10 Brilliant Spring Activities For ChildrenFebruary 28, 2019 • Get Outdoors
Spring is just around the corner which means you’ll be soon looking for fun outdoor activities to enjoy as a family. There is no better way to celebrate the new season then getting outside and enjoying what the great outdoors has to offer.
We’ve rounded up our favourite spring activities for children. It can be muddy outside so don’t forget to take some wellies – just in case!
1) Visit a spring garden
We have lots of lovely green spaces to get excited about in the UK. Now that spring is just around the corner, what’s better than visiting a spring garden with your family? Enjoy the beautiful blooming flowers and fresh bursts of colour in the nearest spring garden. Unwind in the beautiful surroundings and let your children burn off some energy outdoors. Here are our favourite gardens to visit this spring.
2) Spring scavenger hunt
Add a bit of a challenge to your family walk! List 5 – 10 first signs of spring that you can spot in your local park or in the neighbourhood and send your little explorers off to search. You can set a time limit to make the hunt even more competitive! Have a look at our brilliant printable spring spotting sheet and take it with you on a walk.
3) Visit a farm park
If you’re looking for family activities to enjoy this spring, a trip to a nearby farm park is a great idea! What’s better than enjoying the outdoors and saying hello to lovely, fluffy animals? Relax and recharge batteries while the little explorers have fun. Don’t forget to bring a pair of wellies and a windproof jacket to make sure your little ones stay dry and warm whatever the weather. Here are our favourite farm parks to visit with your family this spring.
4) Celebrate Earth Hour 2019
Turn off the lights on March 30th between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in solidarity with Earth Hour 2019. Every year, millions of people across the world switch off any non-essential lights on Earth Hour day to support global efforts to secure and save our planet. There are so many things you can do to celebrate Earth Hour and show your commitment to our planet – go stargazing with your family, play hide and seek in the dark or simply switch off your lights for an hour. You will find more ideas here.
5) Try rockpooling
Rockpooling is a brilliant activity that explorers of all ages, big and small, can enjoy. Spring is a great time to go out and explore your local rock pools and look out for fascinating marine creatures (check out this list of great rock pools if you need inspiration). All you need is a bucket or a Tupperware container and a pair of wellies. Encourage children to note what they see or even draw the creatures they have spotted. To make your adventure even more exciting, we recommend you download a spotter sheet to take with you – we love this rockpool spotting sheet from Wildlife Watch.
6) Make newspaper plant pots
Combining crafts with the outdoors is a great idea for a family spring afternoon. Newspaper plant pots are the ideal springtime DIY as you can make them in no time! All you need is one sheet of newspaper and a couple of minutes. The pots can be planted straight into the ground as they are made from paper. Here is our step by step guide to making your own plant pots from newspaper.
7) Build an obstacle course
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, build your own ultimate obstacle course with children. It takes only a few minutes to set up and will provide long hours of fun for the whole family. The only thing you need is a rope, a few buckets and some bowling pins, but the choices are unlimited, and you can use anything you have handy. Here are more tips on how to build a fun obstacle course.
8) Get them gardening
Gardening is fun! Plus, it has lots of benefits. It’s a great way for children to spend more time outdoors, it strengthens their connection to food and can set them up with a healthy hobby for life. Take the children to the garden centre and get them to choose some bulbs (such as freesias, lilies, tulips…) and plant them together. If you live in the city and don’t have access to your own garden, there are lots of community gardens where you and your children can volunteer.
9) Go on welly walks
Who doesn’t love splashing in puddles on a rainy day? Pull on a pair of wellies and see who can get the muddiest. Nothing beats making a good old-fashioned mud pie while you’re out and about so children can get their hands well and truly dirty as well.
10) Ride a bike
Spring is the perfect time to teach your children how to ride a bike. Make the experience fun and special by heading to one of the 16 National Trust sites perfect for the first-time cyclists. You can even borrow a free balance bike for your children to improve their balance and prepare them for cycling.