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Fun Spring Activities For The Entire Family

UPDATED March 20, 2014

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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As winter loosens its cold, snowy and windy grip and people enjoy spring's arrival, the warmer weather brings more outdoor fun. What are some great spring activities? Here is a short list:

Have a picnic: Grab a picnic basket and fill it with sandwiches and other lunch treats and head to the nearest park. This is a great way to take in some of the sun`s rays and fresh air while enjoying Mother Nature`s beauty.

Take a jog, outdoor hike or ride a bike: Walking, running, biking or hiking are great ways to break out of cabin fever. Spring is a great time for the family to jog and take a stroll through the neighborhood; temperatures aren`t too cold or too hot just yet. Just remember to wear a helmet, if biking. It`s also a perfect time to explore trails in nearby parks and see the blooming flowers.

Visit a farm or local zoo: Check your local newspaper or ask your children`s teachers or nearby neighbors for local farms open to the public or find the nearest zoo. Talk to your kids about the animals they will see and don`t forget to bring a camera to take pictures when you arrive! Another fun alternative would be to visit a farm where your kids can go horseback riding.

Plant flowers: Get the whole family involved with planting seeds in your garden or favorite spot in the yard. This is a great way for kids to see the growth process as seeds become flowers through proper care and nurturing. Fast-sprouting flowers include marigolds, cosmos and zinnias.

See the cherry blossoms: As the weather warms up, cherry blossoms will be in bloom. Late March into April is the prime time to head to the nation`s capital and see the blooms in full color along the Tidal Potomac. Spring flower festivals are held in other cities across the U.S. as well, such as Macon, Ga., and Wilmington, N.C. Check your local tourist board for information on flower festivals near your neighborhood.

Participate in an Easter Egg hunt: Easter is a great spring holiday to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures. One fun activity is Easter Egg Hunts. Look on community websites in your area to find the nearest one or have one of your own. Have children color the Easter eggs and then hide them in various spots outside on a pleasant day and have the kids look for them and collect them in a basket.

These activities will help break the winter cabin fever and allow for a breath of fresh air as the cold winter days turn into warmer spring afternoons.

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