Spring Inspiration: 20 Ways to Play Outside With Kids

Spring Inspiration: 20 Ways to Play Outside With Kids

I received free product and compensation from Claritin® to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Have you heard about the Claritin® 20 Minutes of Spring Project?

The 20 Minutes of Spring Project is a part of year two of a three year partnership between Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where Claritin has committed up to $500,000 to fund programming and create resources to help get kids outside.

A survey commissioned by the makers of Claritin found that spending just 20 minutes outside in nature can help make you feel happy. And 97 percent of Americans surveyed find that spring is a great season to experience the simple joys that outdoor activities provide.

Do Not Let Allergies Stop You!

Now I do not know how you feel about these findings, but for me this is a major motivator to spend more time outside! I mean, who doesn’t want to be outdoors? The only thing holding my kids and I back in the spring is allergies. Like many people, all of us experience seasonal allergies, especially my daughter Eden and I. We both take Claritin for relief from seasonal allergies.

20 Ways to Spend 20 Minutes Playing Outside With Your Kids

    1. Jump on the Trampoline: Take turns showing off your best tricks.Trampoline
    2. Have a Hula Hoop Contest: Hula Hoops are cheap and fun. As your kids get older you can make harder hula hoop challenges.
    3. Go for a Bike Ride: Take the kids around the neighborhood or over to a playground with a quick bike ride.Bangkok Bike Tour
    4. Play at the Playground: Kids always have a fun time swinging and playing at a playground.
      Sunriver Playground
    5. Blow Bubbles: Kids love to blow bubbles and chase bubbles around the yard.
    6. Hit Golf Balls: Take the kids to the driving range where you can all hit golf balls. Hitting a bucket of balls is a fairly cheap activity. Driving range
    7. Visit a Garden: Spring is the perfect time to visit a garden when everything is in bloom.
    8. Roller Skating: Take the kids roller skating. Be sure to put knee pads, elbow pads, and helmets on in case of falls.roller skating
    9. Play Soccer: Head over to a nearby field and play soccer. soccer
    10. Fly a Kite: If it’s a windy day what better way to celebrate than with a kite.
    11. Mini Golf: Head to the nearest mini golf location and see who can get a hole in one. Mini golf is usually inexpensive and sometimes kids 6 and under are free.
    12. Dine Outside: If you have a patio and it’s a nice day, eat outside instead of inside. This is the perfect way to spend time with the kids and absorb some vitamin D. If you do not have a patio, just spread out a blanket in the yard to sit on. dine outside
    13. Go Fishing: Head to a nearby pond, lake, or river and take the kids fishing. Typically a children’s fishing license is free. go fishing
    14. Dig in the Sand: If you have a sandbox sit in the sand and play with your kid. If not head to a nearby beach or a playground with sand. Dig in the sand
    15. Hang out in a Hammock: What better way to chill out with the kids then to hang out in a hammock. This is a great time to read with your kids too. Hammock time
    16. Go Karts: Go karting is another fun, low cost family activity.
    17. Skip Rocks: If you are near water a free fun activity is skipping rocks. It may surprise you how long this keeps the whole family entertained. 
    18. Play Corn Hole: I grew up playing corn hole, you may know if better as washers or bean bag toss. It’s super easy to play and a perfect way to get the whole family involved. 
    19. Play Tennis: Tennis can be challenging for younger kids. Try to find a tennis court with a solid wall on one side where kids can practice hitting balls off the wall.
    20. Grow a Garden: Plant a little garden with your kids and then spend time tending to it with them. This is an excellent way to spend more time with your children outside while also teaching them a valuable skill.

Claritin’s Partnership with Boys & Girls Club of America

The 20 Minutes of Spring Project is a part of year two of a three year partnership between Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where Claritin has committed up to $500,000 to fund programming and create resources to help get kids outside.

In the first year, Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America developed the Play Breaks Guide, an outdoor activity resource, to help support staff at 4,300 Clubs in getting their local youth outside and keeping them active.

This year Claritin is providing an Imagination Playground to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at PS 125 in Harlem, NYC to enable kids to get outside and enjoy nature. This playground equipment is particularly relevant, as 54 percent of those surveyed said their favorite childhood outdoor activities included playing at a playground or park.

How You Can Help the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

It’s simple – post a picture of your favorite family-friendly outdoor spring activity on Facebook or Instagram with both #Claritin and #20MinutesofSpring by June 21, 2018.  Every post triggers a $5 donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of America (up to $50,000).

So now it’s time to get outside and share your 20 Minutes of Spring activities! To learn more go to claritin.com/20MinutesofSpring.

By | 2018-04-26T08:53:24+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Kid Activities|3 Comments

About the Author:

Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.

3 Comments

  1. Pech April 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I’m with you on one hand loving the wonderful weather the past few days, but because I am allergic to dandelions going back and forth between hating the allergies in the morning until my allergy medicine kicks in and then just totally loving being outdoors, even going out of my way to walk a little farther! Thank goodness for allergy medicine.

  2. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam April 26, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    We do *so* many of these! In fact, we ate dinner on the deck tonight. The girls call it picnicking! It’s especially wonderful because I don’t have to clean up any spills, and my older daughter is convinced she’s planting a whole watermelon garden in the yard by spitting the seeds over the deck! HA!

  3. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife April 27, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Yes to all of these great outdoor ideas! And related side note, I went to see the doctor last month because I couldn’t get over what I thought was a dragging cold/flu/strep/mono situation, but after testing, it turned out to be allergies. I have them SO badly this year and no joke, Claritin is a life saver for me!!

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