Spring Bucket List Ideas for Families

Do you have a favorite season? It seems like whatever season we’re headed into is ultimately the one that becomes my favorite. I love when the weather changes and always get excited to add special seasonal events to my calendar. Allergies aside, springtime always seem to come at just the right time after a cold winter. I hope this list of spring activities inspires you to get out and about and create some sweet memories with your crew.

springtime activities for families

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1. Visit a Farmers’ Market

One of my favorite spring activities (that I don’t do enough of!) is visiting our local farmers’ markets. We’re fortunate to have quite a few nearby, and each one is so lively. With so many local food and produce choices, handmade goods, and other unique products to choose from, farmers’ markets are the perfect stop for Saturday mornings.

2. Take Family Pictures

Although the weather is finally warm enough to schedule some outdoor photoshoots, indoor lifestyle sessions right from your home are also a great option in the spring. Take advantage of new spring outfits and perfect sunny days. Make sure to book in advance, since spring and summer slots usually book fast for local photographers.

3. Donate or Sell Old Clothes

“Spring Cleaning” gets its name for a reason. When warm weather hits, so does outfit inspiration! Whether you’re totally dumping out your closet to the tune of Marie Kondo, or simply making room for some fresh summer style, make sure to spend an afternoon looking through clothes to donate or sell.

4. Dye Easter Eggs

A list of spring activities wouldn’t be complete without a classic Easter activity. Grab a dozen eggs, get to hard-boiling, and start creating! If you’re looking for a natural option, this organic dye kit is eco-friendly and even comes with a grass grow kit to display the finished product.

5. Go On a Brunch Date

What sounds better on a lazy weekend than brunch? In my city, there are almost too many amazing brunch spots to count. Whether you opt for mimosas or coffee, pancakes or french toast, bacon or eggs, find out which local spots are serving up the best mid-morning meal.

6. Buy Fresh Flowers

It’s the perfect time of year to swoon over a fresh bunch of flowers! Nothing completes a table or kitchen bar top quite like a big bunch of tulips. Hydrangeas are my personal favorite, and I always keep my eye out for the best blooms at the market or grocery store.

blue hydrangeas

7. Spruce Up the Porch or Patio

Depending on where you live, your outdoor spaces may have spent the past few months covered in snow. Make sure that your spring activities include a bit of outdoor cleaning. It’s time to switch out the winter wreaths for patio lights and outdoor pillows! You’ll be glad to have a spot to enjoy warm afternoons or dinner outside.

8. Plant a Container Garden

If you don’t have the yard space for a big garden (or the time to tend to it), add a container garden to your spring bucket list. The whole family can get involved in choosing what to plant, watching and watering, and collecting the harvest. Stackable planters are the perfect way to have a fresh herb garden ready for summer recipes.

9. Have a Picnic Lunch

Keep it simple and memorable! Grab some sandwiches, chips, and fresh fruit and head to the nearest park for a family picnic lunch. Whether you make a big spread or pick up something to go, you can’t skip over a picnic lunch in springtime.

spring picnic lunch

10. Find a Local Festival

As the weather gets warmer, make sure to check out your local festival scene. There’s usually an array of outdoor concerts, family carnivals, and food and beer festivals this time of year. Take advantage of these events before the hot and humid days of summer!

11. Take a Scenic Drive

Driving with the windows down on a warm day is one of myΒ very favorite things to do! I can’t resist doing something so simple and fun that also helps clear my mind from a busy week. Does your state have a scenic route that’s known for its views of the sunset? Pack up the family and crank up your favorite music!

12. Clean the Nooks and Crannies

It might not be one of our favorite spring activities, but there’s something about this season that inspires a good deep clean. I like to use this time of year to clean the hidden spots around the house that go unnoticed during our typical weekly cleaning spree. Top of the refrigerator, behind large furniture, down by the baseboards? Check, check, check.

13. Shop Yard Sales

All of that spring cleaning inspires a favorite warm-weather pastime: yard sales. Most dedicated garage sale shoppers hit the ground early, so grab a cup of strong coffee and map out a yard sale route. You never know what you might find!

14. Visit the Library

Who doesn’t want to sit outside on a glorious spring day while reading a best-selling novel? (Hopefully not just me!) Show your local library a little love by stopping in to browse the shelves or pick up a reserved title. If the kids need a break from running around outside, check out the various children’s events that many libraries host regularly.

15. Walk Around the Neighborhood

One of my absolute favorite things about the spring? Family walks! Usually, by the time March rolls around, I’m going stir crazy for a good hike around the neighborhood. Pop in a podcast and load the kids up in the stroller. You might find some of your neighbors out and about as well, so it may be a great time to meet other families!

16. Make the Perfect Iced Coffee

Confession – I’m addicted to iced coffee! Instead of spending too much time (or cash) on the Starbucks drive-thru, I’m determined to find the perfect iced coffee recipe. This recipe from the Pioneer Woman has always been at the top of my list to try.

woman with iced coffee

17. Go to a Baseball Game

Even though baseball isn’t my favorite sport, heading to the field is always a fun time. Maybe because it’s one of the only places where I can still get Dippin’ Dots (ahem), or maybe it’s just the chance to be out the sun and enjoying something local. Whether it’s a major league game or a small-town event, grab a few tickets to the diamond this spring.

18. Watch a Thunderstorm

Admittedly, I’m lowkeyΒ obsessed with a good evening thunderstorm. I’ll rush to the window faster than anything when there’s a good storm cloud headed our way. In a fast-paced world, add something slow like ‘watching a thunderstorm’ to your spring family bucket list.

19. Host a Barbecue

Spring is the perfect time to host friends and family for a backyard barbecue. Plan a creative menu with easy-to-make recipes, or invite everyone to bring their favorite dish to share. If you want some creative yet simple hosting ideas, head over to my Celebrations Pinterest board for some sweet inspiration.

Celebrations and Entertaining Pinterest board

20. Plan a Summer Roadtrip

While I’m such a believer in embracing the present, seasons change quickly! As part of your spring activities, get started on planning a family getaway for the summer. This helps ensure that you get reservations in early, and that you can start adding must-do activities to your summer bucket list.


Leave a note below to share which spring activities you and your family want to try this year!

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24 Comments

  1. April 3, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ We’ll certainly do a few of these activities with our kiddos this spring and summer.

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      April 3, 2019 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! Hope you can create some wonderful memories during these months πŸ™‚

  2. April 4, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Such great ideas! I can’t wait to try them with my family.

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      April 4, 2019 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Nicky! I hope you guys have a great spring!

  3. April 4, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    These all sound so fun! Will definitely have to try to include some of these in our spring plans!

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      April 5, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! Glad you enjoyed the list πŸ™‚

  4. Barbara Alfeo
    April 8, 2019 / 12:54 pm

    I love these! Looks like so much fun.

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      April 8, 2019 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Barbara! πŸ™‚

  5. April 14, 2019 / 9:46 am

    I love these! Most are very affordable too. Also I totally love thunderstorms too. We just had our first spring/summer thunderstorm this year and it was beautiful

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      April 14, 2019 / 10:36 am

      Hi Kerri, thanks for visiting! We were supposed to get a few storms this weekend, but just rain so far. Maybe today we’ll get to cross this off our list!

  6. April 14, 2019 / 9:53 am

    Great read! I love that your ideas really work for families with kids of all ages. Thanks for this!

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      April 14, 2019 / 10:36 am

      Glad you enjoyed, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by- and happy spring!

  7. April 14, 2019 / 10:15 am

    you inspired me to go out and create new memories with my family.
    Thank you

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      April 14, 2019 / 10:36 am

      Hi Val, so grateful to hear that! That’s what it’s all about!

  8. April 14, 2019 / 10:22 am

    We were just talking about how quickly life seems to be passing us by and how we need to be more adventurous closer to home. Farmers Markets are one of our favorites and after these long winters, it’s always so exciting to plan out a new garden and take a look to see what the neighbors are doing! Thanks for all the great ideas :).

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      April 14, 2019 / 10:37 am

      Hi Alison! I totally get it! I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through April already- time is just flying. I hope that you guys enjoy your spring!

  9. April 15, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Love love love farmer’s markets. Awesome list!

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      April 15, 2019 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks, Tamela! I can’t wait to visit one and grab some fresh produce πŸ™‚

  10. April 15, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    Loved this list! Makes me so excited for Springtime! I can’t wait to hit up a farmer’s market soon!

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      April 15, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Me too, Andie! April’s going so quickly, I really need to get out this weekend! πŸ™‚

  11. April 15, 2019 / 11:06 pm

    So many great ideas here! Can’t wait to try them this spring.

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      April 16, 2019 / 7:13 am

      Thanks for visiting, Melissa! I hope you have a great time this spring!

  12. April 19, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    O, the fun of dyeing Easter eggs! Great list!

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      April 20, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      Yes indeed! My little guy isn’t quite old enough yet, but I can’t wait for that! πŸ™‚

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