With winter slipping into hibernation and spring beginning to blossom, there’s no time like the present to embrace all that this season has to offer! Warmth from the sun mixed with a cool breeze, birds chirping and rainbows of flowers coming into bloom make this the perfect time of year for you and the kids to embrace the joys of nature. The days are getting longer, giving you plenty of time to get outdoors with your family and enjoy some much-needed fresh air.
One of the best things about this season is that there is an abundance of activities that you and your family can partake in outdoors at little cost! Here are some wallet-friendly activities that will get you outside and enjoying quality time with your kids.
Take you kids strawberry picking
Pick-your-own orchards are a fantastic way to spend time with the family while celebrating all that Mother Nature has to offer this spring.
This is also a great way to give your kids some freedom to run, jump, play, and get excited about gardening and growing your own foods. Not only will they learn, but they’ll also expel that excess energy that winter was keeping at bay!
This fun-filled day doesn’t end when you leave the orchard, though. When you get home, you and your family can make jam, jelly or endless other strawberry goodies!
A Weekend Trip to Washington, DC
The beautiful weather that spring brings makes it the perfect time to take a family road trip. This time of year, Washington, DC is full of life and color as its cherry blossoms bloom. You might even be able to make the Cherry Blossom Festival for parades and kite flying on the National Mall.
And the best part about DC? Most museums are free or donation based, so you and your whole family could spend the day exploring and learning for as little cost as you’d like!
Take the kids for a picnic at the park
A family picnic at your local park can provide an entire day of fun. Lay a blanket out in the grass, relax and enjoy! Pack a fresh lunch, feed the ducks, blow bubbles, and fly kites. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to explore close to home.
Throw a backyard sprinkler party & water balloon extravaganza
For and awesome stay at home Saturday, you only need one special ingredient to make your kids extra happy: water. Set up a few sprinklers in the backyard, grab a bag or two of water balloons, and fill ‘em up! Play parents versus kids, girls versus boys and see what happens! You can even invite some of the neighborhood kids and their parents over to add some extra excitement. There’s nothing like splashing around in water with soft grass beneath your feet to keep you cool on a warm spring day.
Safety to consider
Outdoor activities can be lots of fun, but safety is always the first priority. According to Marks & Harrison, a pedestrian is injured in the US every seven minutes. When you’re exploring cities or towns on foot, make sure the whole family sticks together and that you watch closely before crossing any intersections. Enjoy your time together as a family and take in all of the sights and sounds, but also stay attentive to your surroundings and you’ll be guaranteed to have an amazing spring day!
About the author
Amy Patterson is a regular contributor to Very Best For Kids, writing mainly on child safety topics. From North Carolina, you will usually find her catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach with her family. Besides safety, Amy also writes about health, fitness, wellness, and family.