This has been an amazing week. I was able to wear shorts outside and I cooked steaks on the grill. Not bad for February in Indiana. If this is global warming, I am all for it. However, I have already been told not to get too excited, because unpredictable March is right around the corner. This may be true but after seeing my neighborhood come alive these past two weeks with a flurry of outdoor work and activities, it seems to me that people are ready for the winter-to-spring transition. If you, too, are ready for winter to be over, and you’re still feeling a little cooped up, here are a few activities you can do as a family to anticipate and prepare for spring.
Indoor Rock Climbing
If you’ve never tried it, it can be a lot of fun. If you’re into going to the gym, by this time of year, you can feel like you’re in a fishbowl. Indoor climbing walls have the benefit of helping you feel like it’s an outdoor activity, and they can be a great change of pace from your normal exercise routine. There are many great options out there to help you stay in shape. I have found that mixing things up every once in a while is critical if you are wanting to stay consistent over the long run. And indoor rock climbing is a great option.
Go to a Museum or Aquarium
If you’re feeling a little cooped up, and ready to get out there and explore, a museum can provide you with the large, open space you’re craving and plenty of exhibits to explore. For kids, many museums offer hands-on activities nowadays. Likewise, if you haven’t visited an aquarium in a while, try it. Many of them have added walk-through glass tunnels and please-touch pools where you can handle tide pool creatures or pet sharks.
It’s also fun to search out small, obscure museums you never realized existed. In fact, near me, there’s a museum of miniature houses and a Statue of Liberty museum. Exploring these out of the way places is a great way to shake off the end-of-winter blahs.
You may have heard the saying, “no time like the present.” Well, this is especially true this time of year. Do you have some favorite activities you like to do as a family when the weather turns warmer? I would suggest putting a few of them on the calendar now. If one of them is a big event, like a festival or a trip, it can be fun to create a countdown so you can start marking off the days. There is nothing like having a specific thing to look forward to, to give us something to be excited about. Looking forward and getting important things on your calendar now has the added benefit of keeping your fun activities on your radar, so you’re not rushing around getting things ready at the last minute.
There are so many ways to put a little green in your life. Shamrocks are starting to show up in supermarkets for St. Patrick’s Day. You can grow a little pot of cat grass for your pet. You might also find some stunning flowers to plant, and if you’re in the habit of paying through the nose for those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market, why not pick a few unusual varieties to grow yourself?
Plan a Project
Who doesn’t have a home improvement idea they’ve been dying to get to? But it won’t happen for most families unless you schedule the time and budget the project. I would suggest using these last few colder days to get ahead by visiting your favorite home improvement store, drawing up some plans, and scheduling the help you will need.
The good news is that the days are already getting lighter earlier, so why not chase away the last of the colder weather with some fun family activities that will get you organized and ready for the spring? It will be here before you know it!
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