The Mercury News
Fun ways to celebrate the arrival of spring
Spring is a season of rebirth in more ways than one. Spring is when certain animals emerge from hibernation, while many species lay eggs or give birth. Flowers and trees also bloom in spring, providing spectacular foliage and awe-inspiring color.
People also may feel like they have a new lease on life as they shake away the doldrums of winter and embrace longer hours of sunlight and warmer temperatures. The arrival of spring is worthy of celebration, and these activities and ideas can be enjoyable ways to spend the first day of spring.
Spend time outdoors
One is never too old for a picnic in a park or a bike ride on the trails. Spending time outdoors is beneficial because it exposes people to sunlight, which is a precursor to the development of vitamin D. Vitamin D affects muscles, joints and tissues. It also can affect mood.
Plant a tree
Honor the first day of spring, and Earth Day a month later, by planting trees. Trees provide habitats for wildlife, create shade, reduce air pollution by filtering the air and produce oxygen. A sapling is a manageable tree to plant and something children can do as well.
Enjoy spring crafts
Grab an inexpensive canvas and paint a landscape that is in full bloom. Use quickset plaster to create steppingstones embedded with mosaic glass pieces for color that can be added to the backyard.
Host a potluck
Put fresh spring vegetables and fruits on display. Options include artichokes, apricots, asparagus, carrots, dandelion greens and radishes. Put together a pasta primavera, which essentially is a spring pasta dish laden with fresh vegetables.
Decorate with flowers
Bring fresh flowers indoors and put them on display in vases or table centerpieces. Cut stems on a 45-degree angle underwater to help flowers last longer. In addition, choose floral-themed curtains and throw pillows to add some spring decor.
Create a water feature
The sound and sights of cascading water can be both relaxing and picturesque. A water feature can be something as simple as a small fountain or more elaborate such as a koi pond.
Spring is a time of year when people can enjoy seasonal activities that make the most of the warmer weather and blooming landscape.