As we say goodbye to summer, it’s time to enjoy all the beauty that fall has to provide. This list of fun and family-friendly fall activities will help the entire family enjoy the beauty and bounty of fall.
I love living in a place where I get to enjoy the change of seasons, and I love them all…well, mostly.
I love the renewal of Spring as everything — quite literally – Springs back to life.
I love Summer with its hot days and warm summer nights, Summer BBQs, swimming, gardening and all of the lovely parts of Summer.
I love the colors and the crispness of Fall, and the bounty of food that comes with it.
And I even love Winter, for the first few weeks. The first snowfall, the beauty of snow-covered trees, and the infusion of holiday spirit with Christmas lights twinkling off freshly coated lawns. Of course, once Christmas is over… Winter loses a significant amount of its appeal, despite the fact that it has a long, long, LONG time to go before it’s over.
But let’s not focus on that. Let’s turn our attention to the beauty of Fall and the fun things you can do with the whole family.
This list of fun & family-friendly fall activities will provide some inspiration on fall excursions and indoor activities that can help you make the most of this beautiful season.
With 2020 being so… well… 2020, some of these activities will require advanced planning and precautions. But just because the world is facing unprecedented times does NOT mean you can’t enjoy all of the beauty that fall has to offer!
15 Fun & Family-Friendly Fall Activities
There are so many family-friendly fall activities that it was hard to pick just 15, but these were our favorite things to do with the family, especially when we didn’t have a lot of money to spend!
Go for a Fall Colors Drive
If you live in a place where the leaves change colors, pile all of the kids in the car and take an afternoon drive to see some of the most beautiful displays of fall colors.
Pack some snacks and you can make a picnic out of it as well.
Take a Nature Walk
You can also enjoy the bounty of fall colors up close by taking a walk in a local forest, walking trail, or park. Let your kids collect some leaves, pine cones, and other fall treasures so that you can use them to create some fun DIY fall decor craft projects (see later in the list).
Play with the Fallen Leaves
There’s something so much fun about diving into a pile of fallen leaves.
I remember this particular activity very fondly from my youth. And even as a parent, I loved watching my kids excitedly jump into a mound of freshly piled leaves, even if it meant I had to pile them again once they were done.
And why let them have all the fun! Jump in the pile yourself and have a family leaf fight!
Make Some DIY Fall Decor
Take some of those fall treasures that you’ve found and turn them into fall-inspired art and decor projects. The kids will love spending the time turning found objects into decorative treasures that you can proudly display around the house.
If you need some inspiration, you can check out our list of 88 Awesome DIY Fall Decor Ideas.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Fall is when all of the pumpkins are ready for harvesting, which is why they are such an icon of the season. Rather than picking your pumpkins up at the local supermarket, find a local pumpkin patch and let the kids explore the grounds and pick their own pumpkins right from the patch.
Carve Up Some Pumpkins
Now that you have all of those wonderful pumpkins fresh from the pumpkin patch the real fun begins!
When the kids were younger, we used to get them a pumpkin each and let them explore their own creativity. Plus, of course, we had our own pumpkin that we could use to create some wonderful designs. If you need inspiration, checkout out this list of some of the coolest carved pumpkins!
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Of course, having that many pumpkins meant we had a LOT of pumpkin seeds. But that was OK, because everyone loved roasted pumpkin seeds. The best part of this activity is that it comes in two parts… part 1 the actually seasoning and roasting of the seeds, and part 2 being the eating of the seeds, usually while curled up together watching a movie.
Explore a Corn Maze
Any kind of maze can be a fun family experience, but a corn maze is quintessentially fall. Usually found at fall fairs and other festivals, they can be so much fun to explore!
Hop on a Family Hay Ride
Hay rides have been a part of fall for generations, for good reason. They are good, wholesome fun for the entire family!!
Plus, you can usually combine a hay ride with other activities, as they are usually offered in the same place you would find a pumpkin patch and/or a corn maze!
Tour a Family-Friendly Haunted House
This may not be appropriate if you have really young children, but once your kids are old enough to enjoy the occasional fright, try to find a fun haunted house to explore.
And, of course, I mean one that has been decorated… don’t go hanging around abandoned buildings looking for ghosts, because you might just find one!
Family Style Trick-or-Treating
Although I have heard some debate these past few years whether one should still allow their child to go trick-or-treating, but I can’t imagine depriving my children of this activity. It was a treasured part of my own childhood.
But instead of sending them out on their own, make a family event of it where EVERYONE dresses up and goes door-to-door together.
Go Apple Picking at an Apple Orchard
Find a local apple orchard and take the family apple picking. Many orchards offer this family-friendly activity, which can keep the family busy for hours. Plus, as a bonus, you get a LOT of delicious fresh-from-the-orchard apples that you can use for pies, cobblers, cookies, and more!
Bake a Pie (or Cobbler) Together as a Family
You can pick your favorite pie or cobbler, whether it be using the apples you just picked yourself, some pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, or a good old-fashioned cherry cobbler.
Let your kids get involved in all of the aspects of baking the pie, so they can take pride when the dessert is served!
Bake up a Batch of Fall Cookies
Another wonderful way to bake with the family is by cooking up a fresh batch of cookies. But don’t just settle for your standard chocolate chip, pick a Fall Cookie recipe that can really help you celebrate the season.
Enjoy a Cup of Delicious Hot Chocolate
There is something so deliciously cozy about a cup of hot chocolate on a crisp fall evening, especially after a fun-filled day exploring the bounties of fall.
For the kids, add some marshmallows for fun.
For the adults, try adding a splash of Butterscotch Liquor. Trust me!!!!
What other family-friendly fall activities do you love?
We’d love to hear about the family-friendly activities you have planned for this fall.
Let us know in the comments below!!!
21 thoughts on “Fun & Family-Friendly Fall Activities That Won’t Break the Bank”
At first, I didn’t think being frugal was worth it. Now I know I’m not just saving money here and there. I have a place to put the money I save and it’s been amazing watching my frugal behavior turn into something tangible.
Oh, I love this family fun and activities ideas. My kids and I are definitely doing some DIY project for Halloween.
These are some great Fall activities to do with kids. I am going to take inspiration from your post
Oh man, what a great list you have here, We plan on doing almost all of them here at our house. I wish we had an apple orchard close by for us to visit.
I have been looking for some new fall activities to do with my kids and these are great ideas!
There are so many awesome fall activities! I love the walk in nature, watching leaves, and cooking or baking. The hot chocolate is also a great idea!
My mom was the type of mom who would take us on long drives in the VA and WVA mountainsides during autumn when I was little. It was a pretty sight!
That hot chocolate mug sold this to me. My kids love any season with a hot mug of chocolate drink.
I love these ideas but since Halloween is near my kids and I are busy decorating and making are house a little spooky. lol!
I love Fall and this is the perfect nature weather. A nature walk is my favorite activity while munching roasted pumpkins :).
Going for a drive in beautiful scenic areas with fall colors is one of my favorite things to do!
This is amazing… There is so many nice things to do in Autumn. It;s one of my favourite seasons.
I LOVED the photos you included … thanks for the reminder as I need to do more of the “holiday stuff” with my kids.
We love to do many of these activities as a family. The pumpkin patch is on our list this week! Thanks for sharing.
I love these activities that are so personable! We connect deeper when we do things together, take pictures to remember, and create a soulful bank in our relationships. Bravo!
I absolutely love taking nature walks and going to the apple orchard for apple cider. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the Autumn.
Oh my! All these activities are so simple to do and so awesome! I would really love a fall drive or nature walk in order to see the different shades of colors all over. The hot chocolate would be so welcome too. Yum!
A drive in the fall to see the colors is such a wonderful experience. I truly appreciate the fact that I live in a place where we get to enjoy all of the seasons… until the middle of February, then I don’t appreciate it quite as much. LOL
These are great tips, I love the colours of fall. It is my best time to be outdoors with the family. Nature walks are our favourite.
OMG all your suggestions are just wonderful. It was the start of Fall when I left America thus was not able to do Fall activities. I’d do all of the suggested activities except stepping into a corn maze. That’s kinda creepy for me. LOL
These are wonderful ideas especially that now it is a perfect time to do outdoor activities. Love it.
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