Leap Into Family Fun: 4 Ideas For a Leap Day Celebration


Make Leap Day special this year by creating a new tradition. From a game of leap frog to dinner-and-a-discussion ideas, here are some ways you can celebrate Feb. 29 with your entire family

It only happens every four years, so it cries out for some special treatment on your family calendar. Yes, Feb. 29 is Leap Day, and while you likely don’t have the day off, there are still some fun activities that you and your family can do together.

First, though, let’s go into why we even have a Leap Day. One of the true authorities on the calendar and how it works – the Farmer’s Almanac – states that Leap Days happen every four years so our Gregorian calendar can be in sync with the four seasons. This is because it takes 365.2422 days for the Earth to orbit the sun, so we’re keeping those extra five-or-so hours back on track with the upcoming spring days.

Think of it this way: You’ve just been given the gift of extra time. And we all need an extra day, if not a few, to have some fun with family, especially if it stretches everyone’s brains — or sometimes muscles — in the process.

Here are 4 Leap Day Celebration Ideas:

Something special for dinner and discussion

Kids Activities Blog had two ideas among many that could be combined into one fun evening. First, pick something for dinner that’s out of the ordinary for a Monday. Maybe a breakfast buffet at home, or everyone can make their own pizza with wild toppings, or you can try a food that’s totally new. Second, use your dinner-table conversation to talk Leap Year. How would someone feel if they were a Leap Year baby, and how would they celebrate?

Play some leap frog

It’s not just an analogy for “jumping over” an obstacle in life – it’s a real game. Of course, you might need to stretch out just a tad to play this with your kids, but it can be a fun, retro time in the backyard before that out-of-the-ordinary dinner you’ve planned! The Real Life at Home parenting blog has a great link to a step-by-step dissection of leap frog, plus a ton of other Leap Day ideas.

Set some goals and have fun at the same time

Why not? This would be a good time to get your kids thinking about the future – and hey, it wouldn’t hurt if you did the same thing! The PTO Today website has an exercise for students that can fit in well for your own family. Simply, ask what are four things they want to do before the next Leap Day. Let imaginations run wild, and be ready for fun discussion about what lies ahead.

Go to the Family Health Festival

Renown is one of the partners with Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities that’s putting together a fun festival on Leap Day this year. The Family Health Festival takes place at 3:30 p.m. at Wooster High School in Reno and includes healthy cooking tips, a book drive and a variety of free health services including screenings and information on what’s offered locally for families. The Washoe County School District has more information on the festival.

So there you have it: Four ideas (and links to many more) that will help you enjoy Leap Day with your family. Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!