Pink pompoms of blooms burst from the tree outside my window. They seem like little cheerleaders celebrating the arrival of spring. After a cold, rainy winter, I am just as rah rah about spring’s arrival.
There are so many fun spring activities that I want to enjoy before the tender leaves are scorched by the blazing summer sun. But if I’m not careful, spring will end before I have time to do them. That is why I create a spring activities bucket list and put everything on my calendar.
Make a Realistic Spring Activities Bucket List
The first thing I do is to brainstorm all of the spring activities I want to do this year. There are some great resources on Pinterest for fun family activities for spring based on what is available in your area.
But sometimes these lists can be overwhelming with dozens of spring activities, all marked as essential. Your bucket list should reflect the activities that are truly important and enjoyable to you. Be realistic about how many weekends you have available, how involved the spring activity is, and how much your kids can actually handle in a day.
Remember that spring is a short season in many places, so it’s okay if your bucket list only has a half dozen activities on it. It’s more important to have a list that reflects your values and can actually be accomplished, than to be flooded by a million ideas you’ll never get to.
My Spring Activities Bucket List
I wrote my spring activities bucket list out in my bullet journal so I can refer to it when I do my calendaring. My list is pretty short but I love every activity on there and am so excited to do them with my family. Here’s what we’re going to do this season:
Take a walk through local wildflowers
Paint easter eggs using a cool technique like these tie dye eggs from One Little Project.
Plant vegetables in our garden
Visit a farm with baby animals
Take a family hike to see the waterfalls
Ditch the car and bike as much as possible in our new cargo bike
Go to the farmers’ market every Saturday morning
Pick strawberries at a U-pick-it farm
More Spring Activities Ideas
Maybe you don’t have farms or waterfalls near where you live, but there are plenty of other spring activities you can enjoy. Here are some other ideas to get you started:
Go fly a kite
Outdoor scavenger hunts. Five Little Chef’s has a really cute one.
Paint birdhouses and fill hummingbird feeders and then watch the flyers come in to snack
Feed the ducks
Collect river rocks and paint them outside
Collect maple syrup
Do some macro photography with the kids of cool spring bugs and plants. Check out LiveSeasoned’s tutorial and this awesome macro lens that fits most phones.
Have a picnic
Do a Color Run
Most importantly, think about what brings you joy in spring and how you can share that with your kids. Maybe think about what you enjoyed doing as a kid and recreate that experience for them. Your whole family will enjoy sharing the experience of your favorite spring activities.Think about what brings you joy in spring and how you can share that with your kids.Click To Tweet
Successful Spring Activities Require Preparation
“What would you like to do with this beautiful Sunday, dear?” “Oh, I don’t know, let’s just go for a walk and see how we feel,” said no parents of small children ever. Gone are the days when we could just pop down to brunch and decide to go for a hike on a whim to work off that waffle.
Spring activities with kids can be even more fun than the spontaneous decisions of old. The trick is preparation and a little planning. Kids are small and need far more supplies than we do to endure a long hike or trip to the farm.
The key is to put the spring activities you want to do on your calendar. I also calendar all the preparation steps needed so I can do them a night or two before.
For example, I may need a snack pack, to get out the hiking kid carrier out of the attic, or to inflate the tires on my bike. If I try to be spontaneous then I have to get into the attic while two kids cry for Mama below. Not ideal. Often, the logistical challenge of getting everything together at the last minute is too daunting. I end up exhausted before we even begin. Then we abandon the plan all together for something easier and less interesting.
If it’s on my calendar though, then I can include it in my bullet journal and include all the steps needed to prepare for the activity. When the time comes, I just have to load the kids up and go!
Don’t let this beautiful season slip by without enjoying all the spring activities that are important to you. Schedule it, even if it feels lame that you have to write everything down. It’s better than not getting to do it because it wasn’t on the calendar and you didn’t prepare.Don't let this beautiful season slip by without enjoying all the spring activities you love!Click To Tweet
What’s on your bucket list this season?
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