April Bucket List: 13 Family Fun Activities for April

It is April and I am SO ready for spring weather to push away the Ohio cold blah days!!  March literally flew by.  In spite of the flurry of activity--we did accomplish quite a few items from our family fun list!  Today, I wanted to show you how we did on our March list--and share our April list!  We weren't able to fit in a family meeting to talk about April.  The girls are so busy with the usual rush as the end of a school year!  It was left to the grown ups to pick some highlight activities for the season and the month's special holidays.  Today, I am sharing our April Family Fun Activities--a family fun "bucket list", I guess, of the activities that made our list!  Ready to have some fun in April? Try some of these 13 Family Fun Activities for the month of  April!


 Colorful list of family friendly activities for April

Although my daughters are little older--they still never outgrow some of their favorite almost-spring fun activities!  They still insist on picnics and Easter egg hunts--and they will never outgrow petting zoos!

Here is a rundown of our plans for the month of April!  Check out some tips and ideas for each item and download a printable copy here too!

April Bucket List

13 Family Fun Activities for April

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1.  Have April Fool's Day Fun.  My daughters rock at goofy April Fool's Day tricks!  From random, terrifying plastic bugs in random, terrifying places to placing tape over the sensor on my computer mouse or linking all of my paperclips together in a chain.  This list is coming out a bit late to remind you to celebrate April Fool's Day--but any day is really a good day to have some foolish silly fun!

2.  Visit a Living/Working Farm or Historical Farm. I grew up in a rural, farming area and, while not always the most glamorous and exciting, it certainly offered a lot of "character development" and life skills!  Living farms offer so many learning opportunities and new experiences for our tech attached, suburb/city dwelling littles.  My daughters learned to milk a cow and dip candles at Conner Prairie in Indiana.  They have helped with farm chores and learned about pioneer cooking at Slate Run Historical Farm.  Check out these tips for visiting a historical farm (and learning something)!

3.  Collect Wildflowers.  Personally, I would rather have a bouquet assortment of wildflowers than expensive roses every day.  My youngest daughter planted a small bed of wildflowers along the side of our house and we look forward to their return every year. 

4.  Fly a Kite.  I had this on our list in March--and I am returning it for April.  There is just something so cool about getting that kite up and flying.  I am not entirely giving up on a homemade kite--but, it is looking like I may be searching the garage for some kite survivors from years past.

5.   Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt.  I used to create scavenger hunts for every single birthday party when the kids were younger!  Make a quick list of fun spring themed items to find--and make it extra fun by make it a selfie scavenger hunt so that you take a ton of pictures to help you remember the activity!

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6.  Start Some Seeds in Cups.  My youngest daughter loves gardening and planting.  Through her efforts, we have wildflowers and usually a few crops of lettuce, spinach, radishes and green onions!  This year, I am hoping to inspire her to work on an herb garden to complement her love for cooking!

7.  Have a Picnic.  Even if it is just a picnic of lunch meat sandwiches and chips, a picnic is still fun for the kids!  Take a hike and pack a picnic lunch or break the same old/same old and take a picnic out into the back yard.

8.  Bake a Cheesecake.  National Cherry Cheesecake Day is in April, you know?  Not that you really need an excuse for cheesecake!  I have never baked a cheesecake.  I have always made no-bake cheesecake desserts--or something like these Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.  Hopefully, I can accomplish a homemade, baked cheesecake this month!

9.  Have a Family Game Night. Easter weekend and spring break week usually give families some downtime.  Even when we travel for Spring Break, I take along a bag of board games to give us a night "off" from the hustle and bustle of wherever we are visiting.  My girls enjoy trivia games, but, we often break out a deck of playing cards, a checker board or Yahtzee too!

10.  Start the 52 Hike Challenge.  My healthy, New Year's goals are still lurking in the back of my mind.  I signed up for the 52 Hike Challenge in January.  We took a couple of hikes--then, Covid struck.  The husband, then, a week later, our youngest daughter, then, about a week later, it hit me.  My youngest recovered pretty quickly.  Husband and I--not so fast. It took about 6 weeks to feel 100%--and another 6 weeks to catch up all of the work/home/life tasks that had fallen behind!   I love participating in "challenges" because they offer some "forced" accountability.  movements in the world.  The goal of the 52 Hike Challenge is to commit to 52 Hikes--ideally in a year.  But, you can begin the challenge at any time.  We are re-starting our 52 Hike Challenge this month.

11  Volunteer at an Animal Shelter.  Spring kittens and puppies will be hitting those busy animal shelters soon.  We volunteered at a local rabbit shelter--and I quickly discovered that I am apparently severely allergic to bunnies. The girls loved the bunny experience and have returned a few time--but, we will be returning our efforts to cat shelters or our local shelter that homes dogs and cats this month.  Volunteering is a great way to teach the kids responsibility, learn animal care skills--and, maybe, find a new family pet too.     

12. Play in the Rain.  Playing in the rain--and even in the mud--with some puddle splashing and lots of giggles is always fun.  April rains give a lot of opportunity for this activity if you take advantage of it!

13.  Go to a Petting Zoo.  I think my husband and I have as much fun at petting zoos as the kids. If you are an animal lover, this is a great activity!  Spring is also a fun time at petting zoos too if the zoo has spring animal babies!

I will try to post some shots of our April adventures on Instagram as we head into the second month of the year!

So--How did we do on our March list?

Items Checked Off On a Family Fun Activity List

What's on your April bucket list?

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