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Things to Do in October with Your Family

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Things to Do in October with Your Family
A picture of kids roller skating

Strap on the helmet and pads, lace up the skates and go roller skating during National Roller Skating Month.

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Fall is here! That means Halloween, cooler temperatures and new ways to play with your children this season are just around the corner.

Dive into Fall Fun
Sweaters are coming out of hiding and shorts are being traded for pants. With a change of seasons comes a whole new set of activities for you and your kids to enjoy together. Before Old Man Winter chases your family indoors, entertain your children with fall season activities that celebrate the change of seasons and get your family to enjoy some quality time together at the same time.

Get Ready for Halloween
If your family participates in Halloween, you have a lot to do this month. Start with picking your family's Halloween costumes. With that big task out of the way, you can now focus on throwing a kid-friendly Halloween party. But Halloween wouldn't be complete without trying some themed activities, such as creating a ghost and pumpkin tree, ghost candy bag or pumpkin treat bag. And as you map out your Halloween night strategy, just remember, you can still have fun without going door to door for treats on Halloween night.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
If your family has been thinking about bringing a furry family member into your home, now may be the time to take action. Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month is an annual push to help homeless dogs find good, loving homes. Choosing a family pet shouldn't be decided on a whim, though. If your family has talked it over and is ready to commit, there are plenty of dogs in animal shelters who would love the chance to become a part of your family.

Computer Learning Month
These days, it seems like as soon as a child can sit up on his own in a chair, he wants to know everything he can about computers. While you should follow the recommended ages for computer and online time guide to make sure your kids aren't spending too much time in front of the computer, you can start to teach them computer basics. One way to use the computer as a learning tool is by finding the best educational websites that will help your children polish their computer skills while learning everything from the alphabet to arithmetic. And when they're really ready to show off their computer skills, work with them to build their own website.

Family History Month
Your kids probably know their grandparents' names and how much they love them but do they know what the first car was that their grandfather drove? What was Aunt Marcy's favorite song in high school? Capture those memories for your kids while tracing the family tree. This month presents a huge opportunity for you and your kids to learn more about your own roots.

National Roller Skating Month
National Roller Skating Month started back in 1983 to promote this form of fitness and raise awareness of how to enjoy the fun safely. Teach your children how to skate properly while making sure they know skating without a helmet or pads is off limits. Kids often think they're invincible so it's important to use this time to remind them of the right safety techniques to keep them rolling and out of the ER.

National Stamp Collecting Month
Being a stamp collector may not be as cool as it was once but it's still a hobby that has its place in your house. While the cost of stamps continues to rise, stamp collecting is still an economical hobby. Getting started is easy too. Start collecting U.S. stamps to see if your children's interests hold and then you can look for stamps all over the world, thanks to the Internet.

National Clock Month
Tick tock. National Clock Month is the perfect time to teach your kids how to tell time. Use creative activities to show your kids how to read clocks, print clock worksheets and even create crafts that help them tell time.

National Popcorn Popping Month
Pop up some flavorful fun during your family movie night. Go with a classic homemade butter popped popcorn, cook up some kettle corn or savor the sweetness of your own batch of caramel popcorn.

National Apple Month
Let's talk all things apple. Not the computer company. The fruit. Bake apple recipes with your children to celebrate the apple. Enjoy apple activities and crafts to get your kids interested in this delicious fruit.

National Dessert Month
Yum, yum and more yum! This is one celebration you can sink your teeth into. Whip up delicious desserts with your kids during National Dessert Month. Try easy-to-make chocolate cherry candy mice, fall season desserts or the best no-bake cookies.

National Pizza Month
Even if you only choose one activity off this list of things to do with your kids in October, this one's sure to be the huge hit. Put on your aprons and head to Italy when you make pizza with your kids. Don't want to make a full pizza? English Muffin pizzas are the answer. For gluten-free households, bake up some of the best gluten-free pizza recipes.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Think pink and introduce your kids to age-appropriate charity work during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even if you or someone you love has not been affected by breast cancer, you can still take this time to talk to your older kids about helping others. You'll be well on your way to raising a charitable child who's empathetic toward others.

National Energy Action Month
It's easy to see the word "energy" and automatically think of how much energy your kids have. But National Energy Action Month is focused on saving energy -- the planet's not your children's! Teach your kids practical energy conservation tips this month so that they can begin saving energy today. Conduct a home energy audit and let them walk through the process with you so they can see for themselves where energy and your family's money are going right out the door.

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