It’s that time again, my favorite time of the year. Autumn. When the world changes from beautiful greens, yellows and pinks to reds, oranges and browns. I can pull out my warm sweaters, dig up my cute fall boots, and rock my trendy jackets. As my favorite fall shows re-emerge, I can sit in front of the fireplace and relax with my glass of wine. But what about the kids? I can’t just simply tell them to go and play outside anymore, like during the summer when the days stretched on and on. As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, I’ve learned to love and appreciate activities for this season. Here are several autumn activities you can enjoy with your family.
- Visit a pumpkin patch. Find a pumpkin patch or farm in your area. Kids love perusing from row to row, looking for the perfect pumpkin.
- Carve pumpkins. After you get your pumpkins home, carve or paint them into funny faces. Have the children create their own so you can showcase their artwork.
- Attend a fall festival. Many offer hay rides, corn mazes, haunted houses, fun barns, pig races, tractor rides, pony rides, apple cider donuts, and petting zoos. Find one in your area.
- Play in leaves. As the trees begin to turn colors, raking leaves doesn’t have to be a boring chore. Make it into a fun activity by having the kids play in the heaping mounds of leaves.
- Do arts & crafts. You can find an array of fall arts and crafts on Pinterest. One in particular my children enjoy are making colorful pictures from painted fallen leaves.
- Roast S’Mores. My family loves sitting on the lakefront and roasting fresh S’Mores over a fire pit. This is a fun-filled activity as your family sits around wrapped in blankets and sharing funny stories. Make sure you have plenty of wipes because this can be a messy fun!
- Make apple treats. Visit an apple orchid in your area and bring home freshly picked apples. Have the kids help to make yummy apple sauce, homemade apple pie, warm apple cider or tasty candied apples.
- Stage a family photo shoot. Fall is a great time to set up a family photo shoot. The trees add beautiful hues to a backdrop, and fallen leaves make great props. Whether you pose in a park, a walking trail, or even in your own backyard, there are endless possibilities to consider. The holidays are right around the corner, so family photos may get put to good use on greeting cards.