By Barbara Pronin
It’s been a tough winter in many parts of the country, and too many of us have spent too many hours huddled under a blanket in front of the TV. By now, however, temperatures have warmed and spring flowers are popping up all over.
Credit.com lifestyle editor A.J. Smith suggests five ways to bust out of the winter blues and get the family outdoors to celebrate spring – without busting the budget:
- Take a hike – Taking in the sights on foot is free. Investigate the scenery in the local hills or the wildflowers in the local mountains. Take a day trip to wander the nearest botanical gardens, or walk your own neighborhood in the morning or evening just to enjoy the spring air.
- Find local attractions – Spring brings newborn baby animals to the zoo and fun playground games to the park. Look for free or discounted admission days, and enjoy it all with the family.
- Join a sports team – Most communities offer many sports options for kids and adults alike. Get some exercise, make new friends, and enjoy the spring weather with the team or sports program that seems just right for you.
- Check out community events – Local events like spring festivals, flea markets, concerts, and farmers markets will soon start popping up all over. Many are free or low-cost opportunities to have some fun, pick up some local produce, or enjoy some music together.
- Plan a picnic – Make it a family event or a neighborhood gala, but start the planning now. Be creative with the food, and plan some simple games and activities. Whether you choose hot dogs and burgers on the grill or an inclusive neighborhood potluck, a picnic is a quick and cost-effective way to usher in spring and summer.
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