- 50 Fun Fall Activities For Kids (or Lots of Cool Cool-Weather Things to Do!)
Ahhh…the leaves are suddenly turning brilliant hues of red, orange, and yellow. The air is decidedly crisper. And the days are getting noticeably shorter. It’s official: Fall has finally arrived. And with the cooler weather comes — you guessed it! — new options for fall activities for kids.
There are so many fun things to do before the winter weather sets in. So, in honor of my all-time favorite season of the year, I decided to compile a list of 50 (yep, count ‘em, 50!) exciting outdoor fall activities for you to enjoy with your kids. These are things my mom did with me when I was young . . . things I did with my own kids when they were young . . . and things my kids do today with their own little ones. So, here goes!
- Go apple picking at a local orchard.
- Bake a treat with the apples you just picked from #1: a pie, galette, applesauce, etc .
- Rake leaves, make a huge pile, and jump right in!
- Go on a hay ride.
- Roast marshmallows over a bonfire.
- Make yummy s’mores with your roasted marshmallows from #5.
- Play a neighborhood game of touch football.
- Attend a local football game, whether it’s college, high school, or pee wee.
- Enjoy a mini tailgating party before the football game from #8.
- Plant fall flower bulbs that will bloom next spring: tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc.
- Tour a scary haunted house.
- Visit a pumpkin patch.
- Carve the biggest pumpkin you bought at the patch from #12.
- Bake a treat with the smallest pumpkin you bought at the patch from #12: pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, etc.
- Attend a fall festival.
- Host a weenie roast over an open fire.
- Go through a corn maze.
- Iron colorful leaves between two sheets of waxed paper. Display on fridge.
- Make a fall wreath.
- Go raspberry picking.
- Make a treat with your raspberries from #20: a pie, mousse, jam, etc.
- Start your holiday shopping.
- Drink hot apple cider.
- Do a fall craft.
- Make leaf rubbings.
- Take a brisk walk in the woods, fields, or city park.
- Stuff a scarecrow.
- Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.
- Make homemade marshmallows to top off your hot cocoa from #28.
- Buy or bake old-fashioned cake doughnuts to enjoy with your hot cocoa from #28.
- Identify leaves by using a good guidebook.
- Sew your own Halloween costumes.
- Visit a local candle shop and buy a fragrant, fall-scented one.
- Make an acorn necklace.
- Make a pinecone bird feeder covered with peanut butter and birdseeds.
- Read a fall-themed book (see suggestions below).
- Make a hearty soup.
- Host a clambake.
- Go bike riding, either around the block or on a bike trail.
- Watch a fall night sky.
- Take a walk on a beach (which will probably be empty) and build a sandcastle.
- Play a game of Frisbee.
- Make a list together of all the things you’re thankful for.
- Go on a fall picnic.
- Buy fall vegetables at a farm stand.
- Make something delicious with the vegetables you bought from #45, such as a carrot smoothie, squash ravioli, spinach salad, etc.
- Write a fall-themed poem together.
- Make a scrapbook about all the fun things you did together over the summer.
- Skim rocks across a pond or stream. Feed the ducks while you’re at it, too.
- Participate in a charity walk.
In all honesty, fall fun for kids is limited only by your imagination. Think outside the box and enjoy the season!
Suggested children’s books about homework:
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Why Do Leaves Change Color? By Betsy Maestro
It’s Fall! by Linda Glaser
Clifford’s First Autumn by Norman Bridwell
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin