If you are looking for ways to keep your kids busy as you spend time at home, you can celebrate International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd by trying some ideas and activities listed below. You can also discuss some below mentioned historical facts, courtesy, of the British Swim School in Livingston’s, “Things to Do with Kids," column.

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day

Right now, is the perfect time to celebrate International Children’s Book Day. To celebrate, we can read books to our kids or have our children read to us. We can also share our favorite childhood books with our families, read new books online together, try out some book apps, try book-related crafts, or even have our children write and illustrate books of their own. No matter how you choose to celebrate, it is certain to be a nice way to spend time with family.

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The next time you sit down for a family dinner, toss out some of these facts to spark a lively and informative family conversation. After dinner, look up some of these dates and facts and explore the historical moments as a family.

  • On March 28, 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented the washing machine.
  • On March 28, 1939 – The city of Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco, ending the Spanish Civil War.
  • On March 28, 1979 – The three-Mile Island nuclear power plant accident happened in Middletown, Pa.
  • On March 29, 1848 – Ice jams stopped the flow of water over Niagara Falls.
  • On March 29, 1886 – Coca Cola was invented.
  • On March 30, 1870 – The 15th Amendment went into effect.
  • On March 30, 1964 – Jeopardy debuted on television.
  • On March 31, 1889 – The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris, France.
  • On April 1, 1778 – Oliver Pollack invented the dollar sign $.
  • On April 1, 1856 – Dexter Mason Ferry and partners founded Gardener, Ferry & Church Seed Company, which is now called Ferry-Morse, and is the oldest seed company in America. 
  • On April 1, 1963 – The soap opera General Hospital first aired on ABC.
  • On April 2, 1792 – Congress passed the Coinage Act and the U.S. Mint was born.