Create your own Pillow Fight Day with your family | NPNparents.org
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International Pillow Fight Day (yes, this is a thing) was April 2, 2016, and Chicago was woefully unrepresented.
While people in cities all over the world—from Tallinn, Estonia to Sydney, Australia to Atlanta—were gathering in public squares to joust each other with soft, fluffy rectangles, Chicagoans just went about their business, oblivious to the fun they were missing out on.
Luckily, there is no rule that says pillow fights can only happen on International Pillow Fight Day (although there are many rules about how one conducts pillow fights; more on that later). Pillow fights are ideal for families looking to have some safe fun without fear of bodily injury (again, see rules below). How excited would siblings be to learn there is a parent-sanctioned way to hit each other? And aren't you kind of stoked just thinking about whomping your partner over the head with a pillow?
If you're on board with staging a pillow fight with your family, here are some official rules to heed, as set forth by the organizers of International Pillow Fight Day:
- Remove your glasses before the fighting begins.
- Only use soft, feather-free pillows—down pillows can make a feathery mess, and they pack quite a punch.
- Don't swing at people not involved in the fight or who are holding cameras/phones.
- Create a signal to mark the start of the fight, then let the pillow fight wind down naturally.
- Swing lightly. This is not WWE.
One obvious but important piece of advice that's not in the offical rule book: Stage your pillow fight outside in an open area. Tripping over a coffee table as you swing a pillow at your brother? Not fun. Forcing your brother to climb a tree to avoid your pillow blows? Very fun.