Celebrating the Summer Solstice

June 20, 2016

Today is the summer solstice. That means that those of us in the northern hemisphere will experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year with more than 15 hours of daylight to use for whatever activities makes us happy. My family is looking forward to a bike ride around the local lake and a cookout on our deck. Whatever your family is planning, we hope it brings you lots of laughter and happy memories.


Since there is no way you are going to get your kids in bed early tonight with all that lovely sunlight streaming through their bedroom windows, why not share these two stories all about the summer solstice as you all unwind together after your busy day. Not only will these two articles entertain your entire brood, but you are all likely to learn a few things about the summer solstice that you probably didn’t know. From an experiment that will teach you and your kids how to measure the circumference of the earth (which only works on certain days of the years, like today) to a story about how the summer solstice is celebrated in Alaska (a place where the daylight lasts all night long), your family is sure to enjoy spending some quality reading time together on the longest day of the year.


How to Measure the Earth



The Day that lasted All Night



For more stories like this, be sure to subscribe to your favorite Cricket Media children’s magazine.



    I need to know this soon. How big of a piece of paper?

  2. Great question! Here is the answer according to Johanna Arnone, the editor of Muse:

    ” The reader will sketch a diagram of key measurements on the paper. One is the length of a ruler, so 12 inches. The other important measurement (for figuring paper size) is the length of the shadow in inches as measured during the experiment plus 2.
    I’d suggest estimating a paper size of at least 15″x15″. It’s fine to use whatever’s handy … such as taped-together computer paper or paper bags.”

    Please let us know if we can clarify or assist further. And let us know how your experiment turns out!

Add Comment