54 Best Fall Activities For Families Near Me
I’m from Florida so we don’t spend a ton of time outside during the summer. Now that it’s cooling off I’m excited to go for walks, ride my bike and go to the park. Visit the Zoo/Petting Zoo – this has been on my adventure list all summer.
Once you have a variety, it’s up to the kids to match the leaf with the type of tree it came from. Have the kids look at the leaves that are still on the trees and match the shapes. For extra credit, have them identify the tree species by using a local field guide or nature book. While Northern Virginia may not match the foliage of New England, we definitely enjoy our share of fall colors.
Be prepared by dressing in layers and carrying rain gear with you, just in case. Similarly, don’t dismiss the possibility of a fall heatwave. Prioritize hydration and take water with you, no matter the outdoor fall activity.
Wreaths and banners are another great way to punctuate your porch, and make for a fun and craft-filled afternoon with the kids. Both your deck and your front porch are perfect staging spots for a touch of seasonal swag. Whether you prefer bright orange pumpkins, dappled gourds, or a fragrant bouquet of mums, your space will benefit from the additional color and texture. Weber’s Farm and Cider Mill has opened its doors to visitors every September through December for the last 60-plus years.
Fall decor wouldn’t be complete without a festive wreath to hang on your front door. For a fun fall craft project, DIY your own nature-inspired fall wreath like this one, complete with fresh greenery, pinecones and a gorgeous satin ribbon. Fall also brings the Thanksgiving season, which means there’s no better time to celebrate what you’re most grateful for. And if you want to get more creative, you can even DIY a thankful tree. There’s no better way to kick-start fall than with a warm bowl of chili — but it’s even greater if you’re hosting a fun chili cook-off with your friends and family. Try hands on science fun at Great Lakes Science Center, theFREE Cleveland Money Museumor visit one of the many other local Museums & Science Centers.
If you live in an area where there aren’t any haunted houses, or maybe they just seem a bit too spooky for your little ones, consider making one of your own. Haunted houses can be around for longer than just the month of October and really add a fall holiday feeling onto any home. If you are particularly concerned that school will keep them indoors, consider inviting over a few classmates to enjoy the fun.
From cider sipping to leaf watching, to visiting Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin patch, historic trains are taking families to fall’s hottest spots. Enjoy fall’s favorite vegetable by making a delicious, creamy, homemade batch of pumpkin soup. Jazz it up with additions like bacon, curry, lentils, apples, or even miso. Sometimes it’s the simplest pastimes that create the best memories. Gather your family or friends around the campfire for good company and s’mores. Get creative by using your kitchen stove (or even a candle!) to roast marshmallows.