Are you looking for fun things to do in April for your family? As April rolls around, it’s hard to believe how quickly the year is moving. Here in the Midwest, the arrival of April is a clear signal that spring has firmly taken hold, bringing with it a mix of warmer days and the promise of new beginnings. Gone are the relentless cold fronts, replaced instead by the kind of weather that invites us to step outside and enjoy the sunshine.
This shift isn’t just about the change in weather; it’s a call to action for families looking to shake off the winter chill and dive into activities that make the most of this vibrant season. Whether you’re someone who’s been eagerly awaiting the chance to explore the great outdoors or you’re just looking for ways to add a little excitement to your family’s routine, April offers a wealth of opportunities.
From outdoor adventures that take advantage of the perfect hiking weather to indoor activities for those inevitable April showers days, there’s something for everyone. This month, let’s explore a range of activities tailored for busy families. By picking just one activity for each week, you’ll not only fill your April with fun and engaging experiences but also create lasting memories – I’m adding them to my Spring Bucket list right now!
1. Going for a hike is one of my top things to do in April
Either visit a trail you loved last year or find a new one! Grab your hiking shoes and head out. Spring is the ideal time to hike as it’s not too hot, and it’s exciting to see all of the plants beginning to bud. If you are lucky, you might even run across some lovely wildflowers!
I’m a huge fan of State Parks, so that would be a great place to start. If you have a free night, consider a quick overnight at a State Park Inn – it’s a rustic but fun getaway! Or, if you don’t have a ton of time on your hands, find a new rails-to-trails path and check it out. This post contains some excellent resources on finding new places to walk wherever you live.
Exploring the great outdoors in April not only refreshes the spirit but also offers a unique opportunity to witness nature’s awakening. As you tread along these paths, keep an eye out for the myriad of wildlife returning to their active routines. Birdwatchers will delight in the variety of species that come to life, serenading the landscape with their melodies.
It’s a perfect time to engage your kids in spotting different birds, learning about local flora, and understanding the ecosystem’s delicate balance. Moreover, the milder weather conditions make these excursions comfortable and accessible for family members of all ages. Whether it’s a leisurely walk on a nearby trail or an adventurous hike in a State Park, each step brings something new to discover. So, pack a light lunch, grab your binoculars, and set off on a journey that promises to enrich your family’s connection with nature and each other.
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2. Visit a Farmer’s Market
One of my favorite things to do in April is to visit our local farmer’s markets. Most of the outdoor ones have started back up by April, so do a quick search, chat with the vendors, and pick up something fresh and tasty.
This time of the year, we can usually get some delicious sprouts or lettuce. Perfect for al fresco salads! If you want to spice things up, find a Farmer’s Market in a nearby town and check out a different one. You could even make a day trip of it – just bring along a cooler for your goodies.
We like to make a morning of it by enjoying fresh coffee at the market or a nearby coffee shop and then stopping for lunch somewhere new after. This is an outing even our teenage kids enjoy, so it’s a great way to spend a little time with them before they hook up with friends!
3. Embrace outdoor dining with a picnic
April is the perfect month to start enjoying regular picnics. Once the weather is warm enough, we eat every meal we can on the screened-in porch – but even more fun is to pack a cooler and head to a local beach or park for a picnic. As the sun casts longer and warmer days, the idea of dining under the sky becomes not just appealing but a joyful anticipation for me. Moving meals outdoors transforms a simple dinner into an event, encouraging your family to disconnect from screens and reconnect with the environment and each other.
During the times when dining out wasn’t an option, I got very good at packing a picnic. This experience taught me not only about the value of shared meals in the open air but also the art of preparing for them. A perfect picnic doesn’t require elaborate dishes; instead, I focused on easy-to-transport, nutritious, and delicious foods that can withstand a bit of travel. Think fresh fruits, sandwiches, wraps, and salads—all of which can be prepped ahead of time to maximize your relaxation and enjoyment once you’re out and about.
Don’t forget to include plenty of water, some refreshing beverages, and a treat or two for dessert. A blanket, some outdoor games (this is our new favorite), and sun protection are also must-haves for your picnic checklist. These essentials ensure comfort and entertainment as you bask in the beauty of April’s embrace.
As we lean into the season, make the most of these opportunities – you will never be sorry. Packing a picnic can be a fun activity in itself, involving everyone in the preparation process. It’s a chance to experiment with recipes, share responsibilities, and build excitement for the outdoor dining experience ahead. Whether it’s a spontaneous decision to eat outside on a sunny afternoon or a planned excursion to a favorite spot, picnics are a fantastic way to celebrate the season and create lasting memories.
4. Help the birds find a new home
If your weather is adhering to the old adage “April showers bring May flowers”, don’t worry, there are still plenty of fun April things to do indoors such as building a birdhouse.
In most of the Midwest, the birds are building nests like crazy, so why not help them out (and maybe keep them out of your gutters) by building or buying a birdhouse? You can pick up a kit at a hardware store, or pick out a fun version on Amazon! Add a feeder and fill it with birdseed and you’ll get to enjoy the chirping all summer long!
I have a whole collection of birdhouses we have built either on vacation, at a nearby hardware store, or just at home around the kitchen tables. Some of them made their way outside for the birds, while others are on a shelf in my laundry room reminding me of the fun we had creating them!
5. Celebrate National Poetry Month
Enjoy poetry. April is National Poetry Month, so this is the month to visit your local bookstore or library and pick up a poetry book. Many kids (and adults) aren’t that familiar with poetry, so it’s definitely a new experience. If you are feeling bold, try your hand at writing a verse or two. It could even be a fun family activity – everyone writes a short poem and then shares them.
If you live in a bigger city, get really crazy and find a poetry reading. I’ve never been to one myself but I bet it’s quite an experience – whether you enjoy poetry or not! You could make it into an entire evening event – from dinner before to coffee and a discussion after.
6. Indulge in spring foods
When I think of spring, I immediately think green! We first start seeing fresh asparagus and rhubarb throughout the Midwest in April, so I always pick up plenty of them as soon as I see them at the farmer’s market! Both are healthy and delicious.
I also love that they tend to come back year after year. If you have the space, consider planting a few plants. Yes, you will have to wait a few years for the asparagus, but then you can enjoy it for many springs to come, and there is nothing fresher than produce picked straight from your garden.
We’ve been enjoying our rhubarb for ten years or so now and I never get tired of making strawberry rhubarb pie or crisps for dessert (or sometimes breakfast – it’s better than a donut!).
Conclusion: April Things to Do for Families
As I wrap up my exploration of things to do in April, it’s clear that this month offers an abundance of opportunities to create cherished memories with your loved ones. Whether you’re venturing out into the great outdoors to enjoy a hike, experiencing the simple joy of a local farmer’s market, embracing the tradition of a family picnic, or finding delight in indoor activities on a rainy day, April is ripe with possibilities for fun, learning, and togetherness.
The beauty of these activities lies not just in the experiences themselves but in the way they bring us closer to nature, our communities, and each other. By choosing to engage with the world around us, we open the door to new discoveries and the chance to appreciate the simple pleasures life has to offer. So, I encourage you to take this list as a starting point and carve out time in your busy schedules to try something new, revisit a favorite spot, or simply enjoy the company of your family in the great outdoors.
Remember, the goal isn’t to do it all but to find joy in the moments you share. Let this April be a reminder of the beauty that comes with change and the endless possibilities that await when we step outside our doors. Here’s to a month filled with adventure, laughter, and the making of new memories. Happy exploring!
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