It’s spring in the Fraser Valley! I know this because today, I have seen pouring rain, hail, snow and bright blue sky with sunshine. So, to celebrate, here are a few simple ways to welcome spring as a family.
Visit a farm.
Introduce your children to our local farmers and let your children discover that baby animals are even cuter in real life.
Plant a garden.
The Fraser Valley boasts an excellent climate for gardening, whether your thumb is already green or you are still learning. Don’t let a lack of space dampen your enthusiasm: many a fine tomato has been grown in a 5-gallon bucket on the balcony. Another option is a plot at the community garden. Parent-sanctioned time to dig in the dirt – what kid wouldn’t love that?
Resources: Abbotsford Community Garden, your local garden centre or nursery.
After being cooped up inside all winter, everything tastes better outside. Throw a quick meal together, spread out an old sleeping bag with the nylon towards the wet grass to keep everyone from getting damp and nosh together. Best part? No ants.
Resources: Your back yard, any local park
There are gorgeous splashes of colour in every field, country ditch and highway median. Pick bouquets of daffodils and dandelions and fill your house with colour. Tulips of the Valley is on now until April 25.
Resources: free pick fields, your backyard
Spring clean and de-clutter.
All that sunshine coming through the windows just reminded me that I need to wash them. Make it a family project to de-clutter your house on a rainy day, donating gently used items to local charities. If you get everyone involved, you can be done pretty quickly. Even just opening your windows wide for an afternoon can make the entire house feel fresh.
Resources: Check out these Spring Organization Tips with Janis Nylund
Resources: your local playground or park, imaginations
Go for a photo walk.
There are many parks or hiking trails around the Fraser Valley that are friendly for little feet. Simply let everyone take photographs of what appeals to them. You can take turns with the family camera or pick up a disposable camera each. Children have a unique vantage point. Afterwards, you can send your best photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and it might be featured on Pulse Pix.
Resources: camera, park, trail
Attend a community festival or celebration.
Almost all of the Fraser Valley communities are hosting farmers markets, parades and Earth Day celebrations in the next month.
Resources: Fraser Valley Pulse Events page, your city/town’s tourism centre.
Is there anything we missed? What is your family’s favourite way to celebrate spring in the Fraser Valley?