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Spending quality time with kids doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money! In fact, some of the best memories that I have with my son were simple and fun activities that didn’t cost a thing!
This is why I’ve decided to create a bucket list of fun things to do this spring without spending any money! And I’m glad to share it with you because I’m pretty sure that you’ll find some good inspiration on this list.
At the end of this article, you’ll also find a printable spring bucket list to keep at hand and use anytime you want to plan a nice activity with your kids!
1. Go on a nature scavenger hunt
Spring is an awesome time to enjoy nature! The trees are blooming and nature looks and smells great!
To make a nature walk more interesting for kids, invite them to go on a scavenger hunt. This will make things a lot more fun for them and for you too!
2. Go on a bike ride together
The spring weather is perfect for spending time outdoors! Take out the bikes and enjoy a ride with your kids.
3. Collect rocks and paint them
This activity is a great way to combine a nature walk with a creative activity. Go for a walk and collect rocks of different shapes.
Then use your creativity to paint and decorate them! You can also create a nice rock exhibition at the end!
4. Plant some plants with your kids and watch them grow
If you have a backyard, this activity is a great way to teach kids about gardening and also teach them to be responsible for taking care of the plants.
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5. Feed the ducks
Spring is the time when ducks and other birds return home so feeding them to a pond or lake near you is a nice activity to try with the kids.
6. Go on a hike
A family hike is a great way to connect and spend some quality time together without any distractions.
7. Attend the weekly story times at a nearby library
Check the schedule of the nearby libraries to see if you can find a story time or another interesting event to attend with your child.
8. Enjoy story time outside
Another way to enjoy books in a special way is to plan a story time outside. Pack your favorite books, find a nice and quiet place, and read them together!
9. Enjoy a picnic in the park
Instead of having lunch at home pack some tasty food and enjoy it outside, at a picnic.
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10. Fly a kite
This is always fun for kids!
11. Enjoy some rainy day fun
Rainy days are a common part of spring and they can also be a perfect opportunity to have fun! Go out in the rain and just enjoy it! Jump in puddles with your kids. Dance in the rain. Children will certainly love this!
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12. Create a spring sensory bin
Invite your child to gather plants, rocks, sticks, and any other interesting items and create a spring sensory bin.
13. Plan an outdoor playdate
Invite some of your child’s friends to an outdoor playdate. The children will love the opportunity to run and be loud. And you’ll enjoy watching them having fun!
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14. Take a family photo shoot
You don’t need to spend money on a photograph to do this! Spring offers so many amazing landscapes and you can take advantage of this. Find a nice place with blossomed trees or nice flowers and create your own photoshoot!
In the end, you’ll get some nice pictures that will become great memories for you to enjoy!
15. Take advantage of the free admission days at museums and zoos
Check the free admission days for the nearby museums. You’ll certainly find some interesting places to visit with your kids!
16. Go to the restaurant on a “kids eat free” night
This is not totally free because you still need to pay for your food. But it’s a great way to enjoy dinner at a restaurant without spending too much money. Just search on Google for a nearby restaurant offering “kids eat free” nights and take advantage of them!
Download the printable Spring Bucket List
If you liked these ideas, I invite you to download the Spring Bucket List and put it into practice with your family!
You just need to print it and display it in your house. Any time you do one of the activities with your kids, check it on the list. Hopefully, by the end of the spring, you’ll have all the activities checked and a lot of happy moments enjoyed with your children.
To download the printable file you just need to click on the below link.
The printable file contains a filled-in list and a blank template to write down your own ideas.
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