Fun Fall Family Activities
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With the heat wave that has hit us up here in New England the beginning of this week, it’s tough to think about fall, but Labor Day weekend is this weekend and that to me has always indicated the start to fall – school begins, football season starts and the weather (most of the time!) starts to turn a little cooler.
I’ve started thinking about what activities I want to do with my family this fall. There are so many fun fall activities to choose from! Here’s what is on my family to-do list!
I grew up in a town where there were tons of apple orchards – we took it for granted that they were there and we could get fresh apples and apple goodies whenever we wanted.
Now that we have kids, it’s so fun to watch them run through the orchards, looking for apples and eating them (just a couple!)
Pumpkin Picking and Carving
The kids love to visit a pumpkin patch and pick out their own pumpkins. When my daughter was younger, she was sitting on the pumpkins because they were so much bigger than her!
We love taking the pumpkins and carving them! Peyton loves to dig her hands in all of the goop and use the scraper to clean it out.
Play in the Leaves
You know those piles of leaves that moms and dads work so hard to rake together? Sometimes you just have to let the kids have fun and play in those leaves! For some reason, they can’t resist and seeing how much fun it is, brings a smile to my face. Plus – you know that by tomorrow there will be way more leaves on the ground to rake anyway!
Bake a Fall Treat
My daughter Peyton loves to help me bake – cookies, brownies, anything! Once the fall comes, we especially love to bake fun treats like pumpkin cupcakes and apple crisp! There is nothing that smells as good in the kitchen as something baking in the oven while the air is getting cool outside!
We just started this last year once Peyton was old enough to really get it, but it is so fun to collect different kinds of leaves and do this activity.
Once you collect the leaves, put one under a piece of plain white paper and use a fun, fall color to rub over the paper and make the shape of the leaf. It is a super fun kids craft!
Do a Fall Scavenger Hunt
What kid doesn’t like a scavenger hunt? I love doing one that is fall themed where they can find certain color leaves, pinecones and other things that are specific to fall.
Take a Nature Walk or Hike
There is nothing like going for a walk through the woods during the fall. You can take in the changing colors of the leaves and its the perfect weather to hike, have some lunch and take in the views.
Check out a Haunted/Halloween House
When the weather turns cooler and fall is in full swing, there are also thoughts of Halloween. Around us, there are so many fun Haunted or not-so-haunted houses for the young kids to attend. We did one last year that Peyton loved and we have plans to do at least one this year!
Visit a Fair
We love going to fairs, especially in the fall! I love getting hot apple cider while walking around looking around at the farm animals.
What is your must do fall activity?