5 Free Resources for Families Who Want to Get Outdoors This Spring

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

Although it’s hard to believe due to all of the snow piled up around our house, spring is right around the corner. If you’ve had the kind of winter that we have had here in New England, you are probably more than ready to get outside and experience some fresh air and outdoor family time.

5 Free Resources for Families Who Want to Get Outdoors This Spring

Sometimes, when you’re feeling the cabin fever and just want to get out, it’s hard to remember what more there is to do outside than play in the backyard or visit the local playground. Here are 5 resources to provide you with plenty of inspiration and ideas for outdoor family time this spring:

(If you live in the UK, please visit Free And Almost Free Resources For Outdoor Activities In The UK at Diary of a First Child.)

1. PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS offers these awesome resources to help your family explore and investigate outside.

If your little ones need some inspiration to break the winter habit of playing indoors, some of their favorite characters may be able to help them from April 1 – 22nd (Earth Month!) when PBS KIDS celebrates the outdoors with some of your favorite PBS KIDS series such as Wild Kratts, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, and Dinosaur Train. Visit this site for information about those episodes, as well as corresponding outdoor activities for each show.

2. National Recreation and Park Association – Helping Get 10 Million Kids Outdoors
National Wildlife Federation is offering these fantastic opportunities to families who are looking to do things like:

- Plant free trees
- Celebrate National Wildlife Week, March 18-24, 2013
- Create wildlife friendly gardens
- Find parks, trails, and nature sites near your home.

3. TLC
TLC Family’s web site provides an extensive resource of really fun outdoor games for kids.

4. Nature Rocks
This site is a family fun nature planner. It can help you find all sorts of nature activities based on how long you want to be out and the age of your children, plus it offers useful tips and information to help you get into nature without getting over your head.

5. Active Kids Club
This is such a fun resource with spring activities such as letterboxing, outdoor musical play time, and fairy houses.

What are your sources of inspiration for getting outside with the family?

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1 Luschka March 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

Thank you! I LOVE the Nature Rocks site! It’s SO useful even from the UK!
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2 Chrystal @ Happy Mothering March 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thanks for the great ideas! I hope to spend lots of time outdoors with the girls this summer!
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3 Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama March 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’ve never heard of Active Kids Club. I have to check it out. We love spending time outdoors and try to every moment we get.
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4 Shannon @ GrowingSlower March 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Great resources for getting outdoors! We have had a couple of unusual 60 degree days lately and I’m really looking forward to spring!
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5 Jennifer Hoffman March 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I’m bookmarking this post, so I can have ready access to it when this snow melts and the
Mercury rises. :) Thank you, Charise!

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6 Hannah March 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

We love getting outside as much as possible! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you join us again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/03/flip-trainer-review-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html
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