We’ve all been eagerly waiting for spring to come, and it is finally here, so let’s see how we can use spring days to their full potential with our kids. During the cold days of winter, we are most often indoors, without any desire to explore the outdoors. Both adults and kids can’t wait to come home from school or work and feel the warm coziness. It is a fact that we are more passive in winter. However, all that changes with the lovely, sunny weather. This is an ideal time to be active with our kids – keep reading to learn more about how to be active this spring.
The first thing you can do is explore your backyard – so simple and full of potential. Then, of course, you should visit some local (and perhaps other) parks. You can go for a refreshing indoor swim. Many active families enjoy riding a bike, so consider some safe biking trails and make a day out of them. You can also go for various adventures – more on that later. When the weather is rainy, and you don’t want to go outside, you can get crafty and creative indoors with fantastic and fun crafts. Moreover, you can plant a garden with your kids and play sports.
Explore your backyard and make it fun
One of the simplest, most accessible, and most versatile spring activities involves exploring your backyard. You can use your backyard to be active in so many fun ways. You should use the first sunny days of spring to prepare your backyard and don’t hesitate to involve your kids, too. They can help out with some easy tasks. It will positively affect their self-confidence, and they will learn a thing or two. Kids like to be busy, they feel important as they are also contributing.
When you are done with preparing the yard, you can set up some play areas by bringing out all the outdoor toys kids use. You can create a sand play area or set up swings and slides. You can also create a small DIY adventure park. If your kids attend an early learning centre, you can ask them what they enjoy the most playing with outside in their preschool and use some ideas in your backyard. In that way, they will always be active outdoors, even when you are not available.
Visit local parks
The next thing on the list is probably something all parents do – taking kids to local parks. And this is a perfectly valid thing to do – it benefits adults and kids. Fresh air, luscious greenery, flowers, soft grass – all of these things make parks perfect for families. You probably have a favorite nearby go-to park where you often go. However, you should find some other local parks you can visit. Sometimes, when you have more free time, you can visit a beautiful park further away. You can make a day out of it, perhaps a picnic. Remember to pack water, fruit, and some sandwiches. You can play many games in the park, and kids can socialize. You can play frisbee, badminton, catch, and many other active sports. Many parks also have adrenaline or adventure parks. You can also visit a natural reserve, a marine park, or a botanical garden.
Go for a refreshing swim
Even though spring is not hot enough to enjoy an outdoor swim, you can always go for an indoor swim. Swimming is a great sports activity for kids and adults, so you should have it in your routine. You can visit a local swimming pool or an aqua park, where kids can have fun on water slides and other water adventures. It would be great if the aqua park also had a spa area, where you can relax and relieve all the stress while kids enjoy their swim and slides. Swimming and water generally are pretty tiring, so expect your kids to fall asleep quickly and without any trouble!
Go family biking
Biking is a perfect activity for the whole family. You probably have bikes, so when spring comes, prepare them for the riding season. Preparing the bikes for the riding season means cleaning and servicing them. You can create some amusing routes to take. Start with simple, easy ones that are short enough for kids to keep up. Gradually increase the intensity. You can go biking in the neighborhood, in the park, by the river or lake, or anywhere safe. You can bike to a particular spot, rest, and have a picnic.
Go on an adventure
There are also other adventures you can go on. These include laser tag or paintball, they are pretty active and fun. Also, some adrenaline parks are safe for kids. You can search online for kid-friendly adventures in your area to see what your city offers. Kids love doing new and exciting.
Indulge in some indoor crafts
As you already know, spring is not always sunny and warm, there can be plenty of rainy days. When the weather could be more appealing for outdoor activities, you can always create fun indoor activities with some fun crafts. You can always do some projects together as a family, games to play, and puzzles to do. You can use the internet to help you with some ideas.
Plant a garden together
Another great outdoor activity is planting a garden. Kids can learn so much about plants in this way – much better than learning from a book or TV, as it is hands-on and interactive. You can get them little garden gloves, garden tools, and watering cans. They will surely enjoy this.
Play a sport
Lastly, what you can also do is play a sport. If you need more members for specific sports, you can include kids from the neighborhood or friends and family. You can even organize a friendly competition.
As you can see, the sky is the limit when indulging in amusing outdoor activities with your kids. Use your imagination and the internet, and you’ll never lack ideas.