Spring can be such a beautiful season. It’s getting warm, the world is changing, and your family is itching to get outside. Unfortunately, because spring can also be temperamental it’s sometimes tough to plan around the weather. Let’s talk about some spring activities for families to help you be together, no matter the weather!
Spring is for families!
There are so many amazing ways to spend the spring season with your family. It’s a great time to start venturing outdoors again after a long winter. Here are some fun activities to do together:
Go for a nature walk
Put on your walking shoes. It’s time to go for a nature walk! Families with younger kids can make this more fun by completing a nature scavenger hunt, while older families may want to set off for more physically demanding adventures. No matter what you choose, your family will enjoy being together in the newness of spring!
Go to a park or playground
When was the last time your family went to the park? If the last time was before winter, it’s time to go! We love to park hop (change up which parks we visit every time), but we also have a few favorites. Pack a few snacks, a warm jacket, and go play!
Go for a bike ride
When the weather is warm enough, a bike ride can be a great family activity in the spring. If you don’t have bikes, consider renting some from a local shop. This is a great activity for all ages and can be done as a family. Read: The Easy Way To Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike Without Training Wheels
Hiking in the spring can actually be better than hiking in the summer! It’s not as hot, and the novelty of warmer weather hasn’t worn off on your kids yet! Get outside and explore a new trail.
Have a picnic
Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Spring picnics are perfect for enjoying the weather and spending time with your family. Pack some sandwiches, snacks, and drinks, and find a nice spot to enjoy your meal. Don’t forget a blanket to sit on!
Celebrate Earth Day
Earth day comes every year on April 22. This year, make a plan to celebrate with your family. You can do things like pick up litter in your neighborhood, start a compost bin, or plant a tree together. Even if you just talk to your family about how you can better protect and love the Earth, it will open the door for positive action later on.
Go to a museum
When the weather is a little chilly and you don’t want to get outside, head to your local museum! There are so many great museums out there, and most of them have activities specifically for families. You can learn something new together and spend some quality time indoors.
Read a chapter book together
Have you read a chapter book with your family recently? Pull out one of your childhood favorites and take turns reading it aloud. This is a great activity for rainy days or calm evenings.
Play a board game
Challenge your family to a board game night. Get out your favorite board games and spend some quality time together. This is a great way to unplug from electronics and have some fun! Our current favorite board game is Sleeping Queens! It’s perfect for little ones to play, but engaging enough to keep the big kids happy.
Do a science experiment
Science experiments are always a hit in our house! You can find simple experiments online or in books, or get creative and make your own. Science experiments are perfect for curious minds of all ages. I love this science experiment set.
Play in the rain
If you haven’t let your kids play in the rain, is it even spring? Put on jackets and puddle jump to your hearts delight. Just be sure to change into dry clothes when you’re done!
Fly a kite
In our area, the wind for kite flying is the best during the spring. Make a kite and fly it in your backyard or at the park. We’ve even just tied a piece of yarn around an old grocery bag to see if it can fly. Our kids love it and the whole family gets really into seeing how high we can fly it.
Draw on the sidewalk
Pull out that sidewalk chalk! Play hopscotch, draw pictures and write words. Get creative and have fun with it. This is a great activity for when the weather is nice but you don’t want to be outside for too long.
Visit a farm
If you have a local farm, spring is the perfect time to visit! Farms are so much fun for kids, and they love getting to see all the animals. If you can, try to visit a farm that has baby animals. There’s nothing cuter than a baby lamb or calf!
Bubbles are inexpensive to buy or make. Get outside and blow some bubbles with your kids. They will have so much fun trying to catch them! We LOVE these bubble guns. My kids go nuts with them.
Have a water balloon fight
Water balloon fights are always a hit in our house! Fill up some balloons, get outside, and have at it. Be sure to have a bucket of water nearby to refill your balloons when they pop. Have you tried these reusable water balloons? I’ve been surprised how much my family loves them! They are easy to fill and have survived with 3 (somewhat destructive) boys.
Family sports day
Play a game of kickball, or play catch in the backyard together as a family. You can even set up an obstacle course in your yard and see who can get through it the fastest. Get creative and have fun!
Farmers markets are the perfect place for a family outing! You get to check out all the booths, enjoy local produce, and be outside! Our kids love going to the farmers market and seeing all the different kinds of fruits and vegetables.
Have your kids collect their favorite rocks! Next, hold a family painting night where you paint kind and motivating messages on the rocks. Hide them in your yard or around your community for others to find.
Start a garden
There are so many great reasons to start a garden as a family. Not only do you get to be outside, but you also get to watch your plants grow! And, when they’re ready, you can even eat what you’ve grown.
Spruce up your yard or outdoor spaces by planting some flowers as a family. You can even get creative and make your own flower pots! This is a great activity to do on a nice day.
Make homemade pizzas
One of our family’s favorite activities is making homemade pizzas together. We all get to choose our own toppings, and it’s always a lot of fun. Plus, as our 9-year-old would say, “Who doesn’t love pizza?”
Make bird feeders
Making bird feeders is a great way to attract wildlife to your yard! You can make them out of recycled materials or buy a kit. Once you’ve made your bird feeder, sit back and enjoy watching the birds come to visit. My daughter and I are currently working on bird feeders for all the birds that live in our neighbors trees!
Hunt for earthworms
As a kid my brothers and I would hunt for earthworms so that we could go fishing. Now, my kids enjoy doing the same thing! They love finding the earthworms and then getting to go fishing. It’s a great way to spend a spring day.
Leave out nest building supplies for the birds
One way to help the birds in your area is to leave out nest building supplies. This can be anything from string to yarn to small pieces of cloth. The birds will use these items to build their nests, and you’ll get to watch them up close!
Make rain sticks
Rain sticks are a fun craft for rainy weather. Plus, they’re really easy to make! All you need is a empty paper towel roll, some rice, and some tape. Decorate your rain stick however you like, then fill it with rice and seal it up. When you turn it over, it will sound just like rain!
Hunt for egg shells from birds
This is a great activity to do with your kids if you have a backyard. Look for egg shells that have been left behind by birds. It’s always fun to find a bright blue robins egg shell!
Look for shapes in the clouds
Our youngest son is constantly pointing out the shapes in clouds. He can find anything from a hot dog to a dragon! It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors, and you might be surprised at what shapes you can find.
Build paper boats
Making paper boats is a great way to spend a rainy day. Once you’ve made your boats, take them outside and race them in a river or stream. The kids will love seeing how far their boats can go! We’ve even successfully float paper boats in big puddles near our home after a rain storm.
Paper airplane contest
This is a great activity to do with kids of all ages. See who can make the best paper airplane, then have a contest to see whose can fly the farthest. You might be surprised at how competitive it can get! Need some paper airplane contest helps? Grab this easy to use kit.
Cleanup your neighborhood or yard
Spring is a great time to do some cleanup in your neighborhood or yard. This can be anything from picking up trash to planting trees. It’s a great way to teach kids about taking care of the earth, and you’ll be surprised at how much better your area will look when you’re finished.
Play hide n seek
Hide n seek is a classic game that’s perfect for a spring day. It’s a great way to get the kids up and moving, and you might even have some fun yourself!
Visit the cherry blossoms
If you’re lucky enough to live near cherry blossoms, take advantage of it! They’re only in bloom for a short time, so be sure to visit them while you can. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of spring.
Feed the ducks
This is a great activity for younger kids. One of my favorite memories of my oldest son happened on a spring day when he and I went to feed the ducks. He chased them up and down the river calling them “rubber duckies”. Head to your local park and buy some duck food, then spend some time feeding the ducks. The kids will love it, and you might even get to see some baby ducks!
If it’s warm enough where you live, a springtime family campout can be a great adventure. Set up your tent in the backyard and spend the night telling stories, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping under the stars. It’s a great way to bond as a family and create some lasting memories. Need more camping ideas? Read: Camping with Kids. Tips and Tricks to Make it a Success
Learn about butterflies and watch for them
One of the best things about spring is all the butterflies! Take some time to learn about different types of butterflies, then see if you can find them in your area. It’s a great way to get kids interested in nature and learning about different creatures.
Wash your car
On a warm day, get out the sponge and hose to wash your car. It’s a great way to teach them about taking care of their belongings, and you might even have some fun!
Collect flowers and leaves
This is a great way to get kids interested in nature. Collect different types of flowers and leaves, then press them in a book.
Take family photos
Spring is a great time to take family photos. The weather is usually perfect, and the flowers are in bloom. It’s a great way to capture your family’s memories. We always tend to wait until fall for family pictures, but spring would make a beautiful backdrop for family photos.
Visit a greenhouse or botanical garden
If you have a greenhouse or botanical garden nearby, take advantage of it! It’s a great way to learn about different types of plants and flowers. Bonus points if you take home a few plants for your yard!
Head to a u-pick berry farm to load up on strawberries! It’s a great way to get fresh berries, and the kids will love picking them.
Visit a petting zoo
If you have a petting zoo nearby, take advantage of it! It’s a great way to teach kids about different animals. They might even get to feed some of the animals.
Build a fort
Our kids build forts all the time. But they ALWAYS love it when the whole family gets involved. So on a rainy day, or even just a lazy afternoon, grab some blankets and pillows and build a fort. Then have a family movie night inside your new creation!
Take a day trip
Is there a place you’ve wanted to visit that’s close to home? Spring is a great time to take a day trip with the family. Visit a nearby town, or even just a different part of your city. It’s a great way to explore new places and bond as a family.
Practice your jumping skills by having a jump rope night with your entire family! See who can jump the most times, or make up your own rules. It’s a great way to get everyone moving and having fun.
Go to the library
Our local library has a ton of great activities for families. They have story times, contests, and even parties occasionally. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and it’s free!
One of my favorite spring activities is going birdwatching. It’s a great way to get outside and see some beautiful creatures. You might even be able to teach your kids a thing or two about birds!
Get some vitamin D while you enjoy a book! Take your reading material outside and find a comfortable spot in the sun. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy some quiet time.
Plan a scavenger hunt
This is a great activity for kids of all ages. You can make it as simple or complex as you want. Hide things around the house or yard, and give your kids clues to find them. Need an easy scavenger hunt? Grab ours here.
If you have a warm night with clear skies, stargazing can be a great activity for the whole family. See if you can spot different constellations, and make up your own stories about them. It’s a great way to bond and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Have a picnic
One of my favorite spring activities is having a picnic. Grab some food and head to your local park. It’s a great way to enjoy the warmer weather and spend time with your family.
Watch the sunset
Spring is a great time to watch the sunset. The days are getting longer, so you can stay out a little bit later without having to stay up much later like you do in the summer. It’s a great way to end the day and enjoy some quality time with your family.
Make mud pies
If you’ve got younger kids, they’ll love this activity! Let them get messy by making mud pies. They can use their imaginations to make all sorts of creations. And you can let them do it in the backyard so you don’t have to worry about the mess.
Make playdough flowers
This is a great activity for kids who love to get creative. Give them some playdough and let them make flowers out of it. You can even turn it into a contest to see who can make the most realistic looking flower.
Read: Easy Homemade Playdough
Spring means the beginning of delicious fresh produce again! Enjoy that produce by making smoothies as a family. You can even make them into fun shapes or colors.
Another great activity for kids who love to be creative. Give them some paint and let them make rainbows. You can even skip the paint and use sidewalk chalk to make the longest rainbow along your sidewalk!
Donate old winter clothing
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to say goodbye to our heavy winter clothes. But before you put them away, see if there are any that you can donate to people who need them. It’s a great way to teach your kids about giving back.
These are just a few of the many fun activities that families can do together in the spring. So get out there and enjoy the warmer weather! And don’t forget to have some fun along the way.