As we enter the spring season, your kids are probably yearning to go outside and play! But how can you keep them entertained during Spring Break? Your Local Kids has a full directory of parent resources providing things to do on Long Island with kids in both Nassau County and Suffolk County. Below are some more suggestions to keep your children active and entertained.
- Go for a Hike
With the changing of seasons, it’s the ideal time to get outside and see firsthand the plants blooming and the wildlife returning to sight. You and your children can make a list of sights and sounds you anticipate experiencing on your hike, and check them off as you find them. Provide your kids with a compass, magnifying glass, and clipboard if you have them available to make them feel even more like an explorer.
- Get Active Outdoors
The parks and beaches of Long Island are ideal this time of year because it’s warm enough to enjoy them, and you do not yet have to pay for admission. If the park you choose has paved trails, you can go bike riding or roller-skating. Other outdoor suggestions include basketball, baseball, catch, or jump roping. Grab some chalk and set up a game of hopscotch, or get creative and draw your own little town to explore. Try to see how long you can keep a hula-hoop up, or create your own dance routine to a favorite song. Fly a kite, play hide and seek with your kids on the playground, or see who can swing the highest on the swing set.
Have a Picnic
Visit the farmer’s market and pick out some fresh choices with your children. Pack a picnic basket and a sheet, and share lunch together. Even if it’s raining, you can move the picnic inside and end it with a favorite movie. Kids will love the change in routine, and you may even convince them to sample some new foods.
- Make a Birdhouse or Feeder
It’s easy to get crafty with your family while celebrating spring. Help your children create a special home for your neighborhood birds using recycled materials. You can use old soda bottles, coffee cans, or boxes. Allow them to decorate the house and help to hang it from a tree in your yard. For feeders, you can cover pinecones in honey and birdseed and hang them on a string.
- Put on a Play
Get creative with your children and put on a play. There are many family-friendly scripts available online, at your local library, or you can always create your own. For added effect, allow your children to dress in costume and set the stage. For play dates, you can act as director and record the play on a video camera or cell phone for them to watch later.
Don’t forget to check our event calendar for more fun activities to share with your children.