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8 Fun and Low Cost Activities to Celebrate Spring

By Matt Diehl, March 20, 2017

Personal Finance

Happy Spring Equinox 2017!

After enduring the cold and grey of winter, it’s time to enjoy the warmth and sunshine of the new season.

From creating art to exploring the outdoors, here are eight fun and low cost activities to celebrate spring:

1. Have a picnic

Picnics are a great way to spend a few carefree hours in the sun. They’re also a chance to have a lot of fun without spending a lot of money. If you’re looking to schedule a picnic this spring, here are some details to consider:

  • Location, date and time
  • Invitation list
  • Food and beverages
  • Games and activities

2. Attend a festival

As the weather turns warmer, festival season will soon begin. There are many types of festivals to attend, from live music to arts & crafts, and some of them may not charge a cover fee. In fact, some festivals could allow you to bring your own food and beverage inside as well. If you research the details of festivals in your area and plan ahead, you could enjoy an entire day of entertainment for a reasonable price.

3. Do a spring scavenger hunt

If you’re the adventurous type, a spring scavenger hunt could be an exciting and inexpensive way to spend a day in the sun. It could also be an opportunity for some friendly competition between family, friends or coworkers.

Organizing your own scavenger hunt could be a fun experience. When creating your list, some interesting objects to find in nature might include:

  • Spiderweb
  • Yellow flower
  • Butterfly
  • Squirrel
  • Bird’s nest

4. Start a garden

For people with a green thumb, spring is possibly the happiest time of the year. Reconnecting with the Earth can enhance the “renewal” spirit of spring and the sights and smells of a garden can bring joy to almost anyone. Before you break ground, look for sales on bulbs, tools and any other gardening accessory you may need. Even if you start from scratch, there are plenty of ways to start a home garden on a budget.

5. Take a new family portrait

From dewy mornings to picture perfect sunsets, spring can be an excellent season for photography. If you’ve been wanting a new family portrait for your home or photo album, this could be an ideal time to plan your own photo shoot.

There are many ways to save money instead of paying a professional photographer. First, see if a family member or friend has a digital camera and if they could take the photographs for you. Next, use a digital photo printing serviceto print your pictures. Last, make your own picture frame and try to include some elements of spring if possible.

6. Explore a new trail

Whether you live in a mountainous region or the Great Plains, the opportunity to explore is out there. Your level of interest for the outdoors might influence what kind of trail you choose but the experience could be breathtaking. It could also be a fun way to get some exercise and potentially start a new healthy habit.

For a list of trails in your area, visit trails.com. You can also search for national parks by state to find parks and nature preserves near you.

7. Create art with spring materials

Nature has influenced the arts and inspired creativity since the beginning of human history1. If you’re feeling inspired to create your own artwork, the spring season provides a variety of free art supplies that can help bring your ideas to life.

By using natural resources for supplies, you’ll get a chance to explore your backyard or local forest and get more familiar with your surroundings. Depending on where you live, you may have a free and abundant supply of natural art materials at your fingertips.

Here’s a quick list of art supplies you can find outdoors:

  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Twigs
  • Bark
  • Rocks

8. Host a bonfire

After a full day of spring fun, hosting a bonfire can be a nice way to enjoy the crisp night air and some good company. All you’ll really need is firewood and a fire pit but you can add music and activities to make it a party. In addition to being fun for all ages, bonfires can be a great opportunity to entertain a large group for a small price.

Celebrate spring by saving money

Spring lasts a full three months so you have plenty of time to welcome in the season2. The sights and sounds can inspire a variety of fun activities and also encourage you to reconnect with nature after winter. Whether you venture outdoors or bring elements of spring into your home, hopefully these ideas will help you keep some money in your pocket as you enjoy the spring season.

1http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/nature-inspires-art.xml
2http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-seasons-2017

 

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