Monday, February 29, 2016

Top 10 One-Hour Spring Activities in Central Minnesota

With spring break right around the corner, it is important to have some ideas as to how you can keep kids busy. Luckily, Central Minnesota has a wide variety of spring activities to keep the kids learning, exploring, and having fun! Here are some ideas to give you a little inspiration:

Get Creative!

A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. Art As You Like It offers a variety of fun classes from pottery to painting. Have fun and let your Little express themselves through an art project.

Build Something

Finishing a building project can cause a great sense of achievement for a Little. On the first Saturday of every month, the Home Depot offers FREE building classes. These classes will give your Little the opportunity to build tool boxes, fire trucks, mail organizers, birdhouses, Mother’s Day gifts, or any number of other cool projects.

Visit a Local Farm

Spring time is the perfect opportunity for your Little to see baby animals on the farm. Erickson's Petting Zoo offers a chance to feed the animal, ride the ponies, and see the goat treehouse.

Start a Garden

Spring is the perfect time to start planning out your garden. Let your Little join in the fun and create a beautiful garden this year.

Explore Local Museums

Museums are a great place to learn something new with your Little. Central Minnesota has museums for learning local facts, presidential facts, fishing facts and so much more! The Works Museum is a place that every kid should visit at least once. Your little will get to experience stacking blocks, building airplanes out of wood slats, figuring out K’Nex and pulleys and sound refraction.

Volunteer at a Local Animal Shelter

Visiting the local Tri-County Humane Society can teach your Little about the importance of caring for pets. You can pet and play with the animals as well as take a tour. Shelter tours focus on humane education, and cover topics such as pet care tips, dog bite prevention and safety with animals, and pet overpopulation statistics in our community.

Get Active!

Central Minnesota offers so many great places to enjoy the nice spring weather while walking, running, biking, or rollerblading! Take a look at some of the best trails in the area.

Explore The Great Outdoors

Nothing feels better than the warm spring breeze after a cold winter. Get out and explore the new life sprouting this year. St. Cloud State University's Outdoor Endeavors can help facilitate activities for you and your Little. You can rent canoes or kayaks to paddle in the Mississippi River or bicycles to explore the nearby parks.

Check out Local Produce at a Farmers Market

Local farmers markets are a great way to show your Little the impact that farms have in the community. Farmers markets are also a great place to connect with the community and offer a chance to see where your food comes from. Bring your little to check out the St.Joe farmers market and try fresh, local food.

Let Out All Your Energy at an Indoor Park

Spring weather is unpredictable. If it’s too cold to spend the day outside exploring, try going to an indoor park! Indoor parks are a great way to release energy and have fun! Climbing High: Edinborough Indoor Park is a great way to spend time with your Little and let them get out all their energy!

There are so many fun things to do this time of year to keep your Little engaged and having fun. Find more fun ideas, visit the Fun For Kids website and don’t forget to share with us your pictures of how you spent your free time this spring!

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