On November 20th, every year since 1954, the world comes together to celebrate World’s Children Day. What better way to honor the importance of children’s rights and well-being than to plan a special activity with your young ones? In the vibrant East End of New York, there are countless ways to make this day memorable and meaningful for your kids.
Give the Gift of Quality Time
Above all, the best gift you can give your child on World’s Children Day is your time and attention. Simply wishing them a “Happy World Children’s Day” and setting the day aside for them — listening to their stories, playing their favorite games, or baking together — shows that you love and cherish them.
Encourage Empathy and Compassion
As a parent, teaching your child empathy and compassion is one of the most significant actions you’ll ever take in life. Younger children respond well to the power of storytelling, so you might take this opportunity to explore important themes like kindness, diversity, and acceptance. Or you might read with your older kids UNICEF’s universal rights of a child to emphasize the importance of having rights.
Give Back to the Community
The giving spirit starts at home. UNICEF recommends wearing blue to show solidarity with children and raise awareness about their rights — but that’s not all you can do! Acknowledge the rights and well-being of children around the world by donating money to make a difference, organizing a small charitable event in your neighborhood, or collecting food, clothing, and Christmas gift donations for a local children’s charity.
Participate in Educational Activities
Learning and play go hand in hand. World’s Children Day is an opportunity to engage in educational activities that are both fun and informative. Visit museums like the Children’s Museum of the East End or the South Fork Natural History Museum, where they can explore, learn, and play. We partner with local institutions for field trips and parties around the New York’s East End.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Health, water, food, and environment are among a child’s essential rights. Celebrate World’s Children Day by bundling up and taking a walk around one of the area’s most beautiful parks — like Montauk Point State Park or Hither Hills State Park. These experiences can be eye-opening for your little ones and teach them about the importance of preserving the environment.
Discover Different Cultures
We may be far from New York City’s melting pot of cultures with Chinatown or Little Italy just a subway ride away, but you can make crafts, cook cultural cuisines, read books, and listen to music that celebrates the unique contributions of world cultures. In fact, our blog is filled with ideas!
Visit The Shine Studio: Where Creativity Meets Fun
The Shine Studio in Bridgehampton is dedicated to nurturing creativity and empathy in children. We cater to ages 2-10 and a variety of interests from art and culture, to STEAM and sports. On World’s Children Day, we welcome you to join us for a class, workshop, or drop-in session that aligns with your child’s specific interests. Whether you spend the day at the Shine Studio or not, there are plenty of ways to make this day meaningful and memorable for your whole family.
World’s Children Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and advocate for the rights and well-being of children. Whether it’s exploring museums, embracing diversity, or simply spending quality time together, every effort you make counts toward creating a brighter future for your children.