Monday, March 9, 2015

Guest Post: 25 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Out of the House This Spring!

25 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Out of the House This Spring! 
Author: Alyssa Craig

Spring has sprung and it's time to get your kids out of the house. Encourage your kids of explore the great outdoors with some of these great activities. 

1. Plant a Garden
Now is the time to get started on planting flowers as well as fruits and vegetables. Help your kids start a garden of their own and then watch the kids grow with pride.

2. Picnic in the Park
Pack a healthy lunch or snack and set off for some fun time in the park! Enjoy the sun on your faces and enjoy some munchies before it gets too hot. 

3. Go for a Run
Take advantage of the perfect running weather and hit the pavement with your kids. A quick family jog around the block will get everyone's blood flowing and get them warmed up for some more fun! 

4. Play Softball
Get the mitts out and invite all the neighbor kids to the nearest park to play a little softball. The more, the merrier! 

5. Bike Riding
There is nothing quite like the wind in your hair as you and your buddies take the neighborhood by storm on your bikes. Safety first though! Don't forget the helmets. 

6. Visit a Farm/Petting Zoo
Find a farm or petting zoo near you where you can see and interact with animals. Spring also means there should be a lot for baby animals for the kids to see and hold. 

7. Soccer
Spring is a big part of soccer season, so get the cleats out and get the kids playing a pick up game. 

8. Hiking 
Take your family up to the mountains, hills or a good trail to enjoy the fresh air. 

9. Fly a Kite
Head to the park or just an open area and let the kids learn how to fly kites. You can even have a craft day and help the kids make their own. 

10. Puddle Jumping
Spring showers don't have to keep the kids inside. Let them dress in clothes they can get dirty and then go puddle jumping in the rain. 

11. Create Sidewalk Chalk Murals
Sweep the driveway and give your kids some sidewalk chalk. Encourage them to work together to create a large mural that tells a fun new story. 

12. Feed the Ducks
Save up some old bread and then take it to a pond and feed the ducks. This is an activity even the little ones can participate in and enjoy. 

13. Shoot Hoops
Get out the basketball and let the kids shoot some hoops. If you don't have a hoop in your driveway, now is a great time to add one to your property. Check out the variety of hoop options here

14. Skip Stones
If you have a pond or lake nearby, take the kids out and teach them how to skip stones. It can take a while to get the hang of it, so this can provide hours of entertainment. 

15. Build a Fort Outside
The kids might be used to building forts with couches and chairs available, so give them a new challenge and let them build their fort in the backyard! It may even become their new hangout spot as summer approaches. 

16. Go to a Baseball Game
Spring training and many games provide for that perfect, all American experience of going to a game with your kids. Don't forget to get a hot dog! 

17. Tie-Dye T-Shirts
This will be a fun activity your kids can show off for a while! Buy some white t-shirts and a tie-dye kit and then help your kids pick their colors. This is best done outside where you can make a mess. 

18. Make a Bird Feeder
Let your kids make their own bird feeder and then do bird watching after putting it up. They can learn about birds in the area and see how many birds they can learn to identify. 

19. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of things that could be in your backyard (or neighborhood for older children) and then let them go on a scavenger hunt to find all of these things. They can either bring them back or simply take a picture to prove they found the items. 

20. Mini Golfing 
Miniature golfing is a fun family activity that your kids will love. This may work best for kids elementary school aged and older.

21. Play Catch 
Whether they use a football, or a baseball and mitt, encourage your kids to play catch and improve their throwing and catching skills. 

22. Head to the Beach or Mountains and Explore
Choose a fun location close to you and then go with no agenda. Let the kids explore and see what they discover in their new surroundings. 

23. Start a Collection
Rocks, leaves, and other outdoor items may be something neat they can start collecting. Be wary of letting bugs in the house! 

24. Driveway Hockey
For older kids, encourage them to get out their roller blades to play a game of driveway hockey. 

25. Jump Rope
From rhymes about Cinderella to mastering the double dutch, jumping rope is a great for of exercise and entertainment for boys and girls of all ages. 

With all the fun things to do outside, your kids should have no problem jumping right in. You may actually end up having a hard time getting them inside for dinner! 

What is your favorite Spring activity? Looking forward to doing anything in particular? 

Disclosure: This is a guest post meaning I am not the author of this article. I also have not been compensated for this article. 

2 comments:

  1. I think you have quite a complete list of outdoor activities that you can do with your kids. Building a fort sounds awesome. all kids like to have a little hideaway of their own. If your fortunate enough to have a tree in your yard you could also build a nice tree house. That would keeo youe Hubby occupied too! Thankyou for sharing~

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  2. Puddle jumping is at the top of our list this afternoon. All the snow melting has left one HUGE puddle that my girl is dying to get into lol

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