Welcome, September - it's the start of so much! It can be a busy month for many families . . . Fall arrives and brings us pumpkins - we'll wait till next month to talk about those. Also some important Holidays and remembrances happen at this time of year. Kids are back in school and back in full swing with homework, enrichment classes, scouts and sports activities resuming after the "not long enough "summer break. You'll find the sun is setting a little earlier each day, and when were lucky the days start getting a little cooler too, fingers crossed they stay that way.
Anytime you're looking to find fun things to do with your kids visit the Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas event calendar. Don't forget to visit and follow our social pages for more family fun ideas, see links below.
Here are 10+ holidays and events to will fill your September with joy and meaningful connections:
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Bid farewell to summer in style with a Labor Day celebration. A day dedicated to honoring the contributions of hardworking Americans, it's also the perfect opportunity to spend the day enjoying good company, delicious food, and toasting a summer well spent. Since this annual holiday is always on a Monday it's a three day weekend for many and it can be a chance to spend time with family / friends, for a laid-back end-of-summer BBQ, go on a picnic, head to the beach or take a hike, lol.
Learn more: Labor Day - What is it and Why Do We Celebrate?
Events: Don't miss this local Labor Day tradition: the 4-day long Malibu Chili Cook-off: Presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu
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National Cheese Pizza Day ~ National Pepperoni Pizza Day
September 5th and September 20th
Two days to revel in the cheesy, savory goodness of pizza? Why not! Kick off the month by celebrating National Cheese Pizza Day, then a few weeks later savor the occasion once more on National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Order out or get creative and grill your pizza to celebrate. Pizza nights are a surefire way to delight the kids! These might be the tastiest holidays this month, my family loves cheese pizza!
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National Grandparents Day
Grandparents are special. If your children's grandparents are local, spend time showing them just how important they truly are to your family.
If they aren't local, plan ahead and send a handmade card and a hug: Simply tape together a few pieces of newspaper or use the white side of wrapping paper and outline your child with their arms outstretched. Let your kids color themselves in. Fold it up, put it in an envelope and send that hug to grandma!
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National Days of Prayer and Remembrance ~ Patriot Day and National Day of Service
National Days of Prayers and Remembrance is a time for us to pause to remember the somber events of September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to the heroes who emerged from the tragedy. This day invites us to reflect on our resilience as a nation and express gratitude to the first responders who put their lives on the line for our safety every day. Let's also take a moment to honor the memories of the innocent lives lost to the attacks on September 11, 2001.
September 11th, 2001 changed our Nation, and the World forever. Patriot day and National Day of Service is a chance for us to help others and pay tribute to those killed and injured on 9/11, all the first responders and civilians who risked their lives to help others on that day and the days that followed not to mention the brave men and women who served to protect this country afterwards.
If you are looking for ways to support the American Military visit For the Troops website, they are a local organization in Simi Valley. For the Troops sends "we care" packages to those serving in the American Military. There are many ways you can help; make a direct donation, donate items for care packages - download the troops wish list, writing letters, cards or drawing pictures all are perfect opportunities to involve your kids. You can do this anytime of the year. They really love to include cards, letters and drawings from children to make their "we care" packages extra special.
Want to know more, click here 9/11 FAQs.
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September 15th - 17th
Embrace the spirit of new beginnings with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year - one of the High Holidays. It's one of the more important holidays observed by Jewish people around the world, like all Jewish holidays it begins at sundown. Many families attend synagogue together and some celebrate with a family meal, often featuring traditional foods. As the sun sets on September 15, many will gather around a table featuring cherished dishes like challah "special bread" and honey-dipped apples, symbolizing hopes for sweetness in the coming year.
One typical family favorite is Jewish Noodle Kugel there are many different versions, recipe's are often handed down from generation to generation, try this recipe for your family. Looking for something sweet for the end of your meal, try this delicious recipe for Jewish Apple Cake, a popular dish at Rosh Hashanah celebrations. Just know you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these sweet treats with your family.
Are you looking for ways to celebrate or teach your kids more about this holiday? See the PJ Library's Fall Holidays Guide for helpful information.
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Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15th thru October 15th
Taste the richness of culture with this delicious Arroz con Leche recipe, handed down through generations. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your family by honoring the histories, traditions, culture and contributions of Hispanic people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
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National Play-Doh Day
Play-Doh. You used it as a child and we're betting that your kids have at least one can in their collection. September 16th marks National Play-Doh day, a time to celebrate the iconic children's toy / activity that has helped kids create all sorts of things from animals to food to flowers to almost anything in between. You can admit it you love it too, it's fun to squish it between your fingers and make fun creations. I love play-doh as long as it's not in my carpet, that's why my favorite is to let them play on a table outside - less mess. Did you know you can make your own play-doh right in your kitchen?
Here are a few previously shared recipes from Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu:
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- Make homemade Kool-Aid® Play Dough
- Pumpkin Scented Play Dough
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Aaarrr! Ahoy, me hearties! Ahoy, Matey! Ahoy, landlubbers! Inject some swashbuckling fun into your day by adopting your best pirate accent with your junior mateys.
- 🏴☠️ Watch this Talk like a Pirate story
- 🦜 Watch your favorite pirate movie or show with your kids to celebrate - have fun and talk like a pirate today.
- 🏴☠️ Want to learn more about how this fun holiday started, read more here.
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Autumnal Equinox ~ First Day of Fall
Bid a colorful welcome to autumn as the equinox marks the first day of fall ushering in cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Make the most of the new season by exploring local fall events! Visit Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas event calendar.
The Harvest Moon will rises and appear full for about three days starting Sept. 29, 2023 at 2:57 am. Learn more about the Harvest Moon!
Fall Activities and Crafts to Engage and Entertain your Kids:
- 4 Fall Fun Sensory Projects for Toddlers
- Macaroni Kid Crafts - THREE Autumn Leaf Crafts To Do With Your Kids
- Kid Craft: Painting with Nature
- Macaroni Crafts: Colorful Autumn Tree Craft
- Find Your Fall Family Fun with Macaroni Kid's ABC Fall Bucket List!
Yom Kippur is the holies day of the year for the Jewish People around the world. It's also know as the “Day of Atonement,” during which Jews around the world reflect on their sins from the past year and ask for forgiveness. The focus of the Yom Kippur holiday is introspection and connecting to g-d. To do that adults, including anyone 13 years and older will fast from the start of Yom Kippur at sundown to sundown the next day as Yom Kippur comes to a close - all Jewish holidays begin and end at sundown. Many families and friends will gather together as this holiday ends to share a light meal to "break the fast."
Yom Kippur is observed as early as mid September or as late as mid October, the date changes every year as it follows the Jewish Calendar. Next year Yom Kippur will begin October 11, 2024 at sundown.
Helpful resources to help you learn more about Yom Kippur:
- What Is Yom Kippur?
- This noodle kugel is one traditional way to break the fast
- Chabad's Guide to Yom Kippur for Kids
- PJ Library's Family Guide to Yom Kippur
- Learning more about Yom Kippur, where to attend services, activities for kids, local resources, recipes to break the fast and more - How to Celebrate and Observe the High Holidays with Your Family 🕍✡️
Other notable Jewish holidays this Month:
- Sukkot is September 29 - October 6, 2023: Celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot With Your Family
- Simchat Torah is October 6 - 8, 2023
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