Ahoy, Challenge Island mateys! Did you know September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? There are plenty of ways to celebrate this silly, seas-sational holiday with STEAM-tastic fun. Be sure to check your local Challenge Island for field trips or schedule a themed birthday party for an extra splash! Looking for at-home activities for your seafaring family? Scholastic has a treasure trove of ideas, including: Hide “Buried” treasure: Hide pirate’s booty somewhere in your home or even in your backyard! Create a treasure map with clues for your kids to follow. Create a pirate dictionary: Use this template to create your own pirate lingo! You can also use real pirate terminology to teach your kids how to truly talk the talk. Read a pirate-themed book: There are tons of kid-friendly books on deck. Try How I Became A Pirate, Pirates Love Underpants, or Pirates Don’t Change Diapers. Discover your pirate name: What’s your pirate name? Follow the simple steps from Magical Childhood and make name tags. Draw or paint a Jolly Roger: All you need is a sheet of white paper and some crayons, markers or paints for this fun art project. Channel your inner pirate picasso and create your own Jolly Roger (pirate flag)! At Challenge Island, kids will engineer their own wind-powered pirate ships. They’ll work together in Tribes to create a functional mast and sail for the ship using a variety of possible materials, then in full scientific fashion, they’ll test, evaluate and improve the ship. Together, the Tribe will use creative and artistic skills to name and decorate their pirate ships before a final “Race to the Treasure!” For more information or to sign up locally, contact us!