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.
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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.
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.
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 my 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.
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 lowkey 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.
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!