International Moment of Laughter Day is celebrated on April 14, and in today’s climate, having some laughs is a great way to relieve some social distancing stress. And, sharing a laugh with a friend or loved one can help make some lasting memories. There are many ways to celebrate. You can tell jokes to your kids or vice versa, watch a funny movie, make a funny craft or even bake a silly treat. Any way you choose to celebrate will make a fun activity to do with your children.

If you are looking for some fun things to do while you and your family social distance at home, please enjoy these facts, activities, and recipes, courtesy of The Goddard School in West Orange’s, “Things to Do with Kids,” column.


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 April 1, 1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was established.
  • On April 11, 1900 – The U.S. Submarine Force was officially established.
  • On April 12, 1900 – By an Act of Congress, Puerto Rico became a U.S, territory.
  • On April 12, 1961 – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space.
  • On April 14, 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day.
  • On April 15, 1912 – The Titanic hit an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic Ocean and sunk.