child Nutrition Month
  • Mathematics Education Month
  • Month of the Military Child
  • Month of the Young Child
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Kite Month (March 28 - May 3, 2016)
  • National Multiple Birth Awareness Month
  • National Youth Sports Safety Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters Appreciation Week - Last Week of April
  • Boys & Girls Club Week - Third Week of April
  • Global Youth Service Days - April 20-22, 2018
  • Golden Rule Week - April 1-7
  • National Infants Immunization Week - April 21-28, 2018
  • National Playground Safety Week - April 23-27, 2018
  • National Princess Week - April 22-28, 2018 (Last Full Week of April)
  • National Student Leadership Week - April 8-14, 2018 (Third Week of April)
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week - April 2-6, 2018
  • Week of the Young Child - April 16-20, 2018
  • World Immunization Week - April 24-30

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Reading is Funny Day - April 1
  • International Children's Book Day - April 2
  • National D.A.R.E. Day - April 3
  • National Kids Yoga Day - April 6, 2018 (First Friday in April)
  • National Student Athlete Day - April 6
  • National Love Our Children Day - April 7, 2018 (First Saturday in April)
  • Encourage a Young Writer Day - April 10
  • National Sibling Day - April 10
  • National Teach Children to Save Day - April 11
  • Support Teen Literature Day - April 12, 2018 (Thursday of National Library Week which is April 8-14, 2018)
  • Baby Massage Day - April 14, 2018 (Second Saturday in April)
  • Children with Alopecia Day - April 14
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse - April 14, 2018 (Second Sunday in April
  • School Librarian Day - April 21
  • Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day - April 22
  • National Kids and Pets Day - April 26
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - April 26, 2018 (Fourth Thursday in April)
  • Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day - April 27, 2018 (Last Friday
  • Healthy Kids Day - April 28, 2018
  • Spank Out Day - April 30


May Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Heal the Children Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 
  • National Youth Traffic Safety Month
  • Teen CEO Month
  • Young Achievers / Leaders of Tomorrow Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Alcohol & Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week - May 6-12, 2018 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Bike Week - Third Week in May
  • National Children's Book Week - May 7-11, 2018
  • Teacher Appreciation Week - May 6-12, 2018 (First Full Week in May)
  • Week of the Classroom Teacher - First Full Week in May

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Childhood Depression Awareness Day - May 1, 2018 (First Tuesday in May)
  • Foster Care Day - May 1, 2018 (First Tuesday in May)
  • National Day to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy - May 2, 2018
  • Project Aces Day - May 2, 2018 (First Wednesday in May) (Aces = All Children Exercise Simultaneously)
  • Anti-Bullying Day - May 4
  • Cartoonists Day - May 5
  • Childhood Stroke Awareness Day - May 5
  • Free Comic Book Day - May 5, 2018 (First Saturday in May)
  • Join Hands Day: Youth and Adults Volunteering Together - May 5, 2018 (First Saturday in May)
  • No Homework Day - May 6
  • National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - May 8
  • National Teachers Day - May 8, 2018 (Tuesday of First Full Week in May)
  • National Bike to School Day - May 9, 2018
  • National School Nurse Day - May 9, 2018 (Wednesday of National Nurse Week which is always on May 6-12)
  • National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - May 10, 2018
  • National Babysitters Day - May 12, 2018 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day - May 13
  • International Child Helpline Day - May 17
  • Boys Club Day - May 19
  • National Learn to Swim Day - May 19, 2018 (Third Saturday of May)
  • National Missing Children's Day - May 25



June Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Child Vision Awareness Month
  • Children's Awareness Month
  • Potty Training Awareness Month
  • Sports America Kids Month
  • Student Safety Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Little League Baseball Week - June 11-17, 2018 (Week beginning on the Second Monday in June)
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy Day - June 12-13

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Global Day of Parents - June 1
  • Stand For Children Day - June 1
  • Children's Awareness Memorial Day - June 3, 2018 (First Sunday in June)
  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression - June 4
  • National Yo-Yo Day - June 6
  • World Doll Day - June 9, 2018 (Second Saturday in June)
  • Abused Women's and Children's Awareness Day - June 10, 2018 (Second Sunday in June)
  • Multicultural American Child Awareness Day - June 10, 2018 (Second Sunday in June)
  • National Children's Day - June 10, 2018 (Second Sunday in June)
  • World Day Against Child Labor - June 12
  • International Day of the African Child - June 16
  • Go Skateboarding Day - June 21
  • Please Take My Children to Work Day - June 25
  • America's Kids Day - June 24, 2018 (Fourth Sunday in June)


July Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Child-Centered Divorce Month
  • National Make a Difference to Children Month

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day - July 7
  • Teddy Bears' Picnic Day - July 10
  • Global Hug Your Kid Day - July 16, 2018 (Third Monday in July)
  • Disneyland's Anniversary - July 17 (First Opened July 17, 1955)


August Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Children's Vision and Learning Month
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
  • National Back to School Month
  • National Breastfeeding Month
  • National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month
  • National Truancy Prevention Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Rock for Life Week - August 4-7
  • World Breastfeeding Week - August 1-7 

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Respect for Parents - August 1
  • National Doll Day - August 5, 2018 (First Sunday in August)
  • National Kid's Day - August 5, 2018 (First Sunday in August)
  • National S'mores Day - August 10
  • International Youth Day - August 12
  • National Tooth Fairy Day - August 22 (Also on February 28)


Children's Holidays and Observances

Our nephew Kyle (with Hercules), and our niece Amanda with Chloe at Alpine Lake in California on the Inspiration Point Trail - taken October 2010 (Dogs are allowed off-leash on this trail)


September Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Baby Safety Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Children's Good Manners Month
  • College Savings Month
  • National Child Awareness Month
  • National Childhood Injury Prevention Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week - September 23-29, 2018
  • National Childhood Injury Prevention Week - September 1-7
  • National Keep Kids Creative Week - September 23-29, 2018 (Last Week of September)
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week - September 2-8, 2018 (First Full Week of September)
  • Youth Protection Week - September 9-15, 2018

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Toy Tips Executive Toy Test Day - September 1
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day - September 9
  • National Teddy Bear Day - September 9
  • Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day - September 13
  • Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids - September 15, 2018 (Third Saturday in September)
  • National Neonatal Nurses Day - September 15
  • National Play-Doh Day - September 16
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day - September 19, 2018 (Third Wednesday in September)
  • Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Kids - September 24, 2018 (Fourth Monday in September)
  • Family Health and Fitness Day USA - September 29, 2018 (Last Saturday in September)
  • National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day - September 29


October Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
  • Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
  • Child Health Month
  • Children's Magazine Month
  • Dollhouse & Miniatures Month
  • Head Start Awareness Month
  • International Walk to School Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
  • National Family Sexuality Education Month - Let's Talk
  • National Go on a Field Trip Month
  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
  • SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Month
  • Youth Against Tobacco Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Kid's Goal Setting Week - October 1-5, 2018
  • National Red Ribbon Week - October 28 - November 3, 2018
  • National School Bus Safety Week - October 15-19, 2018
  • National School Lunch Week - October 8-13, 2018 (Starts on Second Monday in October) 
  • Pediatric Nursing Week - October 1-7, 2018 
  • Teen Read Week - October 7-13, 2018
  • Universal Children's Week - October 1-7
  • Walk a Child to School Week - First Full Week of October

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention - October 1, 2018 (First Monday in October)
  • Child Health Day - October 1, 2018 (First Monday in October)
  • Kid's Music Day - October 5, 2018 (First Friday in October)
  • World Teacher's Day - October 5
  • National Children's Day - October 8
  • International Walk to School Day - October 10, 2018
  • International Day of the Girl Child - October 11
  • Father Daughter Day - October 14, 2018 (Second Sunday in October)
  • Plush Animal Lovers Day - October 28
  • Halloween - October 31


November Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Child Safety and Prevention Month
  • National Child Mental Health Month

2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Dear Santa Letter Week - November 7-13
  • National Adoption Week - Week of US Thanksgiving
  • National Red Ribbon Week - October 28 - November 3, 2018
  • National Young Readers Week - November 5-9, 2018

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Cookie Monster Day - November 2
  • Hug a Bear Day (Stuffed Bear!) - November 7
  • National Parents as Teachers Day - November 8
  • World Orphans Day - November 12, 2018 (Second Monday in November)
  • National Young Reader's Day - November 13, 2018 (Second Tuesday in November)
  • International Girls Day - November 14
  • National American Teddy Bear Day - November 14
  • Children's Grief Awareness Day - November 15, 2018 (Third Thursday of November - One Week before Thanksgiving)
  • Family Volunteer Day - November 17, 2018 (Saturday of Weekend Before Thanksgiving)
  • International Games Day - November 17, 2018 (Third Saturday in November)
  • National Adoption Day - November 17, 2018 (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • Playmobile's National Day of Play - November 17, 2018 (Third Saturday in November)
  • World Prematurity Awareness Day - November 17
  • Universal Children's Day - November 20


December Children's Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Safe Toys and Celebrations Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • St. Nicholas Day - December 6
  • Gingerbread House Day - December 12
  • Christmas - December 25
  • Visit the Zoo Day - December 27




Children's Holidays Pinterest Board

Please Follow our Holidays and Observances Children's Holidays - Holiday Board on Pinterest - below you will see our 30 most recent pins to this photo board!




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