Looking for some fun activities and things to do with your family this spring? Our Spring Bucket List for Families includes the best kid-friendly ideas to celebrate the season. Use our free printable Bingo game and see how many you can complete!
It’s hard to not love spring – flowers are blooming, birds are singing, days are lighter, and we can finally get outside to enjoy the sunshine. It’s a season of new beginnings, and it offers lots of opportunities to be together doing fun things with your family.
But as quickly as spring arrives, summer will begin, so to make sure you get to do “all the things” before the season comes to an end, we’ve compiled our top 25 fun and family-friendly ideas that you can use to stay organized, and cross off your bucket list this spring.
And to up the ante, we’ve partnered with Sunbelt Bakery, one of our go-to brands for yummy granola bars, to create a Spring Bucket List BINGO printable that you can use to get your kids involved and excited about it all. Keeping reading to learn how to get your hands on it (don’t worry, it’s completely free!) and how to play along.
Creating a Spring Bucket List for your family is not only a great way to encourage you to spend more quality time with your loved ones, but will help you start new traditions and make memories that will last far beyond the end of the season.
PIN for fun things to do with your family this spring:
Free Printable: Spring Bucket List Bingo
OK, before we breakdown the list of fun kid-friendly spring activities, we want you to have access to our free Spring Bucket List Bingo board.
To download it, simply enter your email into the box below and we’ll send it straight to your inbox (if it doesn’t arrive right away, check your junk mail):
Print out a copy and now you’re ready to play.
The idea is simple. With each activity you complete, cross it off your board. If you complete a row or column of 5, you get a BINGO!
But what exactly does getting a BINGO mean?
Well, before you start all of your spring adventures, decide as a family what you want your “Bingo Bonus” to be – this is the “reward” you get once you get a BINGO. We think it’s best to make it family-oriented, but that’s up to you.
Some ideas include:
- Family movie night (either at home or at the movie theater)
- Camping night with s’mores (in your backyard or at a camp site)
- Attending a Spring Festival/Fair
- Ice cream party with lots of fun flavors and toppings
- Trip to the zoo
- Spring craft session
Or if you’re feeling super motivated, make the Bingo Bonus for when you complete the entire board!
We’ve been using this with our own families, and the kids absolutely love it. They’ve been so excited to go on a hike or pitch in with spring cleaning! That’s because they know that they can cross it off our Spring Bucket List and move onto the next adventure – a win for everyone!
Spring Bucket List Ideas for Families
Have Some Rainy Day Fun
Don’t let the wet weather of the spring season get you down – make the most of those April showers by jumping in puddles, dancing in the rain, making a rain gauge, or looking for worms. Your kids will think you’re pretty much the coolest parent ever, and you’ll feel like a kid again. So grab your raincoat and boots and get wet!
Plant Something & Watch it Grow
One of the best things about spring is watching everything grow and come into bloom, so why not plant some seeds and get a front-row view of the excitement. Whether you decide to plant flowers, herbs or vegetables, it’s a great learning opportunity for young children – teaching them responsibility (hello, daily waterings), and the end result could be a pretty bouquet in their room, or a delicious meal to eat.
Make a Spring Craft or Art Project
Celebrate the magic of the season with a fun spring-themed craft or art project. Make tissue paper flowers, a paper plate rainbow, or head outside and make some leaf imprints. We’ve got over 150 Spring Craft Ideas for you here.
Head to a Playground
Take advantage of the playgrounds in your town and let your kids blow off some steam while getting fresh air, exercise, and perhaps even make a friend or two. It’s also fun to explore new playgrounds, so search your area to find a few you’ve never visited before and make it your goal to get there before the hot heat of summer arrives.
Our key to a successful trip to the playground…SNACKS! Pack a small insulated lunch bag with water and your kids’ favorite snacks. We always bring along a selection of the yummy granola bars from Sunbelt Bakery – they’re made with high-quality ingredients and packed with whole grains. Plus, they have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
With plenty of delicious, bakery-fresh tasting flavors to choose from, your kids are sure to find a new favorite, and you won’t have to leave the playground when a case of the “I’m huuuungry”s inevitably hits.
Go on a Nature Walk or Hike
Head outside for a family walk or hike to spot the first signs of Spring. Make it fun for the kids by creating a Scavenger Hunt list with spring-related things for them to find (flowers sprouting, birds chirping, etc). You could also take a bag or basket with you to collect materials to use for an art project like a simple leaf collage or a more elaborate fairy garden or house.
Create & Play with Sidewalk Chalk
There’s so much you can do with just a simple piece of chalk. From learning games to creative artwork, this low-cost activity is fun for all ages and has unlimited play potential. And really, what’s better than a “messy” activity with NO clean-up?!
RELATED: For tons of unique chalk activities, check out 101 Genius Sidewalk Chalk Ideas
Go on a Bike Ride
Grab your bikes and hit the road for a fun family bike ride. Whether you just take a loop around your neighborhood, or find a windy trail, you’ll be strengthening your muscles and your family bond, all at the same time.
Visit your Local Ice Cream Store
There’s something magical about that first ice cream of the season! If you have a local ice cream store, support their re-opening by ordering up your favorite homemade flavors then enjoy them outside. Alternatively, grab a few pints at the grocery store and make a fun ice cream bar at home with different toppings, whipped cream and hot fudge to make your own spring celebration sundaes.
What child doesn’t love bubbles?! Stock up on those long bubble tubes, or invest in a bubble machine which can shoot out zillions of bubbles that your kids can chase and try to pop.
Decorate/Dye Easter Eggs
Nothing says spring is here like a visit from the Easter Bunny! Celebrate this favorite spring holiday by decorating or dying eggs with your kids. If you need some inspiration, we’ve got 70 creative ways to decorate them, including many less-mess, dye free options.
Shop at your Local Farmer’s Market
Take a trip to your local Farmer’s Market to pick out some healthy seasonal fresh produce. And chances are, if you get your kids involved, they’re much more likely to actually eat it!
Take a Day Trip
Plan a fun excursion to a nearby attraction and enjoy the adventure with your family. The zoo, an amusement park, or a quick road trip into your nearest big city to explore are all great options.
Have a Picnic
After being cooped up inside all winter, it feels heavenly to be outside on a mild spring day. Take advantage of the warmer weather and bring your lunch (or dinner!) outside, spread out a picnic blanket and eat al fresco.
Or keep it simple and make your picnic a snack – grab a box of your favorite Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bars, lay down on a blanket, and search for shapes in the clouds.
Visit A Farm
One of our very favorite things to do in the spring is visit our local farms. Many have animals to watch, produce to pick, and other kid-friendly activities like tractor rides or a hay maze. And the big spring-time bonus…adorable baby animals being born!
Make a Bird Feeder
Pick-up a few wooden birdhouses at your local craft store and have your kids decorate them with paints or markers, then fill with seed and hang from a tree branch. Alternatively, you could make a simple bird feeder by spreading peanut butter on a pinecone and rolling it in birdseed. Either way, you’ll be entertaining your kids with a great spring craft project, while helping support the birds in your area.
Search for a Rainbow
If the sun starts shining after some spring showers, head outside and go on a rainbow hunt!
Fly a Kite
Go back to your childhood and pull out a kite on a breezy spring day and see if you can get it to fly. Make it a contest to see whose kite can fly the longest or the highest!
Enlist the entire family for a weekend of Spring Cleaning where you can organize, clean, donate and get your house ready for the warm weather ahead. Don’t forget to celebrate your hard work – an ice cream or popsicle outside together once you’ve finished is the perfect spring treat!
Search through your local newspaper or online town group to see if there’s a spring clean-up day planned in your community, or any volunteer opportunities around Earth Day that falls on April 22nd. Volunteering as a family can not only strengthen your bond together, but also is incredibly rewarding to give back to your town.
“Grow” and Release a Butterfly
Spring is the perfect time to teach your kids about the life cycle of a butterfly. We love the Butterfly Garden kits you can buy with real caterpillars – you feed them inside a netted enclosure and watch them turn into butterflies! You can then release them into the wild. A kid favorite for sure!
Go Berry Picking
Berries are in season from spring through summer (some even go into fall), but every area will have a slightly different season based on its climate. Check this Harvest Calendar to see when berries will be ripe and ready to pick in your state. We suggest finding a Pick Your Own farm and bringing the whole family to pick a pint or two. Eat them fresh, or have a baking session to turn them into a yummy spring treat.
Make Lemonade & Set-up a Stand
Have some good ol’ fashioned fun by making your own lemonade and creating a stand to sell it to your family, friends and neighbors.
Grab a good book and curl up outside in a comfy chair, or under a shaded tree where you can get lost in the story and get plenty of fresh air.
Watch a Baseball Game
Batter’s up! Grab your glove and head to a ballgame – whether you have a Major League team in your area, or simply support your local town, enjoying a beautiful spring day at the ballpark is always a good time.
Have a BBQ
It’s finally time to take off the cover of your BBQ and light ‘er up for a season of grilling! Grill up all your family’s favorites and sit down outside to enjoy.
Play Water Games
After the long winter, your kids will be chomping at the bit for some water play! Put on your bathing suits and run through the sprinklers, have a water balloon fight, set-up a slip ‘n’ slide, or play one of these creative Water Games to cool down on a warmer spring day.
Even More Spring Bucket List Ideas for Families
Want even more ideas for fun things to do with your family this spring? How about…
- Play a round of mini golf
- Lay down on the grass and stargaze before bed
- Go fishing
- Look for shapes in the clouds
- Pick a bouquet of spring flowers
- Have a garden tea party
- Skip rocks
- Find a ladybug
- Walk barefoot in the grass
- Hunt for a four-leaf clover
- Look for tadpoles (and watch them grow into frogs!)
- Sleep with the windows open
- Have a family car wash day
- Read some spring-themed books
- Visit a flower field
- Take a family photo in front of some blooming cherry blossoms
- Make mud pies
- Bird watch and see how many species you can identify
However many of these fun spring bucket list ideas you get to check off your list, what’s really important is the time you get to spend with your family, and the new traditions that are created.
So clear some space on your calendar, disconnect from devices, and be fully present with your kids this spring – you will never regret the fun adventures and memories you will make in the process.
And don’t forget to download your printable Spring Bucket List Bingo – it’s completely free!
Thanks again to our partner, Sunbelt Bakery, for making delicious, kid-friendly snacks that are made with whole grains and no preservatives. Stock your pantry with a variety of their flavors to refuel your family before heading out on your spring adventures!