19 ½ Must-Do Fall Activities for the Family

Fall Family Activities | 19 ½ Must-Do Fall Activities for the FamilyAs the leaves change to lovely shades of gold, orange, and red; the warm summer air becomes cool and crisp, and the sight of pumpkin-spiced hot dogs provoke our gag reflex, it’s time to start thinking about fall family fun. Fall is where my “happy place” resides. I’ve compiled a list of my all-time favorite fall activities to keep even your most persnickety child happy and healthy.

Can we give a big hell yes to sweater weather, Hocus Pocus, hot cider, and family time!?


1. Jump into a pile of leaves

Little boy playing in leaves


2. Pick apples in an orchard

Little girl eating an apple in an orchard


3. Roam a pumpkin patch

Family walking through a pumpkin patch


4. Bask in the fall foliage

Fall Colors


5. Bob for apples

Kids bobbing for apples


6. Have a picnic in the park

Picnic in the park with a toucan


7. Plan a scavenger hunt

two kids walking in nature


8.  Make a scarecrow

girl scarecrow


9. Explore a local fall festival

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10. Splash in puddles

kid splashing in puddles


11. Host a bonfire

Bonfire with marshmallows


12. Decorate a pumpkin

decorating a pumpkin


13. Visit a zoo

spider monkey in nature


14. Wander a corn maze

lost in a corn maze


15. Hand out goodie-bags to the homeless

homeless man with a sign saying seeking human kindness


 16. Visit an arboretum

Morton Arboretum


17. Attend a football game

Children at a Chicago Bears Football Game


18. Play hide-n-go seek

boy playing hide 'n' go seek


19. Fly a kite

kid flying a kite


19 ½. Walk through a vineyard (wine-tasting for mom and grape-tasting for kids)*

baby in a vineyard trying a grape


*½ point deducted because this last one is really for mommy. Please remember to play and drink responsibly. Mommy should always have a designated driver. (Hi, Daddy!)

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Author: Brandi Wiatrak

Hey, Mama! I'm Violet's mom and Chris' step-mama, Brandi. This space is a peek into my cold-brew fueled life navigating motherhood and the world. With brutal honesty, humor, and sarcasm, I talk about the joys (and sucks) of parenting, ways to live a simple & sane life, and awesome adventures to embark on with your family. Come aboard my crazy train! Wine and Gerber Puffs included.

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