19 ½ Must-Do Fall Activities for the Family

As 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!?

19 1/2  fall traditions to start this year with your family

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


10. Splash in puddles

kid splashing in puddles

11. Host a bonfire

Bonfire with marshmallows

12. Decorate 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)*

*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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