Ideas & Tips for (Safe) Spring Fun in the Sun
Add a little (much needed) spring into your step with fresh air and sunshine! It’s time to get outside, ditch any winter blues and gain a sense of renewal this spring season. Create some safe fun in the sun for you, your family and some friends to enjoy – here are some ideas to get you started!
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16 Ideas for Springtime Fun
Grab your friends or neighbors and plan a socially-distanced picnic at a nearby park or greenbelt – use picnic tables or blankets to provide plenty of space between households.
Plant a container garden with your favorite herbs and veggies – get the whole family involved! (Studies have shown that kids who grow their own gardens eat more vegetables.)
Fly kites and/or airplane gliders at a nearby park, field or beach.
Get the whole neighborhood involved in a community cleanup day – the perfect way to get fresh air, sunshine and a little exercise while making your community beautiful.
Paint rocks with messages of hope and leave them in various places throughout your neighborhood. (Make it a virtual paint party with friends and family for even more fun!)
Pitch a tent in your backyard or book a spot at the closest camping site for a night under the stars.
Take a scenic hike, bike or car ride (with the windows down!) – be sure to take your camera to document the beauty of springtime.
Walk around your local farmer’s market – pick something new to try for dinner that night.
Organize an Easter-themed scavenger hunt at home – start your planning with these printable Easter Scavenger Hunt cards, and use the blank cards to add in more of your own steps to move the hunt outdoors into the yard or neighborhood.
Find ideas here for hosting your own field day – while it’s not advised to have a big gathering this Spring, you can still plan for a fun outdoor game day with your household or a few neighbors.
Get sporty – toss a frisbee, kick a ball around with a few people, or play a game of dodgeball, pickleball, or bocce ball to get your competition on.
Search for rainbows – throw on your rain gear and head outside for a walk in the April rain showers for a rainbow hunt. If your area is lacking rain, keep your eyes on windows and sidewalks in your neighborhood since many households have started decorating with rainbows to bring a little hope and joy. (Make your own rainbows on the sidewalk with chalk or hang your own rainbow drawings in your windows to bring a little happiness to others!)
Have some do-gooder fun by getting involved in your community mutual aid efforts, or start your own mutual aid group for your neighborhood – volunteer to walk someone’s dog, wash a neighbor’s car, or be someone's exercise buddy.
Visit the closest petting zoo or, if it’s an option, have them bring the zoo to you!
Become a bird watcher – this could be a lot of fun for the whole family and you can even make birding a game!
Tips for Safe Spring Fun & Reopenings
If you’re in charge of managing community spaces, use SignUp to manage maximum occupancy limits – at the neighborhood pool or clubhouse, shared tennis courts, gym, church, salon and other businesses.
Be sure to mask up when around others not in your own household, even if you are playing outdoors and even if you have other safeguards in place.
When brainstorming spring activities, think of ways to safely space participants for the sake of social distancing – things like picnic blankets, jump ropes, and hula hoops are easy ways to mark off designated areas.
Stock your backpack with hand sanitizer (use often!), wet wipes (quickly wipe down shared equipment), and a few extra face masks (just in case you need to share with others).