As the warmer weather approaches, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your family’s bucket list for spring. In this blog post, I’ve compiled a list of 50 family-friendly activities that will add a sprinkle of joy to your season. From nature-inspired outings to creative spring projects, there’s something for everyone.
Stay til the end for a free spring bucket list printable! Let the countdown to a season of unforgettable experiences begin!
1. “Signs of spring” nature walk
Do a “signs of spring” nature walk. You could do this along with a spring scavenger hunt if you wanted. As you walk, use all your senses to look for the signs of spring. Find flowers starting to bloom, listen for birds chirping or frogs croaking, the smell of fresh-cut grass or an upcoming rain, feel the water flowing through a creek, etc.
2. Farmers Market
Visit your local farmers market this spring for homegrown fruits and veggies, homemade crafts and treats, and sometimes even live music!
3. Strawberry picking
Visit a family farm that offers berry picking! When you get home, teach your kids to wash and store them, use them to bake a pie, or make a homemade jam!
4. Catch & release tadpoles
This is one of my kids’ favorite spring bucket list activities. They love catching tadpoles in nets and putting them in a bucket to watch them for a while, before letting them go.
When the weather starts warming up, it’s the perfect start to camping season! Our family often does a spring camping trip for the start of trout fishing season in March.
6. Make a fairy garden
Making a fairy garden is so fun, especially if you have young girls. You can either buy little fairy garden figures or make your own out of found objects like acorns and sticks. The Dollar Tree has a lot of fairy garden items in the spring and that’s where we get ours.
7. Clean up a park
Practice leaving places better than you found them! When you visit your local park, take a trash bag and some gloves or hand sanitizer and pick up around the playground before you play! We sometimes do this as an Earth Day activity.
8. Plant a tree or flowers
Some good flowers to plant in spring are impatiens, tulips, peonies, daffodils, and marigolds. Hydrangeas or azaleas are good shrubs to start! Celebrate Arbor Day this spring by planting a crabapple tree, a dogwood, or a box elder tree.
9. Go kayaking
Spring may not be quite swimming season in your area yet, but around here, it’s time to get out the kayaks! If you aren’t ready for kayaking or have small kids, consider trying a canoe!
10. Visit a botanical garden
Spring is the perfect season to visit a botanical garden. Most botanical gardens will have special events during spring, and a lot of them have areas specifically for children to play and explore!
11. Have a picnic
Pack up your picnic basket and a blanket and head to a local park for lunch and a play day!
12. Watch a storm
We love to sit on our front porch and watch a storm when the weather is warm! Just make sure you’re staying safe during tornado season!
13. Bake homemade bread
If you’re new to baking bread, there are so many YouTube videos on bread baking for beginners! Involve the kids to help mix ingredients.
14. Decorate Easter Eggs
Obviously, Easter is the biggest spring holiday. We decorate eggs every year, but sometimes it’s fun to find new ways to decorate. Last year, we used the popular Eggmazing Egg Decorator and the kids loved it – plus it was much less of a mess than regular egg dye!
Other ways to spice up your decorating include using farm eggs, making natural dyes, using shaving cream, or Cool Whip to create a marbled effect, decorate with puffy paint, or use stickers.
15. Set up a bird feeder
Set up a bird feeder where you can watch it from your window or porch! We have also made easy DIY bird feeders. Roll pinecones in natural peanut butter and sprinkle with birdseed. Hang from a piece of twine!
16. Go on a bike ride
Find a bike trail or head to a local park for a family bike ride. If you have little ones, we like this relatively inexpensive baby seat for bicycles. If your family bicycles more often, consider a higher-quality bike seat for babies to toddlers or a pull-behind bike trailer.
17. Hunt 4 leaf clovers
A perfect passive, screen-free spring activity. Find a patch of clovers and start hunting for 4-leaf clovers. I’ve found that usually, where you find one, you will find more nearby. If you pick the clover, consider pressing it and saving it in a frame or a resin necklace.
18. Make chalk art
Bring out the sidewalk chalk! My daughter’s favorite lately is to lay down and have me to trace around her body so she can color herself in and decorate her outfit!
19. Feed the ducks
Go to the park and feed the ducks and geese! Most of us grew up feeding the ducks bread, but now we know that there are better options! Feeding them bread is kind of like giving them candy – there’s no nutritional value. It can also be harmful to developing ducks. Some better options include peas, corn, rice, cabbage, or fruits (not citrus!)
20. Pick a bouquet of wildflowers
Pick a bouquet of wildflowers to give as a gift or decorate your home! Just make sure you aren’t picking them from somewhere it’s not allowed, such as in most National Parks, on someone else’s property, or anywhere there are signs saying not to!
21. Fly a kite
Pick a windy day and find a big open area to fly a kite!
22. Bird watching
Grab your binoculars and watch for birds. You can watch the birds in your own yard, or walk a trail looking for them. This boardwalk near our home has informational signs along the path telling you about the birds that live in that area.
23. Watch a sunset
Spring is a great time to watch the sunset with your family! Unlike summer, the sunset is still at a decent hour, especially in early spring. In the Midwest, during March, sunset is around 7:00pm.
24. Blow bubbles
Ok, this seems like a silly, simple thing to put on a bucket list for spring, but you can make it more fun! If you have a bubble machine (this one has great reviews and lasts longer than just one season!), have a bubble dance party.
Or, our favorite, make giant bubbles! See if you can wrap a bubble around someone, or see how big you can make it before it pops! This is the exact giant bubble wand that we have!
25. Hike a new trail
Use the All Trails app to find a trail near you that you haven’t tried yet! The app will show you the difficulty level, photos, and reviews!
26. Family game night
Put down your electronics and have a family game night! Pick a classic board game like Monopoly or Pictionary, or play something newer, like my 10-year-old’s favorite – What Do You Meme? For little kids, Candyland or Hi-Ho Cherry-O are good options.
27. Go to the zoo
Spring is a great time to visit the zoo. It’s not as hot, and usually not as busy as it is in the summer.
28. Attend an outdoor concert
A perfect bucket list activity for spring is to attend an outdoor concert or movie. Some cities will host events like this, so check your city’s website! Our nearest city does an outdoor concert series on the old courthouse lawn, and “Pop-up Movie” events on certain evenings.
29. Spring clean & donate
The perfect time to let go of some clutter! Have your kids go through their toys and decide what they are willing to give up. Gather all clothing that no longer fits and donate it to a charity, church, or thrift shop. If anything is still in really great condition, you can sell it to a resale shop. Another option is to host a yard sale.
30. Go thrifting or yard sale shopping
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! We love finding deals at yard sales and thrift shops! I’ve found amazing deals on things like Hunter boots, a Fjallraven backpack, vintage folding chairs, ornate mirrors, a hanging rattan egg chair (for $1!!!) and so much more!
31. Make a suncatcher
If you feel like getting crafty, you can make a suncatcher! There are several ways to make DIY suncatchers. Pinterest has a lot of great DIY tutorials – from super easy to somewhat advanced.
32. Play mini golf
If you’re lucky, you live in a place where mini golf is available nearby. Otherwise, add it to your spring break vacation itinerary! Some RV resorts and campgrounds (like Jellystone Park campgrounds) offer mini golf!
33. Go geocaching
Have you ever gone geocaching? It’s kind of like treasure hunting! Download the Geocache app on your phone to find locations where geocaches are hidden (usually in parks and other public areas). Use the map on the app to find the cache.
Usually, a cache will be in a small box or container and have a pencil and paper to record when you found it, as well as several small items you can choose from. Remember to leave something else if you take something out! Examples include fun pencil erasers, Hot Wheels, plastic jewelry, seashells, Pokemon cards, and any other fun small items.
If you’ve never tried it, I highly suggest adding this to your bucket list for spring!
34. Catch a fish
Take your kids fishing this spring season! My kids love to catch bluegill and sunfish from the shore or a dock. One of our local parks even has a fishing pond just for kids, where you can even borrow all the fishing gear you need!
35. Visit a festival
See if your town (or any nearby towns) have a festival this spring! Last spring, we went to a Strawberry Festival in a nearby town. We ate at a food truck, browsed through the vendor crafts, rode ponies, and played on the bounce houses.
36. Play in the rain
My kids love playing in the rain! Jumping on the trampoline in the rain is especially fun for them!
37. Visit a museum
Visit a children’s museum, art museum, or history museum!
38. Make a mud pie
A classic kid’s activity! Let them make a mess! Bring out some pots or pie pans, and let the kids make a mud pie. Decorate it with flowers, sticks, and anything else they can find!
39. Outdoor yoga
Take your exercise outdoors! Find an outdoor yoga class or just download the free “Yoga for Beginners” app and follow along with the video. I use this app, and the free version offers so many different options – stretches, yoga for beginners, strength workouts, flexibility improvement, and more.
40. Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, and we do something every year for this holiday. We often clean up a park or trail. We have also taken an Earth Day hike, gone fishing, and built a fort out of sticks (which did not compare to the one we found on our hike in the photo below!)
Other ideas to celebrate include a lot of activities from this spring bucket list! Make a DIY birdfeeder, do a nature scavenger hunt, get out on the water, or visit a nature center.
41. Visit a flower field
Visiting a flower field is a perfect spring bucket list activity! Usually, orchards, like Southern Illinois’ Rendleman Orchards (shown here) will have flower fields where you can pick flowers for a fee.
We are lucky to also have a local flower farm down the road that is 100% free to visit and pick flowers!
42. Play a prank on April Fools Day
Ok, I’m not a big fan of April Fools Day, but if you want to celebrate, there are tons of fun prank ideas out there!
43. Run a 5K or Color Run
Even if you aren’t a runner, doing a charity 5k or color run can be fun! Usually, in charity events, you are even able to walk if needed!
44. Find a new park
Visit a park you haven’t been to yet! Whether it’s a playground, a state park, or any public recreation area you haven’t yet explored!
45. Make dinner with fresh garden veggies
If you have a vegetable garden, have your kids help pick some of the vegetables or herbs to use in tonight’s dinner. If you’re like me and don’t have the patience for vegetable gardening, buy some fresh fruits or veggies from the farmers market or a friend!
46. Chase butterflies
Go out looking for butterflies! We usually don’t try to catch them, but one of our favorite things is to find a group of them and wander towards them, so they fly up and scatter all around you! It’s magical!
47. Read books
Read spring-themed books! Here are some of our favorite children’s books for spring.
- The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess
- The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder
- The Ugly Duckling
- Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima Williams
- Planting Seeds of Kindness by Rose Bunting
- Maple by Lori Nichols
48. Do a scavenger hunt
Do a spring scavenger hunt! There are so many free printable scavenger hunts online, or you can purchase them from places like Etsy as well. If you’re feeling crafty, make your own! Canva is a good place to easily make a free printable scavenger hunt!
49. Have a car wash
If it’s a warm spring day, get out the garden hose, a bucket of soapy water, and a sponge! Have the kids put on a swimsuit or clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, and have them help wash the car!
50. Visit a nature center
Visit a nature center or conservation center. If you don’t have a specific nature center nearby, state parks usually have a visitor center that has fun educational exhibits!
I’m sure you found a lot of inspiration to add to your family bucket list for spring! If you want the full list to refer to easily, or to print, just click on the image below!
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