7 Fall Activities for the Whole Family
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Autumn is the perfect season for family-filled fun! These fall activities have something for everyone. For the family who wants to enjoy the colorful leaves and cooler weather, take a family hike! If you’re looking for an activity that combines relaxation and outdoor time, visit an apple orchard or a brewery. And if you want to stay closer to home, try camping in your backyard! Each family activity will help you make treasured memories. Once you’ve snapped a few photos, preserve your favorite memory by turning it into a photo puzzle! There are so many great things to do in the fall! Try a few of our favorite activities for kids and enjoy every minute of this wonderful season!
Plan a fall storytime with apple cider milkshakes.
Fall storytimes are the best! Create a cozy corner by making a blanket fort. Hang string lights around your fort to create a festive mood. Select a fun and interactive storybook like Open This Name Book. With this book, your child must follow the funny monster’s instructions to put the letters of their name in the right order! For a storytime based on your child’s name, consider My Very Own Name. Animals spell the child’s first and last name in rhyme! Personalized books will make your storytime experience extra special and engaging!
For a sweet treat, make homemade apple cider milkshakes! All you need is apple cider, cinnamon, and vanilla ice cream. In a blender, add 5 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 1/4 cup apple cider, and half a tablespoon of cinnamon. Blend until smooth and enjoy! Bonus Tip: Drizzle caramel around your glasses before serving.
Visit an apple orchard.
Enjoy a festive start to the fall season by visiting an apple orchard! This is a great all-day family activity that has something for everyone. Pick your own apples and then grab lunch outside at a picnic table. Chestnut crab apples ripen in September and are the perfect small size to put inside your child’s lunchbox! Many orchards offer children’s activities, including a playground, hayrides, and a small petting zoo. Bring a themed storybook along, to read outside! My Farm Friends stars your own child in the story, as the friendly farmer! Make sure to pick up homemade jam, pies, apple donuts and apple turnovers for dessert! Kids big and small will love this fall family activity!
Visit a brewery.
Breweries are fast becoming a go-to family spot! Find your local brewery on social media and view their event schedule. There you’ll find their fall line-up for live music, food trucks, and brews on tap. Pumpkin beer is typically on the menu and a delicious fall treat for adults! Kids will love eating outside, dancing to music, and running around. Bring personalized coloring books, to keep your child entertained at the table. You can also read them a storybook like My Very Own Trucks which spells out the child’s name in rhyme! The book ABC What I Can Be! introduces your child to different careers for every letter of the alphabet—a perfect way to incorporate learning and fun during a family outing!
Pick up pumpkins and enjoy a night of pumpkin carving.
Visit a pumpkin farm and pick your own pumpkins! Once home, every family member can carve their own pumpkin (with parental supervision for the little ones). You can also hold a pumpkin carving contest and reward the winner with the first slice of pumpkin pie for dessert! Pumpkin carving will also get your child excited for Halloween, and all the spooktacular festivities to come.
Go on a family hike.
On an autumn weekend, drive to a nearby state park and take a family hike. It’s a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the scenery. Make sure to stop along the way and capture beautiful photos. This autumn activity is a great way to make fun family memories!
Make homemade fall decorations.
Create a leaf garland to decorate a window or fireplace! For this fall craft activity, you’ll need real leaves, a pencil, scissors, construction paper, string, and tape. First, go outside and gather a few varieties of leaves! You can turn this part into a nature scavenger hunt and look for certain shapes and colors. Once you’ve gathered the leaves, trace them on different colored construction paper. Cut out the leaf shapes. Tape the string onto the paper leaves, leaving space between each leaf. Now you have a garland to hang in your home! Kids will love seeing a decoration that they made themselves!
Camp in the backyard and roast s’mores.
Why go far from home when you can enjoy backyard camping! Pitch a tent and make a bed with blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals. Start a bonfire, roast s’mores and then camp together in the tent overnight. If your little ones are too scared to stay out in the dark, enjoy the tent for a few hours and then sleep in your own beds. Backyard camping is not only comfortable but more convenient—run into the house to grab more snacks anytime!