Three Great Outdoor Family Activities for Fall

Fall is in the air. It’s time to pull out those sweaters and fleece jackets. Pull out that crock pot, and put on some hot apple cider that is both delicious and makes your home smell like fall. Play in the fall leaves you rake up and run around the yard with your kids! The weather is not too hot and not too cold. It’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your family before the first frost sets in and winter blasts come our way. Here are three great outdoor family activities for fall.

Hiking

Hiking during the fall of the year can be one of the most fun things you do with your family. The weather is gorgeous and the colors are as well. Make the hike more fun by looking up the types of trees in your area and print out small pictures of the fall foliage. As you hike the trail, make a game out of looking for the various types of leaves. Let the kids enjoy identifying the leaves and the trees from which they fall. You can also make a list of pictures you want to take and let the kids take pictures. Print your pictures and make a scrapbook of your hiking trip.

Pumpkin Patch

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Make a full day of fun and visit a pumpkin patch. Many local farms or country themed facilities host a pumpkin patch in the fall. There are usually tons of crafts and activities taking place there as well. You may even get to enjoy an authentic hayride or get lost in a corn maze. A day of enjoying festive foods like funnel cakes and candy apples is the perfect way to kick off the fall season. Take home a couple of plump pumpkins, and continue the fun carving festive Jack-o-Lanterns! Or take some paint and decorate your pumpkins instead of cutting them. They actually will last longer that way!

Bonfire Cookout

Have a bonfire cookout with your family in the backyard. You can easily make a backyard fire pit if you don’t already have one with simple directions from the internet and easy to find supplies. While you are cleaning your yard, collect branches and sticks to use as fuel for your bonfire. Stock up on roasting sticks, hot dogs and the ingredients for s’mores. Let the kids go to town making s’mores and roasted hot dogs for the family to enjoy. Wrap up in your fall fleece to enjoy your feast, the fire and the cool weather. You can go one step further and pitch the tent in the backyard for an impromptu backyard camping trip that the kids will love!

Don’t let fall pass you by. Get busy and get moving with the family, and enjoy everything the cooler weather and fall foliage has to offer. These three great outdoor family activities for fall will create memories your children will not soon forget!

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Fun Ideas for Family Night

Family Night

Do you sometimes feel that you do the same activities each time for family night?  We know exactly how you feel.

We’ve put together a quick list of some great ideas that you can use for your next family night.

Vacation Jar

This is something everybody can participate in, not only to create it but also to fund it.  Take a large Mason jar and decorate it with pictures of the place you intend to go on your next vacation.  You can do this by downloading them from the Internet, printing them and taping them to the jar.

Every time you have spare change … kids and parents alike … make sure you throw that change in.  You’ll be surprised at how much money ends up in that jar and you can dedicate that to an activity you normally wouldn’t do because of expense.

Star Gazing

This activity is great any time unless it’s really cloudy.  If you live in the city, see if you can go into the suburbs and find a park or a grassy area where you and your family can have a dinner picnic and then stay until the stars come out.  Put out a blanket, lay down and gaze.

Doing this in winter is sometimes the best time because the stars are more prominent.  And, let’s face it, there aren’t as many bugs if you live in a cold climate.  Once you finish, head home and look up the stories behind the stars you saw.

Family Baking

This occurs most around the holidays, of course, but you can have a family baking night anytime.  Take turns picking favorite recipes out of a cookbook and, after you’re done, make a plan to deliver them to either a local homeless shelter or nursing home for a treat people will enjoy.  It’s also a great lesson for your kids in giving back.

Scavenger Hunt

Put together a scavenger hunt as a family.  Decide on the pieces to be found and have everyone write out the clues to find the next piece of treasure.

Then scatter and hide the pieces along with the clues to the next object.  Everyone should hide their own clues so no one sees what the other clues are.

Decide on the prize for the person who finds the most.

Photo Album

Get everyone together a round kitchen table and start a new photo album for the current year.  If a physical photo album isn’t something you want to do, you can easily do one online from digital pictures and then decide who will get them for Christmas presents.

Your Own Board Game

Everybody loves board games but it’s even more fun when your family makes one up and plays together.  This is a great opportunity for creativity and have everyone participate in making up the rules.

Bowling

This is fun for the whole family and it’s a great activity especially if the weather is not ideal for outside activities.

You are only limited by your imagination in coming up with fun activities for your next family night.

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