Spring into a season of fun this year! After a long cold winter, it’s finally time for the long-awaited flower season! Warm weather is an exciting time for children experiencing the season for the first time, or for kids who just love to play outdoors.
With so many things to do and places to see, we’ve put together a few outside activities for kids to safely participate in as the weather warms up. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
7 Spring Outdoor Activities To Enjoy With Your Kids
Go for a Walk, Hike, or Bike Ride
Regardless of age, going for a walk, hike, or bike ride with your children is a wonderful way to spend quality time together! Not only are you promoting physical activity but there is time for everyone to appreciate the fresh air.
If your children are too small or inexperienced to ride a bike, consider trying out a stroller or wagon. Even taking backseats in a wagon can open their eyes to the sounds, smells, and animals in nature. If your kid is able to walk or ride a bike on their own, they’ll be able to explore the outdoors and force you to keep up!
Hide & Seek
Hide and seek is a fun outside activity for kids no matter where the location is. Add the adventure and obstacles of a park, and your kid will have the time of their life. Dream Playground at Petzke Park is quite literally all your child could dream of in a playground.
This playground is a fully inclusive, accessible area that allows children of all abilities to play together. Nothing is more fun than learning from your peers and hiding from your parents and friends in slides, or behind structures and trees.
As fun as the park can be, you can equally have fun playing hide and seek in your backyard, a friend’s backyard, or just simply at home! A lot of these spring activities can be done in many different locations, which means endless opportunities for fun and family time.
Have a Picnic
Having a picnic with your family is always a fun experience. It’s a perfect way to spend quality time together, surrounded by nature and good food. What’s not to love? You can choose a picturesque spot, like a park or a beach, and bring along your favorite snacks and drinks.
The fresh air and sunshine create a relaxed atmosphere, which can be a great way to break from busy life activities. We’re so lucky that Kenosha boasts multiple gorgeous parks and walking paths along Lake Michigan. Eichelman Park is just one of many parks in the city that has paved paths along the lake as well as a flower garden to admire the blooming buds in. This spot is child-friendly and perfect for a family picnic!
Writing on the sidewalk with chalk might be one of the most creative outside activities for kids. It also allows them to flex their imagination in a way they might not be able to with indoor art. Chalk is fun for kids because there are no boundaries in terms of a mess, and what better than a no clean-up activity? The rain will do its job with this one!
Plant a Garden
Planting a garden is not only fun for kids to watch grow, but educational too! If you don’t have the space for a large garden outside, you can plant a small container garden inside your home or purchase a vertical garden.
This activity will have your kids feeling accomplished with a successful project and learning some of the science behind gardening. Some easy flowers to plant are Sunflowers, Marigolds, Pansies, and Morning Glories. Some easy vegetables to plant are Snap Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, or Potatoes (and most kids like these vegetables too!).
Flower, vegetable, and herb seeds can typically be found at any grocery or home garden store, but if you want to shop locally, Equinox Botanical Boutique, Anton’s Greenhouses, or Stein’s Garden Center are all stores that carry these products.
Play in the Rain
Get your kids in their best waterproof gear and let them go splash in the rain (and feel free to join them for some additional fun). Spring brings boatloads of rain, and as long as there is no mud, this activity is generally fairly clean. Your kiddo will develop a sense of nature with the sounds, smell, and feeling of wet rain and begin to understand its importance in the springtime season.
Towards the end of Spring is the perfect time to learn how to fly a kite! Flying kites as a family can be a fun and exciting activity to learn together – especially if it is your child’s first time doing so! It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and experience the thrill of watching a kite soar high up in the sky.
Your kiddos can feel a sense of accomplishment as they learn to control the kite, and parents can bond with their kids by teaching them how to fly it. There is also something magical about watching the colorful kite dance and twist in the wind.
Additionally, towards the end of Spring, your family can go enjoy the Annual “Outta Site Kite Flight” Festival! Hosted on June 3rd – 4th 2023, you kids can watch 300+ kites soar through the sky and fly their own too! Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Check out the Kenosha Calendar of Events
There are always a lot of kids’ activities in Kenosha whether that be live music or Museum Munchkins! Check out the Kenosha Calendar of Events for the full list of all of Kenosha’s happenings within the coming months. There is sure to be something you can find for a fun kid-friendly activity.
There are various, low-cost activities that you can participate in with your child once it starts to warm up outside. Plan these outside activities for kids in advance, or spontaneously fit these into your schedule. Either way, your kiddo won’t be disappointed with the endless list of outdoor activities!