Spring is just around the corner, which means new opportunities and spring activities for kids to make memories. As long winter days begin to clear and the season of fresh beginnings enters, we hope this list gives you plenty to look forward to in the months ahead.
33 Outdoor Spring Activities for Kids
1. Go on a nature walk.
2. See how many types of insects you can find.
3. Jump in rain puddles, or allow your little ones to jump in them. They’re only little once!
4. Dance in the rain.
5. Plant a vegetable garden.
6. Plant a flower garden.
7. Have a backyard picnic with dessert, bubbles, and games.
8. Host a backyard tea party.
9. Pick dandelions and make wishes on them!
10. Make a wildflower bouquet.
11. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
12. Visit a creek or pond.
13. Feed the ducks at the creek or pond.
14. Plan an afternoon at the cherry blossoms or tulip field.
15. Lay out a blanket and find shapes in the clouds.
16. Draw with sidewalk chalk.
17. Play hopscotch and tic-tac-toe.
18. Build a backyard mud kitchen.
19. Collect sticks, flowers, grass, etc. Set up shop outside and create a nature collage.
20. Hula-hoop in the grass.
21. Play T-ball, soccer, frisbee, etc., barefoot in the grass.
22. Read books in the grass.
23. Go bird watching.
24. Go for a bicycle ride.
25. Fly a kite.
26. Set up an obstacle course for some friendly competition.
27. Have an egg-and-spoon race.
28. Encourage cooperative fun with a play parachute.
29. Search for butterflies.
30. Go berry picking.
31. Plan an at-home car wash day.
32. Go on a sunset drive to admire the colors in the sky.
33. Set up a telescope for stargazing.
34 Indoor Spring Activities for Kids
1. Read books about baby animals.
2. Read books about plants.
3. Create watercolor masterpieces.
4. Plant a tabletop herb garden.
5. Make pressed flower art.
6. Make DIY flowers using pompoms, feathers, cardboard, and other materials.
7. Liven up the playroom (or any room) with your choice of greenery. Succulents are great for beginners.
8. Get ahead of the game and make a “Summer Bucket List” jar to keep the sunny day excitement alive.
9. Set up a water table.
10. Set up a sensory table.
11. Make suncatchers.
12. Spruce up shared spaces with cheerful window clings.
13. Have a family board game night.
14. Tell stories with shadow animals on the ceiling before bedtime. A flashlight or your phone light will do.
15. Make homemade ice cream.
16. Grab some flower-shaped cookie cutters and make perfectly seasonal cookies.
17. Cook a new meal as a family.
18. Make cinnamon roll bunnies for breakfast.
19. Make smoothies.
20. Make a fruit bowl for a sweet snack.
21. Spring-clean as a family.
22. Spend an afternoon collecting no longer-needed items to donate.
23. Check out your local library’s calendar for events like playgroups, storytime, and more.
24. Check out local music classes.
25. Sign up for swimming lessons in anticipation of leisurely days at the pool.
26. Start an annual family scrapbook.
27. Make DIY crayons using candy molds.
29. Host a stuffed animal storytime.
30. Take a popsicle bath.
31. Paint a birdhouse.
32. Host a spring playdate.
33. Visit an indoor playground or play cafe.
34. Sign up for a session at a kids’ gym.
26 Kid-Friendly Family Outings for Spring
1. Pack up the family and head to the ballpark for a baseball game.
2. Go get ice cream.
3. Get a jump start on trying as many new playgrounds as possible.
4. Go to the zoo.
5. If your neighborhood (or one within proximity) hosts a garden walk, make a day of it.
6. Take a trip to the local farmers’ market.
7. Go thrifting.
8. Visit a butterfly conservatory.
9. Visit a bird aviary.
10. Visit a nature center.
11. Check out your local play museum.
12. Explore a science museum. Exhibits are often switched up each season.
13. Sign up for an outdoor family movement class like yoga in the park.
14. Visit a local farm (or a petting zoo).
15. Check out an art gallery.
16. Visit a local greenhouse.
17. Visit a botanic garden.
18. Take a day trip. Choose somewhere you’ve never been.
19. Visit an indoor waterpark.
20. Go to the beach. Your kiddos will love running in the sand, even if the water isn’t warm enough to splash in.
21. Discover Little Library locations.
22. Grab a camera and take a shot (no pun intended) at nature photography. Even the littlest sidekicks can have fun snapping away.
23. Go for a hike.
24. Break out the binoculars for child-led exploration.
25. Collect rocks to paint.
26. Build a fairy garden.
8 Holiday-Inspired Spring Activities for Kids
1. Decorate Easter eggs together.
2. Set up an indoor Easter egg hunt.
3. Organize an outdoor Easter egg hunt and invite your friends.
4. Fill an Easter basket with homemade goodies to surprise an elderly neighbor.
5. Create a leprechaun trap for St. Patrick’s Day.
6. Celebrate Earth Day by making and hanging birdseed ornaments.
7. Plant a tree on Earth Day.
8. Plan a mommy-and-me date for Mother’s Day (or whatever special day you’re up for celebrating).
There’s no better time than spring to start fresh with activities the whole family will love and enjoy. Whether you want to have fun with your kiddos at home or get them out of the house for new adventures, we hope the ideas shared here will help you to plan an action-packed spring itinerary.