Did you know February 8th is Kite Flying Day? Each year, there are many unique, entertaining, and family-friendly days to celebrate that you’ve probably never heard of before. If you’re searching for engaging ways to create some family fun, adding a special day to your monthly calendar might be just the thing you need to create some happy memories and cherished adventures.

Say hello to imagination, exploration, and discovery. Here are 12 unique days to celebrate with your kids in 2017.

January 29th – National Puzzle Day

National Puzzle Day is a perfect day to ditch the electronics and gather puzzle enthusiasts, both young and old, around the table to complete a common goal. From 25-piece puzzles to Sudoku, puzzle choices abound for kids of all ages. Plus, children hone their problem-solving skills, concentration, and memory in a collaborative and positive environment.

February 11th – Make a Friend Day

Make a Friend Day is a great chance to encourage your children to get to know the classmates who might not be in their immediate social circle. It’s an opportunity to do something kind or unexpected for another child and maybe even find a new friend.

March 26th – National Spinach Day

Is it easy to get your kids to eat greens? I can hear the resounding, “No!” from the majority of parents. Nonetheless, National Spinach Day is an excellent excuse to talk to your kids about the healthy nutrients (like iron, vitamin C, and magnesium) in spinach and other greens that fuel their growing bodies.

Try putting spinach on pizza or hiding it in a smoothie to help your kids adjust to the taste and texture. Better yet, hold a contest to see who can come up with the best spinach-inspired recipe.

April 2nd – Children’s Book Day

April 2nd marks the 1805 birth of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. With fairy tales like The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Little Mermaid, his stories have inspired generations.

Children’s Book Day calls attention to all children’s books and aims to spark a love of reading in kids. Public libraries may celebrate this day with reading hours or other events for children. Can’t make it to the library? Spend time reading one of your favorite childhood books to your kids.

May 4th – Star Wars Day

If you’re a “Star Wars” fan, you’ve probably heard, “May the fourth be with you” a time or two. Once a grassroots movement, May 4th is now a global celebration of the Star Wars legacy for fans of all ages. Cozy up with your kids and commemorate this day with your family’s favorite “Star Wars” film. Why stop at just one? You can turn this event into a movie marathon!

June 7th – National Trails Day

Looking for a way to instill the love of nature into your children? With thousands of free events across the country, National Trails Day allows your family to share in the beauty of the outdoors and connect to local trails. From hiking to photography to bird watching, National Trails Day offers activities to ignite the interest of children of all ages.

July 16th – National Ice Cream Day

Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? And for one day only, you have an excuse to take the whole family for a tasty, sweet treat at your favorite ice cream shop. Enjoy!

August 16 – National Tell a Joke Day

Few things are better than a day filled with laughter. So gather your family around the table and let the joke-telling begin for National Tell a Joke Day. Laughing releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which is sure to boost you and your family’s mood.

September 11th – Make Your Bed Day

A chore that often elicits groans can be turned into a friendly (and extremely helpful) competition. Who’s the fastest bed maker in the house? Give that person a prize for winning the bed making challenge and help your children create healthy, lifelong habits.

October 1st – National Homemade Cookies Day

Chocolate chip. Peanut butter. Molasses. The cookie combinations abound! If you’re looking for an excuse to make some homemade cookies, your reason has arrived on this aromatic day. Your children will enjoy the family time together, not to mention licking the bowl and the yummy delights that follow.

November 15th – America Recycles Day

With more than 2100 events around the country, America Recycles Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the value of recycling, reusing, and reducing unnecessary waste. Don’t see any activities in your area? You can involve your children in this important day by having them pick out clothing and toys they no longer use and donate them to children in need. Or organize a park cleanup with your family and friends where your kids can hunt for recyclable items.

December 27th – Make Cutout Snowflakes Day

During an extended winter break and a chaotic holiday season, making snowflakes is an enjoyable way to spend some quality time with your children. There’s only one rule: You must have fun! So grab some paper, coffee filters, and scissors, and get to creating some beautiful, one-of-a-kind snowflakes.

What special days do you have planned for this year? Please share in the comments!