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Try These Outdoor Family Activities

By Kimberly Blaker

pring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.” --Robin Williams

Although we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and adequately maintain social distancing guidelines. So make the most of this exhilarating season by getting outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and loads of fun with these family activities – while keeping your family and others safe by practicing social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask when you’re out in public. Plant a flower or vegetable garden. Gather up the kids, head to the nursery, and pick out flats of flowers or packets of vegetable seeds. When you get home, plan the arrangement and spacing of the plants. Then have everyone pitch in with digging and planting. To maintain your kids’ interest in the garden, set up a watering schedule, and have everyone take turns throughout the season. Visit a state or national park. Forests and parks come alive in the spring. Not only does the greenery begin to fill in, but wildlife abounds. So it’s the perfect time of year for a nature hike. Be sure to take along your binoculars and a camera to capture newly blossomed plants, animals, and birds. Fly a kite. A breezy spring day is perfect for flying kites. For even more fun, order a kite kit in advance for your family to design your own. Then, check out YouTube videos on how to fly a kite before you head out to ensure your adventure is a success. Go garage sale-ing. Spring is when rummage sales get into full swing. So go on a treasure hunt for great buys and to reduce our imprint on the planet by buying used. Before you head out, check your local newspaper and Craigslist for garage sale listings. Then plan your route to make the most of your outing. Make a yard ornament. Gather up your family to brainstorm a fun project to liven up your yard or landscape. Here are a few ideas to get you started: a unique birdhouse, colMarch/April 2021

orful bird feeder, artistically painted planter, mosaic walkway or welcome sign, fun sculpture, or musical wind chimes. Whatever you come up with, you can likely find design ideas, instructions, or kits online. Go on a picnic. Pack some finger foods like sandwiches, cheese sticks, veggies and dip, fruit, cookies, and beverages.Then head to the park to enjoy some play, relaxation, and grub. Build a fort. If you have a stash of construction materials lying around, this is an excellent way to put it to use. Another option is to buy several sections of privacy fencing for prebuilt walls for your fort. There are many ways to build a fort. So search online for easy, low-cost ideas. Play disc golf. These courses have popped up in parks everywhere and are fun for all ages. Just head to your nearby sporting goods store and pick up a few discs before you go. Go on a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items that are found outdoors, such as an oak leaf, clover, piece of trash, chunk of gravel, dandelion, pop can, speckled rock, wildflower, and so forth. Before heading out for the hunt, set a time limit and any safety rules.Then split up into two teams and see who can bring home the most items on the list. Set up a lemonade stand. For the entrepreneurial family, this is a fun way to spend a spring day. Bake up cookies or brownies, make some lemonade, and design colorful “Cookies & Lemonade” signs. Then hang the posters at nearby corners and main intersections. Better yet, take advantage of the extra traffic when a neighbor holds a yard sale. To reduce suburban family | subfam.com

the risk of spreading COVID to others, wash hands thoroughly before preparing food and beverages and wear a mask to avoid contamination. Hold a garage or toy sale. Have your kids clean out their old toys and outgrown clothes. Then offer your kids a portion or all of the proceeds for holding or helping with the sale. Be sure to advertise it on Craigslist and post ‘yard sale’ signs on nearby corners and your main intersection. Go for a peddle. Whether it’s a ride through your neighborhood or on a paved trail system, a bike ride is a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and in all the sights of spring. Take a country drive. Spring is the perfect time of year to roll down the windows and take a scenic cruise. Kick back, put on some happy music, and enjoy the blue skies, budding trees, and bursts of colorful flowers.

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MARCH 19TH: Club Meeting Friday 7:00 PM

Location: Bohemian Crystal, Westmont, IL

APRIL 18TH: Club Meeting Sunday 2:00 PM

Location: Chandlers, Schaumburg, IL FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EVENTS & CONTACTS CALL 312-409-2081 OR VISIT WWW.MPKS.ORG

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