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Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and it’s starting to feel like the perfect time for a weekend family getaway after a drab winter of work and school.

Here are five suggestions for your family this spring.

Tourist in your own city

If you already live in a large centre, what about exploring your own city? Take the children on the local transportation to nearby sights, such as an ethnic area of town for an “exotic meal” or to spend the day at a museum or art gallery that you haven’t been to. For that extra feeling of a trip away, rent a hotel for the weekend on the other side of the city. You may be quite surprised at what interesting things you can find in your own city when you approach it from a different angle.

Out of town visit to a farm or nearby small towns

Book an out of town stay at a rural hotel or campground and visit some nearby farms. Many of them have weekend activities for a small fee, such as hay wagon rides, horseback riding, petting zoos and hay or corn mazes. There may be a fun spring festival to join in the local town or a farmers market to explore. Check tourism websites for activities in the area you plan to visit.

Hike in the wilderness

Book a small trip away for the weekend near a natural park or reserve. Pack a picnic and take a hike through the wilderness. Have the children look for local birds and snap pictures. Don’t forget the binoculars. There may be castles or old estates that can be explored as well. Many local historic properties are free or charge a nominal fee to enter.

Indoor amusement park

There are quite a few indoor amusement parks that are fun for the whole family and can keep the children busy for the day, not to mention wear them out! Riding the roller coaster, playing games or go-kart riding is a fun way to spend the weekend. Munching on hot dogs and candy floss will make the family think it’s summer time in the spring. Check online for nearby amusement parks.

Leisure Resort

Consider trying family weekend breaks at a leisure resort. Often there will be a “kids team” that will keep the little ones amused while the adults pursue their own fun activities such as swimming in the pool, hiking, golf, tennis or relaxing at the spa. There will be plenty of indoor activities such as table tennis, ball games and board games for children as well as outdoor fun and games if the weather allows.