13 ways to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4.
Pull out all your Star Wars-themed Halloween costumes along with the toy light sabers, and wear them all day. Be sure to say, “May the Fourth be with you” to everyone you meet.
Host a star Wars marathon by watching all the movies (or, you know, at least the good ones). You’ll want to do this anyway in preparation for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and due in theaters next December.
Make a Star Wars pinata that looks like Yoda or Darth Vadar, or buy this really cool pinata of the Millenium Falcon.
Make your own lightsabers. Use pipe insulation — wrap one end with gray duct tape for the handle, and use colored tape for the lights.
If you live in California, get an early start at the official Star Wars Celebration from April 16-19, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. There you’ll get to meet some of the actors from the movies and shows and maybe even George Lucas himself.
If you are in Seattle, you might enjoy Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume, a traveling exhibit at the Seattle EMP Museum. View 60 costumes from the first six movies and get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s work.
If your kids like Stars Wars and storytelling, they may enjoy the Star Wars Scene Maker app, which is made for the iPhone or iPad. It won “Best Creative Fun Award” at the 2014 Tillywig Toy and Media Awards.
If you really want to geek up on your knowledge of Star Wars, The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film or Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle will fill you in on all the nitty-gritty details.
My eight-year-old adores the Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown. The third book is due to come out this summer.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars retells the classic space epic, Shakespeare-style. Forsooth! —by Shelli Bond Pabis
SHELLI BOND PABIS is home | school | life magazine’s senior editor. She writes about her family’s homeschooling journey at www.mamaofletters.com.