February 2nd is Groundhog's Day - the halfway point of winter.
If you've got kids, you know that there's some quirky draw to that furry, little creature who pops his head out to see if it will be a longer winter.
Here's a list of some fun ways to celebrate along with Phil!
1. Learn 'Why February 2nd?'
Let your kids know that February 2nd is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox - basically, we're halfway through the winter season.
German settlers brought folklore about the hibernating hedgehogs, shadows of animals and longer winters when they settled in Pennsylvania. Hedgehogs are not native to America, but ground hogs are and they first emerge from their burrows in early February.
2. Explore the Science of Shadows
Take your kids outside and ask them if they see their shadow.
Talk to kids about what creates a shadow (light and an object blocking the light). Have them stand in a sunny spot and shady spot so they can see the difference. And if there's not sunlight, use a flashlight inside to help them create shadows on the wall.
Have some fun and create shadow puppets with your kids.
All you need is a flashlight and a wall. Try a bunny or butterfly. Let the kids create their own cool shadows.
3. Learn about Groundhogs
Did you know that groundhogs are also called woodchucks? Learn about this and other fun facts from National Geographic Kids.
4. 'Hibernate' and Read
Grab a few blankets and hibernate in the house while you check out a few of these fun books:
"Groundhog Day!" by Gail Gibbons tells kids about the traditions and history of Groundhog's Day, along with the habits and activities of groundhogs.
"Go To Sleep, Groundhog!" by Judy Cox is a hilarious look at a groundhog who just can't get to sleep, so he goes off exploring instead.
In "Groundhog Weather School" by Joan Holub, Professor Groundhog opens a school to help groundhogs learn for forecast the weather. Very informational with a comic approach kids will love!
5. Make Your Own Prediction
Older kids will enjoy learning what other animals might be good at predicting the weather in this online episode of PBS' Dragonfly TV: Weather Forecasting.