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 weeks, there are so many activities and engaging crafts and games to welcome the spring with!
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. It's on through April 21. Weekend musical performances and a chance to walk through the rest of the beautiful grounds present a great opportunity to experience 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 7, head to Belvedere Castle to learn all about birds and why they matter on a guided walk, featuring big birds of prey!
Activities to Embrace Spring Everywhere!
- 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!
- Go to the Farmers Market
Spring is also an excellent time for our taste buds. 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!
- Make a Red Rabbit Spring Harvest Tossed Salad
There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables starting to spring up in early spring so grab yourself some asparagus, green onions, lettuce, mushrooms, and peas and combine with our mouthwatering dressing. Your family and friends will definitely try stealing this one from you!