The weather this past weekend made me so happy! Spring is officially here and I’m hopeful that we’ll see some beautiful days (mixed of course with our share of rain). Flowers are beginning to bloom, the pond at the Public Garden has water once again, and I am so looking forward to smelling the fragrant magnolia trees.

With two kids in tow, the days just go by so quickly. I feel like time goes faster and faster each year. I am trying to slow down and appreciate more of the day-to-day. Also, is it just me or is spring often overlooked in New England? In an effort to not miss this season of renewal, here are a few things that I’m looking forward to:

Swan Boat Ride in the Public Garden

We have been reading Make Way for Ducklings lately and Milo has really taken to the story. It was one of my favorites as a kid, too. He has never been on the iconic swan boats, and this year I am beyond excited to take him for a ride!

My dad with Milo at the Franklin Park Zoo last summer. He looks so tiny! What a difference a year makes.

To the Zoo, We Go!

Milo is obsessed with animals lately. He asks to read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? about ten times a day. We went to the Franklin Park Zoo several times last year, but now that he’s older, I think he’ll enjoy it even more. It’s a fun place to spend the day if you consider going to the cool playground and taking a ride on the train.

Lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum is such a beautiful oasis. I’m hoping to get there this spring to enjoy the lilacs (Lilac Sunday is May 12) and sit under a tree’s canopy. It would also be a great place for Milo to scoot around on his bike or scooter, two of his favorite activities.

Opening Party at the Farm

One of my favorite local pick-your-own farms and farm store is Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. You may recall that we took Milo blueberry picking here last year. Such a fun memory!

Their cider donuts alone are reason for a visit! To celebrate the beginning of the season, on May 18 and 19 from 10am-4pm, Cider Hill Farm is hosting the 2nd Annual Golden Apple Makers Market. The free event will showcase local artisans, musicians, farm-fresh food, and free tractor wagon rides through the orchard. Definitely save the date!

Playground Dates

Milo’s favorite thing to do right now is going to the playground. I can’t blame him; it feels so good to be outside. I recently shared a list of our favorite city playgrounds, in case you’re interested. I always carry around a container of sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and we often bring a ball to play with, too.

What are you hoping to do this spring? Just being outside and breathing the warm air is a gift! Enjoy every second of it.

P.S. More spring favorites and a previous spring bucket list.

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