The days of summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack in the outdoor fun just yet. As the temperatures and leaves begin to drop, now is the perfect time to take part in all the outdoor fall activities available for your family.
- Raking Leaves: It’s a necessary chore and even a great workout. You can make it fun by having a contest to see who can fill up their bag the fastest. And here are some great ideas for what to do with some of those leaves once they’re all picked up.
- Make a Maze: This is a lively activity that can help develop spatial awareness. It can be made to fit any age depending on how difficult and complex you make it.
- Birdseed Cookies: Hanging these homemade cookies for the birds can also lend to some creative bird watching. Try drawing some of the birds you see or keep a count of how many you see in a day.
- Scavenger Hunt: With all the online resources out there, this activity is a no-brainer for a fun fall activity. You can use this simple hunt for youngsters or this more detailed hunt for your older kids.
- Family Exercise: Walk, ride bikes, roller blade, whatever you prefer. The point is enjoying the beautiful crisp nights together and getting your heart rates up.
- Fall Festival: Lots of communities put on festivals that you can attend with your kids. There are usually plenty of food, games, trunk or treating (trick or treating out of the back of cars), and more.
- Apple Orchard: What’s not to love about gathering bags full of fresh seasonal fruit and maybe enjoying some apple cider donuts while you’re at it? Try some of these delicious recipes with all your freshly picked apples.
- Pumpkin Patch: Another great tradition to start with your family. You can each pick your own and paint or carve them once you get home, which allows for individualism within a group activity!
- Geocaching: If you’ve never tried this before, it’s best described as a modern day treasure hunt. You use your phone or GPS instead of a map to find the hidden treasure! It can take you to places you’ve never been and give the whole family an adventure to remember. Check out these tips for beginners to get started.
Healthy and Happy for Fall
We hope you and your family enjoy these fall activities, but we want to share one important reminder to help keep everyone healthy and happy.
Mold thrives all year long and is present almost everywhere. Grass, falling leaves, rotting logs, and compost piles are all perfect places for mold to grow and live. In order to avoid being stuck inside all season, try to remember a few simple steps when it comes to avoiding mold:
- Have all the fun you want in your freshly raked leaf piles, but remove them from your yard after the fun is done. Leaf piles that sit on your lawn will quickly collect mold.
- Make sure all your collected leaves are in air-tight bags or garbage containers. Air inside the bag will allow mold to grow even faster.
- Avoid contact altogether with rotting logs or large damp piles of leaves to prevent negative reactions.
- For activities like geocaching or scavenger hunts, make sure to stay out of untended forest areas or swamps.