I don’t know about you, but it can be quite difficult to come up with simple family fun ideas, especially ideas that are inexpensive (or even free).
My mind always goes to ideas like a trip to the movies, or to bowling, or dinner at a restaurant. They’re all fun ideas but can end up costing a lot of money. You can’t do these all the time, so you end up skipping family time.
So what can you do? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of inexpensive and simple family fun ideas that could be done any time? I think so.
Luckily, I’ve got just the list for you – some Spring Family Fun Ideas you’ll love!
Here are some ideas for the month of May. The weather is warmer and daylight lasts longer so you can spend time together outside. These ideas are perfect for springtime and May, but many can be done at anytime of the year.
So, print out your list, hang it up, and plan some family fun time.
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Spring Family Fun Ideas for May
Go bird watching
Grab a bird book and go on a bird-watching hike. Choose a park or a nice hiking trail. Watch, observe, and listen. If you don’t already have a bird guide, you can borrow one from your local library for your hike. You can find some more family bird-watching tips at this post, Family Bird Watching Club.
If you’re looking to add a great bird field guide to your family library, I’d recommend either the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America or The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region or Western Region.
Have a favorite food dinner
Have a dinner consisting of each person’s favorite food. Don’t worry if they don’t exactly make up your ideal meal. That’s part of the fun! Pizza, peas, and ice cream sound perfect.
If your kids are old enough, let each person in the family prepare their favorite. You can have fun in the kitchen and at the dinner table!
Look at the clouds
Lie on your backs and find pictures in the clouds. What do you see? Can you make up stories about the pictures you find?
Turn this simple cloud watching time into story time and bring along a copy of Little Cloud by Eric Carle to read.
Create a family mural
Tape a large piece of paper to the wall and create a family mural.
You can cut off a large piece from a roll of paper to make a large enough mural the whole family can work on together.
Draw separate images or work together to make one larger image.
Play with balloons
Have a balloon party!
Play “keep it in the air”, where everyone works together to keep the balloon from falling on the ground, or play a game of living room volleyball.
You can also rub the balloons in your hair to try and get them to stick to the wall or ceiling. Warning: this activity can cause a lot of laughter!
Take a picnic to the park
Have a picnic at the park and spend the evening playing together on the playground.
If you enjoy picnics with the family, invest in some tools like a nice personalized picnic blanket and an insulated picnic basket so it’s easy to head out anytime you want.
Bake cookies as a family. Make a family favorite recipe or try something new like these Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies at Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
If you make too many, package some up to deliver to friends or neighbors!
Go on a twilight walk
Go on a walk at twilight.
Look and listen. Do you hear different sounds at this time of day than you do in the middle of the day?
Pay attention to the sky and watch the change from daytime to nighttime.
Take silly pictures
Get out a camera or a smart phone and take silly pictures of each other.
You never know, you may find a new masterpiece that need to be printed and framed.
You could even make some of these simple Craft Stick Picture Frames to display your fun picture.
Have a dance party
Crank up the music and have a living room dance party!
It’s a great way to get moving, blow off steam, and have a lot of fun together.
Print out your spring family fun ideas and have some fun.
In order to make things easy for you, I’ve put all of these ideas in a simple printable list.. Print it out, stick it to the front of your fridge with magnets, and use it for family fun ideas all month long.
Get your printable May Family Adventures here.
Schedule your spring family fun time.
In order to make sure that we fit in some family time each month, I’ve found that it can help to schedule a couple of activities for the month. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, but if you plan on going on a bird-watching hike on Saturday, scribble it on the calendar and let the whole family know. They’ll look forward to it and so will you, which makes it less likely that you will skip it.
Which of these ideas are you going to add to your calendar this month?
You may also like one of these family fun ideas:
10 Ways to Make a Walk More Fun
Discover a New Playground for Outdoor Family Fun
Spring Muffin Tin Scavenger Hunt at Mama Papa Bubba
Family fun activities I recommend
It’s so easy to have some family fun if you keep a few outdoor games around. Grab one and head outside for simple fun!
Here’s some fun ideas:
Or one of these other ideas below.