Spring is here!! Skies are blue, and the sun is shining. I have ZERO intention of locking myself inside with the children for the next two months, nor do I plan to stare out the window and marvel at the beauty of spring from the comfort of my couch or classroom. As such, I developed a list of 20 spring activities I plan to enjoy this year.
1 – Blow Bubbles ($2)
Bubbles make everything better. Kids get excited about bubbles. Adults get excited about bubbles. You can blow bubbles. You can let the machine blow bubbles. You can take the cutest picture with bubbles, and the best part is – bubbles are CHEAP!! Bubbles are a definite win for the spring season.
2 – Take a Family Photo in “Sunday” best (FREE)
Kids tend to be in more than their fair share of photos, but how many photos do you have with the kids, mom, AND dad in them? Time slips away from us so fast. What better way to commemorate picture perfect weather than with a not-so-picture perfect photo? (I am not naive enough to believe that children cooperate for photo sessions.) With iPhones, Androids, Pinterest, and Instagram, a professional photographer is not necessary. Find a pose you like, and recreate it; or, even better, create your own family pose.
3 – Throw a Tea Party (FREE)
Last year, my daughter got a Minnie Mouse tea set for her birthday, and she decided to throw a tea party with her cousin. Her brothers wanted to join the fun, and they did not hesitate for a moment when I told them they must dress up to take part in the party. Who does not enjoy cookies and juice? (Or a healthier snack alternative of your choice, of course.)
4 – Attend a festival
In the South, we love a festival. In New Orleans, we have Jazz Festival, Essence Festival, French Quarter Festival, Food Truck Festival, and so many more. Attend as many of the FREE events as possible. I put an asterisk next to the FREE because many of these festivals have amazing food, photo opportunities, and activities that cost extra once you get in. Have a price that you are willing to spend in mind when you walk in the gates. From that point on, ENJOY!
5 – Read Outside (FREE)
Vitamin D is your friend. Pull up a chair and pull out that book, that devotion, that blog, or that magazine you have been wanting to read. The sun is calling your name, and you must answer. Education + vitamins = just what the doctor ordered.
6 – Play at a Park (FREE)
Let your inner child roam free. Slide. Swing. Climb. Play. Live.
7 – Enjoy a sunset (FREE)
How often do you really take time out to watch the sun go down? The view is phenomenal. So often, we consume all the white space in our schedules. We could definitely stand to take a moment to see the natural beauty that surrounds us – an event that happens daily.
8 – Pick Wildflowers (FREE)
How sweet is it when your child comes to you with a bouquet they hand picked? Today, I passed by a field of wild sunflowers, and I wanted to stop, take a photo, and pick a few to come home. Those sunflowers have officially made my spring activities bucket list. You should put wildflowers on your bucket list as well. Make yourself a bouquet, or even better, make a bouquet for someone else.
9 – Go on a Nature Hunt (FREE)
I LOVE a scavenger hunt. Nature hunts give you an excuse to get outside and find some of the things you often walk straight past. If you need some inspiration for what you should see while you are out, I created one here. You can click the link below it to download one for yourself:
10 – Eat Ice Cream (under $5)
I cannot think of the last time I enjoyed ice cream with my family. I like ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, or snow cones/snow balls. Ice cold treats add that little something extra to your spring activities bucket list.
11 – Draw with sidewalk chalk ($1)
The Dollar Tree has all the colors you could possibly want in a box for $1. See what you can create. Draw a car, a village, or angel wings. You do not have to be artistic. You can write your name or write your favorite quote. Just have fun!
12 – Feed Ducks ($1)
Go to a pond, and take a loaf of bread (new or leftover). My daughter fed the ducks at City Park in New Orleans, and it was so peaceful to experience. She got such a kick out of the it and so did I. (I am sure the ducks enjoyed the experience as well.)
13 – Watch the sunrise (FREE)
You can apply all of the same rationale for watching the sunset here.
14 – Have a picnic (Under $5)
Lay your blanket in the grass. Fill a picnic basket (a lunch box, regular basket or any container will also do) with some of your favorite goodies. Then indulge in family time, date night, or even a bit of alone time.
15 – Play hopscotch (FREE)
You should already have sidewalk chalk from the drawings or sayings you created earlier. Now draw your 10 squares and start playing. As a kid, I remember walking through the neighborhood, and I could not walk past a block without a hopscotch on the sidewalk somewhere. Now, I am not sure that my kids have even heard of hop scotch. Bring it back this spring – for your kids health and for your own health.
16 – Paint rocks (under $10)
This one is new for me. For this reason, I have done some research so that you can have some success when entering into this venture:
17 – Make lemonade ($2)
A few years back, I bought a lemonade jar. This year, I am going to use it to make lemonade at least once. While, I cannot promise fresh squeezed lemonade, (pre-packaged products are my friends) I do plan to enjoy the time with my kids. You may even decide take it one step further, create a lemonade stand, and sell (or giveaway) cups of lemonade to your neighbors.
18 – Make floral decor ($5 – $25)
I do NOT have a green thumb, but I do love flowers around my house. Personally, my flowers come from the plastic seasonal flower section in Walmart or at the dollar tree, but I do make sure to change out my centerpieces regularly. You may consider fresh flowers or adding floral accessories to your wardrobe or hair.
19 – Star Gaze (FREE)
Find a space where you can get a clear view of the night sky, and take time to soak it all in. Fresh air combined with bright lights across a black backdrop can definitely spruce up your spring.
20 – Visit Downtown (Varies)
Downtown always highlights the culture of your city. Be a tourist for the day. Explore all of the history your city has to offer.
So there you have it, 20 budget friendly activities for you and your family to enjoy this spring.
I plan to document mine on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to join me, please tag me in your photos @ordinarilyextraordinarymom. Living my version of a minimalist life has focused me more on making memories and experiences.
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