41 Safe Family Activities for Spring


Kids jumping in puddles
3/9/2021

Signs of spring are everywhere: more daylight hours, mud replacing ice and snow, the temperatures ticking up. This spring marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, making everyone more restless to get outside and burn off some energy like never before.

Here are 41 family activities to do that are safe and fun this season. Please be sure to follow local guidelines on COVID-19 prevention and social distancing.

Happy spring!

  1. Plant a garden. Do some research to discover what might grow best in your yard, identify a local shop to pick up some seeds or seedlings, grab a shovel, and dig in.
  2. Have a picnic. Outdoor picnics can be a fun way to share a family meal — breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  3. Ride a bike. Find some new trails, visit a bike path, or explore a new town.
  4. Paddle down a river. There are dozens of places in the area to kayak or canoe.
  5. Walk around Walden Pond. Spring is a great time to explore the nature sanctuary and look for wildlife.
  6. Welcome the birds back with a homemade bird feeder!
  7. Climb a hill just before sunset and enjoy the view from the top.
  8. Stargaze — set up a tent in the backyard or go outside on a clear night. Take a flashlight, look up and enjoy the wonders of the sky.
  9. Camp outside. It might be a little cool, but bundle up and enjoy the fresh smells and distinct sounds (like birds!) of spring.
  10. Run or walk for a good cause. The Emerson 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care is May 1-15! Everyone who registers receives a race t-shirt!
  11. Beautify your neighborhood with sidewalk chalk. Draw pictures, write poems, or inspirational quotes — the sidewalk is your canvas. Enjoy it!
  12. Paint your windows using window or whiteboard markers. Bring the sunshine indoors by decorating the windows with spring scenes. Do a test first to make sure the markers wipe off easily.
  13. Grateful for someone? Write them a card or send them a picture in the mail. They will love to hear from you!
  14. Start a tea party or tea tradition. Choose a time that works best for your family, set the kettle on the stove, pour some tea (decaf for the youngest!), serve pastries and fruit, and enjoy time together.
  15. Discover creative ways to celebrate the holidays. Spring is filled with reasons to celebrate! St. Patrick's Day is three days before the first day of spring. April Fool's Day is always fun. Earth Day is a great reason to get outside, as well as Mother's Day and Memorial Day. You can also use spring holidays such as Easter, Passover, Ramadan, and Cinco de Mayo to teach children about different cultures.
  16. Volunteer or donate. Even during the pandemic, there are opportunities to help your community in-person or remotely. Check with local food pantries for starters. After the snow melts is a great time to pick up trash in parks and along sidewalks or trails. Offer to help a neighbor get their yard ready for spring. Start a food drive by collecting food donations from neighbors for your local food pantry. Contact the pantry in advance to find out if they need specific items.
  17. Take photos outside. Once we can shed the hats, gloves, and bulky coats, don your nice sweater, head outside, and take some family photos — either informally for fun or with a professional photographer.
  18. Wash a car on a warm spring day.
  19. Tend to your yard. Pick up fallen sticks and plant grass seed to fill in the bare spots on your lawn. It may also be the right time to trim trees, shrubs, and perennials of dead tree limbs or leaves. Check with your local garden center or an online resource if you have questions about proper plant care.
  20. Go spring skiing. This time of year can make for ideal conditions to ski with kids. The snow is softer, the air is warmer, and you do not have to wear as many layers. Prevent overheating by dressing in layers, and bring water and snacks!
  21. Play ball. Shoot some hoops, play catch, or kick around a soccer ball with your family. Have fun outside without the structure of an organized practice or game.
  22. Go geocaching. You never know what you will find!
  23. Create an obstacle course kids can walk, run, skip, or bike through. Coordinate with some neighbors and make it a neighborhood course!
  24. Walk your dog or borrow a friend’s. Find the most dog-friendly areas of your town and have some fun.
  25. Create a scavenger hunt. Hide clues outdoors and see who can find them all.
  26. Spring clean your kitchen cabinets. Remove expired foods, wipe down, and organize the drawers.
  27. Go on a hunt to find the best _____ within 10 miles (insert name of food such as “pizza” or “ice cream”). This activity might take you to different towns to explore.
  28. Create a stick library for neighborhood dogs. Check out what this creative 10-year old did.
  29. Play in the mud — literally. Pick a warm day, dress in clothes you can get filthy, and explore the earth. Buckets and beach toys add to the fun!
  30. Journal or color outside. Take a notebook or coloring books, writing, drawing, or painting tools, and a blanket to sit on, and spend time creating.
  31. Start to plan a post-pandemic adventure. With hope in the form of vaccines, it might be possible to have a safe escape in the coming year.
  32. Set a family exercise goal. Discuss ways to get fit this spring — maybe it is walking or running two miles each day or having a dance party on your front lawn every afternoon through spring. Whatever it is, come up with a goal and stick to the plan. Celebrate when you meet the goal!
  33. Set out chairs — and meet your neighbors. You might make a new friend, and maybe you will see some cute neighborhood dogs, too.
  34. Make iced tea and lemonade. Few things compare to homemade iced tea and lemonade.
  35. Take up a new hobby. Explore photography, learn a new language, practice juggling, read non-fiction...the sky is the limit.
  36. Speaking of the sky, paint the sky! Go outside at dusk with some paper and paints, look up, and paint the sky. Save your paintings as a memory from the pandemic.
  37. Clean out the garage, and use the toys you find, after you clean up! Hula hoops, an old soccer ball, bits of chalk, a skateboard, who knows what fun is hiding in the garage?!
  38. Re-arrange your furniture. A fresh perspective can be refreshing. Put family room chairs in the kitchen, re-angle the kitchen table, switch couches around. You get the idea.
  39. Thank a teacher. May 4 is Teacher Appreciation Day. Teachers have had a tough year working hard to educate students in different formats. Send a note to your favorite teacher. They will cherish it.
  40. Visit a local farm, pick out some fresh produce and make a meal that celebrates the spring season.
  41. Find Ponyhenge, or another obscure place!
 
Please drop us a note and let us know how you are celebrating spring! You can send it to pr@emersonhosp.org or tag @EmersonHospital on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 

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