Spring has finally arrived, which means it's time to dust off the winter blues and welcome the warmer weather with open arms!
Here are 10 ways you and your family can celebrate the season of renewal and growth:
1. Spring free that creativity!
We live in the northern U.S. so the sun on our faces is like heaven each spring. The kids can't get enough of being outside, and I love encouraging that every chance I get. They're excited this year to make a fairy house in the backyard. I'm excited to see how creative they can get. I am going to read them this article for inspiration.
Want more? Read: 5 Spring Crafts That Will Make Your Kids Blossom
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2. Plan a magical summer vacation
What better way to welcome spring than planning for your big summer vacation? For us, that is going to be a trip to the happiest place on Earth! Disney World is a magical place any time, but I'll never forget taking my kids there when they were toddlers and seeing the magic through their eyes. So we're packing our bags, grabbing our mouse ears, and getting ready to take them back to create more unforgettable family memories this summer and the planning starts ... NOW!
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3. Plant a garden
We started a garden a few years ago, and it's something we all look forward to every year now. Nothing is better than watching those little sprouts develop into full-sized plants and then veggies that we can eat! Plus, I love when the kids go out to "snack" in the garden — what could be better for them than beans and tomatoes straight from the vine?
Don't have room for a full garden? We started with simple pots along our front walkway — we grew carrots and tomatoes, which brought us so much joy we went all in.
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4. Shed those winter pounds
This one is just for me. Those extra pounds come fast and furious over the winter months and now it's time to do something about it! I'll be using our own special code MACARONI for a one month free trial with Macaroni KID partner obé Fitness. Rebecca Seidenberger, the Pennsylvania publisher of Macaroni KID Allentown and Macaroni KID Bethlehem, tried obé Fitness recently and loved it:
"I have tried on-demand fitness apps and websites before, and obé Fitness is like no other! obé Fitness offers over 10,000 on-demand classes for every mood, level, and schedule. Workout classes range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes, and there is a range of workout genres and music to make every workout unique and interesting," she wrote in a review.
Sounds perfect for me this spring!
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5. Get outside ... and get dirty!
Spring is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and discover the beauty of nature with your family. Take a walk through a local park, and encourage your kids to observe the plants, animals, and insects they encounter along the way. Who cares how long it takes, or how dirty they get? Jump in those puddles. Look under that log. Smell that flower. The magic of these moments with your kids won't last forever.
Make it a real day to remember by packing a picnic: Kids love the adventure of a meal outside on a blanket — me? I'd prefer a table and chair.😂 But my kids have always loved picnics so I indulge them a few times a summer with sandwiches on a blanket. Maybe they're right — you can't beat fresh air, sunshine, and quality time together.
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6. Take a music class with kids
Spring — this time of renewal — is the perfect time to try something new. We're signing up for the spring session of classes with our local Music Together teacher. Music is such a fun and creative way to bond with your kids, and supports children’s growth and development, relieves stress, and builds family bonds — and that's just to start! Have you ever taken a Music Together class? We love them — and not just because they're a Macaroni KID partner! The classes are just fun, plus it's a great way to bond with a child and meet other families in your community.
The spring sessions for Music Together start soon. Find a Music Together class near you now! Classes are available for infants up to age 8, and the grownups who love them.
7. Make yummy homemade popsicles
Making homemade popsicles is a fun and easy activity that kids love. You can just use orange juice, like my mom used to do when I was a kid, or experiment with different flavors and ingredients like fruit, yogurt, and juice to create your own delicious (and healthy!) treats.
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8. Host a spring cleaning 'party'
I've been looking forward to flinging open all the windows, freshening up the house, and cleaning out the clutter that has accumulated all winter long. We've had (some) success in getting the kids engaged in spring cleaning by turning it into a "party" to make it feel less like a chore. We assign tasks to each kid (and adult) and make it a friendly competition to see who can complete their tasks the fastest (but no cutting corners!) Once the cleaning is done? A trip to the neighborhood ice cream store for a sweet reward.
Read more: 8 Ways to Get Kids to Help with Chores
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9. Look ahead to summer camp fun
If your town is like ours, NOW is the time to sign up for summer camps! Many of them fill up fast these days. Two of our favorite summer camps happening at locations nationwide are running great promotions on our sister site, CertifiKID, right now:
- $50 Off Pedalheads Learn to Bike Camps: One of the more unique summer camps you will find, Pedalheads specializes in helping kids get off training wheels and ride on their own – often within one week.
- Up to $35 Off Breakthrough Basketball Camps: With 350 basketball camps in nearly every state nationwide, you're sure to find a camp near you. Breakthrough Basketball coaches firmly believe that they have a very important responsibility and an amazing opportunity to have a positive impact on their players' lives.
10. Get them excited about science!
I love anything STEAM-related, but sometimes experiments are a little too messy for indoor fun. So I'm looking forward to getting outside to try these three experiments with the kids —I mean, can it get better than elephant toothpaste?!?
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Spring is a season of renewal and growth, and there are so many ways to celebrate it with your family. Happy spring!