It is finally springtime! Here are 43 fun and frugal things to do this spring. Many of these fun activities are completely free! Make sure to add them to your spring bucket list!
1. Have a picnic
Spring is the perfect time for a picnic, or, should I say, for dining al fresco. Pack your favourite sandwiches and drinks and head outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. It is a great budget-friendly outdoor activity that you can enjoy with your family and friends in the spring time.
Note that the COVID pandemic isn’t behind us yet, so let’s make sure that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly!
2. Fly a kite
While you are enjoying your picnic at a park, it may be time to fly a kite! It is one of the most fun outdoor spring activities for kids, and you get to get some exercise in!
3. Pick wildflowers
Another fun spring bucket list item is to pick some wildflowers. Spring is when all little pretty flowers pop up everywhere you go. How many of the wildflowers can you name?
4. Ride a bike
To soak the beauty of spring in, you may want to go biking and have the spring breeze caress your face and your hair. You can enjoy the bike rides in your local park, along the shoreline, or even in a national park.
5. Go hiking
Instead of riding a bike, you can also go hiking. Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout that will add a little dose of health into our routines. Choose a pair of comfortable walking shoes and some warm clothes, find some biking trails, and go explore nature in springtime!
6. Go rock climbing
Here’s another outdoor activity for you: go rock climbing! Do be careful of loose rocks and ticks though. Climb slowly, test holds and wear helmets, and be sure to do a thorough tick check after climbs. Don’t forget to drink enough water and eat enough food to keep your energy up!
7. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride
If you are one of the adventurous types, you may want to ride a hot air balloon. You can enjoy the breathtaking scenic views below high up in the sky. It’s a romantic couples bucket list item as well!
8. Go golfing
Golf season usually starts in March. If you are into golfing, why not check out a few of your favourite golf courses this spring?
9. Enjoy a round of disc golf
Disc golf, occasionally known as Frisbee Golf, is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target. It is played using rules similar to golf.
10. Play mini golf
Mini-golf is a great game regardless of your skill levels and age. It is a perfect family outing idea in the spring.
11. Go horseback riding
Whether you are a seasoned professional or someone who has never ridden a horse, horseback riding can be an awesome item to add to your spring break bucket list.
12. Do some water sports
Kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, parasailing, sailing, rafting, you name it!
13. Skip rocks
I am not a good rock-skipper myself, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy this simple activity! If you come across a body of water, you may want to try this activity or perfect your skills!
I found this great YouTube video that teaches you how to skip rocks:
14. Go bird watching
If you are into nature, one thing you cannot miss is to go bird watching. Just like fall, spring is another migration season for birds. After spending the winter somewhere warm, birds are now returning to the Northern hemisphere.
Watching birds can be an exciting and fun activity to do with your family. There will be plenty of species for you to identify.
15. Set up a bird feeder
I love watching our feathered friends out my window. But you can go on step further: you can feed them! St up a bird feeder and purchase some seeds. Guess how many different kinds of birds will stop by?
16. Celebrate Earth Day
If you love nature, you will certainly want to celebrate Earth Day. It is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Choose a simple action of green to help support the cause. Whether it is conserving energy to turning off the lights, recycling, or volunteering with earthday.org, every small action will help.
17. Go on a spring break vacation (or staycation)
Spring break, which usually happens in mid-March, is the perfect time for a family vacation. It is the perfect time to visit a destination that is on your (spring) bucket list during your spring break trip.
Of course, you may also prefer to have a nice and quiet spring break staycation. After all, it is often spending time with your loved ones that is the most precious part of a vacation.
18. Go on a camping trip
With the warmer weather, blooming flowers and signs of new life after the cold, it is the right time for camping! Enjoy the new season outdoors, and learn about nature along the way.
19. Attend the Canadian Tulips Festival in Ottawa
An iconic Canadian way to welcome spring is to attend the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa in May. It is an annual festival that has been around since 1952, and it claims to be the world’s largest tulip festival.
If you cannot attend the festival in person, I have good news for you. This year, the Canadian Tulip Festival is available online as well! You will be able to experience the beauty of tulips through a carefully crafted virtual experience.
20. See the cherry blossom
Another floral beauty you cannot miss is the cherry blossoms. These beautiful flowers typically begin to bloom in February and peak in April. Vancouver holds the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival every year. They also offer free activities online to safely engage the community in interactive, social, and artful ways.
21. Do a nature scavenger hunt
Who will be the one to spot the first signs of spring in your family? Kids can learn a thing or two about the plants and the animals they encounter as well while running around.
22. Go berry picking
You can pick blueberries and strawberries starting late spring season, which just so happen to be some of the tastiest berries out there.
23. Visit a botanical garden
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy the beauty of nature strolling through a botanical garden? If you are interested in photography, it is also the perfect opportunity to take some beautiful pictures in the warmer weather.
24. Visit a petting zoo
If you have some free time, you may want to visit a petting zoo. The cute and cuddly animals will for sure bring a smile to your face.
25. Visit a farmer’s market
After a winter’s hibernation, farmer’s markets generally re-open in the spring. Enjoy some fresh vegetables and fruits and support your local vendors!
26. Deep clean your house
Spring is the perfect time to organize and clean your home. Nothing feels as satisfying as staying in a home that is clean and fresh after a spring cleaning session.
If cleaning the entire house at once feels overwhelming, I recommend that you divide up the task into smaller pieces. What works the best for me is to focus on one room at a time.
27. Decorate your house
Now that your house is clean and fresh, it is time to decorate your house with spring-themed decorations! Whether you want to change up your pillow covers to more colourful and vibrant ones like these or make a wreath using the wildflowers you picked while enjoying nature outside, the possibilities are endless!
28. Have a garage sale
While you are deep cleaning your house, chances are you have come across many items that are still in great shape but you haven’t used in a while. Instead of throwing them out, I recommend that you host a garage sale. It is a fun activity to pick out all the sellable items and to price them, and you get to make a little bit of money on the side!
29. Shop for after-winter sales
You may want to put the money you made from the spring garage sale into good use with after-winter sales! Spring is the perfect time for discounted winter gears, boots, and more!
30. Plant seeds
If you have a garden, spring is the best time to plant some seeds! The best seeds to plant in the spring include lettuce, summer squash, cucumbers, cilantro, and more! If you have a garden, now is the best time to buy some seeds and start planting! This spring bucket list item will fill your garden with fresh vegetables!
If you don’t have a garden, don’t worry! You can still plant some simple herbs on your windowsill. I really enjoy indoor gardens, such as the AeroGarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden. It is a lovely feeling to be able to use the herbs you plant in your dishes!
31. Have a garden tea party
If you have a garden, no matter how big or small, you can throw a beautiful garden tea party for your family and friends.
32. Have a water balloon fight
Who doesn’t love a water balloon fight? Get some balloons, fill them with water, and have plenty of fun in the spring breeze!
33. Watch the spring rain
The spring rain is magical. The barren land comes back to life after the rain. I especially love the smell of grass and earth after the rain, and how the raindrops slide on leaves like little pearls of happiness. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of the rainbow after the rain!
34. Read a book
If you are a book lover like me, you will want to read a good book regardless of the season. For spring, however, you may want to pick up a new book to get a refreshing and new perspective just like what spring brings!
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35. Watch (or re-watch) a fun springtime movie
36. Check out a flea market
A flea market is a fun place to be. It is almost like treasure-hunting as you browse through the vendors. See what you can find there!
37. Do some yoga
Yoga calms your mind and improves physical flexibility of your body. Spring is a great time to add yoga to your morning routine.
38. Enjoy April Fool’s Day
If you enjoy a good prank, April Fool’s Day may be one of your favourite days of the year. Consult this list to find the best harmless April Fools’ pranks to pull this year!
39. Celebrate Easter
If you celebrate Easter, you will not want to miss the opportunity to get together with your family, have a good meal, and dye some eggs! Organize an Easter egg hunt for your little ones if you can!
40. Celebrate Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is the second Sunday of May. Do make sure that you take time to wish your mother happy Mother’s Day. If you could get a gift for her, for example, a bouquet, that’d be even better!
41. Have a family game night
If you prefer the indoors, you can have a family game night. It is a great way to connect with your family while having some fun. Take out your favourite board games. Time will fly by quickly for the whole family.
42. Take new family pictures
Spring signals the start of a new year. Why not make it a tradition and take some new family pictures every spring?
43. Change your desktop and phone backgrounds
When was the last time you changed the backgrounds of your desktop and your cell phone? Now is time to make a change! You may want to change them up to spring-themed backgrounds to add a bit more elements of spring in your life. You can certainly do this on a rainy day while dreaming about all the fun things to do when the weather gets better.
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy fun new experiences. Which ones of the above spring bucket list items have you tried? Which one of these fun spring activities would you like to try? What are some additional fun and frugal things to do in the spring that you’d recommend? Make a bucket list for yourself this spring today!