Time for spring fun!
And while we are still in a pandemic and all of the sadness and limitations that brings, the longer days and blooming flowers are definitely a sign of hope.
Here are some ideas for celebrating the new season.
(Always keep in mind masking, social distancing and hand washing. Be safe!)
Go on a picnic
It doesn’t matter where you go or what you eat, getting outside and to a lawn, beach or picnic table will make those PB&Js special. We’ve got ideas for great places, menus and activities, but let me say again: Just take some food (drive-thru, anyone?) and have a nice time! Double points: Have your picnic at Picnic Point park in Edmonds. We know one family who loved their excursion there.
Go to a new park, playground or beach for spring fun
New playgrounds at 2 parks in Renton
New, all-abilities play structure at Juanita Beach in Kirkland
Six of Seattle’s nicest small playgrounds
The best Seattle parks for whatever you are looking for
Go on an adventure!
We put our heads together and came up with 27 Seattle-area outings that go nicely with beloved children’s books. And have you heard about the gnome homes on Bainbridge Island?
Have your kids become amateur bird watchers. It’s easy and can even be done from inside. When you’re outside, get to know some of the roly-poly and many-legged creatures you’ll find in the yard.
Start a vegetable garden — or at least think about it! Kids are a natural at gardening if you give them the right task and the right amount of guidance.
5 kid-friendly crops to plant in the spring
Guide to container gardening with kids
Visit a garden
We recently checked out eight botanical gardens around the area. Here’s what makes each one a fun and special destination. There’s also the ever-popular Bellevue Botanical Garden, which we recently checked out with some enthusiastic young explorers.
Don’t laugh. It’s a great idea, especially for those spring days that call out for an indoor activity:
- Ways to get your kids more involved in cleaning, tidying
- Safety tips for while you’re at home and cleaning more
- Places to donate things you don’t need anymore
Plan more spring fun
Many of our favorite activities and attractions require timed tickets these days, so we have to plan ahead. Sit down with your calendar (and maybe the weather forecast) and think about visiting the Puyallup Spring Fair, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival or planning an Easter-time farm visit or egg hunt.
This story was first published in March 2021.