April 1 is celebrated as April Fools' Day around the world. The prank-filled day's history dates back to 1700, when people in England began playing pranks on one another, according to History.com.
Some think the day goes back even longer in history to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who continued to celebrate the start of the new year on April 1 became the subject of many jokes and pranks.
Some modern day pranks at home include putting salt in the sugar bowl, balancing a full cup of water over a door and resetting clocks in the house.
Public April Fools' Day hoaxes have taken place on April 1 around the world too. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop. Viewers were fooled by film showing people harvesting noodles from trees.
Taco Bell and Burger King both promoted public April Fools' Day hoaxes too. Taco Bell announced its plan to purchase the Liberty Bell and rename it the Taco Liberty Bell in 1996. Two years later, Burger King advertised a "Left-Handed Whopper" which many customers ordered.
The entire month of April was declared National Humor Month by comedian and author Larry Wilde in 1976. Wilde offers a five-point program to help people of all ages use humor to reduce stress and increase joy, laughter and fun.
Relax, kick back and enjoy the month of April with your kids. Here are nine more reasons kids will love April.
Grilled Cheese Month
April is Grilled Cheese Month. Whether your kids prefer grilled cheese sandwiches with American, Cheddar or Swiss cheese, grilled cheese is a favorite sandwich for kids of all ages.
International Pillow Fight Day
April 5 is celebrated as International Pillow Fight Day. In Washington, D.C., a giant pillow fight is staged each year to celebrate the day. Bring out the pillows at home on April 5 and enjoy a family pillow fight.
National Siblings Day
April 10 is celebrated as National Siblings Day. Although your kids may bicker at times, siblings stand up for each other against the world. Teach your kids to enjoy one another's company and they'll grow up to be lifelong friends.
Drop Everything And Read Day
Your kids may participate in the D.E.A.R. program in school. D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything And Read. April 12 is celebrated as D.E.A.R. Day. Drop everything and read with your kids to model the importance of reading.
With Easter falling so late in the year, many school systems will hold spring break before instead of after Easter. Any time is a good time for a family day trip, but spring break will take many families far from home for the week.
Easter is celebrated this year on April 20. The day's roots are religious, marking Jesus' resurrection from death. Many families enjoy Easter brunch together. Egg hunts and egg rolls are also popular ways to celebrate Easter.
Earth Day is observed on April 22 as a day to appreciate the earth's environment. Our nation's capital celebrates Earth Day with many activities to promote a green planet all year long. Celebrate Earth Day at home by reusing, reducing and recycling.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Each year on the fourth Thursday in April, parents across America bring daughters and sons to work for the day. Some companies allow children to accompany parents for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, while others plan special kid-friendly programs while parents work. If your company doesn't allow kids at work, spend time teaching your kids more about your job or working together to prepare a meal.
Arbor Day celebrates the beauty and value of trees. We receive oxygen, food and shelter from trees. Some cities hold special Arbor Day celebrations. Celebrate Arbor Day with your family by planting a tree.