Everyone feels like celebrating when the weather starts to warm up. But even though many people may take a holiday vacation at this time, not everyone has the luxury of being able to take off for an extended spring break trip.
So if you’re not going to be jetting away to some exotic locale—no worries! What matters most is quality time with your little ones, family and friends. Here are some fun ideas to help you celebrate springtime a little closer to home.
Swim in the hotel pool.
Even if you’re not traveling, you can still experience the favorite part of every toddler’s vacation—swimming in the pool—without paying for an expensive hotel stay and meals. Many upscale city hotels andcountry resorts offer reasonably priced day passes that are made for people who just want to use the pool facilities and skip the overnight stay. With just a little research, you could find the perfect spot for a hotel pool getaway near you. Have worry-free water play with Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swim pants, now with your child’s favorite characters.
Go on a baby animal safari.
Springtime means babies in the animal world. Head to your local zoo, or a farm or nature center, and spend the day exploring to see if you can spot any newborns. Load up a backpack with safari gear suchas binoculars, a magnifying glass and a mini notebook and colored pencils for drawing. Point out interesting animal behaviors to your little one and compare and contrast the care the baby animals receive to how you took care of your child when he wasa baby.
Get your hands dirty.
If weather allows, get in the dirt outside and plant something. Playing with dirt and mud is a great hands-on sensory activity for toddlers. You can also do this activity indoors by planting seeds in pots andtalking about how plants grow. By checking the pots every day, you and your toddler can watch the entire life cycle of a plant unfold, by watching the seed develop into a seedling and eventually an adult plant.
Host a “springathon” playdate.
Reach out to other moms and parents and invite them and their little ones to an extended playdate. After playing outdoors, serve up a simple spring-themed lunch by using flowershaped cookie cutters to make a variety of sandwiches, then serve up a salad of spring greens and help the kids make their own flower pot dessert. Wrap things up with a story time activity, featuring spring-themed books read by the parents in the group.
Make a bird feeder.
Early spring is actually a great time to feed the birds in your neighborhood because there aren’t many natural seed sources available for them at this time. And don’t worry, makingyour bird feeder doesn’t have to involve using a hammer, nails and wood. There are lots of toddler-friendly ideas available online that require little more than birdseed, twine and peanut butter or vegetable shortening. You can use emptytoilet paper rolls, pinecones and even hollowed out orange rinds to create your birdfeeder and have lots of springtime fun.
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