Spring is upon us, which means the days are getting longer, the temperatures are beginning to rise, and the crocuses are beginning to emerge after the winter months. It also means that you can start pencilling in some fun activities to your diary. From getting your hands dirty in the garden to spending some quality time with local wildlife, there are plenty of family-friendly ways to enjoy the next few months.
Best of all, the below list includes plenty of cheap or free ideas so you can have fun while still being kind to your wallet.
1. Visit a local farm
Local farms provide a great opportunity for you to get into the living, breathing countryside and reconnect you with our natural environment. They are also the best places to purchase produce, eggs, dairy and meat, all of which will be fresher and of far higher quality than anything you see in your local supermarket. Some farms even offer guided tours and workshops covering everything from cow milking to cheese making.
2. Spring cleaning
This yearly task is a long-standing tradition, and a perfect opportunity to thoroughly declutter your whole home. If you need some guidance on where to start then look no further than our complete guide to cleaning, dusting and organizing. If you don’t want to do it yourself, don’t worry, AspenClean has you covered! Let us be your spring cleaning service and leave your home sparkling and smelling without any chemicals at all.
3. Get planting
Either indoors or out, it’s time to put your green thumb to good use! As the temperatures increase during the spring months, this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your garden. Start with vegetables like potatoes and garlic, which are more tolerant to the slightly cooler conditions. If you live near the sea then consider getting a trailer or two of seaweed to really boost the nutrients in your soil!
4. Soak up some natural sunlight
Make up for the extra hours spent indoors over the winter by getting as much vitamin D as you can. Vitamin D is obtained through the sunlight, and is known to increase levels or seretonin, a chemical in our brains responsible for our happiness levels. So make sure you get outside to get the good vibes!
5. Get outside!
Further to the above point, spring is the perfect time to go for walks, bike rides, hikes, or just sit outside and bask in the fact that it is not freezing cold anymore! Just remember to bring a rain jacket or an umbrella, as the weather can still be notoriously unpredictable.
6. Switch up your eating routine
New fruits and vegetables are coming in to season, and its time to take a step back from the winter comfort food and indulge in spring time food medleys. Lighter fare such as salads and sandwiches provide welcome relief from those heavy winter roasts. That's not to say you shouldn't still enjoy a home-cooked stew every now and again, but do take the time to enjoy the fresh local produce as it starts to reappear in stores and on our plates.
7. Clean the barbecue
Longer evenings mean more parties and get togethers with friends and family. So uncover the barbecue and give it a once over before the season really kicks off. Wash down the outside with some all purpose cleaner or dish soap. Then take a firm brush and scrub the grill to remove any burnt on food particles. Once you've done this, simply take the burgers out of the freezer and get the party started!
8. Buy a bird feeder
Bird feeders are a great craft that the whole family can enjoy! Look up some DIY bird feeder guides online and invite those now chirping babies to your back yard. There's nothing more peaceful or spring-signalling as simply watching the birds gather round and feed outside the kitchen window. However, make sure you raise the bird feeder high enough off the ground if you have cats, as they will look for easy prey at any available opportunity.
9. Visit the zoo
This is a wonderful family activity that the little ones will especially enjoy. Spring, in particular, is an ideal time to head to the zoo since it won't be jam-packed as it often is during the peak summer season. This means that you won't be faced with huge lineups and you'll be able to get up close and person with your favourite animals.
10. Chalk art
Get outside and decorate those sidewalks that have been covered up all winter!