Spring is in full swing around the country and the weather is starting to warm up! If you are looking for some fun outdoor activities for the family this spring, try these ideas. Be creative, soak up the sun, and have fun!
- Make a birdhouse
As the weather warms up, the birds in your area are looking for nests to build! Birdwatching is a good hobby for children, and building a birdhouse together is a fun way to start the habit of watching birds flock to your yard. You can begin the process of building a birdhouse by following a manual or watching a video, as constructing a basic wooden birdhouse is a relatively simple process.
Once you have a birdhouse built, you can add bird feeders to your space to attract more feathered friends!
- Start a garden
Nothing beats the rewarding feeling of seeing beautiful blooming flowers or eating fresh-grown vegetables. With the right tools and some research, you and your kids can turn your backyard into a thriving garden. First, you should determine your climate zone, as this is crucial to the success of your plants. For example, you should know the predicted weather that your garden will be growing in to determine the proper amount of water and sunlight it will need.
Also, decide what to grow and take space into consideration. Have kids pick out vegetables they may have never tried before, so they can experience trying something new and watching it grow.
- Have a scavenger hunt
Plan a scavenger hunt for your kids in your backyard! You can either include finding clues or finding items, and you can choose your location and what type of scavenger hunt it is. There are lots of opportunities to mix it up and try fun things!
Scavenger hunts are a good way to exercise the body and the mind and include activities that require thought and movement. Add exciting twists, like a pirate-themed scavenger hunt, or clues disguised as common household items. Have fun and be creative with your spring scavenger hunt!
- Plan a summer trip together
As the weather warms up, consider the next few months and how much fun a summer trip could be. Planning in the spring is ideal if you are traveling far and will need arrangements such as a hotel and flights. Make an itinerary of everything you want to do on your trip and ask your kids to contribute their ideas of what would be fun for them.
- Have a bubble party
Blowing bubbles in the outdoor weather is a staple of the spring, and while blowing bubbles at any age is fun, they are especially fascinating to kids. You can even make your own bubble solution with water, dish soap, and glycerin. To teach children about colors, point out how the light reflects into rainbows within the floating bubbles. You can have a bubble party with the neighborhood kids and give everyone a wand and some solution, and watch your backyard transform into a bubble party.
While spring is a great time to start to get some fresh air, summer is right around the corner. Sign up for a summer camp at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati! We offer a variety of summer programs, from full-day camps to part-day adventure programs which allow you to build a week full of fun! Register online here. And if you still want some spring activities to do with your kids, you can volunteer at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati!