Have a family concert. Each person could make up a song, dance or skit and perform it to the rest of the family.
Ask your Mum or Dad to tell you a story about something special you did when you were little. Find out a story about their childhood too. You could tell them about some of the special things you remember.
Pack a simple breakfast, like muffins, yoghurt, fruit, and juice or water, invite family and friends and head to the nearest park. Let the kids run and play or if you prefer you can use the opportunity to play some outdoor games.
Get Mum or Dad to make you an extra special breakfast in bed (for instance, a bowl of cereal decorated with fruit in the shape of a happy face).
Hold your own NZ Idol show. Pick one or two family members to be the judges and let the rest compete to see who will be the next NZ Idol. To make the show more real, you could even try using a karaoke machine or microphone.
How about planting something together in honour of Children's Day? You could enjoy watching it grow Children's Day after Children's Day!
Go on an adventure outdoors with the family. Take advantage of some of the great national parks and hiking tracks and spend your day hiking, exploring, and picnicking. Even if it's raining, throw on your raincoats and gumboots and splash in the puddles.
If there's a beach near you why not pack a family picnic and head off for the day? You could make shaped sandcastles and pretend to be Hector's Dolphins diving in and out of the sea. If you're very lucky you may even spot a real one! Almost all swim the east, west and south coast waters of the South Island. Remember to be water safe and sun safe.
Pitch your tent in the back yard and roast marshmallows over the coals of a charcoal grill. You can tell ghost stories and if it's a clear night try to spot some of the major constellations in the sky.
The evening might be a good time for watching old family movies (if you have some) or looking through family photos and reminiscing.
Play your favourite board game together as a family.
Plan a family fun contest some time during the day or in the evening. Competitions should be something that everyone can participate in.
Here are some ideas:
Note: you can make up your own competitions to add to this list. Younger children should get a point advantage so it is fair for everybody.
You might have a great idea for celebrating Children's Day in your community, such as a street party for your neighbourhood or games in the park with your friends' younger brothers and sisters. Why not form your own Children's Day event planning team and dream up something exciting? For help or advice contact the Children's Day team.
Ask your parents or grandparents what games they used to play when they were your age. Play them together!
Why not try inventing your own board game that the whole family can play on Children's Day? Your only limit is your imagination!
Get a group of friends and adults together and play a game in the park, such as cricket or soccer.
Get on your bikes and ride to your favourite place for a picnic.
Write a small book of short stories with your family about what it is like growing up in New Zealand. Photos of your family, neighbourhood and friends could bring the pages to life.