Leaping lizards — it’s Leap Day, a day that only comes once every four years. If your birthday falls on Leap Day, you’re known as a Leaper and are eligible to join the Honor Society of Leap Year Babies, a free membership birthday club with more than 10,000 members.
Whether or not you’re a Leaper, there’s a lot of great ways to celebrate Leap Day on Feb. 29. You celebrate many annual holidays, so why not celebrate a day that only comes every four years. These 29 ways will help you have fun on Leap Day — whether you’re celebrating your fourth birthday, 44th birthday or no birthday at all.
1. Play a game of Leap Frog with the kids the old school way. To begin the game, one player kneels down on the ground, covering their head with their hands. A second player spreads their legs like a frog and leaps over the first player, then kneels on the ground in front of the first player. The game continues as long as you want. Watch this YouTube video if you need help getting started.
2. Bake a Leap Day cake. Choose your favorite cake flavor and use green food color in the mix. Add green-tinted frosting and decorate with plastic frogs.
3. If you’re a woman who’s considering marriage, check this out. One of the traditions of Leap Day is for women to propose to men instead of the other way around. According to timeanddate.com, this old Irish legend possibly began began the day when St. Brigid struck a deal with St. Patrick to let women propose to men once every four years.
4. Head to the park or playground and have a swing-off. Challenge your child or let two or more kids compete to see who can swing the highest. Bonus points are awarded if you can leap from the swing without falling down.
5. Mark off a long jump course. You don’t need a sand pit, just mark a start line and a jump line on your sidewalk, driveway or in the backyard. Compete to see who can jump the furthest distance.
6. Take a Leaper out to lunch. If you have a friend or family member with a Leap Day birthday, treat them to lunch today. If not, treat yourself instead.
7. Play a team game of jump rope, with one person leaping into the swinging jump rope while two others turn the rope. Switch off so everyone gets a turn.
8. Take a leap of faith and try something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a little scary. According to brainyquote.com, American author Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
9. Go for a family frog hike near a lake or river and listen for frogs. See if you can tell what kind of frogs are making that distinctive “ribbit” sound.
10. Grab a free frog sound bite at SoundBible.com and share it with your family and friends today. All sound bites are available in both Wav and MP3 formats.
11. Wear green to work or school. After all, frogs are green and they leap, so why not dress like a frog.
12. Climb a tree in your backyard or at the park and leap out. Help the little ones take their own leap of faith.
13. Choose a special destination and go for a Leap Day drive or hike. Pick somewhere you rarely go to celebrate such a special day.
14. Try your hand at skateboarding. Visit a local skate park and watch the skateboarders do jumps, then give it a whirl. What’s the worst that can happen?
15. Visit an indoor skating rink and learn how to do a jump on skates. Start small with the Bunny Hop and work your way up to more challenging jumps.
16. Climb a wall or fence and leap to the ground. Get a friend to video as the entire family leaps together.
17. Take turns making frog sounds. Let each family member award scores like those used in the Olympics. The best frog wins a special prize.
18. Pull out your child’s old Leap Frog video game or visit a retail store to try out Leap Frog. It’s educational so you’ll all learn something new.
19. Frogger is a classic video game from the 1980s. Download a version from the app store and teach your child how to play.
20. Make a special dinner for Leap Day. Use a green theme for the food or let each family member choose one favorite.
21. Go through old family photos or your Facebook timeline and see if you can find family photos from other Leap Days.
22. Use a chalkboard or poster board to create a Leap Day sign. Take a family photo with the sign and share on social media.
23. Invite friends over and create your own Leap Day games. Let the kids be creative and you’ll be amazed with what they’ll make.
24. Play a family game of Leaping Frogs. Set start and finish lines 10 to 20 feet apart. Line up at the start line, crouching down like frogs. Race to the finish line, leaping the entire way.
25. Visit your nearest Bounce About location and video the kids playing in the bounce houses.
26. Play Jump Ball on Google Play. The object of the game is to move the bouncy ball along the path from the drop position to the end position.
27. Pick up a few small bouncy balls from the store and have a family bounce-off. See who can bounce their ball the highest and catch it.
28. Teach the kids how to play Four Square, not the restaurant check-in app, but the old school game you played when you were a kid. Check out the rules at the link.
29. Challenge the kids in your favorite ball sport. Choose baseball, wiffle ball, volleyball, soccer or football. Pick teams and see who wins.
Like Leap Year, Leap Day only comes every four years. Enjoy making family memories on this special day that you’ll look back on fondly in years to come.