I love Fall! Everything about Fall makes me happy, layering clothes/accessories, the colors, falling leaves, the smells emerging from the kitchen, decorating my house with all my favorite decor, family friendly activities in the cool crisp outdoors, my birthday :)…oh I could just go on! Since Fall is probably my favorite time of the year I figured why not share some of my favorite Family Friendly Fall-Autumn-Harvest activities.
Pumpkin Patch Extravaganza
A family day out at the pumpkin patch is definitely one of a favorite tradition. With all of the beautifully bright colored pumpkins and fun farm scenery, you are bound it get some fabulous pictures. Plus many pumpkin patches are equipped full of fun kid activities, bounce houses, tractor rides and more.
Playing in the Autumn Leaves
Raking the massive amounts of falling Autumn leaves can be tedious. Why moan and grown? Simply turn cleaning up the yard into a fun family activity. Have the kids help you rake up the leaves into one large pile and have some fun. Grab someone’s hand, run and jump. Get those leaves moving – run, jump, hide, toss them in the air, but most of all have some fun! When the playtime is over turn collecting the leaves into bags into a contest. The person who gets the biggest or most bags of leaves wins. 🙂
Movie Night Outside
Enjoy a movie in the fresh fall air! Just move your TV and DVD player outside or if you have a projector and a large white sheet and create a drive in theater atmosphere. Add in some blankets, hot apple cider and popcorn – and you are set!
Campfire’s and S’mores
Make a cozy campfire in the backyard. Pull up some camping chairs, make a small cozy fire in your fire pit and roast some tasty s’mores. Not only will you get to indulge in some tasty treats, you can tell stories, sing songs, or have a family devotional. Memories like these are bound to leave a lasting impression in your kids lives.
Leaf Art Projects
Leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees. With so many different sizes, shapes and colors to choose from indulge in some fun leaf art projects. Some favorite leave projects include leaf rubbing, leaf necklaces, leaf people and so forth. There are so many other awesome projects to choose from.
DIY Home Decor Projects
Crafting is fun no matter how old you are. Personally I am not a super creative person, but I still love to craft when I can. My kids on the other hand are craft-maniacs. They could draw, paint, color and create all day if I let them. I love decorating my house for the Fall season, so why not let the kids help me out. Make some of your home decor projects with the assistance of your kids. Not only will you create memories, your kids will better appreciate the effort you put into actually decorating the house. Some ideas for family fall decor projects include, leaf lanterns, burlap banners, word art (with blocks and washi tape), pine cone potpourri (pine cones, cinnamon sticks and essential oils).
Take your kids on a fun scavenger hunt! Give them each a list of items to look for while going on a family walk around a local park or trail. The kids can look for items such as pine cones, acorns, bird nests (just look don’t touch), caterpillar, 3 different colored leaves and more!
Bake like your Grandma taught you
Fall seems to be the beginning of the baking season. There are so many fun and delicious treats perfect for creating fall memories. My kids love coming home from school with the smell of homemade apple sauce in the air or freshly baked pumpkin bread. I love to sit back with a cup of Eggnog Chai Latte and a muffin, while snuggling up in my favorite blanket and reading. My goal for this fall is to bake a new/different fall treat every week for my kids and family to enjoy.
Go Apple Picking
This is a perfect activity for reaching two goals. First the whole family can participate and have a blast while collecting apples from your local apple orchard. Secondly, all the picked apples will be perfect for making some of those Fall favorite snacks; apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple cobbler, apple crisp, apple cider, candy apples – and the list goes on!
Attend a Football Game (mini tailing party)
Have some fun! Grab some tickets to your local high school, college or professional football team and take the family on a date night! If you are up to it, create a mini family friendly tailgating party, with hot dogs, burgers, snacks, soda, tasty treats…it’s the experience not the food that the kids are going to remember!