National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

Many people aren’t aware, but today (January 25th) is the official National Opposite Day in America. It’s the perfect opportunity to break free of our monotonous winter routines by trying something completely different. And for parents, it’s a unique opportunity to turn an ordinary winter day into a fun tradition the kids will love!

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

1. Breakfast for Dinner

One of the easiest ways for parents to celebrate National Opposite Day with their  kids is to make some of their favorite breakfast dishes for dinner. With more time to prepare and no morning rush, you’ll be able to upgrade their morning bowl of cereal for a breakfast menu with pancakes or waffles, and scrambled eggs.

2. Summer in Winter

The middle of winter is when your kids are missing their favorite summer activities the most. Make it feel like summer in your home on National Opposite Day by having a picnic inside for dinner. You and the kids could also set up a tent in the basement, bedroom or family room to have an impromptu camping trip in the house.

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

3. Take Things Apart

Instead of putting something together, try taking something apart. Better than a puzzle or a traditional board game, this kind of activity will help satisfy their curiosity about how things work. Get an antique analog clock you can take apart with them, or an old radio or typewriter. Supervise and to keep track of all the little pieces.

4. Simple Switches

Another easy way to celebrate National Opposite Day is to incorporate simple switches throughout the day. Give your kid the grownup mug for their morning orange juice. They’ll get a kick out of their parents having to use kiddie cups at your breakfast-for-dinner. They’ll also have fun trying to walk around in your big shoes.

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

5. Bedtime Stories

Wind down National Opposite Day by giving your kids the opportunity to read their favorite bedtime story to you. It’s a good idea to move this up in the schedule so they still have a little energy to get through the story. Or, if you’re up for it, you could do a full bed swap and let your kids have the grownup bed all to themselves.


The great thing about National Opposite Day is that you don’t have to celebrate on January 25th. Turn any day on the calendar into an opposite day for you and your kids this winter. Mix things up, make some great memories and keep them entertained until summer rolls around with toys, games and more from Lakeside.

Halloween Tricks for Parents & Ideas for Fall Decorating

Fall is here and Halloween is on the horizon. It’s time to start shopping for Halloween decor. And for parents with kids and trick-or-treaters, it’s time to figure out your Halloween game plan. Learn some Halloween tricks to help get you through the holiday and a few ideas for fall decorating with this Lakeside article showcase.

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Tips on Explaining Halloween Traditions to Toddlers
Frightening images are everywhere leading up to the end of October. It’s impossible to completely shield kids from the haunting imagery associated with the spooky holiday. As we get closer to Halloween, kids, especially younger kids, will inevitably begin to ask question about the holiday and all the scary stuff they see. Here’s a few tips on explaining monsters, ghosts and all those creepy creatures to your little toddlers.

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Electronics and Other Ideas to Keep Tabs on Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween can be a stressful time for parents who aren’t used to the idea of their child going house to house without a chaperone for the first time. However, with some organization, a few rules and modern technology, it’s perfectly possible to keep tabs on your little trick-or-treaters to guarantee they’re perfectly safe till curfew. Read on to review a few important trick-or-treat guidelines to make sure your kids are safer on Halloween.

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Clever Ways to Feature Autumn Leaves in Your Home
Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn leaves. They arrive just as quickly as they depart. Soon, we will look up and be surprised by bare branches. Some of us enjoy the fall season so much we try to feature it in our homes, and there’s no better way to give our homes seasonal style than by bringing in a bit of the outdoors. Learn how to preserve beautiful leaves and how to display them with these clever tips on autumn leaves.

Sleepover Survival Guide: Licensed Characters Kids Adore

Parents know that planning a sleepover can be a little more difficult than it seems. Managing a house full of kids is hard enough without having to organize activities and make sure every kid has what they need to get a good night’s sleep. A group of friends can take care of entertaining themselves once the night begins. This sleepover survival guide will help parents get the party going and keep kids comfy with licensed characters.

Activities and Games to Entertain

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The Licensed Pop-Up & Memory Combo Game is double the fun with some of their favorite characters. Pop the dice and race the pegs around the board to be the first to bring all the pieces home, or challenge friends to see who has the best memory with the matching game. With Disney 3D Crystal Puzzles, kids can create a figurine of one of their favorite Disney characters. The puzzle uses interlocking pieces to form a 3D figure in a crystallized look. They’ll have plenty of fun in the dark with Licensed Project-A-Lite Flashlights. It lets kids recreate fun scenes from their most-watched movies, with 6 interchangeable disks that feature their favorite animated characters. The disks can be stored inside the handle when not in use.

Pack Right and Sleep Tight

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Make sure your kid is packed and ready for their sleepover in style with the Licensed Overnight Bag. The bag is covered in bold designs featuring their favorite comic book heroes or cartoon characters. The easy-to-carry bag is roomy enough to hold all of their necessities, and has an adjustable strap for carrying. The Kids’ Licensed Comfy Throw keeps them cozy during movies or bedtime. It features an opening in the back that allows for full coverage in front. The long sleeves and all-over design allows them to be their favorite character while keeping them warm. Make sleeping away from home more comfortable with the Licensed Inflatable Sleeping Bag. The inflatable design adds extra cushioning and the headrest has a pillow shape. The comfy cover fits perfectly over the mattress. Includes a manual pump for easy inflation and deflation.