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Five Fun Fall Activities for Your Family!

September 21, 2012

The chill isn’t quite in the air yet, but soon you and your children will be trading sandals for boots and tees for sweaters. Gone, too, will be the fun summer activities that sustained you all season long. Get ready for fall’s unique charms and plentiful family friendly activities!

  1. One autumnal activity that’s sure to make kids of all ages happy is pumpkin picking. Little kids love to pick out pint-size gourds, while older ones will have fun selecting a great carving pumpkin. Once you get your pumpkins home, you can help your kids carve their pumpkins using special pumpkin carving design kits or try carving them the old-fashioned way. And for a delicious treat afterwards, spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and roast them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  1. Another fun outing that’s popular in New England is a trip to your local orchard for apple picking, cider donuts, and even a hayride. Some orchards will allow your to pick your own fruit, and offer seasonal treats to exhausted children after a long afternoon picking apples and walking through leaves. The best time to go is late September, before all the best varieties of apples are gone!
  1. Some farms offer corn mazes, which can be particularly fun for older kids. Getting a little lost in a maze and treating everyone to kettle corn afterwards is a great way to spend an early autumn day.
  1. As Halloween approaches, be on the lookout for haunted houses, mazes, and hayrides in your area. Your kids may even want to dress up for these spooky outings, and older children like the thrill of staying out just a bit past dark. Check with the organizers of the event to make sure it’s suitable for all ages in your family, so as not to scare your youngest kids.
  1. For those rainy fall days, arts and crafts projects with a Halloween or Thanksgiving theme can be fun and inexpensive. Making spiders from foam balls and pipe cleaners or forming ghosts from tissues are easy for smaller kids. Older kids may be adept enough to string garlands of caramel corn or create a Thanksgiving centerpiece from dried flowers and gourds.

Just because summer is drawing to a close, that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. What are some of your favorite fall activities?

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