Fall is in the air! So, how can your family make the most of the season? We have some fun suggestions. Stargazing with hot cocoa, s’mores at the fire pit, or making candy apples? We have so many ideas! Check out these twenty fall activities your family will love!
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Twenty Fall Family Activities
- Eat something flavored with Pumpkin Spice. We love to make pumpkin spice coffee! But we also love these Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter from Half Baked Harvest. Why not plan a family breakfast and serve these treats.
- Visit an apple orchard. This is one of our very favorite traditions! We love pick from the tree orchards like these.
- Drink hot cocoa outside. We like to make hot cocoa on the stove and then set up a little hot cocoa bar loaded with marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, some fall sprinkles, and caramel. Once everyone has a mug made just the way they like it, you can take them outside and watch the stars while you sip. The perfect ending to a beautiful fall night.
- Make apple or pumpkin pie. Or both! This is a great activity for the days after you’ve visitied the apple orchard or the pumpkin patch. We have favorite fall pie recipes we can recommend!
- Make s’mores around a firepit. Any s’more is a good s’more but we have gotten creative over the years coming up with some amazing gourmet s’mores. My personal favorite, The Milano. Just a few Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies with an ooey gooey toasted marshmallow in the center. My husband prefers the Nutty Buddy. That one has two chocolate graham crackers a peanut butter cup and a marshmallow in the center. T loves them all. But his favorite is The Jiminy Cricket. That one uses those minty Keebler Grasshopper cookies, some Hershey’s chocolate, and an extra crispy marshmallow.
- Jump in a pile of leaves. Yard work is part of the season. Why not have everyone pitch in and pull together a giant leaf pile before you bag them up? These make for some great family photo opportunities!
- Enjoy some apple cider. We like to make ours in the slow cooker using the crockpot apple cider recipe in this post here. Your house will smell amazing all day and the cider is just the right parts tangy and warm spices. If fall had a flavor, this would be it!
- Visit a pumpkin patch. We love decorating our porches with pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds in all kinds of fun flavor combinations. Start that adventure with a trip to your local pumpkin patch or farmers market!
- Roast pumpkin seeds. As mentioned above. We really like roasted pumpkin seeds. We flavor some with ranch, some with cinnamon and sugar, more with pizza seasonings.You can check out this collection of pumpkin seed roasting recipes from Wholefully.
- Visit a Corn Maze. This is another fall tradition that we love! We like mazes with some pretty hard clues but when T was littler any maze would do. We used to go to Williams Farm to visit their corn maze and use their pumpkin chucker! If you haven’t done that, I am recommending you search for a local pumpkin chucker.
- Make a scarecrow. You don’t need a garden to want a scarecrow. This is a really fun project for the whole family. Use one of those pumpkins from the patch for his head and let the kids dress him up for the season. You can stuff his clothes with more clothes or the packaging from your Amazon deliveries if you don’t have hay handy. Position him on your porch reading a paper or sipping some coffee. Any good scarecrow can multitask. Get your kids imaginations going. Give hime a name and a story. A new tradition begins.
- Make pinecone bird feeders. We always focus more on our birds as the season turns colder. We make a lot of birdseed feeders for them in the winter. In the fall when pinecones are available in abundance we collect those, string them with twine, roll them in peanut butter, and then again in bird seed and hang them from the trees. The birds are so grateful and it’s fun watching them visit.
- Enjoy a hayride. I’m too chicken to do the nighttime hayrides and after I embarassed the boys a few times they started taking me during the day. But whatever you prefer, daytime hayrides or spooky nightime hayrides, as long as you’re together it will be so much fun!
- Go on a fall foliage hike. We do so many fall hikes. It is my favorite time of the year to hike. It’s beautiful with the trees all dressed up for the season and its not too hot or sticky. It’s bliss. Why not take a fall hike and gather some of your favorite leaves along the way. When you get home you can make Pressed Leaf Wreaths to decorate your home for the season.
- Visit the Farmer’s Market. Why not gather the family one weekend morning and visit the farmers market? Purchase some of the harvest seasons best treats like apples or cranberries and then have the family help you prepare something with them when you get home. Apple Butter perhaps?
- Go to a Fall Festival. The Cranberry Festival is a big one around here. But then again, The Sunflower Festival is also a lot of fun. Our favorite is The Apple Festival. Find out what local Fall Festivals are happening in your area and set the date aside for family time.
- Make candy or caramel apples. I love a caramel apple. I also those apples dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. And who can resist a bright, shiny, candy coated apple? Not me. These are a fun treat to make together as a family.
- Make a fall leaf craft. Preserve the beauty of the season by creating something with your fallen leaves. We love the pressed leaf wreaths I mentioned above but we also have a fun ballerina fall leaf project that my niece inspired me to make. These and other Fall Crafts for Kids are a great way to enjoy your family together this fall.
- Take a fall family photo. Let’s face it. They grow up too fast. Capture the moments. A fun fall photo is a great way to freeze time. Whether you go professional or chose to stage your own you won’t regret the time it takes to pull together a fall family photo shoot.
- Make a list of what you are grateful for. This is the season of gratitude. We do a thirty day gratitude challenge in our homeschool. Or you might consider putting together a family gratitude jar. However you chose to do it, counting your blessings is without a doubt the very best way to celebrate the season with your loved ones.
Ok, so are you ready to make the most of fall this year? We wish your family a season overflowing with blessings, moments you treasure, and shared adventures!
Happy Fall, Y’all~
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