Fall is my favorite time of year as a family. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and there are so many fun things to do! In this blog post, I am sharing our favorite fall activities for families with little ones. From picking apples and going on hayrides, to making caramel apples and playing in the leaves, I've got you covered. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and get ready for some Fall fun!
One of our favorite things to do in the Fall is go on hayrides. We love going to our local pumpkin patch and taking a hayride out to the fields to pick pumpkins. It's such a fun family activity and it's a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy the cooler weather. Another great activity for Fall is visiting a corn maze. There are several local corn mazes in our area, including Skitts Mountain and Jaemor Farms. These are always so much fun to navigate and it's a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Plus, you can usually find some great fall treats.
Another favorite Fall activity of ours is making caramel apples. This is such a fun and easy activity that the whole family can enjoy. All you need is some apples, caramel, and toppings of your choice. We like to use chocolate chips, crushed nuts, and sprinkles. You can also get creative with your toppings and use things like crushed candy bars or marshmallows. Once you've got your toppings, simply dip the apples in the caramel and then roll them in the toppings. Let them cool and enjoy! For easier eating for little ones, I like to slice my apple first and then do a toppings bar for them to choose how to eat them. Bonus points if you go apple picking and pick your own apples! Since fall is also the season for all things apple, try making your own homemade apple cobbler and apple cider for a warm treat!
Since Fall is the season of gratitude, we love to involve our kids in community service. Each year we take time during their fall break to do things in and for the community. Whether that is cooking meals for people in our church, donating items to the animal shelter, making cards for the nursing homes in the area, taking cookies to the fire station, or collecting items for the food pantry, we love teaching our kids at a young age how important it is to serve others and to be part of the community.
A fun and easy activity for kids of all ages is playing in the leaves. Simply rake up a pile of leaves, let your kids jump in, and then rake them back up again (or use a leaf blower for some extra added fun). They will have a blast and it's a great way to get fresh air and exercise- and maybe even put your kids to work cleaning up the yard. Bonus- this activity will guarantee a good nap afterwards!
Another great way to enjoy the cooler weather is hiking as a family. We love hiking in the fall because the leaves are so beautiful and the temperature is just right. There are several great hiking trails near us, including Anna Ruby Falls, Amicalola Falls, Hemlock Falls, Minnehaha, and Helton Creek Falls.These are all great trails for families with little ones. They are relatively short and have beautiful views of the leaves changing color.
Some easier walks and trails in the area we love are the Shortline Trail, Toccoa Falls, Lake Russell loop trail, the Tallulah Gorge, and Brasstown Bald.
Fall also means a lot of festivals and fairs in our area. A lot of schools and churches host their own fall festivals for free. These are always so much fun and usually have games, food, inflatables, and more. Our favorites are the Big Apple Festival in downtown Cornelia and the Fall Festival at our church. The county fair is also a great fall activity. We love going to see all of the animals, eat some yummy fair food, and ride some rides.
Our boys are super into being outside and love camping, so we also try to incorporate some sort of camping into our fall schedule, whether it is in our backyard or somewhere else outside. We love making s'mores, telling stories around the campfire, and sleeping under the stars. Nothing says fall to me quite like sitting around a bonfire with a mug of apple cider.
Carving pumpkins is another fun activity that we love to do as a family. We usually buy our pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch and then carve them together. This is always such a fun time and it's great to see everyone's unique designs. Another really fun idea is pumpkin painting. This is great for younger kids or for those who don't want to carve into their pumpkins. We usually buy a white pumpkin and then let the kids paint it however they want. My kids’ pumpkins usually reflect what their favorite activity, character, or animal is at the time. If you want a keepsake pumpkin, you can find craft paper mache pumpkins at Hobby Lobby or Michaels and use them as decorations every year.
What are some of your favorite fall activities? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!
Also, be sure to download the free Fall Bucket List printable HERE.