Spring fever means it's time for outdoor fun. For many homeowners that might include getting to work in the garden or the first round of golf. For children, there's lots more space to spread their wings and make lots of noise running around the backyard or climbing a tree.
Many parents look forward to less noise and easier bedtimes when the children are able to use up their unbounded energy outdoors. Do you remember what your favorite outdoor fun was as a child? Do you have special outdoor activities you enjoy now by yourself or with friends and family?
At my home, spring starts when we fill the bird feeder so we can watch the birds while they eat. Each spring we wait to see if the morning dove's will build a nest over one of the deck lights. We have to be careful as once this happens, we can't turn our fireplace on anymore.
We'd love to have everyone share their favorite outdoor fun ideas for springtime as that's how we find new hobbies. Here are some of the most interesting outdoor ideas we found on the web …
Outdoor Fun Things To Do in Your Backyard
- Make gardening a family project — planting, weeding and picking your home grown fruits and vegetables. Check your soil and either prepare small plots or when we lived in California, we had to build a raised bed for my son's garden. He loved his garden and felt real ownership as he helped build it, planted and cared for his plants until we had watermelons on the sidewalk.
- Swing sets are fun for young children. Your children enjoy having a space of their own outdoors so if you're handy, you might design and build a play house or tree house which will provide incredible memories for years to come.
- Learn about going green and build a compost box (tips for building a compost bin). You'll be able to recycle yard debris and food scraps and because of your efforts, you'll help reduce what ends up in our landfills each year.
Fun Outdoor Things To Do in Your Community
- Visit a local farm or the farmer's market, to buy fresh produce and learn more about how food is grown. If you're committed to eating healthy, try to find a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group near your home that can supply you with fresh produce during the growing season. Learn more about the CSA movement at LocalHarvest.org.
- While we usually think of going far away to hike up a mountain, many communities have places to ride your bikes or simply enjoy an hour walk around the park. You can enjoy the ducks at the community pond or visit a local ice cream store.
- Spring is a great time to get out and visit your local museums, the zoo and/or aquarium. I recently found ParentsConnect.com and they have event calendars for many US cities.
Fun Outdoor Ideas To Do with Children
Children love to try new things and as parents, we're always looking for new activities to expose them to until they find their passion. Here are outdoor ideas for helping your child grow …
- With budding artists, you can host a neighborhood art show by hanging children's artwork from a clothesline in your yard. If you don't have a clothesline, get creative with a badminton set, borrow your tent poles or it might be as simple as running clothesline from the house to a tree.
- Backyard swing sets are a great time saver for parents and once in a while, you might find it fun to visit a local playground where your children will have the opportunity to interact with children they don't know. Great way to build new social skills and prepare for that first day of school.
- Maybe you don't have a basketball hoop at home. You can visit a local school and have fun shooting hoops with your children or I'll never forget the day my husband went out to play street hockey with the neighborhood kids.