Autumn is here. With its arrival, the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing colors. As much as you might love summer (who doesn’t love picnics and beach vacations?), there’s also a lot to love about fall.
With the weather finally starting to cool down, fall is the perfect time to spend time outdoors with your family. Not sure where to start? Here are a few fun family-friendly activities that are sure to please everyone.
Take a Hike
One of the best parts about fall is the changing foliage. As the temperatures cool down, the leaves begin to change an array of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s one thing to see these colors from a window. It’s an entirely different experience to get right in the middle of the view. Traverse the trails of your local park or take a trip to the mountains. As you walk, take some time to enjoy the atmosphere. Play some games with your family members. Create a bingo sheet with nature items and give one to each person. Create a list for a scavenger hunt. You may even want to see if the trails have any geocaching spots. Just make sure to bring something to put in any boxes you find.
Go Apple Picking
It’s just not autumn without some delicious apple desserts. Instead of buying your apple treats already made, make some with your family this year. First, take your family to the apple orchard and pick your own apples. There’s nothing quite like biting into a freshly picked red or green apple and the kids will love exploring around the trees. Many orchards have shops as well, so you can load up on apple cider or apple donuts to tide you over until you make your own treats.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Another fall classic is the corn maze. Every year, farms all over the country create elaborate mazes in their cornfields. If you have a competitive streak, you can break up into teams and see who can get through the maze the fastest. Not sure where to find local corn mazes? You can easily find nearby options by typing corn maze near me into an online search engine.
Check Out Local Festivals
Many towns and cities all over the country host numerous festivals during the fall months. These festivals often have great activities for all age ranges. You might find local vendors selling handmade fall and holiday gifts, races, food vendors, or a play area for the younger family members. There may be contests or carnival rides. Take a look to see what options are in your town (or in the towns or cities nearby). Spend the whole day with your family and enjoy everything the festival has to offer.
Build a Bonfire
The nights might be getting cooler and it’s starting to get dark earlier, but that doesn’t mean you need to head in once the sun goes down. Instead, bundle up and build a bonfire. Make some hot cocoa and fill thermoses before you go out. Grab some sticks and roast marshmallows. If your kids are into it, tell some spooky (but not too scary) stories. Make sure your fire is completely doused before you head back indoors.
Cheer for Your Local Football Team
Fall means football. It doesn’t matter if it’s a high school, college, or professional game. Perhaps you have a child who plays for their school’s team or you have a child who cheers. Dress warmly and be sure to wear your team’s colors. Cheering for your family’s favorite team is bound to be a ton of fun.
Just because summer’s over, that doesn’t mean you need to give up fun activities. There are plenty of things that you and your family can do in the cooler months. Be sure to wear some warmer clothes and don’t forget to bring your camera!