As the weather begins the change, families start to head outdoors and search for festive things you can only do in the Fall. These autumn activities for kids will help you create lasting memories all while checking off some of your favorite things from your Fall bucket list.
Fifteen Festive Autumn Activities For Kids
There are plenty of things to do in Autumn. The list is pretty much endless! But I wanted to highlight some of my absolute favorites because the truth is… this is my favorite time of the year. I love the food. I love the weather. I love the… clothes. Yes, I had to say it.
So, if you are looking for a list of ideas that will entertain the kids during Autumn, fear not! I’ve got you covered with caramel apple goo and fresh corn kernels. Here we go.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Nothing says the Fall season like kicking things off with a fresh set of pumpkins. When picking out our pumpkins, we often choose a variety of different styles, colors, and shapes. It’s not only about orange and round for us!
While it is easier to grab a few styles at the market while you are grocery shopping, try to find a pumpkin farm to spend the day where you can be highly selective all while getting your hands dirty.
Go Apple Picking
We love to go apple picking because there are so many different things to bake once you get home. Plus while you are at an apple farm, there are plenty of other things to eat – like hot apple cider, frozen apple slushies, apple cider donuts, candy apples, and more!
Needless to say, we buy it all. A very expensive adventure for my particular family, but well worth it.
Decorate For Halloween
Make sure you decorate your fireplace mantles and your front doors with lots of spooky goods. There isn’t a corner untouched when it comes to this particular holiday. Your kids will love it! Honestly, you will too.
Eat Candy Apples
My children just got their braces off. So, this year they are SO EXCITED about caramel apples and candy apples because they couldn’t eat them for the last two! We usually buy a few at a time because we love them THAT MUCH.
Go On A Hayride
This is a family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy – even babies! Take a leisurely hayride around a local farm and enjoy a slow-paced trip around the track.
Do A Haunted Drive Through
This was the first year that we found a haunted drive through to test out and we absolutely LOVED IT! Because of COVID, we spent some time searching for things to do that were either outdoors or that were socially-distance approved. A haunted drive through met our requirements on both fronts.
No one ever touches your car, but it was still spooky! Lots of crazy clowns and scary creatures just jumping out from the woods as you slowly drove through the park. The kids were OBSESSED! They are currently asking to go back for another run! Maybe next year.
Make Homemade Applesauce
We just went apple picking this weekend. So, I’m actually making applesauce TODAY! If you want to learn how to make homemade applesauce, be sure to use my recipe. It is so easy and tastes delicious.
Carve A Pumpkin
Here are some free pumpkin stencils for you to use this year with the kids. If you are looking for Fall Activities to do with your family, you have to carve pumpkins, right?
More times than not, we usually just let them do what they want, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little guide to give them an idea of where to start. As a reminder, carving is MESSY. So, either do it outside in your backyard or set up some plastic mats in advance.
Make Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows
Confession – sometimes we drink hot chocolate in the summer. Yes, we love this drink THAT much. When the weather starts to turn, the children immediately start to ask for me to make hot chocolate on most nights. I give in to this request because WHY NOT? I love it, too.
Bake A Pumpkin Treat
If you didn’t bake something with pumpkin in it, did Fall even happen? Try these Pumpkin spice bars or these pumpkin rice krispie treats to start. I also have pumpkin bread if you want to give that one a try! Yum!
Children love to get involved in the kitchen. You don’t even have to make something handmade. Run to the grocery store and pick up Fall-themed cake mixes and give one of them a go if you don’t have enough time to go the homemade route. It counts! Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
I mean..when it comes to autumn activities for kids, who wouldn’t want to combine marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers? By the way, if you love the flavor of s’mores and want more dessert ideas, check out my S’mores Gluten Free Brownies.
Go On A Hike
The weather is a bit cooler which means that your children can last longer on a trail outdoors. The summer isn’t always the easiest season to get in three miles, right? But the FALL is just PERFECT!
Grab some magnifying glasses, a handful of large sticks, and your favorite sneakers and choose a family-friendly trail that works for you. Nature is calling.
Watch Some Football
If you want your little kids to watch football with the adults, make sure there are plenty of kid-friendly snacks on hand. That’s the best way to start to ease them in.
Make it a tradition! Get some team-inspired clothing! Come up with a few cheers. Put a friendly wager down… chores perhaps?
Beat A Corn Maze
You have to have a few games scheduled during the Fall for the kids, right? Corn mazes are the perfect way to get their brains working and their legs moving!
Not everyone is into camping (me), but there are plenty of people who just LOVE the idea of spending the night under the open sky. Grab your camping gear and list of songs to sing in front of the open fire and enjoy!
And Remember… To Laugh
In the end, it’s all about creating last memories with your kids. So, if you can squeeze in a few silly moments that they will never forget – do it. We always try to embarrass our teens no matter where we are. I can guarantee that they will remember my husband carrying me around the apple farm from this year’s adventure more than any other memory. But I can also guarantee that they will remember it fondly.
What do you have planned for the rest of the season? Would love to hear!