25 Fun Things to do this Spring (2015)
After a bitterly cold winter, we're more than ready for the arrival of spring! As the mercury rises, there are lots of family-friendly ways to celebrate the season.
Catch Spring fever with these 25 fun activities and things to do with kids in Toronto and the GTA this Spring...
1. Grow something you can eat. Pick out a fruit or vegetable that you and your child can plant from seed and nurture together. Try tomatoes, peas, or any kind of beans. Ask a local gardening expert if you aren't sure what will grow. Click here to get more tips on Gardening with Kids.
2. Go see the Cherry Blossoms at High Park. Every year the Sakura trees blossom for a brief period in early Spring with the length of the blooms lasting from 1-2 weeks. It's a spectacular sight. Visit this Sakura in High Park website for weekly updates and to track the progress of the Sukura blossoms.
3. Have a Family Picnic. Pack blankets, bites and refreshments for an alfresco feast at one of these great picnic spots.
5. Grow an Herb Garden. Have the kids pick out some seeds such as mint, basil, chives, thyme, basil, and parsley. Decorate craft sticks with the herbs' names. Plant in small terra cotta pots or in a section of your garden. Find out more on how to grow an herb garden here.
6. Make a Birdfeeder. Kids love to spot blue jays, cardinals, and other feathered friends. Bring the birds to your backyard with a fun craft you can do together. Here's a fun bird feeder to build with kids from Lowes.
7. Go to a Farmers' Market. Take advantage of the comfortable morning temperatures and see what local farmers are offering. The markets provide countless opportunities to teach, and you might just get the kids to try a new vegetable! Click here for a list of farmers' markets in the GTA.
8. Go Geocaching. It's a fun outdoor recreational activity, like a futuristic treasure hunt that is being played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with a GPS (Global Positioning System) device. Click here for tips and apps you can download to help you out!
9. Play in the Rain. Spring inevitably brings on some rain so make sure you keep your kids busy on rainy days. Click here for our Rainy Day Guide with fun activities the kids can do indoors on gloomy days.
10. Take your binoculars and go Bird Watching. To get your kids plugged into 'birding,' visit this great website. And, click here for a really cute Free Printable Bird Book for Birding with Kids so kids can record their birding activities.
11. Go on a Spring Hike. Visit www.ontariotrails.on.ca for the best hiking trails.
12. Go to Centreville Amusement Park. With over 30 rides and attractions this theme park offers up a full day of family fun. The park is now open! Click here to check out all the fun attractions and events happening this season.
13. Get ready for Victoria Day Long Weekend! Click here for a list of fun events taking from May 16 to May 18, 2015 to celebrate!
14. Go to Doors Open Toronto where approximately 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural, and social significance to the city of Toronto open their doors to the public for free. In honour of this Summer's TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, this year's theme – Sports, Recreation, and Leisure – offers attendees a sneak peek inside more than 70 private and public recreational sites, and is highlighted throughout many of this year's walking tours and exhibits. More info
15. Have a Garage Sale and give the kids jobs. Time the clear the clutter!
16. Go to a Baseball Game. The beginning of Major League Baseball season is one of the annual markers that warm weather is just around the corner. Take your kids out to the ballpark for all the pomp and circumstance—and popcorn and hotdogs. If you don't want to shell out for pro tickets, look into local minor leagues or even high school games. Click here to get the Blue Jays line-up for Junior Jays Saturdays, which features all kinds of special activities just for kids.
17. Go for a Family Bike Ride or take the scooters out (remember to wear helmets!). May is also Toronto Bike Month so you may want to check out some free biking-related events.
18. Go Fly a Kite. Go fly a kite! Grab some kites and head outside. If you don't have enough room in your backyard, hit the local park. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy flying kites. Plus, learn how to make your own!
19. Make your own Sidewalk Chalk and spend the afternoon creating a masterpiece or play hopscotch. Here's a recipe.
21. Go to the Toronto Circus Festival. Come experience the magic of the circus this Victoria Day weekend. Discover acrobats and jugglers, comedians, and clowns. It's free! More info
22. Make Spring Treats! Celebrate the coming of Spring with these fun and creative treats. These healthy Spring snack recipes feature adorable critters, yummy yogurt pops, colourful vegan cupcakes, sunny strawberry cookies, and more. Create the perfect thing to munch on for your kids! Click here to get the recipes.
23. Go for a family Nature Hunt. Give everyone a paper bag, along with a list of objects to collect (a bird's feather, a twig, a leaf, a smooth rock, a pine cone, a wildflower, and so on). Get more ideas here.
24. Make a Spring Craft. Celebrate Spring with some fun cute crafts that will make any kids’ creativity bloom! Try making bugs, farm animals, flowers, and all things that represent the season. For inspiring ideas, click here.
25. Blow Bubbles. Here's a recipe to make your own. You can even make coloured ones too!