Fall is an excellent time to spend with your family. It’s also a great time to explore the beautiful colors of fall, carve pumpkins, and bake pies!
I love all things fall-related – from the leaves changing into vibrant reds, oranges, yellows to apple picking in the crisp air at local farms. Fall also means spending more quality time indoors enjoying tasty treats like fresh-baked pies or warming up by a nice fire after coming back from an exhilarating day out on a hayride!
But finding family-friendly activities in the fall, especially this fall, is not always easy. If you’re struggling to come up with some fun fall activities to do with the kids, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
12 things you can do with your family this fall
- Pick a pumpkin at the local farm, bring it home, and carve it up for Halloween. Try carving scary faces onto pumpkin (a popular fall activity among kids) or goofy faces. Or, if your skills allow, you can go really, really creative. All you need is one large pumpkin per family – or per person – a few pumpkin carving tools, and some creativity! If you’re not sure what to carve into your pumpkin, you can check out some amazing pumpkin carving ideas for inspiration on many craft sites or Pinterest.
- Get lost in the corn maze together during harvest time! This can be an excellent family bonding experience and so much fun for all ages! If you have little ones who may get scared, consider bringing along some flashlights or glow sticks.
- Bake something from scratch. It can be an apple pie, pumpkin pie, carrot cake, or even zucchini bread. Just something that celebrates the season. Plus, it’s always fun to bake something delicious as a family that everyone will enjoy eating later on. These would also make great gifts if you wanted to share them with friends or neighbors too.
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- Go exploring outside together after it starts getting dark out but before the night has fallen completely. This is one of our favorite fall family activities because it’s a great opportunity to look for stars and maybe even see some falling ones!
- Go on a family hike through the woods, even if it’s just in a local park close by where you live. It can be fun for all ages and there may be some beautiful views once you get up high enough! Bring along binoculars so that everyone enjoys nature at its finest when they look out over everything else surrounding them.
- Make homemade candles using supplies from craft stores such as Michaels. All you’ll need is wax, wicks, scents (if desired), containers such as jars or small tins, etc., and plenty of imagination! Kids will love helping with this project because it also involves creativity. If candles aren’t your thing, there are plenty of DIY Fall decor ideas that you can make with the entire family.
- Go on a family camping trip with friends or extended family members to experience the great outdoors together in nature. Everyone will have so much fun cooking marshmallows and hot dogs over an open fire, listening to stories around the campfire at night, and exploring nearby trails etc., which are often available for all ages! You can also bring along some games like cards or frisbee’s that everyone can enjoy. Just make sure you stay warm, as fall nights tend to be far cooler than summer nights.
- Visit one of your local fall festivals if they’re happening near you this time of year (if not, consider starting up something similar). There may be music performances taking place as well as plenty of artisan foods you can sample while perusing through arts & crafts made by local vendors . You might even see some people in costumes!
- If you live somewhere that has native apples, this is a great time of the year to go apple picking at a local orchard. There are usually hayrides available as well during the fall season that make it easier to access trees where apples may still remain on them since they’re often harder to reach by foot alone. The whole family will love going around from tree to tree until you find just enough fruit perfect for baking!
- Go on a family bike ride around town and stop off at a local bakery along the way for a cup of hot cocoa. It’s hard not to feel cozy while enjoying this family-friendly tradition.
Hopefully, that gives you a few ideas for fall family activities! All that’s left is to get out there and enjoy the season with your own little pumpkins by your side.