21 Fun Spring Activities For Families
Ecotherapy is the interaction with nature to enhance healing and growth. It has many positive effects on our mental and physical health.
Here are 21 fun spring activities for famillies.
“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
21 Fun Spring Activities For Families
1 | Go To A Farm or Zoo
Spring is a great time to visit a farm or zoo since it provides the best conditions for giving birth.
Tons of animals are born in the spring;
Bear and squirrel are born in the winter, but starting coming out in the spring.
You can also avoid walking around on the really hot days of summer.
2 | Gardening
Gardening provides a great connection to the earth, therefore making it an awesome technique for ecotherapy!
The spring months are the perfect time for it.
It’s great exercise, you get vitamin D, & you’ll feel accomplished.
Plus you’ll be rewarded with fruits, flowers or vegetables.
3 | Prepare For Weather
Spring is the season for thunderstorms which cause tornadoes, lightning, and flooding.
You can’t predict what areas get hit hard so it’s never a bad idea to be prepared.
Some things you can do to prepare?
- Clean your gutters, drains, and downspouts
- Make sure water is draining away from your house
- You could install storm shutters
- You could cut weak branches and trees that could break in strong winds
4 | Take Pictures
Taking pictures is a great creative outlet and almost everyone has a camera on their phone which makes it super accessible.
Spring offers tons of pretty flowers and animals that are fun to capture.
5 | Visit The Farmers Market
You can find fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh baked goodies, and other products.
You’ll help support local farmers and businesses.
Plus, you’ll know where your food is coming from!
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
6 | Go On A Nature Walk
You can make the walk more interesting by bringing binoculars or a camera to capture pictures.
If you’re hoping to find wildlife the best times to go are at dawn and dusk.
Not all spring activities for families are free, but this one is.
Going on a walk is simple. You don’t need to go far, or bring much.
Ecotherapy is a free service that humans depend upon, yet often overlook.
7 | Go To A Baseball Game
You could go see a major leagues game or support your local team.
You can meet new people, socialize, and maybe catch some halftime entertainment.
8 | Find Bugs
Spring is a good time to look for caterpillars.
Make sure to check grass, trees and especially the underside of leaves; milkweed is a common plant to find monarchs.
For other bugs you can check under stones, boards, or look through rotten wood.
I try to leave things the way I found them & this can be a good thing to teach your children too.
Spring is perfect for finding bugs.
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
9 | Look For Baby Birds
Spring is a great time for baby birds to hatch.
You can find a nest and watch it throughout the entire season.
This is another one of the free spring activities for families.
If you’re feeling up to spending money & a challenge, you could even buy some chicks or ducks.
They’re adorable and relatively easy pets to own & will provide you with eggs and meat.
10 | Play In The Rain
Make a dam, or a mud pie, look for rainbows, make DIY boats, get the slip n slide out, play in puddles, shake tree limbs to make tree showers, or collect worms!
Just another one of the free spring activities for families.
11 | Horseback Riding
Riding a horse offers exercise, improves reflexes, balance and coordination.
It’s a stress relief.
Equine therapy provides numerous benefits.
12 | Look For Tadpoles
Some of the best places to look for tadpoles are ponds, swamps, and creeks; they’re typically close to the bank.
13 | Play Hopscotch
Hopscotch helps us get exercise, learn body control and playing together (at any age).
If you wanted more variety you could bring hula hoops, and jump ropes too.
14 | Make Rock Art
You can paint rocks, stack rocks, or collect rocks.
15 | Go on a rainbow walk; Look for every color of the rainbow
Grab an egg carton, color the bottoms of each hole a different color & go find something in nature for each color!
This is a great activity for kids & some colors will have them stumped.
A study out of Princeton University found that physical exercise ignites neuron creation and hippocampus growth; These are exactly what regulate anxiety.
16 | Skip Stones
Skipping refers to the stone bouncing off the water & skimming is to see how far a bouncing stone can travel across water before sinking.
Here is an illustrated guide for skipping stones if you want to get the perfect technique!
17 | Have A Picnic
It doesn’t need to be super fancy or in a superb location.
This creates opportunity to intentionally connect with family or friends.
Chances are you’ll be less distracted since you’re able to escape from the daily routine.
18 | Fly A Drone
Drones often catch the interest of kids.
One tip is to bring spare batteries.
You can get some incredible pictures with drones (you can fly up to 400 feet above ground legally).
19 | Look for blooming flowers!
Some flowers that bloom in the spring include;
- Cherry blossoms
- Lenten roses
- Glory of the snow
- Sweet alyssum
- Grape hyacinths
20 | Do Some Spring Cleaning
As the days grow longer we usually find ourselves getting up and doing more.
It’s a perfect time to clean all the dust that’s settled over the winter.
You could really clean inside or outside. You can make space for a garden, or do some curb appeal.
You’ll feel accomplished either way!
21 | Fly A Kite
Flying a kite teaches problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, patience, motor skills, and can alleviate stress by taking the focus off of everyday stressors.
Fields, parks and beaches can be good places to fly a kite.
Ecotherapy has been proven to help with ADHD, PTSD, addiction, depression & reduce stress! It’s been proven to improve people’s behavior and speed up recovery time. It is centered around the idea of biophilia: people’s bond between themselves & the ecosystem.
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