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Spring Bucket List: For Families

Spring is here! Time to get out of hibernation and embrace this cheery season! Though our family had a lot of fun in the snow this past winter, I gladly say goodbye to those frigid temperatures. Here is a bucket list for your family to make the most of springtime! So long winter, see you next year!

Spring in the Backyard

Spring Buck List Plant A Garden

Plant a backyard vegetable garden.

  • Plant a vegetable garden. A fun book to read about growing food is Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. Learn more about gardening with children.
  • Build a stick fort.
  • Get artsy with sidewalk chalk. 
  • Pitch your tent outside for a mini-camp out.
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  • Set up an obstacle course.
  • Plant a tree or a seed plant for Earth Day.
  • Employ your kids to help you weed. (The going rate is 1 cent per weed, I believe.)
  • “Paint” the driveway with colored water and real paintbrushes.

Spring At Home

Spring Bucket List April Fool's Joke

Last year’s April Fool’s joke: Spiderman on the car camera

  • Play an April fool’s joke on your kids. I am still laughing from my kid’s reaction to his frozen bowl of cereal two years ago.
  • Make homemade popsicles.
  • Have fun blowing bubbles.
  • Grill out for dinner. If you need ideas, here are 6 freezer meals for the grill.
  • Create nature rubbings with found leaves, sticks, and seeds.
  • Make homemade ice cream in a bag.
  • Tackle a spring cleaning job. Your outside windows, perhaps?
  • Wash the car with the kids- and get soaked in the process!
  • Read a book about springtime.
  • Make a homemade mother’s day card with your kids.

It’s Spring: Get Outside!

Spring Bucket List Jump In Puddles

Go puddle jumping!

  • Go puddle jumping in the rain.
  • Play in the mud. (Life is short, just let them get dirty.)
  • Fly a kite on a windy day.
  • Attend a free Metro Parks nature program. Children 17 and under receive a patch after attending five programs within the year.
  • Feed the ducks. A great place to spot ducks is at the Whetstone park pond.
  • Pack a picnic lunch or dinner.
  • Go fish, literally. A popular fishing spot is the lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park.
  • Take a tram ride through a Metro Park. Check the website for tram schedules at the various parks.
  • Go on a camping trip with friends. Hocking Hills State Park is an excellent, family-friendly campground.

It’s Spring: Get Moving!

Go on a family bike ride!

  • Go on a family bike ride.
  • Teach your kids a jump rope rhyme.
  • Jump on a (neighbor’s) trampoline.
  • Explore a new park! Check out one contributor’s list of parks to check out this spring.
  • Sign up your kids for swim lessons. Goldfish Swim School, anyone?
  • Run a 5K with your kids! Find an Ohio race here.
  • Take a wildflower hike at one of these Metro Parks.
  • Play an old-school game of tag with your kids.
  • Play a round of mini golf or practice your baseball swing at Westerville Mini Golf and Batting Cages.

Explore Columbus in the Spring!

See the elephants at the Columbus Zoo.

What’s on your spring bucket list?

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