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Good news, American friends! Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, did not see his shadow last Sunday. This means that spring just might come early this year! (And if you’re not American, think I sound insane, and want to read all about how we look to a groundhog to predict the weather, click here.)
Anyways, regardless of whether Phil is right or not, spring will be here eventually. I believe part of LOVING your life as a mom is finding a reason to celebrate with your family every season. It’s why I’ve compiled this list of spring activities for families. Your celebrations needn’t be complicated or expensive, but they should be fun.
Caveat here: when I say fun, I don’t mean just fun for the kids. I mean fun for you. When you look over this list, some things will inspire an “absolutely not”. Cross them off. Some things will inspire a “yes please”. Schedule those on your calendar or add them to a checklist. Still others will provoke a “hmmm…haven’t thought about doing that in awhile.”
Add those to the list, too. Give yourself permission to get dirty, to spend the day being “unproductive”, and to do something for the sole reason that it will bring you joy. We need more joyful mamas in this world. Join the club.
60 Spring Activities for Families
- Celebrate the spring equinox (Thursday, March 19, 2020). You might try to balance an egg!
- Jump in some puddles
- Race some leaves or pieces of straw in a gutter or stream
- Look for four-leaf clovers
- Collect wildflowers
- Pull a prank on April Fool’s Day (Wednesday, April 1st, 2020)
- Go out for ice cream (or make your own by kicking this around)!
- Jump on a trampoline
- Catch a frog
- Go for a picnic
- Throw a football or a frisbee
- Take a bike ride
- Celebrate Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020) by picking up some litter in your neighborhood or favorite nature spot
- Plant some seeds
- Go to the zoo
- Plant a tree for Arbor Day (Friday, April 24th, 2020)
- Hunt for rainbows
- Dig for worms
- Go fishing
- Lie on a blanket and look for shapes in the clouds
- Go geocaching or letterboxing
- Dye Easter eggs
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (Tuesday, May 5th 2020)
- Visit a National Park: remember while you’re there to ask if they participate in the Junior Ranger program. My kids love participating in the challenges at each park and collecting little badges. Our whole family also loves getting our National Park Passports stamped as a record of our visit. Get some for your family here.
- Plan a trip for spring break or summer vacation
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- Feed the ducks. I did a little research, and feeding them bread, like we did when I was a kid, is actually bad for them. (Mind blown.) The Canal and River Trust in the UK did a study on what healthy-for-ducks foods they liked best. Kale was the most popular choice.
- Skip stones on the lake
- Find a beautiful place to sit and sketch or paint
- Open the windows and air out your home. Practice keeping your voice down when you lose your cool and yell at your kids.
- Hang a rain gauge so you can see how much you’re getting. This one is so pretty!
- Blow giant bubbles (this recipe is amazing)
- Celebrate May Day (Friday, May 1st, 2020) by reviving the American tradition of the May Day basket. Fill a small basket with flowers or little trinkets, leave it on a friend or neighbor’s porch, knock on the door, and run away. (Learn more here.)
- Look for apple or cherry blossoms
- Hang a hummingbird feeder. I love this one.
- Visit an aviary to see honeybees in action
- Play mini golf
- Visit an arboretum or botanical garden
- Do a family ‘spring clean’ of the kids’ stuff TOGETHER. This is a great chance for the kids to clear out some old toys. It’s also a nice opportunity to see if you need to purchase things like bubbles or sidewalk chalk. Finally, it’s a great chance to check if you have outgrown things like warm-weather clothing or bicycles! (Ok, I know this one isn’t traditionally fun, but put on some music, grab a fun drink or two, and make it an excuse to party. Remember we always have the power to choose the way we see any situation.)
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- Visit a tulip farm
- Celebrate Star Wars Day (Monday, May 4th, 2020)
- Paint some rocks and hide them for others to find
- Have a giant game of tag
- Hang a hammock
- Go to an Easter egg hunt
- Do exactly what you want to on Mothers’ Day (Sunday, May 10th, 2020)
- Draw with sidewalk chalk
- Take a family hike
- Attend an outdoor concert
- Go birdwatching. My kids love these kid-friendly binoculars.
- Buy a caterpillar kit online and watch them turn into a butterfliesSee some baby animals at a farm or petting zoo
- Visit a new playground (or several—we’ve been known to make playground bucket lists so we’re sure to visit all the neat ones in the area!)
- Have a family soccer game
- Launch a rocket
- Fly a drone
- Set up an ant farm
- Make a boat and see if it floats
- Press some flowers in a book to dry them
- Take a ride on a pontoon boat, paddle boat, kayak, or canoe
- Have a big barbecue for Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th)
I hope this list of spring activities for families sparks your imagination, Mama, and gives you loads of ideas for things you can do as the days grow a little warmer. Get out there and have some fun!!!