The season of cooler weather is quickly approaching. Before you know it, winter will be rearing its ugly, freezing head. Enjoy what is left of the nice weather with these family-friendly fall activities.
I have compiled a list of things I would like to do with my family this fall. Perhaps they are things your family might enjoy too!
When I was brainstorming this list I tried my best to think of things that kids and adults would enjoy doing together. There is no way I am going to be raking leaves this fall…not my idea of fun.
Family-Friendly Fall Activities
All Things Apple
I know, I know, this is the quintessential fall activity. Just think of all the things you can do with apples. Which leads to my next activities!
- make caramel apples
- make applesauce or apple butter
- bake an apple dessert
makefreezer pie filling
You don’t have to be a master canner to make applesauce or apple butter. Nor do you have to make giant batches of the stuff. You would be surprised how many apples it takes to make a quart of applesauce or apple butter. If your family is anything like mine, then you will probably go through your apple goodies pretty quickly.
Visit a pumpkin patch!
Our kids still look forward to this every year. As long as they have fun and want to go I will take them. Usually, we all pick out a pumpkin or two and enjoy doing the following activities with them:
- start a gratitude pumpkin
- carve or decorate pumpkins
- toast pumpkin seeds
- make a pumpkin dessert
Can you tell I have a thing for fall desserts? Our kids love to cook so it’s a win-win if you ask me!
Last year our kids had a ton of fun decorating our pumpkins with paint and glitter. The pumpkins lasted longer and the local fauna didn’t bother them. The year before we carved pumpkins and something ate them in the middle of the night! Someone recommended painting them instead and it worked. If you do carve your
Out in Nature
This time of year is my absolute favorite time to go out and enjoy nature. The weather is beginning to cool off and the leaves are changing colors. Here are a few fun family-friendly fall activities to do outside:
- make a nature collage
- go on a hayride
- have a bonfire and roast marshmallows
- go on a scavenger hunt
- plant flower bulbs
- visit a local nature conservatory
To make a nature collage, walk around your yard and collect things like pine cones, fallen leaves, pine needles, and flowers. Then, arrange them in a pattern or try to make a picture out of your items on the ground. To preserve it, take a picture.
Bulbs like tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils need about 12 weeks of cold temperatures in order to bloom in the spring. Fall is the perfect time to plant bulbs.
Our kids love to do seasonal crafts so I thought it would be fun to add some into our fall themed bucket list! They are also not toddlers anymore so I skipped the things like “fingerprint trees” and “apple prints.”
- make Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations
- make pinecone birdfeeders
- make a fall wreath
- decorate the porch or yard for fall
- do leaf rubbings
Part of the fun for our kids is getting to pick things out to decorate or add to our outdoor decor. They are all at an age where shopping is fun so I try to include them in the process.
Fall is a great time to get involved with local community activities. Even our teeny tiny town has lots to offer this time of year.
- visit a county fair
- go to a harvest festival
- donate to a local food pantry
- make cards for nursing home residents
- visit a haunted house or ghost town
I chose to donate to a food pantry instead of volunteering somewhere because my kids are still too young to participate in volunteer opportunities.
Also, you should check with your local nursing home to make sure they will allow you to come in and hand out cards. Sometimes they have special hours for those types of visits.
I wanted to include some really easy and fun fall activities to do at home. Sometimes I just want to hang out with the kids and not have to do a huge project.
- read fall themed books
- watch fall themed movies
- put together a fall themed jigsaw puzzle
- have a fall-themed family coloring contest
- take fall family pictures
When I made this list I really tried to appeal to the tween age set and parents. It can be hard to find activities for this age group. I hope your family enjoys these family-friendly fall activities.