The following is a post from our sponsor, Quaker.

Ah, spring! Finally we can say goodbye to cooped-up, dark winter days and welcome the warmth and sunshine that April brings. Well, except for those days of April showers, of course. But don’t worry -- we’ve got ideas for some great activities you can do inside and out to celebrate spring! To maximize the fun, make sure the whole family fuels up first with a hearty breakfast, like Quaker Perfect Portions instant oatmeal. Everyone can make their own custom bowl and sweeten their way. Then you’ll be ready to tackle adventures like these:

1) Take a nature walk: Sometimes towns offer seasonal walks or tours for nature enthusiasts. If not, find a scenic spot for a hike or stroll. Bring binoculars and a magnifying glass if you have them to get an even better look at critters large and small.

2) Plant a garden: You can go all out with raised beds in the yard or stick to containers on a patio (or even just a small windowsill garden). Kids will love getting involved from the planning stage onward. There are seeds and seedlings to pick, dirt to dig, and markers to label!

3) Start a rock collection: Look in your yard or wherever you happen to be for rocks of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Kids can curate their own collection in a cardboard shoebox or plastic container. Remember that rocks can double as mini canvases for painted masterpieces!

4) Fly a kite: On a breezy day, head to a field or beach (even if it’s chilly) with a couple of kites and see whose can fly the highest and longest.

5) Visit a local playground that’s new to you: Scope out options online or ask friends for recommendations -- maybe even plan a day trip to a playground that’s a little farther away but has something special to offer.

6) Go on a picnic: Let each child pick a favorite dish or food to bring, pack up the cooler, grab some blankets and a Frisbee, and hit the road! (Combine this with #1 for a fun full-day adventure.)

7) Make an indoor obstacle course: If you’re stuck indoors on a rainy day, help the kids set up a (safe!) obstacle course using items from around the house -- laundry baskets, empty boxes, stepstools, blankets, and more can be used in so many ways. Help them get creative! For a competitive twist, time each child (and adult!) to see who can finish the fastest.

8) Be an Eco-Volunteer: There are often lots of opportunities to choose from. Your family can help clear a trail, clean up a local park, plant trees, and more!

9) Have a jump-rope contest: Here’s another cabin-fever remedy. See who can jump the most consecutive times without stopping, or who can do challenges while jumping (switching to one foot, moving in a circle, etc.).
 
What are you most looking forward to doing with your family this spring?