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Shake off the winter blues and try any of these fun, spring activities
that will have you and the kiddos enjoying the fresh air.
Blow bubbles. Go buy some bubbles at your favourite dollar store, or make your own at home.
Fly a kite. Go fly a kite—literally! Choose an open field and run around with the kids to try and get their kite up in the air. If you’re having trouble, try any of these 4 tips for successful kite-flying.
Play hide-and-seek. Who doesn’t love this classic game? Springtime means you can head outside for an epic, neighbourhood round of hide-and-seek!
Make a bird feeder. What better spring craft is there than making a DIY bird feeder? Or try painting a birdhouse, which you can purchase at your local craft store.
Ride a bike. Spend an afternoon riding the bike trails in your local area. Is your little biker still in training? Use it as an opportunity to teach him how to ride his bike without training wheels.
Enjoy the cherry blossoms. April showers bring May flowers! With the snow melting away, there will be plenty of beautiful cherry blossoms to observe and admire.
Feed the ducks. It’s migrating season! All of the ducks and other birds are heading back home, so bring a bag of bread to a pond near you and feed them a tasty snack.
Learn about dinosaurs. Check out your city’s best dinosaur exhibit at your nearest museum. The kids will love learning about these ancient Earth inhabitants (and the skeletons are pretty awesome, too.)
Go camping. Create a weekend adventure by bringing the family to the nearest campground. Pitch a tent, roast some marshmallows, and tell spooky stories by the fire. If you want to keep things close to home, put up a tent in the backyard and enjoy the lovely, spring weather.
Visit a farmer’s market. Spend a Sunday at your favourite farmer’s market and pick out some fresh fruits and veggies as a snack for later.
Make all things maple. This tasty pancake-topper isn’t just for the fall season. Enjoy making these maple scones or yummy maple hot chocolate for a yummy spring evening.
Collect rocks. Whether you’re at the beach or park, collect the biggest (and smoothest) rocks you can find. Add them to your collection or use them to make crafts.
Play hopscotch. You might think this game is too simple, but it’s always a great time-killer and super fun to play at any age.
Get gardening. Now is the time to start planting flowers in the yard. Your little ones will love getting messy in the fresh soil and being on garden hose duty.
Go for a hike. What better way to explore the fresh outdoors than to go on a hike through a forest or trail? Try to stay quiet as you venture through to see if you can hear (or see) the animals coming out of winter hibernation.
Build a race car. Put those old cardboard boxes to use by personalizing your very own cardboard race car. If you have any leftovers, try making one of these 11 awesome crafts you can make with a cardboard box.
Visit a butterfly conservatory. Head out and explore all of the different kinds of beautiful butterfly species as these flutter around you. If there isn’t a conservatory near you, simply study the butterflies in the great outdoors and see how many you can find.
Wash your car. Pick a warmer day to get the kids to help you out with cleaning up your family vehicle(s) on the driveway.
Paint rocks. Take those rocks you’ve collected and make a craft day out of it. Paint them with your favourite colours and turn them into rock magnets for the fridge.
Take lots of pictures. Make sure that while living in the moment, you don’t forget to snap photos of the silly and fun times, too. Print the photos and have the kids help you finally put together that scrapbook or album you’ve wanted to make.
Check out a conservation area or greenhouse. Make some amazing memories at one of your regional conservation areas or greenhouses. It will be fun to explore and the kids will love learning something new every step of the way—win-win! Plus, if you’re all feeling inspired afterwards, you can take what you’ve learned and make your own terrarium.
Pick some berries. Go on a hunt and see who can pick the most berries (without eating them, of course!)
Dance in the rain. Bundle up in your best rain gear and take advantage of the spring showers. Have a dance party outside in the drizzle (umbrellas optional), then cozy up for a cuddle session by the fire to warm up.
Walk your dog. Stretch your legs and take your family pet on that much-awaited walk, sans snow. No dog? Then take the kids to your local dog park and watch man’s best friends enjoy the warm weather.
Feed some chipmunks. Go to the nearest park and bring some chipmunk-friendly food along. Have fun feeding your new, furry friends right out of the palm of your hand!
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