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5 Things to Look Forward to this Spring

National Learn to Swim Day in 2012

Things to Look Forward to this Spring

We understand that a lot of you may be feeling a little down in the dumps at the moment, especially our friends in New England. Hopefully we can cheer you up and remind you that March is only a few weeks away. Here are five things you should look forward to this spring. 

1) Cherry blossoms and flowering spring bulbs

Throughout the U.S. lots of municipalities hold cherry blossom festivals. You don’t have to venture far to walk under these beautiful spring blooms. Check out your local parks and recreation department website or Facebook page for details on upcoming events. If you don’t mind travelling or crowds you could always head to Washington, DC for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 to April 12, 2015. 

 

2) Preparing your yard for summer

In March and April garden centers and home goods stores across the nation are packed with people looking for plants and furniture to spruce up their gardens. Many of those people are creating an outdoor experience, particularly outdoor dining and entertainment spaces that they can enjoy from spring until fall with their family.Head to Pinterest for some inspiration!


3) Pool openings

Not only will community pools start opening for the season but those of you with pools (or those of you with really awesome friends who have pools) will prepare them for opening, too. Water safety expert, Mario Vittone, has some great tips on pool care for babies and children, so you can make sure the water quality is at its best for your little mermaids. It’s also a great time to get your children signed up for summer swim classes.

Children hold hands as they gently splash in the water with their instructor

4) Outdoor activities and sports

Spring is an excellent time for sports and outdoor activities. National and state parks are great destinations for spring hikes and can be a wonderful bonding experience for families. Visit the National Parks website and find a park near you. Don’t forget to look out for local softball, tennis, volleyball, soccer (aka football) and baseball leagues you can join. Sports aren’t just for children either! There are plenty of adult only sports leagues you can join to help decrease workweek stress.

View from the top of Crabtree Falls in Virginia.

5) National Learn to Swim Day

Did you know that May is National Water Safety Month? National Learn to Swim Day is hosted on the third Saturday of May each year. This year it falls on Saturday, May 16. Read our guide for hints and tips on hosting your own National Learn to Swim Day event at your local pool.

National Learn to Swim Day in 2012

So let’s think happy thoughts and make plans for all the things we can do during the warmer months. What are you doing now to prepare for spring? Share with us by leaving a comment.