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MAIN Arrow to Office LifeOffice Life Arrow to Take Your Kids to Work DayTake Your Child to Work Day

Kids at WorkIn the US, mark your calendars for Thursday, April 27, 2017 to kick off this year's drive to help teach kids about the work-a-day world of their parents — and to get them dreaming about their own grown-up careers.

First begun in 1993 by the Foundation for Women as "Take Our Daughters to Work Day", the annual program has since also included sons on the special day traditionally held on the fourth Thursday in April. Today, almost 40 million employees participate in Take Your Child to Work Day festivities in US companies coast to coast.

Meanwhile, the November calendar in Canada is filled with similar activities for kids and families as Canadians celebrate "Take Our Kids To Work Day" on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Take Your Child to Work Day ideas

Depending on your childrens' ages, Take Your Child To Work Day can be a fun and engaging time spent with both kids and coworkers of all ages.

Young toddlers, for example, can be provided with paper and crayons to keep them busy in between visits to bosses and coworkers. Watering office plants, arranging pens and pencils, or general "housekeeping" around your work space may even earn them a Big Helper award!

Older kids might appreciate games and activities like company-themed scavenger hunts or competitive educational games that hone kids' skills for the business world. For teens, Take Your Child To Work Day can center around a tour of the company's computer or communications programs, videoconferencing center, or other "cool" hi-tech operations.

Just up ahead, discover more top resources around the Web featuring great tips and activities on how to make Take Your Child To Work Day both fun and educational.

Or, keep it right here for related science project ideas, kids digital camera projects, kid's party games, plus how to's for teaching kids to budget, and a complete guide for older kids who want to turn a hobby into a full-time career.



also see in Holidays & Observances: Take Your Dog to Work Day



More about Take Your Child To Work Day around the Web:

Take Our Daughter and Sons To Work - The official site, with one-stop browsing for company program ideas, team activities, suggested reading, and related resources.

5 Steps to a Perfect 'Bring Your Child to Work Day' - The About.com guide has expert tips on prepping the office or work area and other planning logistics, with related ideas for fun activities.

Take Our Kids to Work- Canada's own celebration in November featuring tips on organizing a fun program along with a sample agenda, safety tips, plus related resources for parents and teachers.

Work & Family: What Your Kids Learn From Your Job - Here's a good overview of the benefits of taking kids to work with suggested activities & programs.

Kids Work! - Tour a virtual hospital, TV station or theater featuring professional profiles, with information on how school work relates to the real world, and related interactive games.


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