family holding american flag - smallLabor Day is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning how to celebrate the long weekend!  Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day commemorates the American labor movement and the contributions of workers to the well-being, prosperity, and strength of the US. In addition, this holiday secures us a three-day weekend to relax, celebrate, and enjoy the warmth and long days of a fleeting summer! Here are just a few ideas to make the most of this weekend.   Block Party Barbecue Do you know who is just as excited as you to have a day off from work or school? Your neighbors! In a collaborative effort, you and your friends on the block can contribute burgers, hot dogs, fruit salads and more for an easy potluck and community celebration. Make it a real party with a neighborly game of tag or a parents-against-kids soccer match. Prepare the next generation of hard workers by suggesting that your kids each draw a picture of themselves in their favorite profession, then present the works of art to the group. The focus of the day is, of course, America’s work force, and parenthood is one of the hardest jobs out there, so be sure to spend some time sitting back and relaxing – you deserve it! Picnics in the Park What better way to spend your day off than sitting back, relaxing, and snacking in nature? Pack up a picnic blanket, chairs, and some sports equipment, and head to your neighborhood park. Opt for red white and blue girl with picnic basket - smallfoods, such as a fruit salad composed of watermelon, strawberries, apple and blueberries, or sandwiches on white bread with strawberry and blueberry jam. To commemorate the occasion, ask your kids about what jobs they think might be fun to do. Regardless of what they are interested in, it can be interesting and exciting to fantasize about the future! Tell them about your favorite work experiences or challenges you have overcome in your career. If you are unsure of how to start this conversation, go to the TruKid Create A Story page under Kids Activities and print out the coloring sheets. Click here to learn how to use these fun coloring pages to inspire discussions about the future! Afterwards, get up and get moving with a soccer ball, Frisbee, or game of tag! Parades with Pals The tried and true mark of a fun national holiday is undoubtedly a parade. From marching bands to performers, floats to huge balloons, parades are tons of fun and a great way to spend the day. Labor Day parades in particular may also include members of labor unions, prominent community businesses, and perhaps even city officials. Grab a few friends and set up some folding chairs along the sidewalk for a day of excitement and entertainment. Make red, white, and blue streamers or a Labor Day inspired sign to support the marchers and promote the holiday spirit! What’s the common thread between picnics, barbecues, and parades? A day in the sun! While these activities can be all kinds of fun, especially on a beautiful day, it is critically important to remember to protect your skin. Luckily, TruKid provides numerous SPF 30 sunscreens that are easy to apply and truly natural. The unscented TruKid Eczema Daily sunscreen is perfect for the most sensitive of skin, while TruKid Sunny Days and Sport provides protection for your sweaty little sports star. TruBaby Water and Play Sunscreen can protect your youngest little bundles of joy. These products are just the beginning; click here to learn more about TruKid’s sunscreen line! Labor Day, and the three day weekend that comes with it, presents numerous opportunities for fun with the whole family. Share below how you and your family celebrate the holiday!

Happy Labor Day from the TruKid Team! Now… get out and play!