5 Perfect Spring Day Ideas to Get Kids Outside

Kids playing outside on a slip and slide

The biting cold starts to leave the air, and the feeling of warm sun on your face almost leaves you giddy.  If you live anywhere with distinct seasons, the arrival of Spring weather is an exciting change.  My family and I always feel inspired to open those windows… and even better, get outside and play!

Winter sports may be winding to a close, but there is so much fun to be had in Spring.  You don’t need expensive or technical gear in order to do so.  If you need some motivation or inspiration, here are 5 free ideas to get kids outside this Spring.  Plus, some information on the upcoming fun and exciting Kids to Parks™ Day!

#5 – Color Scavenger Hunt

Color Scavenger Hunt is a great idea for getting kids to play outside this spring. Here are 5 free ideas for getting kids outdoors.

Photo credit Rachel at I Heart Crafty Things.

There are so many fabulous ideas on Pinterest for kids nature hunts!  Here are two of my absolute favorites.

Color Scavenger Hunt – I really love this one for its beauty and simplicity.  No time for printables?  Grab a piece of paper and markers to make a quick chart for your kids.  Then send them out to look for what nature has available in each of those beautiful colors.

30+ Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids – She’s done all the work for you, and found the best printable scavenger hunts on the interwebs.

# 4 Sidewalk Chalk

Hey, hey… the snow and ice are gone!  Let’s celebrate by busting out that sidewalk chalk.  So much room for creativity here.  I find this is one of those amazing things kids can play together that bridges sibling age gaps well.  My 12 year old daughter and 6 year old son can both go to town using chalk in our driveway, and are perfectly content.

Do they need seed ideas?  My son’s favorite sidewalk chalk masterpiece is to draw roads, buildings, and trees… a mini town.  My daughter loves to render her version of Disney World, complete with icons from all four parks.

And there’s always a good old fashion game of hopscotch.

# 3 – Support Local Parks

Kids playing on the park playground

It never ceases to amaze me how much my kids enjoy going to a park.  When screens are so prevalent, and in an age where they can’t run free safely like we used to as littles… it really is an easy and fun way for them to get some active time.

Make your outing even better by bringing some yummy food along, and having a picnic.

I love that the outdoors is truly accessible to everyone.  Having the right footwear ready for your family this season is also helpful.  Sometimes I struggle with keeping my kids in sports sandals and hiking shoes as their sizes continue to change.  But shoes don’t have to be expensive when purchased from brands like Northside.  (See the end of this article for my Northside shoe giveaway!)

#2 – Ride Bikes

Kids riding bikes

And oldie but a goodie!  This one is a great one for parents to join in, and is a great form of exercise.  How much better to spend your evening going for a bike ride, rather than sitting on the couch watching tv!  Hooray, it’s Spring!  The days are longer… get out there and enjoy it, even if you only have the evening after work available.

Northside USA Kids Shoes at outdoor play

My son riding bike in his Northside Monroe Low Jr, a great all-around adventure shoe.

We started my young son on a balance bike, and it’s really paid off.  By age 4, he transitioned easily to a pedal bike, and now we are thoroughly enjoying family bike rides.  We’ve even branched into mountain biking, and the kids love hilly dirt trails even more than a sidewalk.  Here are some 9 Things You’ll Need for an Awesome Family Mountain Biking Adventure, if it’s something you’d like to try.

#1 – Fly a Kite

Flying a Kite

It had been a few years since I tried my hand at flying a kite.  So I was pleasantly surprised at what a thrill it can be!  Granted, you’ll be out $3.50 for a kite, so this one’s not totally free.  But there’s no admission costs, and no limit to the locations you can try with your kite.  Parks are ideal, with fewer obstacles that the typical yard.

Spring breezes will help your kite quickly take flight, and provided lots of fun and giggles for kids.

Kids to Parks™ Day

Here’s a bonus idea for spending a beautiful day outside.  On Saturday, May 20th get out and celebrate Kids to Parks™ Day!  This national day of outdoor play is organized by National Park Trust, in cooperation with 19 national collaborators.

Check out their website for information on specific park events near you.  You can also pledge to participate and join their movement to encourage children to explore their neighborhood parks.  They are also striving to inspire youth to discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

Kids to Parks Day take a walk in the woods

 

When you register to be counted on Kids to Parks™ Day, you may win a cool prize – including a special camping package from The North Face.  They also have additional prizes from Camelbak and National Geographic.

Plus, every person who signs up will receive a special promo code from Northside.  This versatile shoe brand prides itself on offering affordable footwear to help get families outdoors.

Northside Shoes – The Giveaway

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Northside Shoes wants people to know  they don’t need expensive, elaborate gear to spend time outdoors – the outdoors is accessible to everyone! This year they are sponsoring Kids to Parks™ Day, and are encouraging families to enjoy some time in nature on May 20th and beyond.

Because I’m serving as a Kids to Parks™ Day Ambassador…. I’ve got a code for one winning reader, good for any pair of shoes on the Northside website!  Mens, Womens, or Kids.  (Retail Value $34.99-89.99)

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5 Perfect Spring Day (Free!) Ideas to get your kids playing outside

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Check out these other great “Kids to Parks” resources from fellow Outdoor Families friends, and watch the #KidsToParks hashtag to catch up on all the fun:

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  1. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is hiking with my family.

  2. My favorite outdoor activity in the spring is walking to the park, playing there for a while and then having a picnic lunch!

  3. We love hiking! It’s lovely to see all the spring growth in the woods.

  4. Darcy Koch says:

    I love going for walks after dinner and seeing people out enjoying theirselves.

  5. zhannon baas says:

    going to the park

  6. Geocaching. Everyone loves a treasure hunt and it’s a failsafe way to get short-attention-span little ones into the woods, where “Hey, let’s all go for a family walk” would just be greeted with groans.

  7. Nancy Bowers says:

    Gardening is always a fun reason to get outside in the Spring.

  8. I love hiking!

  9. wen budro says:

    My favorite Spring activities are hiking and walking on the beach.

  10. Ann Fantom says:

    I like to go mountain biking in the Spring

  11. Pam Halligan says:

    My favorite activity in the Spring is trail running

  12. I love to go hiking in the spring!

  13. Sandy Cain says:

    My favoite outdoor Spring is birdwatching. It’s so wonderful to watch our feathered friends start building their nests, and then waiting for the eggs to hatch.

    • COMtnMom says:

      I’ve really been noticing the birds singing this Spring… it’s crazy! They’re so loud & happy – haha! I love it. 🙂

  14. We love canoeing

  15. Adrienne Gordon says:

    Love hiking in our parks.

  16. Going on walks to the parks!

  17. Lauryn R says:

    I love taking my kids to the park and walking the trails! It is so nice to be outdoors again! 🙂

  18. Ellen Casper says:

    Hiking with my 2 shelties.

  19. Heidi Embrey says:

    Perfect time for kayaking here in Florida 🙂

  20. Loraleigh Anderson says:

    We love geocaching! such a fun thing to do with the kids.

  21. Amber G. says:

    Hiking!! The views you can see, and just being active is so great!

  22. Our favorite spring activity is going to the zoo.

  23. Cameron Contessa says:

    Going on day hikes…getting ready for backpacking in the summer

  24. I like horseback riding in spring.

  25. Cynthia C says:

    I like to do my gardening in the spring.

  26. Tari Lawson says:

    I like getting out and going hiking.

  27. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My favorite outdoor activity in the spring is to bike riding with the kids!

  28. We like to play ball outside in the park in the spring.

  29. melissaandkeith miller says:

    We love baseball!!

  30. Jill Rivera says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is to watch all of the animal and the plants come to life, while going on long walks in Fort Mott National Park or our other town parks.

  31. walking

  32. Nancy Loring says:

    This winter my kids and I did research on gold panning in our area. We can not wait for the snow to finally go away so that we can try gold panning. We live in northern New Hampshire so we would never get rich from what we find but it seems like a lot of fun.

  33. Hiking is definitely our family favorite! My kids also enjoy getting their Junior Ranger certificates when we visit National Parks.

    • COMtnMom says:

      LOVE that, and thank you for the reminder about the Junior Ranger program! We haven’t tried that yet, but my kids are dying to hit some regional National Parks. I’ll have to make sure we add that, thanks!

  34. mami2jcn says:

    We love to go strawberry picking in the spring.

  35. We live in Colorado too! What if we’re neighbors? LOL! Our favorite spring time activity (a tradition now that my son is in 5th grade, we’ve gone every year since 1st grade) -we visit a ski town during Mud Season and hike, find a pizza joint recommend by locals and visit a park. My two favorites are Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte.. We also LOVE St Elmo even though it isn’t a ski town because the boys love to feed the chipmunks. okay I won’t lie. I love feeding them tool LOL! Thanks for chance to win these awesome shoes!

    • COMtnMom says:

      What a fun tradition! We do similar “Family Adventure Days” where we don’t exactly know what/where we’ll end up. Aaahhh… the beauty of living in Colorado. 😉 I love your idea, we may have to try that too!

  36. We like riding bikes.

  37. We love hiking

  38. Ah! Spring is softball/baseball season! But other than that, I like to walk while my kids ride bikes.

  39. Sarah Hayes says:

    i love going hiking!

  40. Dericka Buckels says:

    My favorite outdoor activity in the spring is playing baseball.

  41. I like a day spent hiking in a national park, or in the woods near the house.

  42. I love going through walks in the Pine Barrens here in NJ!

  43. Ellie Wright says:

    My favorite is going to watch my boys play baseball.

  44. wendy browne says:

    We don’t really have seasons here in Houston. Birdwatching is probably our favorite spring activity.

  45. Cami Valenzuela says:

    We love riding bikes and baseball. We also love going to the park.

  46. Peggy Nunn says:

    I love hiking thru our property. There is so much to see.

  47. I like bike riding when I get the chance!

  48. We love hiking and nature walks!

  49. We love to ride bikes, walk and hike.

  50. At the beginning of spring I’m happy to get outside to do anything but as it warms up I like to go hiking.

  51. my favorite activity is taking my 3 yr old grandson for walks, and then grilling outside and enjoying our patio, then later a bon fire with neighbors.

  52. Richard Hicks says:

    I like to go bike riding

  53. love to golf

  54. We like to geocache in the Spring.

  55. laura bernard says:

    I love going hiking!

  56. Alexandra Oller says:

    I enjoy going on walks in the forest preserve with my daughter in the spring.

  57. Erica B. says:

    I like running.

  58. We love hiking, fishing and just exploring outside. We also love a good park 🙂

  59. I like to go on nature walks near a local lake.

  60. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I enjoy walking my 3 dogs out in the woods

  61. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Gardening and walking trails.

  62. My family likes going for walks.

  63. I love going for long walks.

  64. katherine Persons says:

    Planting my garden

  65. My children and I love to plant a garden in the spring!

  66. We like to go hiking in the spring.

  67. Oh we love going for bike rides through our wildlife park area! Oh it is so peaceful and we see so many deer around. Just beautiful!

  68. Ashley C says:

    We love riding our bikes!

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  69. cheryl s says:

    we like fishing once the water is open and free of ice

  70. kelly tupick says:

    I like to take the atv’s out in the spring and take in the fresh air.

  71. susan smoaks says:

    i love to swim in the spring. we live in florida so we can get out there and swim right away!

  72. mickeyfan says:

    On the farm, there are plenty of reasons to get outside. Garden to plant, baby animals to watch frolic, tractors and ATVs to ride.

  73. Priscilla Pursell says:

    I like just getting outside with the sun shining on me and needing a coat.

  74. Jennifer Reed says:

    I love to work with our perennial plantings and trees in our yard each Spring to help them be as beautiful as possible each year.

  75. I like to go hiking, or play Pokémon Go at the park.

  76. Brenda Haines says:

    We love to head to the river or the beach. Swimming and hiking are how a summer should be spent. 🙂

  77. I love to play “tennis” on the driveway with my husband and kids. It’s fun because we are all so terrible – and the whole point of the game is to keep the tennis ball out of the holly hedge that lines the driveway. We’ve named the game “hedge ball’!

  78. I like going for nature walks.

  79. Susan Chester says:

    I loveto walk around the neighorbood and see my neighbor’s gardens.

  80. Amy Deeter says:

    My favorite outdoor activity in the Spring is fishing

  81. My favorite outdoor activity in the Spring is feeding the bunnies and squirrels.

  82. Michelle Hill says:

    Preparing my garden beds is my favorite Spring activity! I love clearing the soil!

  83. S. Carter says:

    We love outdoor music and art festivals.

  84. Rachel Freer says:

    We like to walk along Lake Michigan in the spring.

  85. I like to get out and walk along the bike path by the Rock River, Baumann Park or Lake Geneva WI

  86. Tracy Shafer says:

    We take a lot of walks

  87. Vikki Billings says:

    My favorite activity in the spring is sitting on my porch at night and looking at the stars.

  88. Brittney House says:

    We love riding bikes and going hiking together.

  89. janine h says:

    my favorite spring activity is hiking

  90. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like to go swimming this time of year.

  91. Trisha McKee says:

    I love hiking and fishing once the weather warms up enough! Spring is great for that.

  92. Michelle J. says:

    Having picnics!

  93. We like hiking in the spring and playing outdoor games.

  94. I love to hike

  95. Hosting g outdoor parties and hiking!

  96. Vanessa Davis says:

    A stroll trough the near by wood is a way to go with me

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