Michigan April Bucket List: 10 Ways to Refresh and Explore  

Julie Bitely

| 3 min read

A white tropical flower
Spring has sprung and April showers are heading our way.
The month is fresh with opportunities and we’ve rounded up ten of the best ways to get out there and seize these 30 days in the best state in the land.
Okay, so we’re a little biased (but you know it’s true).
  1. Life is sweet and two Michigan maple syrup festivals this month can help you celebrate that fact. Find out more about the revered condiment and planned festivities here.
  1. Fool your family into eating more vegetables. Serve up baked cauliflower mac and cheese, turkey marinara sauce with zoodles, or honey garlic cauliflower bites followed with veg-fetti cake for an April Fool’s Day feast sure to please. Eating your vegetables is no joke, but you can play this trick all month long. Get more tips here.
  1. Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree or by giving your yard an eco-friendly makeover.
  1. Start a new healthy habit by taking part in National [email protected] Day. Here’s why you should.
  1. If spring allergies have you less than thrilled about the upcoming season, consider some tweaks to your diet that could help ease symptoms and do these things now in preparation.
  1. Butterflies are blooming in Grand Rapids. If you’ve never visited the nation’s largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens, you really should. Learn more about how they get all those butterflies to West Michigan here.
  1. Go on your own personal scavenger hunt. Geocaching is a fun way to hunt for “treasure” and get the whole family outside and moving. Morel mushrooms are another fun way to put your hunting skills to the test.
  1. Freshen up your space with a new shade of paint. Find out how different colors affect your mood and brush and roll accordingly.
  1. Spring is a great time to change up your workout or try something new. Put your balance to the test on a slackline, make new friends at goat yoga or aim high and start training for a triathlon. Get your family in on the fun with these creative ideas.
  1. Have you ever dreamed of ditching your 9 to 5 and working the land? Try it out before you put in your two weeks through a concept called WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which lets you work as a farmhand in exchange for room and board. Opportunities exist around the globe, with many sites in Michigan.
What are you excited about in April? Tell us in the comments.
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