While I love all seasons (read my bio and see why!), there is something about spring that just makes me feel more alive. Probably because everything else comes alive too; the trees get their new leaves, the flowers bloom, the colors are endless. And after a long, brutal winter here in New York, I’m ready for spring blooms and open-toed shoes!
To usher in the season, my hubby, Blond Bear, and I took our 9 month old, Poopy Bear and our dog, Furry Bear, for a walk along the Jersey Shore on Saturday and a hike along Hudson Valley on Sunday. It was great to get of the city for a bit and enjoy nature and tranquility with the family.
Hudson Valley hike
Sandy Hook, Jersey Shore
Below are some ways to enjoy Spring as a family.
1. Go Bird Watching
Oh how sweet it is to hear the birds sing after they return from their winter hiatus.
2. Go hiking
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Before we had Poopy Bear, Blond Bear and I were adventurous hikers and did moderate to difficult trails. Now we have had to tailor or hikes for her and stick to flat trails, which are still enjoyable for all.
3. Go Glamping/Camping
Glamping, Glamorous Camping, is exactly what the name suggests and is perfect for anyone who wants to skip the unpleasantries of camping…ME! It’s good for families with small kids, like ours. And this way we get to bring Furry Bear as well.
“It’s a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can’t live without. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream or treehouse, it’s luxury camping on a grand scale”- Glamping.com
4. Go to the Beach
Great idea for a day trip in the spring. Not too hot or crowded as those summer days. If your’e lucky the water might just be warm enough for a dip of the toes!
Eating in the great outdoors. Be sure to bring toys to keep the LO occupied while the adults eat.
6. Fly a Kite
Always a hit among the kids. Can’t wait to teach Poopy Bear how to fly a kite.
7. Start a Garden
Spring Flowers in all their glory
Did I mention how much I love spring blooms?! There are so many life lessons to be learned from gardening and it’s such a fun way to get everyone involved in home projects.
8. See the Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park, New Jersey
This weekend we plan to attend the Cherry Blossom festival at the Branch Brook Park in New Jersey, which has more cherry blossom trees than Washington, DC! Did not know that.
9. Go jogging
One of our favorite family activities made possible by the jogging stroller…a must-have for us.
10. Visit a Farm
It was great to see Poopy Bear’s face light up when she saw a horse in person. Soon she will make the connection with the one she reads about in her favorite book!
What family activities do you enjoy in the Springtime?