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Springtime Fun For the Whole Family

Hey Ladies,

So, I know the weather hasn't exactly been spring-like lately, but I have high hopes for this week! I've compiled a list of activities in and around Richmond that will keep the whole family busy over spring break and beyond.

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Springtime Crafts/Recipes

Birdseed Ornaments from Debbie at One Little Project- I can't wait to try these with my kids next week!

Hand-print Flower Pots from Connie at Little Stars Learning- These would make great inexpensive mother's day or preschool teacher gifts!

Button Rain Drops from Kim at The Pinterested Parent- Such a sweet and easy craft, that can be adapted for the littlest crafters. For older kids you can expand the activity by having them sort the buttons by color, shape or size.

Salt Dough Egg Ornaments from Polona at Baby Jungle- We used to make these for Christmas when I was a kid, but the eggs would make great Easter decor!

Ice Cream in a Bag recipe from Genius Kitchen- We actually made this last weekend at our house. My daughters wanted plain vanilla, but for my son I added a few drops of blue and green food coloring and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil and he had a delicious turquoise mint ice cream in under 10 minutes!

Peeps Playdough from Crystal at Growing a Jeweled Rose- I'm not gonna lie, I hate the taste of Peeps. What a great way to use them without exploding them in the microwave, though that's fun too.

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Outdoor Activities

Ice Cream Cone Seedlings from Gardening Know How- How clever is this idea if it works?! Once the seedlings are ready to plant in the ground, you can plant the entire cone so there is no waste!

Make a Butterfly Feeder from Ehow.com- Design your own butterfly feeder. Let your kids choose and add the flowers and glass beads and create something that you can watch and enjoy together until the fall.

Outdoor Sticky Mural from Jenae at I Can Teach My Child - What a great way to save all of the "treasures" that your child finds outside without having to bring them into your house!

Host an Outdoor Sensory Playdate from Crystal at Growing a Jeweled Rose- How fun does this look for kids of all ages?! Use the ideas here or come up with your own, and watch your kids have a blast engaging in sensory play.

Color Hop from Jenae at I Can Teach My Child. This activity is so simple, yet so effective and fun for teaching your toddler colors.

Nature Scavenger Hunt from Shaunna at Fantastic Fun and Learning- A scavenger hunt is so fun, kids will forget they're learning. You can also adapt them for whatever you want your kids to work on that week: colors, numbers, shapes, etc.

Check out these fantastic sites and get even more great ideas for having fun with your child while teaching them something new!

Growing a Jeweled Rose

I Can Teach my Child

Busy Toddler

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Local Events and Attractions

Easter Bunny Family Swim Event- Come out to Goldfish Swim School West End on Thursday March 29th, 2-3:30 pm for a family swim, in water egg hunt, cupcakes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Each child will leave with a goody bag filled with spring-themed treats! The cost is $15/child and adults swim free. Reservations required. To reserve your child’s space call 804-967-3100 or email swimrichmond@goldfishss.com for more information.

Glen Allen Carnival- The carnival will take place in the Virginia Center Commons Mall parking lot from March 29th-April 8th, 5-11 pm M-F and Noon-11 pm Saturday & Sunday. This family-friendly event features circus shows, fair food, midway games and rides for all ages, from kiddie rides to thrill rides. Admission and parking will be free. Check the website for discounts on ride wristbands and food.

Eggstravagant Stroller Strides Class- Friday, March 30th, 9:30-11:00 am. Of course we had to include our own awesome event! Join us at Maymont for a fun-filled Easter Stroller Strides class followed by a toddler story time and egg hunt. Class is free for all first-time attendees! Register at atwww.richmond.fit4mom.com or email our Client Resource Manager, Windsor, at windsor.fit4momrva@gmail.com. 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Spring Petting Farm at Short Pump Town Center- Saturday, March 31st- Sunday April 8th from 11 am-6 pm (closed Easter Sunday). Come visit adorable baby animals just inside the Main Plaza at Short Pump Town Center. The petting farm is free, but donations are accepted and benefit the Maymont Foundation.

Drop In and Dig at Lewis Ginter Botantical Gardens-Wednesday, April 4th from 2-3 pm- Families are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. More drop-in classes are offered on Saturdays (gardening) from 10-11 am and Sundays (art) from 2-3 pm. Free with garden admission.

Free Tinkergarten Class at Maymont Children's Farm- Saturday, April 7th from 10:30-11:45 am. It’s engaging, memorable, play-based learning, all outdoors! Recommended for children ages 18 months-5 years. Registration is limited to only 15 families. Visit here for more information and to sign up. This is a recurring event.

Other Local Events/Attractions: Easter on Parade, Dominion Family Easter, Happenings at Maymont, Three Lakes Park and Nature Center

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Day Trips Nearby-

Burnside Farms- Haymarket, VA- I just discovered this awesome farm, full of pick your own tulips and daffodils. They aren't open for another few weeks, but we're definitely planning a trip up to Haymarket soon! We'll also be visiting local ice cream shop, Cookies & Cream for some treats for the drive home.

Luray Caverns- Luray, VA- These gorgeous caverns will leave even the littlest visitors staring in amazement. Your admission also includes a trip to the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and Toy Town Junction. You can also play in the garden maze and rope adventure park and mine for gems at an additional fee. While you're in Luray, be sure to stop for lunch at nearby food truck Triple Crown BBQ. They reopen for the season on 4/20.

Hunt Club Farm- Virginia Beach, VA- It might not be beach weather yet, but Virginia Beach can still be a great destination for family fun. Hunt Club Farm's fabulous petting zoo has so many animals to visit with and feed. They also have a playground and picnic area so you can make this activity last all afternoon. If you're interested in traveling over Easter weekend, they are also hosting a gigantic Spring Fling festival this Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 pm with an Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny visits, hay rides, carnival games, inflatables and more.

Children's Museum of Virginia- Portsmouth, VA- The largest children's museum in Virginia is full of hands-on activities to keep little bodies busy! Other great museums and kid-friendly restaurants are nearby, making Portsmouth a great place for a day trip. Check out the Naval Shipyard Museum or the Railroad Museum of Virginia, and stop for lunch at The Coffee Shoppe.

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Spring is a time to get outside and explore, and to play with our children as if we are still children ourselves. It's a time to teach them something new, and learn something new about ourselves in the process. Enjoy this great season of new beginnings and family fun!

♥ Erin

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