Spring is in full bloom and after a long, cold winter I’m loving the chance to play outside with my daughter. The new season has opened up a fresh set of kid-friendly activities to do, places to visit, and things to explore. Here are my top 20 spring activities you, and your kids, will love.
Take a nature walk
Head into the great outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Keep an eye out for new plants popping up and baby animals hopping about.
Get growing! Have the kids help you plant an outdoor garden or a few indoor plants. For those lacking green thumbs, head to your local nursery and pick out a few easy and low maintenance hanging baskets.
Have a picnic
There’s something about eating outside – the food always taste better. Maybe it’s the gentle breeze, the sounds of nature… or, maybe it’s the fact that the mess my kid is making doesn’t need to be cleaned up ; ) Set up a picnic of fun food to enjoy in the backyard, at the park, or in your living room if the weather’s not cooperating.
Make your own lemonade stand
Something every kid should experience. Have fun setting up your stand, making signs, and putting smiles on your neighbours’ faces with a refreshing and reasonably priced cup of lemonade.
Feed the ducks
Head to your nearest pond, river, or lake, and feed some ducks. Keep in mind bread isn’t actually very good for our quacking friends – but they’re big fans of halved grapes, birdseed, and defrosted corn or pea kernels.
Bust out the sidewalk chalk
Turn your driveway, walkway, or deck into a work of art.
Dust off your bikes
Pull the bikes out of storage and go for a leisurely ride around the block or an adventure around town.
Head to the park
Our local park was covered in snow all winter, so we’re loving lazy afternoons spent swinging, sliding, and spinning.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves bubbles!
Play old-fashioned outdoor games
Hop-scotch, capture the flag, red rover, four square, jump rope… the possibilities are endless.
Visit a farm
Spring is the perfect time to meet a few baby animals and see what life on a farm is like. If you’re lucky enough to live near a petting zoo, spring is the optimal time to check it out!
Go for ice cream
The perfect outing on a sunny spring day.
Visit your local library
Unfortunately, rainy days happen. Head to your local library and pick out a few spring themed books for a cozy and educational indoor day.
Go to the zoo
More baby animals!
Build a backyard fort
Grab some old towels, blankets, and pillows, and use sticks, umbrella stands, and patio furniture to build a backyard palace.
Jump in puddles
My daughter’s personal favourite. Throw on your rain boots and jackets and embrace those spring showers.
Hunt for bugs
Explore your backyard for bugs, pointing out all the different kinds and colours. Use a jar or box to build a bug house if you’re feeling hospitable.
Check out a farmer’s market
Mmmmm, fresh produce. Delicious, nutritious, and your kids will love helping you pick out the best fresh fruits and veggies.
Pick wild flowers
Find a nearby walking or hiking trail and search out some wild flowers to pick. There’s so many colours and varieties to choose from.
My daughter loves to paint, but the mess alone is usually reason enough for me to suggest a different activity. Now that the weather’s a little warmer, we head into the backyard to make a mess and draw inspiration from our scenic surroundings.