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5 kooky ideas for spring family fun

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Ideas & Lifestyle, Newsletters by | Comments
5 kooky ideas for spring family fun

We’ve decided to declare May “Family Fun Month!” It’s finally warm out, the flowers are in bloom—and the kids are itching to get out and play (and by “the kids,” we mean everyone). Let’s take a look at some quirky, inventive ways you can get out there with your family and friends for some highly enjoyable playtime. Go ahead: embrace your inner child and have some serious outdoor fun!

Fly a kite…or launch marshmallows

The blue sky, the puffy white clouds, the pleasant spring breeze—all perfect conditions for launching something into the air and watching it fly! What that airborne item may be is up to you. Here are a couple entertaining suggestions:

1.  You can get a really extravagant kite (a colorful dragon, for example) and watch it soar in all its glory… Or, each family member gets their own kite for a friendly kite-flying competition: who can get their kite the highest? Who can make the perfect circle or figure eight? Or, if you want to get really creative, who can design the best kite?!

2.  Now, if you go the marshmallow route, you will need to make the marshmallow launcher yourself—but, don’t worry, it’s a simple process involving a plastic cup, a balloon, and, of course, the marshmallows!

You can even make several marshmallow launchers and wage a family-wide battle. No matter how you do it, the bonus is that the leftovers can be turned into smores!

Don your explorer hat

Kids have an innate curiosity about everything—now is your chance to indulge their inquisitiveness and reignite your own. Whether you live in the city or the suburb, the following activities offer a fun chance for your family to don their explorer hats.

3.  Pack a bag and take the kiddies on an intricate nature walk (you can do this on a hike trail or simply a nearby park). For the utmost exploration, prepare ahead of time:

  • Create a checklist of the things you expect to see so that everyone keeps an eye out: types of birds, flowers, plants, insects, etc.
  • Bring along a magnifying glass and binoculars for a closer look at all the wonder.
  • Dig deep: add a shovel to your “nature bag” so the kids can dig below the surface: what kind of rocks and insects can be uncovered beneath the earth?

4.  If you are more of a city-dweller, it’s time to explore your town like never before. Often we overlook many wondrous things about the city we live in—our daily routines can act like blinders. Now is your chance to grab your family and become tourists for a day!

  • Pick up a guide to your city and choose a few interesting sites to revisit—or perhaps visit for the very first time.
  • Bring along a map and let your kids find the way to each destination (you can help, of course, but let them try on their own first).
  • Don’t forget the camera! You’re tourists, remember? Make it a memorable day worthy of inclusion in your photo album.

Winged visitors

This is a great time of year to get your kids to interact with nature. It’s so exciting to create something that will attract birds or butterflies and then watch the welcome guests gather.

5.  Assemble dry grass or leaves, twigs, sticks and the like—whatever a bird would use—and fashion it into a nest. Place it up in a tree near your house: a passing bird may just make it his home! You can also build a birdbath with your kids or a simple watering dish to attract butterflies and other insects.  Or you can embark on an extensive family project: building your own DIY birdhouse!

What kind of fun activities will you do with your kids this spring? 

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