5 Fun Family Spring Activities
Break out the sunscreen and grab your shades, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by putting some spring into your step with these fun activities for the entire family.
More sun, go for a run
Not only is taking a walk or going for a run good for you, but it’s a free activity that almost anyone can join in on. Studies show, just by taking a short walk or run for at least 10 minutes a day, you increase your mood, feel more energized, and reduce the risk of obesity. Find a trail to wander near your home or even set up your GPS with a geocache! Download the geocache app to your phone and use it to navigate your local area. Geocaching is like taking part in a scavenger hunt that everyone can play in and you’re bound to find some interesting trinkets and treasures on your expedition. Whether you go for a run or explore your local community through geocaching, getting out and simply moving makes a difference on your mind and body.
Parks & rec
No matter where you live, there is likely a park close by that can offer something to do. Parks are a great way to take your family exploring and is on the safer side of adventure because of security and access to amenities. This is especially great for those who have family and friends with younger children tagging along! Find a park near you and take advantage of the social aspect of parks. Young kids can learn to play with others as well as let their imaginations run wild on playgrounds or by just creating their own games.
Nothing but net
Soccer, tennis, volleyball, or baseball are all sports that involve several people and is a way for the family to learn to work together. A little friendly competition helps teach about teamwork as well as cooperating and understanding how to respect others. Plus, sports keep your family active, healthy, and can play a role in developing positive self-esteem in children. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can once again head to a nearby park in your community that has free access to sports equipment!
Take a hike
Animals are active in the Spring and flowers are blooming! This makes it the perfect time to get out and hike. National and state parks offer fun trails, fishing ponds, and outdoor destinations, plus these parks usually only charge a small fee for entry. Find a park by state and create your own adventure or learn new skills like photography. National and state parks also usually have interesting information posted along trails about the area that you can use to teach family about the history of your community!
Make a splash
Canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boating are fun ways to teach your family about waterways and observe wildlife. Taking advantage of the lake and river life allows for the opportunity to teach your family about water, energy, and even organisms. Take a fishing pole and spend quality time reeling in fish together or grab a camera to capture birds in action! Want to take it easy? Research shows that just being near or in water can lower stress and anxiety as well as lower your heart rate, meaning it can be the perfect time to slow down and relax.
While you’re out with friends and family on Spring adventures, remember the three Ss: Sunscreen, Sunglasses and Stay Hydrated!
Spring may be cooler than summery days, but it doesn’t have to be hot for your skin to burn or to be exposed to damaging UV rays. The Spring sun can also be intense and in many of areas of the country the UV rays can be summer strength by late Spring. So be sure to apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before heading outdoors and reapply it every two every hours once you’re outside.
Yes, sunglasses are a fun fashion accessory but they’re also an effective way to prevent sun damage to our eyes. Just like with sunscreen, the sun may not feel intense during the Spring but that doesn’t mean you’re not prone to the sun’s UV radiation. This is why it’s important to always wear sunglasses that offer UV protection. All Tifosi sunglasses provide 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays and have a glare guard which reduces eye strain. You can also purchase polarized sunglasses for added protection. Polarized lenses are designed to reflect light, reduce glare, and enhance color, making them perfect for water activities or anytime you can expect the sun to reflect off the road during the Spring months.
The temperatures start to rise in Spring, so getting enough to drink whether you’re playing sports, taking a walk, or just sunbathing is crucial. Keeping the body hydrated pumps blood more easily from the heart to the blood vessels then to your muscles and staying hydrated can prevent fainting or muscle cramps. Hydrate well with cold drinks before going out in the sun. And when you’re in direct sunlight or outdoors, take breaks to drink water or a sports drink that can replenish your electrolytes.
With Spring comes adventure so get outside and soak up all this season has to offer!