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Friday, April 22, 2011

Ideas for Free (or Inexpensive) Spring Fun!

Springtime is here and we have lots of new opportunities for free family fun as the weather turns nice.

A favorite in our house is a family walk. We leash up the dogs, put a helmet on our son so he can safely ride his bike, and the husband and I hoof it. To make it a fun adventure, our family calls it a bunny hunt. Our neighborhood has a plethora of bunny rabbits in the Spring and our son delights in spotting them. Some days we spot bunnies, but not always. Our record spotting is 9 bunnies. But its really about the hunt. If your neighborhood doesn't have bunnies, look for other things - maybe your area has bluejays, frogs or daffodils.

With the weather warming up, its a great time to visit your local playgrounds. Pack up your sand toys, bring a sun hat for yourself and your little ones and bring some water. Kids can work up a sweat in a hurry! Most towns and cities have several playgrounds for kids of all ages. My son prefers ones with sandboxes and a bike path, but your little one may be a fan of swings and slides. Its a great time of year to check them all out and decide which is your family's favorite.

Flowers are in bloom this time of year, as are many plants and trees. For a delicious picnic, visit your local farmer's market so you can enjoy the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables that Springtime offers. Pack that picnic lunch, grab a blanket and go explore your local flower gardens. Pack some bubbles for the young ones to entertain themselves.

For free fun right in your yard, get out the sidewalk chalk and draw, play a game of hopscotch or Mother May I, grab a jump rope, turn on the sprinkler or start a rousing game of tag. If your family is sports oriented like mine is, Spring is a great time for a backyard game of baseball or soccer too.

There is a theme to all this free family fun - get outside, enjoy the pleasant Spring weather and have a wonderful time with your loved ones...before the heat and humidity of Summer coerces us back inside.

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