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Springtime Activities for the Family2/21/2019

Dad blowing bubbles with daughter in spring

The spring season offers an escape route for families who've been trapped indoors all winter. Celebrate springtime together with activities that help you transition from the world of snowmen to sandcastles. Find the best spring season activities for families and get outside today:

  1. Reconnect with Nature: Kids spend most of their winter looking at nature through the window. Spring season is the first chance of the year for kids to get outdoors and experience it firsthand. Let them feel the earth in between their fingers as they plant a garden. Invite the bugs over with an insect watering hole. Reconnect with Mother Nature now that she's turned off the snow and turned up the temperature.
  2. Take a Walk: We take a simple walk for granted until it's too cold outside to stroll around the block. Put your non-walkers in a stroller, and lace up the tennis shoes on everyone else. Walking is not only good for all of you, but it's also an adventure. Kids can collect leaves, rocks, and sticks for DIY projects, discover new sounds or play walking games.
  3. Plan a Picnic: Lunch at the table again? Pack up that food for a picnic instead. The kids won't object. Just grab your blanket for a picnic in the park or in your backyard. With so many picnic food choices, you have plenty of options to fill your picnic basket every day of the week. And if ants show up as uninvited guests, use their appearance to teach your kids about different ant species.
  4. Make a Bird House: Your feathered friends are on their way back from their winter trip south. Let the kids don their hard hats to build a birdhouse. Stretch your creative minds and bond as a family while creating a piece for nature. Use your birdhouse to teach your kids about the basics of birdwatching. Have your kids take photos of the birds and then look them up in a book online. That way, they’re not just feeding birds, they’re learning about them.
  5. Choose a Summer Camp: Thinking of summer fun when the ground's not completely thawed seems premature. But camps are already filling their summer sessions. Register now to secure your child's spot at the summer camp of their choice. Talk with your child about where they might like to go for a day or overnight camp. Whether they wants to go to academic camp or adventure camp, letting them be involved in the decision making will turn him into an eager camper as the summer months approach. The benefit for you is the added savings. Planning now can lower your summer camp costs.
  6. Plant Flowers: The saying is “April showers bring May flowers” so that makes spring the perfect time to plant flowers. Visit your local plant nursery to find what grows best in your area. Or take a chance and sprinkle a packet of wildflower mix in an area of your yard and see if any pop up.
  7. Paint and Hide Rocks: Last year painted rocks started appearing all over the places where you run or ride your bike. People are taking ordinary rocks and painting art on them and hiding them for others in the community to find. It is a pretty cool trend. For the best-looking rocks, it is recommended you take the time first to wash and dry the rocks. Then apply sealer to them. Let the sealer dry and draw on them with either acrylic paint or paint markers. After your art dries, coat with another layer of sealer.
  8. Go Camping: Camping as a family can be as simple as setting up a tent in your backyard to paying for a camping spot at a State Park and dragging the travel trailer out there. Use the supplies you have or borrow and stay within your budget, the value is found in the memories made–not the money spent.

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