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Easy ways to enjoy the warming temperatures with your school community.


Editor’s note: These ideas can be easily adapted to fit any social distancing guidelines from your school, district, local, and state social distancing guidelines.

Walk It Out

Walk to School day is observed in October, but spring’s warming temps make it another good time to gather the school community for a walking event.

Pi Day

On March 14, hold a special event celebrating the number pi. Some schools mark the day with pies or pizzas, which can help reinforce fraction concepts.

Outdoor Movie Night

Get moviegoers into the spirit by inviting them to bring blankets or lawn chairs and asking kids to wear pajamas if they wish.

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Fly a Kite

In April, celebrate Kite Month and Earth Day at the same time. Ask families to bring recycled materials to create a kite, and hold a kite launch from the school playground.

Drop Everything and Read

There are many ways to mark this special day on April 12, including holding a Family Reading Night, arranging an author visit, or organizing a book swap.

Picnic at the Park

It doesn’t get much simpler than asking families to bring their lunch, providing some drinks and treats, and setting up some simple games on a nice weekend afternoon.

Chili Cook-off

Hold a chili cook-off and invite families to share their favorite recipes. Make it an annual event by choosing a winner who has to come back next year to defend the title!

Breakfast Week

In March, organize a pancake breakfast one morning before school starts for the day. Ask the school nurse to say a few words about the importance of a healthy breakfast (for adults and students).

Board Games Night

Ask families to bring in their favorite games to share, and discover a new favorite with friends. Spend an evening of laughter and school community-building.

June Jubilee

End the year on a positive note with a schoolwide carnival. Play games, win at musical cakes, and don't forget to check out the inflatable slide. Do some arts and crafts while a DJ spins a few tunes.

More outdoor spring event ideas

Originally posted in 2018 and updated regularly.

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