As I write this post, it’s a beautiful fall day. It’s about 20 degrees (Celcius), sunny and we have a cloudless sky.
The only thing different from today and a full-fledged summer day is the leafless trees. But, I digress, it IS fall, no matter how hard we try to fight it. In my defense though, it’s hard to feel like doing fall activities when it still feels like summer.
By the time this post is published, the temps will be where “they are supposed to be”, whatever that means. So it’s time to accept fall and start planning some fun family activities. Here’s what my family and I have come up with:
1. Go to a local football game
My husband and I recently went to a game, you can read about it here. I will say this, there is nothing boring about going to a live game.
2. Have a family game night
If you’re going to hibernate, do it right and have some fun as a family. We recently played Monopoly and it was so much fun, watching the tables turn! Other great games include Sorry!, Pictionary, Risk, Snakes and Ladders, Candyland, PayDay, Clue and Life.
Pop some corn and even play parents against kids! I’m sure there will be a rematch in your future!
3. Go apple-picking
This is the perfect time to pick crisp, fresh apples, right from the tree! Pick a basket full to take home and bake pies together, or apple crisp.
4. Visit a local fair
Fairs are popular in the late summer/early fall, and can be a lot of fun to experience together. If you have teenagers, you will likely lose them because they’ll want to meet friends and do their own thing. If that’s the case, you and your spouse/partner can do the same!
5. Have a campfire
Of course, you will need to check your city’s by-laws on this. Some cities won’t allow you to have any sort of campfire, and some cities will, but you’ll need a permit. Definitely check this out ahead of time. A tabletop firepit might be an option, too.
If you can’t have a fire, this might be a great time to visit some friends in the country areas, where the fire by-laws are more lenient.
6. Visit a pumpkin patch
Time to pick out your jack-o-lantern! Some farms make this into a fun, all-day kid’s experience, providing hay-rides, face-painting and let you take a pumpkin home. Check out what’s going on in your community, or one near you.
7. Go on a family hike
If you don’t have a nice place nearby to take a long walk, you may be able to get a nice fall drive in on your way to a place with marked trails. Bring some granola bars and bottled water. Bring the dog, if you have one! Enjoy the fall sunshine and the coloured leaves. Make sure to take pictures, too.
8. Plan a family movie night
Bring out all the blankets and pillows, get some snacks together and vote on a family movie to watch together. I have more ideas in this post.
9. Visit a corn maze
If you’re lucky enough to live near some corn fields, this is a great opportunity to have some fall family fun! Make sure to wear rubber boots (some mazes can get quite muddy), and get lost in the corn. Plan ahead, and bring a picnic lunch and some hot cocoa.
10. Go on a family bike ride
Obviously, some of these activities are weather-permitting only, so try to plan ahead and check the weather. Dress in layers so as you get warmer, you can peel a layer off. Bring bottled water and try to go to a place with a nice view. Bonus points if you get to see the colour change in the trees.
11. Have a fall picnic
Fall is a good season for tailgating, so this opens up a whole new world when it comes to meal ideas. Get your crockpots out, and make a feast to enjoy in the gorgeous fall weather.
12. Collect leaves
Do you remember collecting leaves as a kid and sealing them with wax paper and an iron? This is still a fun activity and there are tons of great ideas on Pinterest for getting creative with your leaves.
13. Bake cookies
This is my brood’s favourite time of the year because they know I get on a baking kick. Peanut butter, pumpkin, chocolate chip… the possibilities are endless. Pies and muffins are great choices too!
14. Go on a scavenger hunt
It’s so easy… just google a scavenger hunt list for ideas, and jot them down on a sheet of paper and away you go. It can be quite a challenge to find that one obscure thing! Treat yourselves to hot chocolate after the hunt.
15. Decorate the house for fall
Window clings, scarecrows and pumpkins, oh my! Bring out the fall decorations and spend a crisp afternoon decorating your home for the fall season. Do it on the cheap: the dollar store is a terrific resource!
Think I missed something important on this list? Let me know in the comments!