10 Fall activities to enjoy with the family

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 31, 2016
Plan an agenda of fun Fall activities for the whole family to enjoy.
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Plan an agenda of fun Fall activities for the family to enjoy.

Autumn's the perfect time for family activities! Consider these suggestions:

1. Go apple picking
Find an orchard near you and take the family apple picking. This is a fun way to enjoy the crisp Fall air and everyone's company. The trip to the orchard just begins the opportunities to enjoy time together. Create homemade pies with the bags of apples you bring home!

2. Make outdoor decorations
Country Living magazine suggested showing your neighbors and visitors how excited you are for the new season by creating your own porch decorations. Paint pumpkins in festive Fall colors, design a wreath with leaves and arrange haystacks and corn stalks near the entryway. This makes a great intergenerational activity with grandparents and their grandchildren.

3. Attend a Fall festival
Find a Fall festival in the countryside and buy tickets for the family. You can sip on apple cider, graze through the pumpkin patch and eat freshly-popped kettle corn.

4. Bake Fall treats
What better way to enjoy Fall flavors than with freshly baked goods? Use the apples you gathered on your picking adventure and the pumpkins you found at the festival to create delicious pies, cakes and pastries.

5. Take a walk through the woods
Take in the Fall foliage and go for a hike on a new trail with the family. You can enjoy the great outdoors, bond with your loved ones and get a workout in for the day!

6. Teach your kids how to knit
The weather is getting colder, so it's the perfect time to teach your children how to knit. Or, if your mother has more skill and technique, let her guide the way. Who knows, maybe your kids will be able to knit sweaters just in time for Christmas.

7. Host a Fall-themed dinner
Create a dinner menu that highlights all of the delicious Fall vegetables. Cook with squash, carrots, turnips and pumpkin to make incredible side dishes, or make them the focal point of the meal. This Slow-Cooker Squash Stew from Food Network makes a decadent yet healthy dish.

8. Get lost in a corn maze
If you're looking for an adventurous activity, consider walking through a corn maze. Find one with a difficultly level that caters to all of the family members. 

9. Go on a haunted hay ride
Do your loved ones enjoy a spooky experience? Go on a family-oriented haunted hay ride! This poses the perfect opportunity to prepare for Halloween.

10. Play in the fallen leaves
Once the leaves have fallen, you'll want to rake them up to prepare for the snow. It might seem like a daunting task, but it can be turned into a fun family activity! Have everyone grab a rake and get to work. After the piles have formed, take turns jumping in and messing them up! Playing in a pile of leaves is a great way to let your inner-kid out.