Family-Friendly Ideas for Getting Out and About This Spring

(StatePoint) Spring is the best time of year to get outdoors and spend some quality time with the family. Here are three ideas to shake off winter’s cabin fever and the most of the season.

<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Take a Hike</strong>

Visit a state or national park and hit the hiking trails. Most parks have a variety of trails of varying difficulty and length. From <a href=”https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm” rel=”nofollow”>Glacier National Park</a> in the west to <a href=”http://arabiaalliance.org/explore/” rel=”nofollow”>Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area</a> in the east, check out options that offer nature and wildlife areas, hiking trails, parks and family fun. If hiking, do your research and select a route that’s right for your group, pack some snacks and sandwiches before hitting the trail. Just be sure to stay hydrated, wear good footwear, and apply sunscreen and bug spray. As the weather warms, you’ll want to take these important precautions.

To reward your efforts, plan a fun ice cream excursion for the way home.

<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Community Events</strong>

Whether you stay local or travel afar, many local communities offer music, food and fun-filled spring events and outdoor festivals. How about an epic road trip to Brookhaven, GA? The city hosts their annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival each spring attracting over 15,000 people from across the country. The <a href=”https://www.brookhavenga.gov/festival” rel=”nofollow”>festival</a> makes for a great girlfriends’ getaway, guys’ trip or family adventure. And, pets are welcome too!

“This music and art extravaganza is our marquee event of the year, and we hope to kick off the Atlanta-area festival season in style,” says Brookhaven Mayor, John Ernst.

The totally free event takes place at Blackburn Park on March 24-25 and features something for all age groups, including great food, an arts and crafts festival, a classic car show, a 5k road race, a dog show, a Kidz Zone, and big-name musical acts, like country music stars Craig Morgan and Keith Anderson, as well the LA-based indie rock band, Transviolet, and the rock act, Hannah Wicklund &amp; The Steppin Stones.

For more information about the 2018 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, visit <a href=”http://www.brookcherryfest.org” rel=”nofollow”>brookcherryfest.org</a>,

<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Enjoy Your Own Backyard</strong>

Kick off the backyard season by firing up the grill and playing lawn games, like horseshoes, croquet, and bean bag toss. Create a warm-weather playlist to set the party mood and ask friends and neighbors over and turn it into a potluck.

After a long winter, welcome spring with fun outdoor activities at home and out in the community that the whole family can enjoy.

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