I went to college at a small school in Pennsylvania. The spring semester of my first year had to have been the worst weather I have ever experienced. It seemed like there was either a snow or ice storm every other night for months. Many days featured single-digit temperatures. When a blizzard hit leaving two feet of snow by the beginning of April, I thought it wouldn’t melt until the end of the summer. Fortunately, that year gave us an April with consistently warm and sunny skies. It was like a bright dawn after the darkest night.It’s time to get the family out of the house to enjoy the sun again.
When spring arrives, it brings new life and possibilities. Green returns to the spectrum of daily colors along with fresh air. It’s time to get the family out of the house to enjoy the sun again. Here are 6 family activities for spring weekends:
1. Go to a Driving Range
It doesn’t matter how good or bad anyone is at golf. Going to the range is all about gripping and ripping. Have little competitions like accuracy or farthest shot. The real fun comes out when the ball picker cart comes out. Give an extra special prize to the person that hits it the hardest.
2. Landscaping Project
Involve everyone in a project to make the house look better. Whether it is a flower bed, mulching, planting, trimming, or something more technical, do it together. Working with one another on a project is a great way to bond. Talk, sweat, and encourage each other. You can even give a nature lesson with little kids. When it is completed, get cleaned up and go out for dinner to celebrate. Share memories of the day.
3. Sidewalk Chalk
Drawing is a good way for kids to express themselves. Get some sidewalk chalk and give everyone a space to create.
4. Home Run Derby
Spring always makes me think of baseball. Take your family to a little league baseball field, preferably with a wall. With tennis balls play home run derby. Give each batter a certain amount of pitches and see how many home runs they hit. You can also give them a number of outs. (An out is a ball that is hit, not a home run.) For non-competitive people, you can keep pitching until they hit a certain number of home runs. If you want to make it easier, let the kids use a tennis racket or a thicker/lighter bat.
5. Backyard Camping or Campfire
Set up the tent in the backyard and camp out. Or simply roast marshmallows around a fire pit. Tell stories or read a book out loud. Pose fun questions for everyone to answer. Then sleep out under the stars.
6. Make and Paint a Birdhouse
Birdhouse kits make this easy. Build it together and then decide the colors to paint it. You could also have each kids make and paint their own with your help.
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Sound off: What are some of your favorite spring activities?
Huddle up with your family and plan one of these activities.