7 outdoor activities you probably haven’t tried


It looks like the weather is finally warming up (for now) and that means it’s time to get outside with your Little! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite outdoor activities that range from messy to creative to adventurous and everywhere in between:

  • Splatter paint. Eggs aren’t just for Easter. Drain them and fill them with paint, then head outside and throw them at a canvas. Here are some examples made by some creative kids.
  • Bird feeders. If you’re looking for a craft that’s slightly less messy, bird feeders can be made out of almost anything you have lying around the house. Here are some examples made from paper towel rolls, egg cartons, and milk jugs.
  • Celebrate Earth Day. There are lots of events around the Twin Cities designed to help the environment in a fun way. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has an Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 25 at more than 30 sites across the city and St. Paul is hosting the 29th Annual Citywide Spring Cleanup on April 18th. Register for these events with your Little and teach them the importance of volunteering. After all, it is National Volunteer Month!
  • Mini golf course. You can make your own mini golf course out of almost anything. The easiest way to start is to simply dig plastic cups into the ground. Add more challenges as you and your Little practice your put!
  • Explore the universe. The University of Minnesota’s Department of Astronomy invites the community for stargazing events every Friday night. Join them for a short presentation on an astronomical topic, then head to the roof of the physics building to observe the galaxy for yourself. Every event is free.
  • Nature Centers. Visiting a Nature Center is the perfect way to learn about the outdoors. With sites like Eastman Nature Centerin Dayton, and Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville, you never have to leave the cities to experience the wilderness. Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul even has its own Earth Day Cleanup on April 21.
  • Make a splash. There is so much to do at Minnehaha Regional Park. Bike paths, disc golf courses, and wading pools draw more than 850,000 visitors per year to this majestic spot. And did we mention the 53-foot waterfall?

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