What We're Learning / Published Oct 06

For Latinx Heritage Month, Make It a Family Celebration

We know many families will be celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at home this year. But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on marking this occasion by honoring Latinx cultures, voices, and stories.

Even though more activities are returning to normal this fall, we know many families will still be celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at home together, instead of heading out to a museum or community gathering. But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on marking this occasion by honoring Latinx cultures, voices, and stories. Here are some of our favorite activities to make a Latinx Heritage Month family adventure right at home.

Read

Crack open a book together, over dinner or before bedtime. Here are some of our favorite Latinx-authored books for every reader in your family.

Watch

Alma’s Way is a brand new animated children’s show premiering on PBS Kids on October 4. It features Alma, a Puerto Rican girl living with her family in the Bronx, NY. Kids can watch free episodes and play games online, and all the content is available in English and Spanish.

Next, enjoy Coco as a family (rentable on YouTube). This Disney/Pixar film tells the story of a little boy’s dream of becoming a musician, despite his family’s objections. It’s a moving celebration of Mexican traditions, voiced by a nearly all-Latinx cast. (As always, check out the Common Sense Media review to make sure it’s a good fit for your family.)

It's not out yet, but check out the trailer for Encanto, an upcoming Disney film set in the mountains of Colombia. The children of the Madrigal family are gifted with magic—except for Mirabel, the only “ordinary” Madrigal. Now it might be up to Mirabel to save her magical hometown. If you like the trailer, the film is out in November!

“We know many families will be celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at home, instead of heading out to a museum or community gathering. But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on marking this occasion by honoring Latinx cultures, voices, and stories.”

Cook

Try your hand at some family-friendly recipes originating in Latinx cultures. Over at The Kinda Guide, we’ve got a recipe for empanadas, with easy homemade salsa on the side. As the weather cools, steaming champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate) makes a welcome treat.

For more meal ideas, here are 15 delicious recipes from Latinx food bloggers that kids and grown-ups will both enjoy.

Explore

Take a virtual walking tour of Washington, D.C.’s Latinx street murals via Google Arts + Culture. Next, explore the resources and offerings of the Smithsonian Latino Center, known as the “corazón of Latinidad at the Smithsonian.”

Move

Enjoy this performance of Cuban salsa from A lo Cubano dance school in Havana, Cuba. Then hop off the couch and try a virtual lesson from Messina Dance Company.