March 19, 2020, is officially the first day of spring! After a long, cold winter, this is certainly something to celebrate, and it’s also a good chance to teach your children about the seasons. Here are some fun and exciting ways to celebrate the first day of spring with your children.
Holland State Park, which is situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, is a lovely place to take a spring hike. The temperatures will still be a little chilly and the ground might be a little soft on the first day of spring, but it’s still fun to see the trees and plants when everything is starting to wake up for the season.
The trails at Holland State Park are kid-friendly, and there’s a playground you can visit, too. Make sure you take a moment to look across the channel at the Big Red Lighthouse.
If you don’t mind waiting a few days to celebrate, consider running the Snowmelt Shuffle 5K on March 29th. It’s the perfect way to get outside and stretch your legs in the nice, spring weather. The race starts at 3:00 pm, and the entry fee is $25 per person. Proceeds go to benefit the Holland Rotary Charities. There are age group awards as well as overall awards, and runners/walkers of all abilities are welcome.
Flying a kite is a fun tradition that people frequently take part in during the spring. Your kids will love watching a kite fly high in the sky above them. If you have a big back yard, you can fly your kite at home. If you have a smaller yard, just head to the nearest park. You may have to help smaller children fly their kite, but kids ages 10 and up should be able to fly their own kites with little assistance.
Spring rolls are a healthy snack, and thanks to their name, they are the perfect food to enjoy on the first day of spring. Your kids will love helping you make spring rolls at home. You can put any fresh veggies you like inside of them. Shredded carrots and spinach are a good combination for kids since the flavors are nice and mild. Prepare a tasty peanut dipping sauce, and enjoy your snack on the patio.
The Holland Farmers Market is a great place to buy local produce, flowers, and more. Visiting with your kids on March 21st is a great way to celebrate the first day of spring. Your children can sample the many available products and learn more about where their food comes from. The market lasts from 9 am – 1 pm in downtown Holland.
Spring will soon be sprung! Celebrate the change in seasons with your kids by participating in one or more of the activities above. Warm weather and pleasant days are ahead.