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To Be a Hero for a Day!

By April 30, 2020 No Comments

To be a hero for a day… Imagine the possibilities! 

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is all about encouraging children to dream big, use their imagination and be heroes themselves. What better way to learn about heroes than pretending to be one FOR AN ENTIRE DAY!

With parents and children at home, educational, day-long activities are hard to find. Being a hero for a day is something everyone can do from home, and will teach their children about key historical figures, important life-lessons and how they can be heroes in their regular life. 

Our community has already started jumping in on the action, like this Instagram post featuring a little Amelia Earhart in the making. Do you want to be a hero from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum? Here’s an Xavier, Yadina and Brad-approved schedule to be a hero for a day!


Every hero needs to start their day with a good breakfast. As we all know, it’s the most important meal of the day! Take this time to chat with your little one about which hero from The Secret Museum they want to be and why. Some great heroes to consider are: Anna Pavlova, Loenardo da Vinci, Zora Neale Hurston, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marie Curie or Harry Houdini!!

9:00AM – 10:00AM – HERO LEARNING 

Learning about the hero you chose is going to help you shape the rest of your day. What did this hero accomplish, what problems did they overcome and how can your little one learn from your chosen hero. Some great ways to learn about your hero are:

  • Watching the episode of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum that features your chosen hero on the PBSKids App!
  • Reading reliable online resources 


You can’t be a hero unless you look the part! Create the perfect pretend costume for your little hero using clothes around the house, some crafting and your imagination.

10:45AM – 11:00AM – SNACK TIME 

Even heroes need to refuel. Get a healthy snack and get back to changing the world!


Heroes know the only way to get better at something is to practice, like Anna Pavlova, for example, who taught Xavier, Yadina to keep trying even when you fail! 

Take this time to practice writing skills, or coloring, spelling, etc., depending on age. This hour is meant to let their imagination run, and have them start thinking about the types of hero activities they want to do in the afternoon. They can even write a letter to their favorite hero!

For Children who want to write: 

Ask your child to finish the following thought: If I were a hero for a day, I would be ________________ and I would spend the day doing:

DOWNLOAD our activity sheet!

For Children who want to color: 

Ask your child to draw a picture of themselves as their hero, doing something kind and helping another person in some way, or what a real-life hero looks like to them.

DOWNLOAD our activity sheet!

12:00PM – 1:00PM – LUNCH TIME

Every hero can help make their own lunch! Plan a fun, healthy lunch you and your little hero can make together. Get them to help as much as possible depending on their age and abilities to ensure they feel empowered in their hero-roles!

1:00PM – 1:30PM – QUIET TIME 

There’s going to be a BIG afternoon of heroism… time to rest up!


Inspiring your child’s imagination is extremely beneficial, and having a strong imagination can lead to being happier, more social, critical thinking skills and more creativity!

Use this time to let your little hero’s imagination run wild by telling stories, have a real-life, in-house adventure, like: 

  • Anna Pavlova – Learn a new dance routine. Try, try and try again until you learn all the moves and overcome any obstacles. 
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Create an art masterpiece to share with the ones you love using craft items around the house! It’s up to your little hero to figure out what items will work. 
  • Zora Neale Hurston – Tell a story and act it out using only the items in the house!
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Practice a new song on your favorite instrument until you perfect it, or create music using house-hold items like pots and pans!
  • Marie Curie – Be a scientist like Marie and do one of these fun Science Experiments from our friends at PBS 
  • Harry Houdini: Have an afternoon full of magic and let your little one prepare and do their own magic show for the family!

2:30PM – 3:00PM – DANCE PARTY

Have a hero DANCE PARTY! Let loose and shake it out!

3:00PM – 3:30PM – HERO CLEAN UP 

A part of being a hero is helping others and taking responsibility, and after a big day of hero pay comes a big hero tidy up!

Being a hero for a day offers a fun, imaginative way to spend an entire day! Like Xavier, Yadina and Brad, your little one can adventure in the secrets of your own home, discover new things and learn new lessons.

We’re challenging you to be heroes for a day!