Spring is the time of year when nature renews itself, the weather gets warmer and your family can finally get out of the house! This season, enjoy some quality family time in the great outdoors! Here are eight outdoor activities for the family that will make this a springtime to remember.
1. Go for a family hike.
Taking a hike on a nature trail as a family is a great way to get some low-impact exercise and enjoy the fresh air while you're at it. Hiking clears the mind and invigorates the body, and it's a great way for your family to discover the wonders of nature together.
2. Set up a backyard scavenger hunt.
This can be a really memorable active springtime idea! Hide several different toys or prizes in different locations around the backyard, and then offer clues or riddles that your kids will have to figure out in order to move from one location to the other. Scavenger hunts feed a child's hunger for discovery and adventure, and they're a great way to stimulate the mind while getting some exercise at the same time.
3. Play an outdoor sport.
Whether it's catch, shooting hoops, a few innings of kickball or a family match of doubles tennis, there are several sports that work for the whole family. If your yard isn't big enough to accommodate, head out to a nearby park or a sports club to use their facilities. All you need to bring is the equipment for some good old-fashioned family competition.
4. Plant and tend a garden.
This is more of an extended-time project, but planting a garden is one of the most beneficial and educational activities you can do for the springtime. Gardens are great for the environment because the plants you grow will help clean the air by taking in carbon dioxide, and they produce vital oxygen for us to breathe as well. Not only that, but growing produce from your own garden is highly cost-effective, and it generally tastes way better than what you can find at the store.
Your family can participate together in every phase of your gardening project, whether it be composting, tilling the soil, planting the seeds, watering, pulling weeds or harvesting. Once harvest time comes, you can put together special meals for the family that include fresh ingredients from your home-grown garden - a great way to eat clean!
5. Cool off with a spring car wash.
Washing the car can be seen as a chore, but many kids see it as a fun activity--and we won't tell them any different. Just park your car in the driveway, grab a bucket of soapy water and some sponges, and turn washing the car into a fun family activity.
6. Go camping.
Head to a local campsite for a couple of days and unplug. There's something about being out in nature that will refuel and recharge your mind and body, and it will help you gain clarity and perspective as well. Tell stories to the kids around the campfire while cooking hot dogs or roasting some s'mores. With camping, you can enjoy the great outdoors as a family, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Bonus points to the family that can agree to leave their electronic devices off or at home for the entire time.
7. Fly kites together.
Flying kites is somewhat of a lost art in today's time. But kids love it! If you happen to have a particularly windy day in your area, don't let it go to waste--head to a local park and fly kites together as a family!
8. Go geocaching.
Geocaching is a relatively new form of treasure hunting where you can look for objects that have been hidden in small containers all over your local area using GPS-enabled devices. There are several geocaching websites that act as an address book to let you know where these caches are hidden, and once you get the coordinates from the website, you can plug them into your smartphone or navigation system in your car, and venture out to find these hidden treasures. Once you've found a cache, it's a common practice to leave some type of trinket behind, and also take something with you from the cache. Geocaching is a great way for families to go on a fun treasure hunting adventure together.
So now you have your marching orders...get outdoors and have some memory-making family fun!