Leap Year Day is a fantastic excuse to do extra fun things with your kids, your friends, your spouse, or by yourself! It’s that one day a year that doesn’t happen every year. In fact, Leap Day only happens once every four years when it is a Leap Year.
If you have never done anything to celebrate this “holiday” before, Monday, February 29, 2016 is the perfect day to start.
The last Leap Day was in 2012, and it was the first Leap Day my husband and I had officially been together (we started dating March 2008). I totally went all out for it, surprising my husband with a Leap-ful day after he got home from work, and treating our twin daughters to special outings and activities. (See what I did HERE!)
Most of the Leap Day activities we did involved leaping, jumping, or flying in some way, like an animal who does those things (aka a frog). But, anything that could be a leap of faith, or take a leap of courage, also are fantastic ways to celebrate!
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Fun Ways to Celebrate Leap Day: Ideas for Families, Couples, and Individuals
Childhood Games that Leap:
There is something so fun about revisiting childhood. These things will be fun with (or without) children present.
- Play leapfrog and leap over each other
- Play hop-scotch and leap onto the numbers
- Jump rope or play double-dutch
- Do three-legged races, sac races, or hop-on-one leg races
- Skip stones on a body of water
- Blow bubbles
- Play Pin the Tail on the Bunny or Pin the Kiss on the Frog.
- Hide plastic frogs and have a “Leap Day Frog Hunt” like an Easter Egg Hunt
- Leap into a pile of leaves or into a pile of snow
- Compete in a Leap Day Obstacle Course and see who can do them all the fastest.
Ways to Celebrate Leap Day as a Family
- Make Origami Paper Frogs (instructions here)
- Go to the Zoo
- Go to Sea World (where the animals leap out of the water)
- Go to a park and swing on the swings
- Fly a stunt kite and watch it leap into the air
- Go to a Bounce House or rent one for the day
- Go to a Trampoline Park or Jump USA
- Go to a water park or pool and do canon balls, dives, or back flips into the water
- Read a book about Leap Year (this one or this one look good)
- Learn about famous people who had February 29th birthdays (see a list here) and do things based upon their lives
- Take action shots of you and your kids jumping and leaping (in strange places for extra laughs)
Fun Leap Day Activities for Adults
Reminiscing with childhood games is great and all, but there are some seriously fun stuff you can do as an adult that involve leaping, soaring, and flying, all of which would be super fun to do on such a special day.
- Go bungee jumping
- Go sky-diving (even indoors would be fun!)
- Go repelling
- Go cliff jumping
- Take flying lessons
- Take a Zipline Tour
- Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Go to a concert (and leap out of your seat!)
- Attend a Celtic Concert full of Irish Jigs
- Watch a ballet performance
- Go horse back riding and try to get your horse to leap over something
Leap Day Activities that Require a Leap of Faith
What better day is there to try something new than a day that only comes once every four years? Quit putting off something you’ve been wanting to do and do it today! Take a leap of faith. Traditionally leap year was a day for the woman to propose to her man… so nothing seems out of the question!
- Propose! (or ask someone out if single at least!)
- Eat out at a new restaurant and/or try a new type of food or cuisine (like sushi, oysters, calamari, etc)
- Sing karaoke when you’re afraid of singing in front of a crowd
- Try doing stand-up comedy for the first time
- Cook a new recipe completely from scratch
- Start a new business venture (like a blog!)
- Buy a house, car, or boat!
- Adopt a pet
Celebrate Leap Day by Watching Movies and TV Shows
If you really aren’t creative, have limited time or energy, have no fear! You can still celebrate Leap Day from the comfort of your home, bumming on your sofa. Several great TV shows have done Leap Day episodes and there are even some movies based on it. A movie or show is a great date night-in idea anyway.
- Watch the 2010 romantic comedy movie Leap Year (Buy/Rent from Amazon or VidAngel for $1)
- Watch the Modern Family episode “Leap Day” (Buy on Amazon)
- Watch the 30-Rock episode “Leap Day” (Buy on Amazon). Wear Blue and Yellow when you do!
- Watch the Parks and Recreation episode “Sweet Sixteen” (Watch Here for free)
- Watch an episode of the TV show Quantum Leap (Watch for Free on NBC)
- Watch Seasons 1 and 2 of the TV show Leap Year on YouTube
- Watch the Moon Landing on YouTube and celebrate the “Giant Leap for Mankind”
I hope these ideas help get you started on creating a very fun day for you and yours. Let me know what you end up doing and pass any other good ideas along.
Photo Credits: Jennifer Borget of BabyMakingMachine.com
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