A fresh approach to Springtime family activities
Winter doesn’t necessarily mean snow and ice for everyone. But it often does leave us in the doldrums once the holiday season ends. Then Spring comes along, cheery and bright, to lift us right out of that slump. Now is the perfect time to start planning some fun Springtime family activities to celebrate the change of season.
Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Springtime family activities:
• Outdoor farmers’ markets that close for colder months generally re-open in April. If you don’t have one in your community, check the newspaper for one nearby or visit www.localharvest.org to search for local venues.
• Arm each family member with a basket or reusable tote bag and seek out interesting new veggies, seasonal fruit, and enticing cheese, honey, and nuts from the market vendors. Then prepare a Spring feast with your fresh finds and enjoy the taste of the new season (preferably outdoors)!
• Pump up sagging bicycle tires and cinch up your safety helmets. Taking a family bike ride around the neighborhood is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the sights of new green leaves and bright flowers starting to bloom.
• Plan an all-ages “play date” with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even the neighbors joining in for a round of simple lawn games or a hula-hooping contest. It’s a great time to take advantage of longer days and mild temperatures before the sunburn-and-mosquito season begins.
• Do something nice for Mother Nature by planting Spring bulbs or starting an herb garden. Not all plants do well in all places, though, so do your research for recommended planting times and types for your area. There are plenty of online resources as well as those old-fashioned things called gardening books at your local library.
• Grandparents who live some distance from their grandchildren can send a little package of Spring sunshine in the mail: Collect a few seed packets and a child-sized gardening tool and include a note explaining that you’ll plant some of the same seeds at your home to create a shared garden, even from far away.
But don’t stop there – get creative! You can enjoy more time with your loved ones with these and other homegrown Springtime family activities – just let your enthusiasm be your guide.