Finding the best spring family activities with Wisconsin’s weather unpredictability can sometimes be a challenge. As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Often, we see more rain in April and May than we’d like. But there’s no denying that May is quite beautiful. The smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of chirping songbirds, the warmth of midday sun warming your arms… all of these make May a month to enjoy. May unofficially starts summer, so get outside and enjoy that weather! We’re done hibernating for the winter, and it’s time to stretch our legs with some fun, old-fashioned family outings. Here’s our picks for the best spring family activities that everyone will enjoy.[heading]The Top 5 Best Spring Family Activities[/heading]
1. Plant your own May flowers
The best spring family activities don’t have to be expensive and are often interactive! Are you ready to start working on the summer garden? Get the kids involved by letting them pick out the seeds (at this time of year, everywhere from Stein’s to Target has seed packets available). For another idea, let them have mini-gardens of their own. They’ll be responsible for planting, watering, weeding, and showering the fledgling flowers with love! No space for an outdoor garden? This same idea works well for planter boxes and even indoor pots. Activate your child’s creative side by allowing him/her to paint a ceramic pot before planting.
2. Sample fresh food from farmers’ markets
It’s a bit early in the year yet, as most farmers’ markets resume in June, but a couple locations are already in operation. For instance, the West Allis Farmers’ Market is open starting the first Saturday in May. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. See more details here. Waukesha County has a handful of farmers’ markets in operation beginning in May: Brookfield, Delafield, Mukwonago, New Berlin, and the city of Waukesha are all good options. Click here to see the full list. For a full-day and a little bit of a road trip, head to Madison. The Saturday Market on the Square has been in full swing since April. Don’t miss a chance to check out the “Largest Producer-Only Farmers’ Market in the Country.” See a full list of Madison and Madison-area farmer’s markets here.
3. Visit the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Did you know that the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a designated Important Bird Area? That means kids will experience a chorus of birds visiting to nest and mate before moving farther north for the summer. Additionally, wildflowers are beginning to blossom. You’ll see a wide array of colors when you visit! Start planning your trip by visiting http://www.schlitzaudubon.org/.
4. Take a trip back in time at Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin is open once again! Visit this historic site this weekend for their “History on Four Legs” event. Springtime in old world Wisconsin meant seasonal chores and getting ready for the growing season; now, your kids can experience it, too! Plus, who can resist baby barn animals? Learn more here.
5. And when it showers… Fun and games at JB’s on 41
When the weather heats up or cools down, stop in to JB’s for an afternoon of fun any day of the week. Try your hand at one of our new arcade games like Jurassic Park, sign up your kids for Kids Bowl Free or attend Mission Reconnect, and sample new menu items. With May flowers or showers, there’s plenty to do at JB’s on 41, and plenty of fun for every season.[heading]What are your top picks for spring family activities? Let us know in the comments below![/heading]