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10 Fun Ideas for Labor Day Kids Activities

Historically, Labor Day is a day to celebrate and honor workers in the United States. More and more, however, people celebrate Labor Day as the end of summer and the last holiday before holiday season.

Spending Labor Day with your kids is a great way to reconnect and soak up those last few moments of summer as the craziness of the back-to-school season is ramping up. We’ve put together a list of ten fun Labor Day kids activities you can do with your children this year.

10 Ideas for Labor Day Kids Activities

Whether you plan to go all out this labor day or keep it low key, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and take advantage of the gorgeous three-day weekend.

1.  Do a Scavenger Hunt

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A scavenger hunt is a great way to get your kids thinking about the history of Labor Day while having fun (and burning energy!) at the same time. It can be as simple as hiding clues around your backyard, or as elaborate as a citywide search! Get older kids involved by asking them to help you come up with and hide the clues.

Need help getting started? This downloadable guide will show you everything you need!

2. Hand-make Backyard Decorations

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Are you hosting a cookout this year? If so, why not get festive and have your kids help you make some decorations? Paper lanterns, wreaths, streamers and bunting are easy to make and brighten up any space.

3. One Word: Sprinklers!

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The beginning of September is the hottest time of the year in many parts of the US, so take advantage of the weather and get those sprinklers going! 

Nothing gets kids more amped (or more tired!) than running through sprinklers, and there’s nothing cuter than a kid in a cute new swimsuit, running through a sprinkler. (Except, maybe, a naked tushie running through a sprinkler!)

Need help getting those grass stains out of your kid's bathing suit? Check out our tips on keeping swimsuits clean and cute all summer long!

4. Create a Labor Day Collage

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A Labor Day collage is a fantastic way to get your kid thinking about what it means to have a job and be part of the work force, and it’s one of the easiest Labor Day activities for kids to do!

Gather some posterboard, glue, magazines, old calendars, and newspapers and have your child cut out pictures of different types of workers. When they’re finished making their collage, ask them to write a sentence or two about each worker.

Pro tip: try to find images that represent diversity in the workforce. Ideally, your collage should represent all kinds of people doing all kinds of jobs.

5. Host (or Attend) a Cookout

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Okay, we know—it’s an obvious one! But no Labor Day activities for kids list would be complete without a BBQ or picnic option. Get your kids involved by coming up with the menu together. Kids can also help day of by prepping drinks, putting out snacks, and greeting guests.

6. Relax with Labor Day Yoga

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A three-day weekend can easily become a hectic, busy time if you have a lot of activities planned. Take a breather on Sunday morning to do some yoga, meditation, or simple stretching together. Whether you’re winding down from a busy Saturday, or mentally preparing before a Sunday cookout, yoga is a great way to center yourself and your kids during this busy weekend.

7. Take a Road Trip!

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Not feeling like you want to deal with the pressure of multiple social commitments, packed beaches, or noisy parades this year? The Labor Day weekend is the perfect time for a mini road trip. Pack up the tent and take your family into the serenity of nature for few days to recharge before the school year gets going.

8. Say “Thank You” to a Worker

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There are many ways to support American laborers, small business, and workers this year. Saying “thank you” to a worker is one of the most meaningful labor day activities for kids.

Writing a thank you letter to a relative you know works hard might be one way for your child to show appreciation. Supporting a small business by purchasing arts and crafts, food for your cookout, or items for your scavenger hunt could be another.

9. Donate to a Charity

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Uphold the traditions that Labor Day was founded on by donating to a charity or organization that fights for worker’s rights. Getting your kid involved in charitable acts teaches them to think of others around the holidays, and helps solidify their understanding of what Labor Day really means. Sites like greatnonprofits.org and charities.org can help you find an organization.

10. Volunteer

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Labor Day kids activities don’t need to be limited to your home! Get involved with your community this Labor Day. You could help set up the local parade, volunteer at an event, or simply pick up food for a food drive while you’re shopping for your cookout.

Labor Day: The Winding Down of Summer

As the long, hot days of summer begin to wind down and we bundle up for fall and prepare for the busy holiday season, Labor Day gives us a chance to take time out for what really matters. 

Spend Labor Day this year pursuing some fun, meaningful activities with your kids and make some memories you’ll cherish forever.

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