Those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the summer solstice on June 21 this year. It’s the day with the longest period of daylight, and is marked throughout the world with celebrations and rituals (it occurs in December in the Southern Hemisphere). Beginning the day after the solstice, daylight hours start shrinking again until the winter solstice six months later.
The summer solstice represents a unique and underappreciated opportunity to enjoy extra daytime, so start a new family tradition! Now’s the time to plan how to celebrate the longest day with your kids.
Here are 10 suggestions:
Remember, for outdoor sun fun, always put sunscreen on your kids and make sure they stay well-hydrated. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these recommendations for sun safety.
Every moment of your kids’ childhoods is precious, and the summer solstice only comes around once a year, bringing its few extra moments of sunshine—so make the most of it with your kids this summer.
Dr. Harley A. Rotbart is Professor and Vice Chairman Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado. He is a Parents advisor and the author of books for parents and families, including No Regrets Parenting, 940 Saturdays, and Miracles We Have Seen - America's Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can't Forget. Visit his website and blog at harleyrotbart.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.