Springtime In The City

Leaves on the trees. Dew on the grass. Birds in the sky. Spring has finally sprung and everything feels brand new. After being cooped up for so long, we trade cabin fever for spring fever and can’t wait to get outdoors. It’s time to make a spring break for it, but for those of us in cities, it can be tricky to find ways to celebrate the new season. Here are some of our favorite fun ways to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of springtime in the city.

Make A Splash
April showers may bring May flowers, but they don’t have to rain on your parade. In fact, with the right gear, going out after a downpour or even while it’s still gently sprinkling is a great way to soak up some spring. Everything green looks greener, the air has a distinct after-rain freshness and the puddles are just right for jumping. These days, rainboots come in an amazing array of fun patterns, everything from animal prints to zigzags. So why not brighten your day with some brightly-colored galoshes?

Get a Taste of Spring
Farmer’s markets are always great for scooping up locally grown produce. With so many spring fruits and vegetables in their peak, now’s the time to take advantage of all the seasonal deliciousness that spring has to offer. Put your fresh finds to flavorful use in this pretty and pleasing recipe.

 

Harness Flower Power
Go to a flower show, stroll through a public garden, or plant your own. You don’t need a yard, even the tiniest apartment balcony or windowsill will do for potted herbs and small plants.

Make Some Feathered Friends
Feed the birds! After a grueling journey, migratory birds sometime return to a weeks-long wait before flowers bloom and insects emerge. Because beak shapes and food preferences vary, it’s a good idea to find out what birds are in your area and which foods and feeders will attract your favorites. Turns out there’s nothing fair-weather about them, birds will return to the places that serve the foods they like.

Get Out and Stay Out
Grab a blanket, some books and boardgames and head to where the grass is always greener-- a picnic at your favorite public park. Add food and friends and get ready to enjoy an entire day in the sunshine. Or take in a little night music at an outdoor concert or symphony in the park event.

Play Around
Ride a bike, rollerskate or do cartwheels on the lawn. You don’t need to have or be a child to have fun like one.

Exercise Good Judgement
Whether it’s tai chi in the park, pull-ups on the monkeybars or a run along the lake, when the sun is shining, there’s no good reason to waste a good workout indoors.

What are some fun seasonal activities that put spring in your step? Share your ideas, inspiration, and #naturalfeelings on Facebook.


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