I’m really enjoying coming up with these bucket lists every season (see my fall list and winter list). It inspires me to get out of the house and do more with our family. It’s easier to motivate to do in the spring because the weather finally warms up and you are excited to come out of hibernation, but it always seems to go by in a heartbeat, so I wanted to put together my spring bucket list asap.
A family bucket list is my way of ensuring we make the most of this season with James and our little family. As they say, the days are long but the years are short, and I don’t want to wake up in 10 years and think about how I wished I had spent more time with the kiddos (when they actually wanted to spend time with me).
Plus, as I’m sure other toddler moms can relate, we’ve found that the only way to survive weekends with a highly-active two-year-old is to get out of the house. Otherwise, everyone gets stir crazy and destruction and tantrums begin, especially since we live in an apartment in the city that doesn’t offer tons of space to run around. Even though we live in the city and there’s so much to do, I find if we don’t plan ahead and do research to look up new activities, we end up spending half the day debating what to do (while our toddler causes mayhem and we get frustrated and fight over it).
Finally, this may be our last spring living in the city (we’re still debating the suburbs move but leaning more and more toward leaving the city), so it’s also the perfect time to get in all those activities that we know we should do but never do because we live here.
Here’s what’s on my spring bucket list for our family — let me know what’s on yours and if there are any fun spring activities we should add, especially any in the tristate area.
Jane’s Carousel and Brooklyn Bridge Park
Movie theatre for the first time with James
Decorate Easter eggs
Make a cute Easter basket for James
Host an Easter Egg Hunt with our neighbors
Go hiking upstate (side note: we’re thinking about getting a pack to carry him in so we can actually hike without stopping every five secs — any recs?)
Take James to the park every weekend morning
Get flowers for our deck (all of our flowers from last season died and then got destroyed by James and Dakota)
Find a new place to live (open houses and more open houses!)
Paint outside on our deck
Bring sidewalk chalk to the park to draw
Load up the bubble machine on the deck (this was one of the best gifts we ever got James and it’s such a fun way to burn some energy for both James and Dakota)
Scoot to get coffee (James loves his scooter and is getting so good at it, and we love how much energy it burns!)
Barbecue on the deck
Eat outside (we recently went out to dinner and sat outside for my birthday and I forgot how much I love eating outside on the sidewalk in the city)
Go to a Yankees Game
Visit the Botanical Gardens and see the Orchid show
Road trip (we’ve been dying to visit Charlottesville (my husband went to college at UVA) and this spring feels like the perfect time… if James can last for the drive)
Learn to cook a few healthy dinner dishes that our whole family will eat (not so much tied to spring but this spring, I’m going to start learning to cook)
Take a vacation (sad but true, we still haven’t taken that parents-only vacation we’ve been discussing for months, but I’m determined to get away, even if it’s as a family this spring)
Host a Derby Party
Anything else I should add? What are your favorite spring activities to do with kids?