Winter can be depressing, thanks to cold days, long, dark nights, and too many days spent cooped up indoors. But spring — which officially begins on March 20th this year — is finally on its way, and we've rounded up 16 wonderful ways to welcome this long-awaited season.

1. Get started on spring cleaning.

Cleaning isn't exactly fun, but you'll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to welcome warmer weather once your home is throughly cleaned and organized.

2. Plan a birthday party with a spring theme.

Got spring birthdays? Skip the Disney-themed party and choose a celebration that's all about spring. This article on 6 Spring Birthday Parties for Children will provide the inspiration you need.

3. Make spring crafts.

Get your kids involved and create some fun spring crafts based on spring favorites like flowers, birds, and butterflies.

4. Feed the birds.

Spring is prime time for bird watching, so build a birdhouse or bird feeder and then sit back to see who visits. Also consider researching which species of birds are native to your area, so you can identify them when you spot them.

5. Stay up late.

Daylight Savings Time begins this year on Sunday, March 10, and though we'll lose that hour, we'll also gain more daylight in the evening. Spring forward by pushing back bedtime and enjoying those extra hours of sunshine.

6. Do spring science experiments.

You can do science experiments any time of year, but some outdoor experiments lend themselves particularly well to spring.

7. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D.

In other words, go outside and enjoy the sunshine. Vitamin D is an important nutrient that comes from the sun, and we often don't get enough of it during cold winters spent mostly indoors.

8. Take a break.

A spring break, that is. Enjoy a family getaway — or stay home and do nothing! According to Dr. Peggy Drexler, there's no need to create a long list of spring break entertainment options. Read her article What to Do With Kids Over Spring Break: Absolutely Nothing to learn more.

9. Plant a garden.

Nothing says spring like freshly tilled soil. And even young children can get involved and help take care of a family garden.

10. Open the windows.

You don't need to go outdoors to enjoy spring. If you're working indoors at your home or office, open the windows so you can breathe in the fresh spring air.

11. Visit the farmer's market.

Local farmer's markets all begin to open in the spring, so it's time to enjoy the fresh, local produce that can be so hard to come by during the winter months.

12. Cook for the season.

Put away the winter pot roast and pull out the lighter recipes that use fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies instead. Try making some Farmers' Lemonade or Max and Ruby Egg Salad Sandwiches to get your family in the spring spirit.

13. Update your closets.

Warmer weather means it's time to pack winter clothes away, sell or donate what you no longer need, and start getting your family ready for swimsuit season. Need new clothes? Spring is a great time to shop consignment sales.

14. Have a garage sale.

Garage sale season is in full force during spring, so if you have stuff to get rid of, now is the time to let it go. Follow these 10 simple steps to ensure that your sale is a success.

15. Get ready for Easter.

Easter, whether during March or April, is the quintessential spring holiday. You can't help but feel excited about spring when you start gathering Easter basket supplies or decorating your home with pastel eggs.

16. Stop and smell the flowers.

The pace of modern life moves quickly, but spring is the perfect time of year to slow down and smell the flowers, both literally and figuratively. Remember to focus on the things that really bring happiness into your life — and to truly appreciate the beauty of the world that surrounds us.