Working on your spring bucket list? In search of some family-friendly activities that you just can’t miss out on this year?
I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited that spring is just around the corner. I mean, I’m not going to have to struggle to get layers of clothes on my toddler anymore and explain to her why she has to wear shoes in the snow everyday.
Spring is a wonderful time to get out as a family and explore the great outdoors. Plus, you get some much-needed Vitamin D. So, what are some of the best ways to enjoy nature while spending some quality time with your family?
In this post, we’ll cover 23 outdoor activities that you can do with your family this spring.
23 Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities for Spring
1.) Splash in Some Puddles
It wouldn’t be spring without some classic puddle jumping. Put on your rain boots and get out and let your littles have a ball splashing from puddle to puddle.
2.) Hit the Farmer's Market
The return of the outdoor farmer’s market is one of my favorite things about spring. It’s a great way to enjoy some local grown food while saving money on your grocery bill. Plus, you get to explore some pretty crafty vendors and boogie to some live music.
3.) Blow Some Bubbles
Something so simple, yet provides endless fun for your little ones. Hit up your local dollar store and get some bubbles to have on hand this spring.
You could get a bubble wand for younger toddlers or you could even invest in a bubble machine. My dog even loves to help pop bubbles. It’s quite entertaining. 🙂
4.) Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
Awaken your inner artist with some sidewalk chalk. You could draw your house, animals, or even the solar system.
You could also create a classic hopscotch game, or turn it into some educational fun by teaching your toddler their letters or how to write their name.
5.) Go on a Nature Walk
My family’s absolute favorite thing about spring is being able to hit the hiking trails again. It’s just so refreshing to smell the trees and spring air. Plus, you get to see some pretty neat wildlife along the way.
If you’re new to hiking, or just looking for people to walk with, be sure to check out your local Hike it Baby chapter.
6.) Do a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Make your nature walks even more entertaining for your kids by having a nature scavenger hunt. Heck, you could even just do this in your backyard if you wanted to.
A scavenger hunt is an excellent way to help your littles explore different textures, sizes, and colors, and just learn about nature in general.
7.) Go Bird Watching
Grab your binoculars and head out to find some birds of spring. You might spy some songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, and different species of ducks. And, if you’re really lucky, you could even hear some owls hooting at night.
You could make bird feeders with the kids to help lure the birds in, or you could just head to your local state parks and use their observatories.
8.) Visit a Local Attraction
You’ve been cooped up all winter. It’s time to head out and explore all your local outdoor attractions.
You may find yourself heading to the zoo, the botanical gardens, or a sculpture park. Be sure to pack a lunch and some snacks to make a day of it.
9.) Start a Garden
It’s never to early to start working in the garden. Plus, it’s a great way for kids to understand where some of our food comes from and how it grows.
Even if you don’t have a big yard, you could always just grow in containers. We’ve had great luck with growing banana peppers, grape tomatoes, and herbs this way.
10.) Fly a Kite
“Let’s go fly a kite. Up to the highest hight!” Sorry, I had to do it!
Go catch the wind by flying kites with your family. Have a contest to see who’s flies the highest. You could also decorate your own kites and admire them while they’re soaring in the sky.
11.) Start a Rock Collection
Your little explorers are sure to have a great time starting their very own rock collection. I know, this is one of my toddler’s all-time-favorite things to do.
She’s always bringing new rocks home. She even has a little painted container that she stores them in for safe-keeping.
It’s truly tremendous how little kids can find beauty in something so simple.
12.) Paint Some Rocks
While you’re working on your rock collection, save some of the larger pieces for painting. You could paint ladybugs, rivers, or veggies, and display them in your garden or on your front porch.
13.) Go on a Family Bike Ride
Springtime weather is perfect for exercising outdoors. And, biking is a great way to work out while spending some time as a family.
If you have really little ones, you could use a bike trailer or a mounted seat out on the trails. When you get back to home base, let your little try out their very own “ride.” I know my toddler can’t wait to get out and ride her balance bike again.
14.) Picnic in the Park
Pack some lunch and a blanket and head to your favorite park for a picnic. You can have some quality conversations while you eat and burn off some energy on the swings, slides, and monkey bars.
15.) Explore Some New Parks
Branch out from the norm and discover some new parks for even more family fun. You’ll probably find some pretty neat playgrounds, nature-scapes, and state parks you never knew about.
16.) Go Creek Stompin'
Grab a rain suit and some rain boots and gear up for some quality creek stomping fun. Your kids will have a blast getting all wet and muddy.
You could even teach your littles how to skip rocks. Or, if you have a toddler, simply dunking them will be entertaining enough. Just be sure the water is nice and shallow and tame.
17.) Catch Some Bugs
With the weather warming up, more and more wildlife is starting to emerge. This is a great time to look for bugs and teach your kids about the ecosystem.
Your whole family will have a blast looking for worms under rocks, netting for water creatures, and spotting butterflies. Grab a bug collection kit for your kiddos, complete with a magnifying glass, an identification key, and a catching net.
18.) Go Camping
Camping in the spring is awesome, because there’s less crowds, fewer mosquitoes, and cheaper campground fees. Plus, it’s not dreadfully hot. It may get a little cold at night though.
By camping outdoors, you and your family can really appreciate the springtime scenery, wildlife, and fresh air. Plus, reconnecting with nature will help refresh all your minds, bodies, and souls.
19.) Head to a Ball Game
If you’re a baseball fan, then you’ll probably more than enjoy taking your kids to a game. While there’s not too many games this early on in the year, there’s still a few spring training ballparks that are perfect for taking your kids to.
20.) Spot the Clouds
Lay a blanket out in the backyard and gaze up at the clouds, making out different objects and creatures. It’ll be interesting hearing what your kids come up with.
21.) Outdoor Yoga
Are you a fellow yogi? Take your practice outside and invite the rest of your family to join.
Doing yoga together can help deepen your connections with one another. Plus, it helps boost self-esteem, concentration, and even academic performance.
22.) Dig in the Sand
Playing with sand is perfect for any age. It’s therapeutic, let’s us explore our senses, and just be creative. Plus, spring is a great time for it, as it’s not too hot yet.
Head to a park with a sand pit, put a sandbox in your backyard, or even just get a water/sand table for the porch. Be sure to get some digging tools and toy molds to go with.
23.) Visit a Local Farm
Take a day to go visit a local farm this spring. Your kids will get to see some pretty cute farm animals, watch the crops being planted, and maybe even pick some of their own produce. Plus, you’ll be able to meet some pretty extraordinary farmers and support your local community.
Springtime Family Fun
With these 23 ideas, you’re ready to have some springtime family fun this year.
So, get outside, embrace the warmth, and just have some quality fun. You and your kids could explore wildlife, get some exercise in the fresh air, visit local attractions, and even just do creative play in your own backyard.
No matter which activities you decide to put on your to-do list, I’m sure you’ll have a great time celebrating spring and connecting with your family.
What About You?
What are some of your family’s favorite ways to enjoy spring? Share your most-loved outdoor activities with us in the comments below, and be sure to share this post with all your family friends.