12 Ideas for Your Fall Family Bucket List

Fall is hands down my favorite time of year. The sweaters, the pumpkin spice, the magnificent colors, the amazing weather – it’s the best season if you ask me! But it’s also a fleeting season, always gone before you know it. Not this year though! Make a fall family bucket list now so you can get the most out of all this season has to offer.

Here are 12 budget-friendly activities the whole family will enjoy. Just think of all the memories you’ll make this autumn!

  1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Apple Orchard: Almost every town or city has a pumpkin patch or apple orchard you can visit during the autumn season. With hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, fun on tractors and lots of farm-fresh produce, your family is sure to have a wonderful time. If you don’t have one where you live, consider a little road trip. The drive alone is worth it to see all the changing colors!
  1. Have a Backyard Campfire: There’s no place like home. Put the little kids to bed (or at least try too … ), and start up a backyard campfire for the big kids and grown-ups. With s’mores, of course. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even cook an entire dinner on the fire. All without ever leaving your own backyard!
  1. Take a Hike: Hiking is one of my family’s favorite forms of exercise. It gets all of us moving, and the views aren’t bad either. Trail hiking is what we love best, because we get to explore the unknown and learn about new plants, ecology and weather along the way. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks.
  2. Go Leaf Diving: It doesn’t get more fall than raking up leaves and jumping into them. It’s simple, it’s free, and it’s the stuff fall childhood memories are made of! Just rake the leaves into a giant pile and let your kids jump in. Once they’ve had their fill of fun, have them help you bag up the leaves. If they put up a fight, remind them it’s not the last of the leaf diving … I’m sure your tree will shed some more leaves by the next weekend.
  3. Go on a Leaf Hunt: If you have a colorful tree in your yard, you won’t have to go far for a leaf hunt! Once you’ve found the perfect tree, have your kids pick out their favorite leaves, then head inside and make a fall wreath by hot gluing the leaves onto a wreath base.
  1. Cook for the Season: Just think of how great your kitchen is going to smell when you and the kids whip up some fall favorites together. Think apple recipes, pumpkin recipes and all things cinnamon. It’s not only festive, but also educational, helping kids with their cooking, counting, measuring and cleaning skills. Oh, and it’s delicious too.
  2. Go to the Park: Head to your nearest park for some fall fun and games. Go on a mission to find the prettiest fall-colored trees, the most mind-blowing yellow, orange and red foliage. You could even go on an acorn hunt and make a nice big pile of acorns for the squirrels to collect later.
  3. Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest: See how creative you and your family can get with pumpkin carving. If you have smaller children who aren’t anywhere near ready for the carving tools, have a pumpkin painting contest instead. Once the contest is over (spoiler alert: everyone wins), you can display your beautiful creations on your front porch for all to see.
  4. Enjoy a Fall Picnic: Breathe in the crisp fall air, look up at the falling leaves and tell each other what you’re thankful for. Fall is such a great time of year for reflection … from the comfort of a picnic blanket.
  5. Make Your Halloween Costumes: Get creative and check out your local craft store or dollar store for ideas. Get the whole family involved and even brainstorm family themed costumes, like the gang from Toy Story, the Munsters, breakfast foods or even crayon colors. Getting everyone to agree on a costume theme might be tricky, but at least it’s a great lesson in compromise!
  1. Collect Pinecones: Pick up pinecones from your yard (or a neighbor’s yard, if they don’t mind!), then have a little arts and crafts party with the kids. Fill tall vases with pinecones as a mantel decoration, make a pinecone bird feeder (you know, with peanut butter and birdseed to hang outside) or make turkeys with construction paper. Get creative – you have my permission to go all out Pinterest on this one!
  1. Make Your Thanksgiving Menu: It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays, so have the kids help you put together your Thanksgiving menu. Tell them about the family traditions and let them pick out a recipe to make themselves too (with a little help from mom). It gives them something to be proud of. Picky eaters especially. If they choose it and make it, they might just eat it! And when I say make it, I’m not just talking about time in the kitchen. You can help them make a grocery list, go shopping for the ingredients, put the groceries away, make the recipes and display the recipes for the family.

It’s looking like a great fall, right? Just don’t stop with these 12 ideas. Add your own special traditions to the list, and you have all the makings of an unforgettable fall!

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