Homeowners associations are known for many things, one of them being social events. With the new season in full swing, HOAs should start planning their spring activities.
Top Ideas for Spring Activities for Your HOA
Spring is a favorite among homeowners associations because it allows residents to get back outside and have some fun. If your HOA wants to bring neighbors together while also increasing resident satisfaction, springtime events are a must.
Here are the best things to do in spring in your HOA community.
1. Get Planting
Spring is all about nature and growth after a long and cold winter. You can welcome the new season together by organizing a planting event as a community. You can dedicate a plot of land in a common area to this spring activity. Better yet, if you already have a community garden, this is the perfect time to restart that project. Plenty of fruits, vegetables, and flowers don’t require a green thumb to grow.
Of course, don’t let your landscaping fall behind just because you’re getting residents involved in planting. You should still make a point to update or refresh the landscaping in your neighborhood.
2. Organize a BBQ/Cookout
If there is one season that’s perfect for spending time outside, it’s spring. And how can you make an outdoor activity better? By throwing in a barbecue, of course!
A neighborhood BBQ or cookout is an event that you can rely on to be a success. It’s one of those spring activities for adults and kids that just screams fun. Families enjoy this bonding time, and neighbors can also break bread together. And everyone brings something to the table.
3. Go on a Walk
If your HOA doesn’t have a large budget to work with, one of the best springtime activities you can plan is a community nature walk. This is a good way to get everyone up on their feet and burn some of the weight they gained over the holidays. Plus, it gives residents an opportunity to appreciate the sights of the neighborhood. Bonus points if you already have a walking or hiking trail in your community, but even less scenic routes will do.
4. Plan a Pool Party
Depending on where you live, spring may bring sunny days and warm temperatures. And what better way to cool down than a family-friendly pool party?
Pool parties are great because they are easy to plan and satisfy just about everyone. Of course, it goes without saying that you will need a pool for this to work. You also need a killer playlist, some tasty food, and refreshing beverages. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor pool, a pool party will surely be a hit.
Amidst all the fun, though, HOAs should never forget about safety. Ensure to enforce pool rules as you would normally do and have parents supervise their kids at all times.
5. Hold a Garage Sale
One of the more unique activities for spring in your HOA is a garage or yard sale. At this time of the year, everyone will do some spring cleaning. As such, there is a good chance that homeowners have mountains of unused or old belongings that they’re looking to get rid of. Why not help them find a good home instead?
To organize a community-wide garage sale, make an announcement early on. This way, residents will have time to comb through all of their old things and see which ones they want to sell. Set a sale date, perhaps over a weekend or two. During the actual sale, have all the homeowners set up shop in their garages, yards, or driveways.
Alternatively, if you have a condo community or simply want to organize everything under one roof, you can hold the event at the clubhouse. Residents can sign up ahead of time for a slot or booth. You can even open the event to outsiders to welcome more potential buyers.
6. Go Camping
The call of the great outdoors definitely gets louder around this time of the year. But you don’t have to travel far for an unforgettable camping experience. Your HOA can plan a community camping event right in your neighborhood. You’re good to go if you have a sizable common area with grass and trees.
Of course, to add some authenticity to the experience, supplement the event with some classic camping activities. Everyone can cook and eat dinner together, make smores, and tell stories around the campfire. Just be sure to check the weather forecast beforehand so you don’t get soaked by the spring showers!
7. Start a Book Club
Who says spring is only for the young? If you’re looking for spring activities for seniors, a book club is a good place to start.
Book clubs are great because it allows participants to dive into a new world, let their imaginations run, and share their insights with fellow readers. This activity definitely leans more toward the intellectual than the physical side, but it’s a good experience for all ages — not just elderly residents. You can foster a sense of community that transcends age by welcoming all residents.
8. Plan a Treasure Hunt
When it comes to spring activities for kids, you can’t go wrong with a treasure hunt, especially if the kids in your HOA haven’t quite gotten over the thrill of Easter yet. To plan this out, you’ll need to come up with a list of items for kids to find. Then, hide the items around the neighborhood or within a given area.
Another way to play this without going through the trouble of hiding items is to do a nature hunt. Kids can look for things like a butterfly, a pink flower, a ladybug, etc. Of course, they don’t have to collect them. Once they spot them outside, they can check them off their list. Have an adult accompany the kids at all times.
9. Have a Pet Day
If you have a sizable pet community in your HOA, why not invite them to join the fun? A pet day brings pets and their owners together for an enjoyable afternoon. The HOA can set up a playpen with obstacle courses that pets can try out. Kids in the neighborhood can also stop by to play with them.
Keep in mind that pets do pose certain risks, too. Therefore, adults should always supervise children, and pet owners must always keep their pets on a leash. All pets should be up-to-date on all vaccinations and health requirements.
The Bottom Line
Organizing spring activities in your HOA is a good way to promote camaraderie and boost homeowner involvement. And these ideas will surely bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
Elite Management Services helps communities plan social events in addition to other services. Call us today at (855) 238-8488 or contact us online to request a free proposal!
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