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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Get Your Kids Outdoors

Kids Outdoors

Teach your kids to love nature but taking them out in the great outdoors. Here are five great outdoors activities to get your kids a little exercise, a lot of fresh air and an appreciation for nature. These ideas require very little planning, virtually no equipment and you’ll probably find places to do them within minutes of your home.

Hit the Playground

Playgrounds are great places to get your kids outdoors and teach them to play well with others. Playgrounds in parks and at schools are great places to burn off some energy and have a little fun. The swings, slides and monkey bars are fun enough, but make it even better with a game of follow the leader. If there are other kids there, it’s a great opportunity to teach your child how to meet new friends, invite others to play and have a great time.

Hike a Trail

Check out local hiking trails in your area. Pick a well-traveled trail that’s appropriate for the age and skill level of your kids. In particular, handicap accessible, trails which loop back to the parking area are easy and fun. Take your camera along for a few photo opportunities which are sure to arise.

Take a Tree Tour

Plan a stroll through your neighborhood to look at the trees and get your kids outdoors. This is especially fun in the fall, when the leaves are turning and falling, but other times of year are great, too. Get an identification book and find out the names of the trees on your block. Take along paper and crayons to make rubbings of the bark by placing the paper against the trunk and rubbing the crayon on the paper. Collect seeds, cones or twigs from your trip.

Create Fun in the Backyard

Even the smallest yard can be a great place to play games, build a rock garden, grow vegetables or flowers or simply relax outside. Create mini-gardens with cool planters, raised beds or simply dedicate an area for the cool rocks you find when you’re out hiking. You can also head to the front yard and, if you have a sidewalk or any paved areas (i.e. driveways), get out the chalk and draw or play hopscotch. Remember jumping rope as a kid? Teach your children to do the same outdoor things you enjoyed at that age.

America’s Pastime

Nothing beats a live game of baseball. The bleachers, the hot dogs, the game and atmosphere: it’s summertime perfect. If you don’t live in a big city with a professional team, don’t worry. There’s baseball in your community:  club ball, little league or minor leagues. Ask around the head out to a game. You’ll be surprise how much fun you can have just watching the kids play a pickup game at the local field.

There you have it: five ideas for getting your kids outdoors. And outdoor fun can be a year-round option. Just be sure to dress for the weather and you’ll have fun outside in every season.

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