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Summer is over, school is back in session, and fall is upon us, which means cooler weather, less time for family getaways, and the words “I’m bored” coming out of our kids’ mouths. Well, that’s how it is if your kids are anything like mine anyway. Summer ends and my kids think that means life outdoors has to end too, but that is definitely not the case. There are so many activities that you can do with your kids that will not only keep the complaints of being bored at bay, but your whole family will get to create new memories. I’ve compiled a list of 10 fun family activities for fall, so take a look and maybe you and your family can enjoy at least a few of them this fall.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch – This is more than likely an activity that most families do each fall already, but it’s still worth mentioning. Pumpkin patches are a great place to take the kids for a fun afternoon. Not only will they have their choice of pumpkins to choose from to take home, but most pumpkin patches also have activities for the kids to do as well, such as corn mazes, hayrides, face painting, and fun arts and crafts to partake in. This is the perfect setting to get a nice family picture among all the pumpkins!
- Go Apple Picking – Take the kids to an apple orchard and let them go crazy picking apples! What better way is there to spend a day with the kids than picking apples and then taking those apples home and letting the kids help bake pies and make fresh applesauce!
- Play in Leaves – A fond memory I have as a kid is jumping into a huge pile of leaves with my siblings and making a total mess of the all the work it took my parents to rake all the leaves up. However, the deal was, if we played in the leaves, we had to rake them back up, which was completely worth it in our eyes! My kids love to play in the leaves too. Heck, I don’t even have to barter with them to rake the leaves up, they *like* doing that!
- Paint Pumpkins – Painting pumpkins is a nice alternative to carving them. Carving pumpkins is messy and sometimes difficult for the smaller kids to do, so pick out some nice pumpkins and buy some kid-safe paint, like this set by Crayola, and let them go to town decorating their pumpkin!
- Create an Obstacle Course – You could do this in your backyard or go big and do it at the park. All you need are things from around the house such as trash cans to jump over, hula hoops, empty boxes to use as tunnels, yard furniture to run around or climb over. You can also use things like swing sets and trees as part of your course. The kids can help set it up and then the whole family can race through the obstacle course together!
- Go Hiking – Fall is a great time to head out on those hiking trails at your local parks. There won’t be as many bugs to deal with as there would be in the summer, and you get to look at all the beautiful colors of the changing leaves on the trees!
- Go On a Scavenger Hunt – Scavenger hunts are a great way to have fun while also learning. You can create a list of items for the kids to find outside. When they find each item, tell them a little bit about it that they may not know. For instance, have them find leaves from two different types of trees and then explain the differences between them.
- Fairs and Festivals – No matter where you live, chances are there is some kind of a fair or festival going on near you. These types of events often have activities and such geared toward children and they can also be a great educational experience as many fair and festivals were created in honor of an event or a person in history.
- Create a Scarecrow – Find some old clothes from around the house and stuff them with leaves. Decorate a face on it and prop it up next to a few pumpkins and other festive decorations in front of your house.
- Roast Marshmallows – If you have a portable fire pit, you don’t even have to leave the house to do this. Kids love roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. This would also be a nice way to end the day after doing one of the other activities on this list.
I do hope this list has given you a few ideas for fun family activities you can do this fall. If you have any other ideas I haven’t mentioned here, please leave them in the comments below!
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