55 Fun Spring Activities for Your Family
Winter is finally dying down and it’s about time to get your family off of their electronics and out in the fresh Spring air!
The kids are looking forward a few months to the light at the end of the tunnel… Summer. But don’t let this whole season pass your family by. Check out these crafts, recipes, outings, and ideas on how to make this Spring your most fun yet!
Have an overgrown and neglected flower bed in your yard? Bring it back to life and get your curb appeal up to date!
If your yard is already in pristine condition, grab some small plastic pots at your local hardware or gardening store and let the kids run wild with dirt and seeds.
Drop the phones and iPads, turn off the TV and electronic games.
Head to a large park or go off into a large natural area and enjoy a family walk. Perhaps have the kids gather a list of things they might see out in nature and let them check off the list as you go.
If your kids are not the outdoorsy type, play I Spy to distract them and keep them out in the fresh air for a while longer.
Yes! That thing we used to do before texting was a thing! Have them get some exercise, scrape up their knees, breathe in the fresh air and hug a tree.
With it’s growing popularity, more and more local farms are allowing “pick your own” activities.
Days where you get to roam a farm and pick your own fruits and vegetables then check out on your way home.
Think of it as a Farmers Market but you get to pick your food straight from where it grew!
Check out www.pickyourown.org to find an official site near you!
(Not all farms who do this register through the site, but it’s a great place to get started!)
Implement reading time and make it fun. Let them pick out a beach towel and go read under a tree.
If they’re out of reading material, head to the public library, sign your kids up for library cards and let them check out a book, read it, and return it.
Check your local libraries for story time events if your little one doesn’t read quite yet.
Make it a mission to visit all of your public parks this season. Have your kiddos figure out what they like the best. Swings, slides, jungle gyms, etc.
No need to hire a professional! Get out your point and shoot or even your phone and take some fun pictures. Let the kids pick out outfits for everyone and take a group shot.
Do a mini session with each of your kids. Capture their favorite activities (while they last).
Let your kids be the photographers and see their imaginations run wild.
Your offspring may not even know what on earth a kite is!
Head to the beach or park on a brisk and windy day and watch them run back and forth trying to get that silly thing up in the air without getting caught in trees or phone lines.
Find a field (where it will be legal) to pick some flowers. If there doesn’t seem to be such a place near you, run over to the park and pick some small dandelions and other mini wild flowers that grow in the grass and make some chains of them.
Go play in the dirt in the back yard. Turn the hose on the little ones and let them use their own little shovels and rakes in the mud. Give them some disposable spoons and let them have a nasty little tea party… then follow it with some more hosing off and a nice warm and sudsy bath.
Pick up some dye the next time you’re at the craft store. Grab a pack of cheap white shirts.
Lay shirts flat. Pinch (or place a fork’s tines) in the center and twist in a circular pattern.
Place rubber bands to keep shape and separate into sections.
Spray or squirt dye. Follow instructions for drying & washing.
Prepare for a mess!
If you live in the city, take a few hours after dinner to drive out away from all of the city lights and enjoy the stars that you’re missing.
Download a star tracker app and remind the kids about all of the planets and constellations they’re learning about in school.
Let the kids drift off in the darkness on the way home.
If you have some drab terra cotta pots in your garden, let the kids paint them fun colors, designs, or put their hand prints on them.
Most hardware and craft stores have some plain wooden bird houses that the kids can get creative with and you can enjoy their color-popping masterpieces.
Make chores fun and put those kids to work! Adorn the bathing suits, crank up the tunes, and let them get messy while your cars get clean…ish.
Break out the baseball or football and work on coordination, focus, and teamwork.
Cover EVERYTHING with a few disposable tablecloths from the dollar store.
For traditional dye, use a metal whisk instead of a wire for unsteady little hands
Get a disposable cup full of cold water, drip different nail polish colors on top, create patterns with a toothpick, then slowly dip the eggs to pick up the pattern.
Draw with a white crayon, then dye to reveal the drawing.
Mod Podge fabric or paper onto your eggs.
Cover eggs in Mod Podge then roll in glitter for the sparkle-obsessed little girls in your house.
Throw out a thick coat of shaving cream or cool whip (if your play needs to be edible), drop food coloring and gently push into cream with a spoon (don’t over mix), let eggs sit in fridge for 30 minutes, rinse.
For advanced egg decorators, grab an old silk tie or silk scarf. Empty yolk from eggs by poking holes on both ends and blowing the yolk out. Cut the silk fabric large enough to wrap around the egg and get wet with water (wring out excess), wrap wet silk fabric around egg, wrap with a dry, light colored fabric, and tie all with twine. Place bundled up eggs in a gallon of boiling water. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar and boil for 30 minutes. Unwrap and let dry.
For full instructions and pictures, head over to my post on 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs!
If you’re not feeling like putting time and energy into hiding eggs in your house, yard, or local park…or you have the fear of finding eggs randomly for years to come… check the paper for your city’s celebration.
Most schools and churches also have some sort of Easter EGGstravaganza where your kiddos can go and hunt for eggs.
Run over to your local batting cages and whack at a few baseballs. Enjoy a snack while you’re there.
Make it a friendly competition between Mom and Dad or the siblings.
It’s a great way to get out of the house, spend a few dollars, get some exercise, and make some memories!
If you don’t think an arcade exists near you, head to the inter webs! Chances are, there is one within the local movie theater or family fun center.
This is one of my favorite things to do! Friendly competition that almost everyone is equally bad at! I just found out there is one near my house after searching for years and I can’t wait to go kick my husband’s booty.
If you’re not near a major or minor league stadium, check the local colleges (or even high schools or local parks and rec department). There will be a game to go to somewhere (some for free), where you can enjoy some sunny weather, a ball park snack, and some good old fashioned baseball!
Get that dusty jump rope from the garage or grab a few at your local store.
Let the kids try breaking their own records while they jump around and get all of their energy out.
OR go out and find a double-dutch length rope and teach your kids all of the old rhyming, jumping games from when you were in elementary school.
If you don’t personally own a trampoline, check online. Indoor trampoline gyms (Sky Zone is a popular one) are taking off and are popping up everywhere. Some gymnastic studios with tons of trampolines offer up a few hours for you and your family to get wild on their equipment.
If you want to be creative, grab things from the house and garage and make an obstacle course in the yard.
If you’re looking for something easier, head to a local park and map out a course over the jungle gym and playground. Be sure to talk to your kids about safety with other kids around as well as making the course safe for themselves. It never hurts to have a first aid kit in your bag for scrapes and bruises.
Almost every town has some kind of duck pond. As a kid, I loved feeding the ducks and making duck noises at them.
DO NOT FEED DUCKS BREAD! Try halved grapes, a bag of birdseed, corn, peas, or torn up lettuce. This is a great way to make room in your fridge for your next grocery trip.
If you think you’re hundreds of miles away from the nearest zoo, think again! Check online to find a “zoo” near you. I though being in the western corner of Texas would mean a day’s drive in the car to a fun zoo. Turns out, there’s a small one 2 hours away! Perfect for a day trip with a toddler.
If you’re not willing to drive too far, look up local petting zoos or farms with visitor activities. Kids love to see exotic animals and learn about them.
Find shapes in the clouds
Go back to the time before cell phones where you could go lay on the grass, look up, and point out the things your imagination was making. Introduce your kiddos to this classic!
Every town has a museum of some kind. Even if it’s not a mile long building with dinosaur bones and works of art, it will probably have some great historical fun items from your town. It’s great to check these out for the future when your kids will end up having to do projects and homework assignments about their town.
They cost the same as a board game and it’ll get your kids outside! Let them run and get their energy out, work up an appetite, and get some Vitamin D.
This classic is another one disappearing quickly. Pack up some sandwiches, snacks, and juice boxes and head to the park or beach. Enjoy food out in the sun, lounging on the ground, and talking to each other!
If it’s raining, too hot to go outside, or there are too many bugs, set up in the middle of the living room and turn on a fun movie.
Your town may have a small little market that pops up with fresh, locally grown food from small farmers, local artisans with hand made goods, and some fun live music.
Check out the paper or internet to see where your town holds theirs and check it out as a family.
Grab a local fire pit at the beach or camp ground, light up your fireplace, or make them over the stove top.
Grab a big box of chalk the next time you’re at the market. If your kids tire of drawing pictures quickly:
Teach them hopscotch.
Draw a town with some roads and get out the cars.
Make a crazy squiggly line and challenge them to walk one foot in front of the other like it was a tight rope.
Draw a grid of shapes and have them jump from one to another as you call them out.
Have them trace each other’s outlines or have them trace one another’s shadows.
Have them draw a background and take pictures of them interacting with it from above.
Draw capital nad lower case letters and have them connect them with a line of chalk. You can also do this with fractions and decimal points fro older kiddos.
Make large overlapping shapes and have the kids color in the empty spaces.
Nothing better than watching the little ones play with bubbles. Just make sure you’re ready for bath time immediately following the sticky action.
To prevent getting too messy, bungee cord or tape the bottle of bubbles to a chair, table, or porch column so it cannot get spilled.
It seems the hottest new thing for kids to do is make slime. A ton of kids have turned it into a business and make money selling it to friends.
Check out my recipe for edible yogurt play doh for the little ones to play with.
Let the little ones make a mess with flour in the kitchen. Make crust from scratch, add in fancy fruit filling, and let the kids get creative with designs on the top of the pie.
Grab a croquet set in the toy/outdoor section of the store. It usually comes with a great stand and stores very compact. This old-timey sport gets the competitive kids outside, concentrating, and using up their energy…and gets them off of their electronic devices!
Grab the garden hose and fill up a big tub. Throw a small bushel of apples in and watch them go wild. It’ll cool them down from the heat, it’ll challenge them, and it will make everyone laugh.
Somehow people think bobbing for apples is easy…don’t know where they get this idea! My favorite is watching little ones who have lost a few teeth going for it!
Pack the sunscreen, shirts, and sandals and head off for some water slide mania… or a lazy river gala. That’s always my favorite part of water parks.
If there’s not a full blown water park near you, there’s probably a community center that has slides and a lazy river or at least a splash pad. Those are popping up all over!
Have a watermelon eating contest
When you’re at the store, grab a nice big watermelon and toss it in the fridge.
Slice it up and have a contest…hands allowed or not is up to you!
If your kiddos love nature and are wanting to do a little bird watching, do some arts and crafts time to make a bird feeder and bring the birds right to them!
Cover a toilet paper roll in peanut butter and roll in bird seed.
Hollow out a piece of fruit to the peel and fill with birdseed.
Spread honey or peanut butter on a pine cone and sprinkle with bird seed.
Make a dish from popsicle sticks, old milk cartons, egg cartons or anything you have lying around the house.
String some circular cereal onto pipe cleaners.
String any of these to a tree or pole near a window and wait for the birds to come feast.
(I, personally, am terrified of birds and this will be a Daddy-Daughter activity)
Have a good old fashioned barbecue. Have friends or family bring sides and provide the grill and the meat.
You can make it extra Pinterest Perfect by grabbing some packs of the glass soda bottles at the store, getting a gingham table cloth and having a little 50s BBQ Bash!
What is spring without a little rain? Get the kiddos in their slickers and galoshes… umbrellas optional.
Throw on your favorite rain themed tunes and let the kids get a little messy in nature.
Be sure to have a nice warm, sudsy bath when you get back home.
Camp out in the back yard
Pull the old tent out of the garage and set it up in the back yard. Break out the glow sticks, fun snacks, and stories.
If there is an aspiring guitarist in your family, sing some tunes and star gaze before crawling into a sleeping bag snug as a bug right next to one another.
You’ll probably need to go to the chiropractor in the morning, but the memories will last longer than the aches.
Run down to the local park after sunset. Have everyone dress in dark colors and bring along a flashlight (with fresh batteries). Set perimeters on how far they can go. Designate and IT. Whoever they shine their light on first is then IT and everyone runs and hides in a new place.
This works best on playgrounds with lots of jungle gyms, picnic tables, or trees.
If your area may not be known for horses, check online! There is always a stable near by that you may not be able to see when you drive by. Get the kids a little old school experience on horseback. Some stables let the kiddos feed the smaller animals and help to groom and care for the horses.
Yes! Take them outside! You’ll want to do this on a day with little to no wind and I’d recommend games that don’t have paper money or teeny tiny pieces.
Set up on a picnic blanket or table. Soak in the Vitamin D and leave those electronics inside!
If you don’t have bikes, there are still shops that rent out such items. If there isn’t one near you, check out your local Walmart or such. Most big bikes are around $70.
Head out to a local park with a big cement path or navigate the sidewalks in your neighborhood with little ones. For older kiddos, go off-roading.
It’s a lot more simple than you think! You don’t need one of those bulky barrel & crank devices.
Give each kiddo a 2 sandwich size ziplock bags and 2 gallon size ziplock bags.
Add 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 TBS granulated sugar into the sandwich bag, squeeze the air out and seal. Double bag so you don’t lose any!
Fill the gallon bag half way with ice and add half a cup of coarse salt.
Place the sandwich bags in the middle of the gallon bag, push the air out and seal. Double bag!
Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake that ice cream! Run around, toss it back and forth. It takes about 10 minutes for the ice cream to form.
Mix in your favorite sauces or crushed up candy bars. Let them get creative with flavors.
Visit a State Fair or carnival
If you’re no where near where your state has their annual state fair, check out to see when the next county carnival is and put it on the calendar.
If your state fair isn’t scheduled until the summer or fall, check to see if the grounds are open throughout the year and plan a visit.
Watch the previews of all the (rating appropriate) movies that are in theaters near you and let the kiddos choose their favorites.
Check to see if there are any deals at your local theater for a cheaper experience. Movie prices have skyrocketed and popcorn and soda prices are laughable. In our area, tickets are half price on Tuesdays!
You can make a day of it and see a movie, eat somewhere (less expensive than the movies), then head right back for a second feature. This is great to do on hot days that you maybe don’t want to waste all of your air conditioning budget on sitting inside at home.
When I was young, my mom used to make lists of random things like paperclips, rubber bands, newspaper, thread, a penny from a certain year, etc. and we would go door to door in little groups in our neighborhood or around the campground we were at for the weekend and see which group could collect the most.
If that is outside of your comfort zone, you can give them a list of things found in nature and can head to a local park to let them divide and conquer.
Look up a recipe or let the kids try as they go. Turn it into a science experiment.
Is it too sour? Add some sugar. Is it too sweet? Add some lemon. Is it too thick? Add some water.
Let them figure out their perfect recipe and enjoy it outside!