50 Random Acts of Kindness to try on World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

Today we encourage you to allow your child to participate in the random acts of kindness campaign by doing something nice for someone.

Here are 50 random acts of kindness activities to get your family started.

  1. Send a card to an old friend.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Share a toy or item they wouldn’t normally share with a sibling or friend.
  4. Donate to a cause anonymously.
  5. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  6. Send your teacher card or small gift to show you care.
  7. Leave a letter in a library book.
  8. Feed the birds.
  9. Leave happy notes around town.
  10. Volunteer your time.
  11. Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  12. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  13. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  14. Compliment a friend.
  15. Wash someone’s car.
  16. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  17. Plant something.
  18. Bake dessert for a neighbor
  19. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  20. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  21. Set up a cookies & cocoa station at your local community center and donate the profits.
  22. Send a card to a service member.
  23. Bury treasure at the playground.
  24. Set the table for dinner.
  25. Leave a small gift on someone’s doorstep.
  26. Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
  27. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  28. Donate outgrown clothes.
  29. Buy a coffee for a stranger.
  30. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  31. Talk to someone new at school.
  32. Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
  33. Shovel snow for a neighbor.
  34. Donate food to the food pantry.
  35. Bring flowers to your teacher.
  36. Tell a manager how good your service was.
  37. Compliment a stranger.
  38. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  39. Forgive and apologize to anyone you might have hurt.
  40. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  41. Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
  42. Take treats to the fire station.
  43. Read a book to someone.
  44. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
  45. Donate books to a doctor’s office waiting room.
  46. Tell someone how much you love them.
  47. Say hello to everyone you see.
  48. Make someone else’s bed.
  49. Hold the door open for someone.
  50. Wave at policemen and firefighters.

Remember, there’s no right way to celebrate World Kindness Day. You can have your kids focus on one idea today, or many over time. We know kindness can be life-changing for your children and the people they interact with, and we believe that by participating in acts of kindness as a family or group can encourage long term kindness habits for your child, and the world.

We’re Thankful for the Little Things in Life

By Lauren O’Brien

It’s November, the season of giving and reflecting on what we are thankful for in our lives. Here at Gymboree Play & Music, we want to highlight the small luxuries in life that parents are thankful for… you know, the things we didn’t realize were luxuries until we had our wonderful, beautiful children (who we love!)…

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        And, the most important thanks of all…

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WE’RE THANKFUL FOR OUR GYMBO FAMILIES! 

EVERY DAY WE GET TO CELEBRATE MILESTONES AND BUILD CONFIDENT LEARNERS!

Gymboree Play & Music Family Spotlight: Meet Mitzie & Dylan

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and we’re thrilled to spotlight a very special family from the Chandler, AZ Gymboree Play & Music who has firsthand experience with having a micro preemie.

Dylan was born at just 26 weeks and spent 4 months in the NICU. When he was a year old he joined Gymboree Play & Music with mom Mitzie. Here is their story.

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Meet Mitzie & Dylan

Hi Mitzie! Can you share a little bit about yourself and Dylan?

My husband and I are first time parents and baby Dylan was born a micro preemie. He weighed one pound eight ounces when he joined the world. I went into pre-term labor at 25 weeks unexpectedly. Thankfully, I got myself to the hospital when I sensed something wasn’t right. A few days after I was admitted, the NICU staff talked to my husband and me. They told us the odds were stacked against us but they would do whatever they could for the baby if he arrived early. We were heartbroken but stayed hopeful. The next thing you know, at exactly 26 weeks, I’m having an emergency c-section. It was a blur. Dylan spent four months in the NICU, endured painful procedures, PDA heart ligation surgery at two pounds, and had nearly every life threatening issue out there for a micro preemie. Each day was a rollercoaster ride to say the least. He is a miracle!

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How did you find out about Gymboree Play & Music?

I credit two people. My dear friend Olivia, who is a morning show anchor and mommy in Phoenix and my favorite aunt who took my cousins about 30 years ago. Both had the best memories with their babies at Gymboree Play & Music. It wasn’t on my radar initially because for the first year, we couldn’t leave the house. Once Dylan turned a year old, we got clearance to go out and about. He was in absolute awe at his first Gymboree Play & Music class. I’ll never forget it.

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How has Gymboree Play & Music benefited you and Dylan?

Even thought he’s still tiny for his age, Dylan is smart, social, and engaged. We always have the best time and once class wraps up, he is ready for a nice two hour nap!

What is Dylan’s favorite Gymboree Play & Music activity?

It’s a tie between bubble time and climbing on everything!

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Do you have any advice for other preemie moms about choosing a play program?

Go at your baby’s own pace and find a play program where there’s balance. Since Dylan was born four months early, we’re still working on certain milestones, so be patient. Don’t be shy about sharing your situation. Gymboree Play & Music staff helped me navigate the best class options to help baby Dylan once I looped them in, and today he is thriving!