Here are some of our favorite suggestions on ways to celebrate the holiday indoors. (We’d love for you to share your ideas!)
- Record! Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. If the weather doesn’t cooperate and you have a household full of family, grab your smartphone or video camera and record them. Sit your friends/family down individually, or as a group, and interview them for historical/remembrance purposes. Having a family member talk about the past is a great record to have. If an elderly grandparent is available, it would be a good time to get them talking about the family tree. If young children are there, ask them questions about today — their favorite color, song, friend — and then be sure to re-interview them a year later and see if their answers are the same.
- Picture Day! Declare Memorial Day a day to go through old photos (and/or watch old family videos) organizing them and perhaps putting them into albums. Share pictures with friends and family members. Better yet, have friends bring baby pictures and play — name that baby with them.
- Who’s afraid of a little mud? So it’s raining, but if it’s warm and you’re not afraid of the mud, go outside! Maybe a mudslide football game will be more fun the original poolside plans! Go ahead — get dirty.
- History Day. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country in the military. It was called “Decoration Day” because people used to visit graves of service people and decorate the graves with wreaths, flowers, etc. Use this day to learn more about US history and/or wars. If you’re crafty, decorate a wreath or poster with some interesting facts.
- Inside picnics. Lay the blanket out in the family room, and enjoy your picnic foods indoors (you won’t have to worry about any ants visiting!).
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