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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Springtime Activities

Now that it's Spring, it's time to get out of the house with the kids and enjoy the beauties of nature and the community you live in.  Inexpensive adventures are all around you!  Here are a few...

1. Neighborhood parks - Ok, the first one is pretty obvious.  You are probably very well acquainted with the local park in your neighborhood.  That's good!  But, what about some of the other parks within a five mile radius?  Sometimes kids get bored with the same old thing so explore other parks and see what they have to offer.

2. Take a hike - Usually there are places to hike within a short distance of where you live.  Start out slow and teach the kids some basic orienteering skills, like trail map reading and using a compass, and what to do if you get lost.

3. Community Parks and Recreation programs often offer free outdoor concerts and activities.  Take advantage of them.

4.  Start a garden.  It can be something really small or more ambitious but let your kids be in charge of growing something.  I'd suggest the Square Foot Gardening approach.  It doesn't take up much room and it's possible to grow a variety of things in a small space.

5. Often zoos and children's museums have family and/or yearly memberships and even though the price might seem high initially, you usually get more than your money's worth over the year.  Also, by being a member, you get reduced rates on classes and special events.

6. Start a fitness program for yourself and your children.   Map out a route in your neighborhood and take a daily walk, run or bike ride with the kids.  Everyone benefits!

These are just a few ideas.  I'm sure you have many more.  If you'd like to share, please do so! 


  1. I love this post, Laura! Thank you! One thing that Jimmy and I love doing outside together is playing frisbee. We both end of doing a lot of running because neither one of us can throw it right to the other! It's fun, we laugh and get tons of exercise!

  2. The perfect, simple and exercise! Thanks Amie!