It was chilly and the leaves had turned. The roads were scattered with autumn gold, pumpkins sat on stoops and every restaurant in town had something with “spice” in the names of their daily specials, all written out in chalk on their sandwich boards on the downtown sidewalks.
I saw mothers choosing Halloween costumes, invites for pumpkin carving parties and the corn maze was stuffed to the edges with little ones. We were wearing fleece jackets already.
It was fall, I was expecting my first child in just a month or two, and I absolutely could not wait to do all of the fun fall-themed activities with my child. Out of all the seasons I looked forward to as a mother, fall made the top of the list.
Now that my Rowan is almost three years old, I can safely say that it’s still my favorite time of year as a mother! Here are some of the great outdoor family activities I hope to do this year (and in the years to come) to ring in my favorite season with my kid.
Top 5 Fall Outdoor Activities for Kids
1. Visit a local pumpkin patch.
Our first trip to the pumpkin patch was last year, and at under two years old, Rowan was still just a little bit too young to enjoy it or understand it. We went to a local farm outside of town that had a corn maze, hay rides, and a pumpkin cannon! This year, I’m excited to take him to pick out his first big pumpkin.
2. Apple picking.
There are some great farms and orchards around our area (both in Oregon and Utah) that offer You-Pick hours, pressing demonstrations, cider tastings and fresh juice for purchase. Harvest season is usually from the start of fall until the first frost.
3. Collecting leaves.
Head out into woods (or even just around the neighborhood!) to collect leaves of all shapes and colors, then make fun artwork to hang around the house.
4. Jump in a leaf pile.
This is almost a rite of passage for any child during the fall season. We have a huge tree in our back yard that drops an obscene amount of leaves. I look forward to seeing Rowan jump into the giant pile after they’re raked (and someday, hopefully he’ll do the raking!).
(Disclaimer: I know that Halloween is something that a lot of families choose not to participate in. But we do, and will continue to do so. To each their own!)
Halloween is a HUGE deal in Salt Lake City! We had to run to the grocery store three times in one night to keep our candy stocked for all of the trick-or-treaters! I really can’t wait for Rowan to pick out his own costume, grab his little plastic pumpkin bowl, and head out around our downtown neighborhood with all the kids to get his share of candy.
And then, I can’t wait to go through his candy when he’s not looking and pick out my favorites.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside during the fall season? What do you plan on doing this year with your kids?