Winter is finally on its way out and it’s time to get out and about with the family.
The Spring equinox is fast approaching and the clocks will 'spring forward' on Tuesday 20th March. If winter inertia has taken over and you need some inspiration, we’ve got some great ideas on things to do with the family in Spring.
Springtime is a season of great activity for birdlife. Get out in the garden and take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch or even visit one the RSPB centres. For another kind of avian experience, it’s National Dawn Chorus day on the first Sunday in May. Take a look at how you can get involved here.
One of the big signs of Spring is the arrival of the lambs. There are loads of farms that open their gates to the public to allow children to see the new arrivals and even get a chance to feed them such as Snettisham Park or Wimpole Hall.
A more elusive animal is the Badger. The cubs are born in February and start to emerge in April. Take a look at the Badger Trust to see if there are any badger watching events near you.
It’s great to see more colour speckled around the countryside now that Spring is here. You’ll need to be quick to catch these early bloomers though! Snowdrop season lasts from January to March, so blink and they’ll be gone. Take a look at the National Trust for best places to see them near you.
There’s nothing more cheery than seeing the sunny yellow daffodils spring up! Why not take the family out to one of these top spots?
If you’re looking for something a little more exotic you could go to a Hanami festival. This is the traditional Japanese celebration of the spectacular but fleeting cherry blossom from late March to early May.
In the garden
Although there are some fantastic places to go and visit, there’s lots of things to do at home in the Spring.
Forget about the spring cleaning and get out with the kids in the garden.
After the winter neglect, your garden is probably crying out for some TLC and there are some great ways to get the kids involved!
Great for any time of the year, why not make a birdfeeder to encourage some flying visits. Or welcome the creepy crawlies in with this guide on how to make a bug hotel?
Move over from the fawna to the flora and get gardening with your kids. This is great way to spend time together outdoors and also teaches them about wildlife, nature and seasons. It a great idea to plant some of their favourite fruit and veggies too so they learn about where food comes from and can give them a real sense of pride too. Here are some great gardening tips for kids to get you started.
Even though it’s warming up, there’s always the threat of April (and March and May!) showers so just in case, you can nip inside and try some of these great indoor activities to do with your kids!