As the temperature drops, the air turns crisp and cool, and the world around you transitions from summer green to the vibrant hues of yellow, red and orange of fall, so does the list of seasonal activities that you and your family can enjoy.
Here are our Top Five favorite fall activities for kids, each at a cost that’s as cool as the weather:
- Visit a local pumpkin patch. Take the whole family (puppy Fido, included) to pick out the perfect pumpkin to display on your doorstep. A pumpkin patch brimming with pumpkins in various shapes, sizes and shades of orange makes for a perfect – and perfectly free – photo backdrop. After selecting a pumpkin, search for a free pumpkin-carving template online, to create your family’s “spooktacular” masterpiece.
- Have your pumpkin – and eat it, too. If you carve a pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern this year, use the pulp to make a pie, a soup, a vegetable dish for dinner, or even a hearty breakfast – pumpkin pancakes. Let the kids help to stir the pancake batter, and then, after the batter has settled, take it to the stove when you’re ready to cook the pancakes. Bonus tip: Feel free to call the kids back into the kitchen when it’s time to wash and dry the breakfast dishes. That’s a free activity they can “enjoy” all year long. (Parents can dream, can’t they?)
- Show your heart for art. Slow life down a bit by taking a stroll on a local art walk. Many communities have groups that organize art walks, and many art walks run monthly, starting in the fall. Check your town’s website, or that of your local Chamber of Commerce for a calendar of events, to find an art walk near you.
- Sign-up for a Turkey Trot. One way to burn off pre- or post-Thanksgiving calories is by joining a family-friendly 5K fun run. Depending where you live, the race may be low cost or no cost. The races that don’t charge an entry fee typically ask that you donate a non-perishable food item instead, to help feed families in need on Thanksgiving. Start your search with this Thanksgiving race finder.
- Have a hay day. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned hayride to make it feel like it’s fall. You’ll likely be able to find a hayride for kids at a local pumpkin patch or garden center, or at a farm that has a public petting zoo. If your family chooses to pet the animals after the hayride, watch your hats. Goats may “borrow” them from your family members without asking.
Memories of quality time spent together for autumn activities will surely last well beyond the changing of the next season.