15 Fall Activities for Your Family

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15 Fall Activities for Your Family

To Glamp or not to Glamp?

After a long summer, the temperatures are finally beginning to cool down. The leaves are turning shades of red, orange, and golden yellow. Football season has begun in earnest. Autumn is here!

Summer is associated with family vacations and poolside fun. Winter is dominated by the bustle of the holidays. Spring is time to get your home in order. Fall, however, seems to be the most open and leisurely of the seasons. Something about the crisp weather invites evening walks, casual idleness, and comfort food. It’s a great time for families with many Fall-themed activities available.

Here are a few ideas:

1. Baking – Many people celebrate the beginning of Fall with pumpkin spice everything. It’s the perfect time for baking with those hearty Fall flavors at your disposal. Invite your children to help you in the kitchen. They may devour those cinnamon cookies even faster if they had a hand in baking them. (Enjoy the moment with our Saladmaster bakeware.)

2. Harvesting – The Fall is a harvest time and—depending on the region—a time for gathering pecans or picking apples. A quick online search should tell you where the nearest family farm is located for such harvesting activities. Take the family and a basket. Or skip the farm. That pecan tree might be in your backyard.

3. Painting Pumpkins – Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. Decorating and painting pumpkins is an easy evening activity and a nice break in the week.

4. Playing board games – Rainy weather is an opportunity for board game night. Some families even plan a day every week to put away the cellphones and enjoy some board game frivolity. Beyond the traditional board games (Monopoly, LIFE, Sorry, Candyland), there are hundreds of board games out there for a wide range of interests and skill levels. Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are both popular.

5. Sitting around a bonfire – Whether it’s a backyard fire pit or a pre-football game hurrah, bonfires can be a lot of fun, even if no s’mores are involved. Just make sure you’re following all city ordinances before you start piling the wood.

6. Camping! – “Glamping” (aka glamorous camping, where you rent a luxurious cabin instead of roughing it in the wilderness) has become a growing trend. But whether you camp or glamp, it’s nice to get out of the house and enjoy nature—even if from the vantage point of a two-story log cabin with all the comforts of home.

7. Flying a kite – As far as simple pleasures go, it’s hard to get simpler than flying a kite. But every childhood needs to experience the joy of getting a kite airborne in an open field. (Substitute kite for “model rocket” if your son or daughter is more into science and engineering.)

8. Enjoying hot chocolate or cider – It’s almost evening. Sit outside on your front porch. Drink some hot chocolate or cider. Take a few deep breaths. Fall was made for these perfect moments. 

9. Taking your holiday family photo – If your friends and extended family expect a holiday photo and card with an update on the year’s highlights, you need to take that family photo now. Getting the photo taken can be half the fun, if you approach it with a creative and carefree attitude. Families aren’t perfect. Photos don’t need to be perfect either.

10. Decorating for the Fall – You can go to a home décor store. But let’s face it, a lot of those decorations you can craft from home. Grab the hot glue gun, and put your family to work. Put on some light festive music, and you’re making memories.

11. Collecting pinecones and acorns – It’s Fall. As the word itself implies, everything is coming off those trees. This is non-edible variation of option number 2 (see above). Collect the pinecones or acorns in a basket near your front door. It’s a nice reminder of the season. Alternate suggestion: Rake your leaves and start jumping. Make sure to grab your camera.

12. Going on a hayride – Unless you have bales of hay and a trailer available, this one might require a bit more pre-planning. If there’s a Fall Festival in your community, a hayride is almost guaranteed.

13. Making your own Halloween costumes – With enough cardboard, duct tape, and paint, you can create almost anything. Your children may forget the various Disney characters they’ve dressed up as—but they will never forget the time you built a Jumbo Dragon Space Ship out of discarded Amazon UPS boxes.

14. Creating a thankful list – It’s a good season to assess what’s most important. Encourage everyone to create a list. Hold onto it and then, on Thanksgiving Day, share a few of your favorite items.

15. Running a 5k – At Saladmaster, we’re partial to the ADA’s Tour de Cure, but there are many 5k and marathon opportunities during this time of the year. Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner, the 5k can be easily managed by walking at a brisk pace. Plus, it's always nice to cross the finish line as a team.

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