Hello Spring!

Ah, springtime! It’s so nice to finally be able to open a window and take a casual stroll outside without bundling up under several layers of clothing. Depending on where you live, you may have already packed up your winter wear; I know I did!

So what are you planning on doing this spring? Being outside is so therapeutic when the weather is mild. Many fun activities are available again now that seasonal businesses are open. What is available in your hometown?

Playgrounds and Parks – While many parks don’t necessarily close during the winter time, it’s not the most enjoyable time to try to pack up the kids with their two coats and three hats to brave the cold. Now that spring is here, everything is a little greener. Also, I’ve noticed that some local parks are a little cleaner since the caretakers are preparing for families to start coming back. Why not pack a snack and hit the swings? Parks and playgrounds can be a great venue to take some adorable photos and make some lasting memories.

The Zoo – If there is a zoo nearby your home, this is definitely a must do in the springtime. It’s so cute to see how babies react when they see a new animal for the first time. Now that the temperatures are warming up, the animals become more visible and active. All of the animals that your little one has only seen in their books come alive.

Outdoor Markets – The first week in April, many communities begin to organize a weekly outdoor market.  These outdoor events are a place the whole family can enjoy – including the pets. Since they usually are open on the weekends, many parents are off from work and older children are out of school. Here you can find local entrepreneurs who’ve grown produce, made handcrafted art, and created a tasty treat, like empanadas and iced fruit teas. Sometimes there are even local bands serenading in the background of the festivities. We did this last weekend in Charleston, SC, and it was a delight!

Trails and Sidewalks – If you’re like me and hibernate in the winter (do nothing physically and eat double your body weight in chocolate and bread), then you’re ready to get moving. If you have a new baby, you burn extra calories as a ‘perk’ by pushing the stroller ahead of you.  Hey, we need motivation, so I’m looking at the glass half full here. If you live in a large neighborhood you may have a trail right outside your door, and if not, a sidewalk is a blessing if you have one. Take advantage of the pavement provided and enjoy the cool breeze with your little ones.

Please give us some more ideas. What are you looking forward to this spring?