Fall Activities for the Whole Family

October 25, 2016

Fall is here, and it's one of the best seasons of the year. The blazing hot weather has turned into cooler days with beautiful leaves changing colors everywhere you go. While the rain might start coming a little more frequently, there's still plenty of days with sunshine to get outdoors and celebrate fall. Take advantage of all the fresh produce that's at the farmers markets and farms by bringing some home. From picking pumpkins to finding your way through a corn maze, there's plenty of activities to do this fall season.

Go Apple Picking

Apples taste the best in fall, but why just buy them at the store? Head to your nearest apple farm to handpick individual apples. Your kids will love knowing they picked each apple they're eating. There's so many recipes to make with apples as well. Make a warm apple pie with ice cream for dessert, or bake apple pancakes for breakfast. For a tasty drink, boil them with sugar, cinnamon, and allspice for apple cider everyone can enjoy.

apple picking fall activities

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

For a fun activity that will make the whole family work together, head to a local corn maze. You'll have to figure out which way to go to get to the other side, plus you'll get in a good amount of walking. Older kids who love being spooked will enjoy visiting at night, when you can only see by flashlight. Just watch out - there might be some ghouls or zombies hiding around the corner!

Participate in a Fun Run

There's so many themed races this year with kid runs included. Younger children can participate in short dashes to the finish line and celebrate with hot chocolate afterwards. Older kids can run 5Ks with you to feel like one of the adults, and you can race to see who will finish first. Make sure to dress up in your best fall outfit, as many races have costume contests where you can win prizes. Fun runs are a great way to get the whole family active while bonding.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch visit fall activities

There's nothing like picking the exact pumpkin you want for carving this year. Head to a local pumpkin patch to see all the pumpkins available, and find the perfect one for everyone in your family. Pick out a few smaller ones for beautiful decorations around the house. Let your kids pick out their own pumpkin, even if it's the lopsided one. They'll have so much fun carving it later and bragging to their friends that they picked it out themselves.

Buy Produce From a Farmer's Market

Show your children the importance of buying fresh produce and supporting the local community by heading to the weekend farmer's market. You'll get to talk to each vendor to ask any questions you have about their goods, and oftentimes have a sample before you buy it. Almost every fall vegetable can be found here, from pumpkins to squash to eggplant. They'll be plenty of seasonal goods as well, including warm pumpkin bread and baked apples. Don't forget to get a cup of hot apple cider before you leave!

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