It’s true, summer is nearing its end, but it’s not too late to grab your spouse and your kids and get outside for a few more “last hoorahs” before the weather changes and the snow covers the ground. Fall is a great season for outdoor activities: the air is crisp and cool, the ground crinkles with the sounds of fallen leaves and you can’t beat the smell of decaying leaves, apple cider and smoke that emanates from chimneys. Our Unstoppable Traveling Mom offers 9 awesomely fun fall activities for families. So, take note and head out this weekend for a fun, serotonin-filled adventure.
I love change. Change is exciting and it keeps things new. Fall happens to be my oldest daughter’s favorite season. She loves the changes, the colors, and never mind the fact that she gets to wear a new wardrobe that consists entirely of jeans, boots, sweaters and leggings. She also prefers fall for getting outside and doing her favorite activities, mountain biking and climbing. No sweating, no freezing … fall owns the perfect outdoor weather!
Personally, I love everything about all the seasons, even winter. But winter doesn’t offer all the options that fall does. Winter is much more limited, especially in terms of getting younger kids outside enjoying the fresh air.
So before you and your family close out the summer and start thinking about hibernating for winter, check out these awesome fun fall activities to get you all outside! Some of them will even have you feeling like a kid again.
Head out to your local organic apple orchard and indulge in everything apple. You can pick your very own apples straight from the tree and enjoy real farm-to-table deliciously fresh food. It doesn’t get healthier than this!
In addition, orchards typically have homemade baked goods, mazes, cider, and tons of other goodies for the kids and their parents.
So dig out grandma’s favorite apple pie recipe or mom’s applesauce and know you are feeding your family the freshest food possible!
Oh, we are heading to our local pumpkin farm later today and the kids are over the moon. Farms are the ideal places for good old fashioned family fun.
Hay rides, horseback riding, mazes, wheel barrow races, and pumpkins make for a really fun afternoon on the farm! Here I can also purchase local RAW honey. Yum! And let’s not forget the kids. Right? They get to pick their own pumpkin. Score!
I remember as a kid how much I loved scavenger hunts! It was so fun to gather a bunch of neighborhood kids and put our sleuthing skills to work!
These are super easy to set up, and can be done just about anywhere … in your backyard, at a park or even in your very own neighborhood.
Combine an old school treasure hunt with modern day technology and you have geocaching! Simply download the FREE geocache app onto your phone and you will immediately be able to embark on the uber fun outdoor adventure game to find hidden treasures! For beginners, check out this Geocaching information!!
There is no one who doesn’t love a good campfire and some s’mores. In fact, the glam moms I know who refuse to camp with their kids at least love s’mores and gathering around the campfire to tell stories. We have a big ole fire pit in our yard and campfire sites are staple items in campgrounds. But if you are a city dweller, you don’t have to forgo the fun. Many parks have mini fire pits, or you can hit up your local hardware store or big box retailer and purchase one of those pre-made fire pits. Then make enjoying a fire a weekly tradition.
Fall is the best, the absolute best, season to hike. The air is crisp and cool, the sun is warm and the smells and views are spectacular. Hiking is great exercise and kids love it because they get to run free.
It’s a chance to explore and be free. Grab a couple bottles of water, some snacks and hike up a mountain or visit a near-to-you state park for some family outdoor fun.
Go for a Country Drive
It’s a mini road trip! Grab the kids, the spouse and a blanket and head out to the country this weekend to enjoy the peace and quiet, the beautiful changing of the leaves and time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A drive out to the country to where the trees are abundant, the colors breathtaking and the air is clean and fresh is a sure way to soak in the full essence of fall!
Before you moan and groan, hear me out. Kids love camping. They love it. Husbands typically love camping too. And, while I even love camping, I admit late fall tends to be a bit too chilly for me to fully embrace the tent camping that is the essence of our family’s summers. But, that doesn’t mean camping is out as an awesome Fun Fall Activity.
Check out KOA as they have fully stocked cabins … with heat. And that means you and your family can enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air … all the fun of camping, without the freeze! Totally winning!
Spring is typically picnic season, but I love to hijack it for the fall. Fall screams football and let me be honest, few things compare to an afternoon at the park with a full-on family football game! Football is great exercise and crazy fun. Pack up some of your kids’ favorite sandwiches and snacks and enjoy a perfect afternoon under the warm fall sun!