I go into each season ready to be more intentional about my time spent with my family. But then life gets in the way and good intentions don’t translate into quality time spent together. It’s not that there aren’t things to do. There are so many free and cheap family activities for Spring that I get decision fatigue and do nothing.
Tell me I’m not alone in this.
I mean well. I want to spend quality time with my family. Our budget is super limited in this season of unemployment, so I tried to make a list of free and cheap activities we can do together as a family. Some of these might be a splurge, but worth the memories.
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100 Free Family Activities for Spring
1. Decorate eggs for Spring decor (think beyond dying Easter Eggs).
2. Have a picnic in a park.
3. Blow bubbles. I prefer to make our own bubble solution because the bubbles seem stronger (if that makes sense).
4. “Let’s go fly a kite. Up to the highest height.” To quote one of my favorite movies, Mary Poppins, go fly a kite together.
5. Dust off the jump ropes and get some exercise together as a family.
6. Dig out the sidewalk chalk and draw family portraits.
7. You can also use the sidewalk chalk to make a hopscotch design.
8. Go hiking.
9. Take your family on a Nature Scavenger Hunt (includes a free printable).
10. Play hide and seek.
11. Host an outdoor movie.
12. Go bike riding.
13. Look for four-leaf clovers.
14. Make a bird feeder.
15. Visit a Farmer’s Market.
16. Collect rocks.
17. Visit a butterfly conservatory.
18. Camp in your own backyard (or living room).
19. Jump in rain puddles.
20. Make a dessert together.
21. Eat outside.
22. Visit the Zoo.
23. Visit a local park.
24. Paint rocks.
25. Go for an evening walk together.
26. Build a fort.
27. Roast marshmallows.
28. Take a weekend road trip.
29. Paint with water outside.
30. Cardboard box car races.
31. Go geocaching as a family.
32. Make stick-figure sugar cookies.
33. Create an Easter Egg Tree.
34. Go bird watching.
35. Have a family game night outside.
36. Start a garden. Regrow veggies you bought at the grocery store.
37. Put together a puzzle.
38. Make a milk jug watering can.
39. Read outside.
40. Go outside and stargaze.
41. Have a water balloon fight.
42. Make a fairy garden.
43. Make a tote bag out of Duct Tape.
44. Build your own Outdoor Serving Bar.
45. Enjoy ice (affiliate link) cream in a bag.
46. Climb a tree.
47. Make your own Market Tote.
48. Build a birdhouse.
49. Tie-Dye Easter Eggs.
50. Watch the sunset.
51. Watch the clouds.
52. These flower pens are super easy and fun to make.
53. Make a mud pie.
54. Dig up earthworms for your compost pile.
55. Create a Pour and Mix Water Table outside.
56. Make a whistle using a blade of grass.
57. Play frisbee.
58. Visit a farm.
59. Watch a sunrise.
60. Dust off the hula hoop and have a contest.
61. Host your own recipe challenge with specific ingredients and see who makes the tastiest meal.
62. Have breakfast for dinner.
63. Collect flowers for a fresh bouquet.
64. Create a clay Easter Egg craft with the kids.
65. Press flowers and leaves.
66. Bake cookies for neighbors.
67. Grow a salad from start to finish.
68. Spring Clean your closet.
69. Make a flower crown and wear it.
70. Visit a botanical garden.
71. Play a round of mini-golf.
72. Make a Giving Bank.
73. Choose a book to read together as a family before bed.
74. Go on a photo scavenger hunt.
75. Visit a local historical site.
76. Set up a lemonade stand.
77. Have a family sleepover in the living room after a movie night.
78. Put together a puzzle on a rainy day.
79. Go to a baseball game.
80. Plan a Summer Vacation together.
81. Set up a tripod for family pictures. You might end up hiring someone later, but you should get some memory making shots.
82. Plant seeds and watch them grow.
83. Run through a sprinkler.
84. Create a portable sandbox that you can enjoy on the back porch (or Kitchen table if you are brave) when the sun is out.
85. Make strawberry jam.
86. Visit a nature preserve.
87. Have a yard sale.
88. Have a YES day. Anything the kids ask to do, say YES (within reason, of course.)
89. Progressive Dinner. Go to one restaurant and have appetizers, then at the next one have the main course, and then go somewhere for dessert.
90. Make fresh salsa together.
91. Have ice (affiliate link) cream for dinner.
92. Make strawberry shortcake.
93. Start thinking about plans for the Summer.
94. Implement a no cell phone afternoon.
95. Make your own onion and garlic powder
96. Take an easel outside for the whole family to paint.
97. Get started on the artwork you can use for these Mother’s Day crafts.
98. Make your own body scrub so your feet are sandal ready.
99. Make homemade popsicles.
100. Have FUN!
What are your favorite cheap and free family activities for Spring? Don’t miss 100 activities for Summer and 100 Fall Bucket List activities.
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Thursday 14th of March 2019
I hadn't thought of making a bird feeder! I'll have to do that.
My goal with my son this spring is to go outside for a half hour every morning before we do anything else, and to start a garden. I'm going to go broke buying tomatoes all the time, I need to grow some for him! My son is obsessed with tomatoes!
We also like to color with chalk and go for walks. He really loves to bird watch, too.
Thursday 14th of March 2019
I love the garden idea! A bird feeder will be a lot of fun. It could even turn into a science lesson!