13 Adventures to Take With Kids This Fall
The crisp air blows through the trees causing a swirl of yellow, orange, and red to dance to the ground. Fall is here and as sad as I always am to bid farewell to my favorite season, Fall is a welcome consolation.
It is a beautiful time of year and one that begs you to go on an adventure. Below are 13 awesome family adventures to take this fall. Pick one or two or conquer all 13 for some especially fabulous Fall fun.
1. Look for Signs of Fall. Go for a walk, just in your neighborhood, and look for signs of the season changing. What can you spot? Maybe bring a camera to document the changes you see. Or you could gather things in a bag and make a Nature Tray like this one on Messy LIttle Monster when you get home.
Looking for Signs of Fall Walk from Bambini Travel
Epic Woodlands Hunt from Mum in the Mad House
How to Turn an Ordinary Walk into an Adventure from Apple Green Cottage
Autumn Chestnut Hunt + Sensory Play ideas from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
2. Visit an Apple Farm or Cider Mill or Forage for Brambles. Summer isn't the only time you can pick your own fruit. Head to a local farm to pick your own apples. When you get home consider making your own applesauce or cider....or just enjoy a nice crunchy bite. Or follow the tips below to forage for your own Autumn berries.
Fall Apple Adventures with Kids from Bambini Travel
Apple Adventures and Activities from KCEdventures
Foraging for Brambles from Crafty Kids at Home
3. Go on a Cocoon or Chrysalis Hunt Caterpillars are getting ready for winter so you might be able to find a cacoon under eaves, inside sheds or under limbs. It's like a treasure hunt.
4. Go Fall Camping. This is on my bucket list. I have only been camping in the summer, but the Fall sounds cozy and fun.
Tips for Staying Warm on a Fall Camping Trip from Umbrella Tree Cafe
5. Go to the Zoo. I love the zoo this time of year. The animals are still outside and you'll been able to see more of them without pushing through throngs of people or sweating through your shirt in the first hour.
6. Go Owling I have wanted to do this since I read Jane Yolen's Owl Moon. In the story they go in the Winter, but Fall is a good time to look for owls as well. You have to go at night though because owls are nocturnal. Search online to find out what kinds of owls are in your area and what their calls sounds like before you go!
7. Go Hiking in a State or National Park. I don't think there is a better time to hike than right after the leaves start changing colors.
8. Visit the Pumpkin Farm. This is a family tradition in our family. Head to the country and find the very best pumpkin - plus you get the fun of petting animals, riding in wagons, and more at most pick-your-own spots.
9. Collect Fall Leaves Challenge yourself to find 10 or even 20 different kinds of leaves or for toddlers encourage them to find three different colors. There are so many fun things to do with colorful leaves this time of year, but the fun for us always starts with a Leaf Walk.
10. Visit Your Local Nature Center. For the same reason I recommend a hike, head to your local nature center this time of year. Check their calendar to see if they have special family or leaf peeping events.
5 Awesome things to do at your local nature center from KCEdventures
11. Take a Flashlight Walk. Flashlight Walks are fun for little kids mostly because flashlights are ceaseless entertainment. For older kids, try flashlight tag.
12. Make Pinecone Feeders and Hang them out fot the birds. These are super easy. Just find some pineones. Fill them with peanut butter and roll them around in birdseed. String them up, make a wreath, or place them in a row on a ledge or fence. Then make sure to quietly watch at a distance to see what birds come around.
13. Head to the Mountains This may not be possible everywhere, but most places are within driving distance of a mountain. Find one to climb for a day or spend a long weekend in a lodge. Mountains are somewhere you can visit any time of year, but hit them at the right time in the Fall and you are rewarded with unbeatable Fall foliage.
For more outdoors adventures for any time of year, check out this awesome book!
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