5 ways to celebrate spring with your family

A mother and young daughter lean in to smell a bright purple rhododendron flower

5 family activities for a fun-filled spring

Spring is on it's way. With the blossoming of trees, bumbling of bees and the noisy return of migratory birds, this time of year brings with it bundles of energy, and an opportunity to get the family out and about enjoying the fresh air.

Whether you’re visiting a local woodland, or exploring from your doorstep, take note of our five fun outdoor activities for kids that celebrate spring in all it’s colourful glory.

woman and young kids looking at leaflets on a forest bench

Join The Gruffalo for a birthday adventure!

Head out on the Gruffalo Party Trail to find missing party items, pick a present for the Gruffalo and enjoy more fun woodland activities.

With trails across England, get the party started for all the family at a forest near you this spring.

Go butterfly spotting

There are 59 different species of butterfly in the UK, how many can you spot on your next forest walk?

Here are a few handy tips to get started:

  • mid-morning is the best time to go on a butterfly hunt.
  • look for sheltered areas away from the wind.
  • try to move slowly and avoid casting a shadow over the butterfly, as it will fly away to find a new sunbathing spot.

Read our woodland butterfly guide before you go.

Red admiral butterfly with open wings
Toddler exploring the forest

Take a moment to reflect

With spring comes the sense of new beginnings and an opportunity to reflect.

Our tree of life activity uses trees to help us think about our lives, what makes us who we are, and what we can always rely on.

Download a game of bluebell true or false

A truly iconic part of British springtime, the small but beautiful bluebell creates fantastic carpets of blue in our forests, along verges, in parks and maybe even your garden.

Download and print your own true or false activity sheet to test the family’s bluebell knowledge.

Forest floor covered in bluebells at Abbot's Wood
Child looking at insect in tub

Become a spring spotter

Download your free activity sheet to see what signs of spring your younger children can spot on your next forest walk.

For the older children, why not start a spring spotter diary?

Encourage a connection to our natural surroundings by keeping a weekly nature log. Take note of the different birds, animals, and plants, and try to describe the smells, sounds and how these details make you feel. 

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