.Spring has arrived! Though it may not feel like it, the days are getting longer, the ground is thawing and new life is beginning to bud all around us. Say farewell to the dreary days of cold winter and get ready to play outside, get your hands dirty and enjoy the sunshine!
This new season is a wonderful time to get outdoors and explore nature with friends and family. In the next few days and weeks, while there is still a chill in the air, there are plenty of engaging crafts, games and activities to welcome the spring into your home. As soon as the sun is out and the weather is warmer, be sure to hurry outside to play and learn!
Spring in New York City:
The Orchid Show
Hosted at the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, this year's exhibit showcases exotic and beautiful blooms through April 21. Weekend musical performances and a chance to walk through the rest of the beautiful grounds present a great opportunity for experiencing nature first-hand.
Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair
An enormous street fair, organized by the Tribeca Film Festival, this day of fun promises entertainment for hours. Past events include mini performances by Broadway cast members, screenings of kids’ films and much more.
On A Wing Family Festival
Central Park is home to a wide variety of living beings and a stop-over point for many birds in their migration. On May 17, head to Belvedere Castle to learn all about birds and why they matter on a guided walk, featuring big birds of prey!
Spring Activities, Anywhere!
DIY Initial Letter Planters
With beautiful pictures and step-by-step instructions, this DIY garden project is a great way for children to take ownership over their own personal mini-garden. Using a cardboard initial found at a local craft store, you can make your own flower or herb garden in no time at all.
Egg Carton Garden
Using a cardboard egg carton, some soil and seeds, you can have your very own diverse herb garden. Incorporating motor skills, math and science, this activity is very hands-on and kid-friendly. Make a few with your children and their friends to take home and share.
Homemade Cherry Blossoms
Using found twigs and sticks, twist ties and tissue paper, you can have your very own beautiful cherry blossoms - a free and fantastic way to dress up your home this spring!
Be sure to follow our "Sunny Spring Fun!" board on Pinterest for more spring activities, crafts and projects.
Spring is also an excellent time for our taste buds. Our winter vegetable options can be limited around this time of year, but luckily, the ground is thawing and new plants are growing. Be sure to visit your local farmer's market for fresh spring vegetables in the coming weeks. Using some of the spring vegetables highlighted below, give our Red Rabbit Spring Harvest Tossed Salad a try! Great ways to have your kids help on this recipe include dumping ingredients in the bowl, mixing and taste testing!
Red Rabbit Spring Harvest Tossed Salad
Spring veggies: Asparagus, Green Onions, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, New Potatoes, Peas, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Wild Greens
Yield: 6 servings
1 bunch arugula, washed and gently torn
1 cup quinoa, cooked and chilled
1/2 cup carrots, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup apples, peeled, thinly sliced, and mixed with fresh lemon juice to avoid discoloration
1/2 cup red onion, scallions, or yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh mint, cilantro, or basil, chopped
¼ cup apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or rice wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup honey
In large mixing bowl, toss together greens, quinoa, vegetables, apples and herbs.
In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey and oil.
Drizzle dressing mixture on top of salad, tossing gently to coat evenly.
Serve alone or as a side dish. Enjoy!