There’s nothing like getting out and doing something with your family, and you don’t have to wait until Summer comes around to have a good time. February is known for Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day, but there are tons of other great times that have nothing to do with rodents or buying over-priced flowers.

Parent Leadership Month

As a parent, you have to be a leader by default. Unfortunately, far too often it’s easy to get so caught up in the role of provider that you may forget to develop your skills as a parent by spending time with your kids. This is also a great month to see if there are any parental development workshops you can attend to sharpen your skills.

The All Star Game

Nothing gets a family on the same side like an exciting sporting event. And seeing a game on TV is never the same as seeing it in person. So once you’ve got 2013 NBA All Star Game tickets, you can take your kids and experience the action the way it was meant to be seen. As the old saying goes, the family that screams themselves hoarse and jumps up and down in a mad adrenaline rush together stays together.

International Mother Language Day

While the term “mother language” doesn’t really relate to parenting directly, when your children are young is the perfect time to help them learn other languages. This is both a great way to help your children learn about the other cultures they are going to interact with when they become professionals in the modern world, but it will also help them to understand how other people think. You can learn a lot about an entire society by learning its language, and children are lingual sponges ready to soak up as much as possible.

Black History Month

There are many cultures that don’t require learning a second language or leaving the US. Black History Month reminds everyone that in order to avoid repeating the shameful deeds some people did in the past, we have to keep them in mind. A lot of promises have been made and broken and a lot of injustice stains our society to this day, and Black History Month is a great time to remember the tragedies that otherwise decent people are capable of when blinded by ignorance.

National Bird-Feeding Month

Feeding birds as a month-long celebration first came to the fore in 1994, when a Congressional resolution made it official. This is a month to celebrate wildlife and the many airborne species that have come to depend on human beings to feed them in the winter because of the disruption to their migratory patterns. So get out the high waders, find a body of water and bring bread and some bird seed for your children’s new feathery friends.

Getting together with your family is naturally a great idea all year round. But regardless of February’s short duration and bad rap, there are plenty of things you can celebrate with your family.