Wacky January Holidays

New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Day are not the only holidays in January. This month also holds holidays like Chocolate Cake Day and National Puzzle Day. Here are a few wacky ways to celebrate these lesser known holidays between now and the end of the month.

January 25: National Opposite Day

For older kids, make it silly. If you say, “Be quiet,” let them get louder. If you say, “Sit down at the table,” let them stand up. For younger kids, simply play an opposite game. One idea is to get craft sticks or paper and write opposite actions (up, down, left, right) on half of them; on the other half, write actions (crawl, jump, run, walk) that can be done to the actions. Then let kids pick from each pile and play away.

January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day

Who doesn’t like chocolate cake? Get in the kitchen with your kids and bake one from scratch. Cooking is a great way to disguise math and science lessons, plus it’s fun and yummy! You can use a mix or try this easy recipe:
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1¾ cups brown sugar
¾ cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1¼ cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water
Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl and slowly whisk in wet ingredients. Pour into greased 9 x 12-inch baking pan and bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve (or top with icing if the kids prefer something gooey).

January 29: National Puzzle Day

A great way to get in the spirit of this whimsical holiday is to create your own puzzle. Grab some poster board and markers; each person can draw whatever they choose. Then draw puzzle pieces over the pictures and cut them out. You can swap puzzles so each person puts someone else’s puzzle back together.
Another fun way to observe puzzle day is to do crosswords, word searches or sudoku – these puzzles really make you think and can be altered for any age child.

January 31: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Celebrate this day with a visit to an art museum. The High Museum of Art has something for everyone. One of their current exhibits, Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial closes March. 3. On Thursdays, admission is half-price after 4 p.m.
The High Museum of Art is open Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free.