The transition from summer to fall and beyond has a magical air about it. The back-to-school and back-to-business routines enliven the pace of each day. Nature puts on its fantastical show this time of year in many parts.
There’s an energy that comes with the crispness in the air, the change in daily routines, the colors, the smells—it’s a delight.
Of course, it can also be a hectic time for families. It’s easy to get bogged down in activities and obligations quickly this time of year. With that in mind, don’t forget to pencil in some fun together-time before your calendar gets filled with other people’s priorities.
Here are seven ideas for enjoying the fall season with your family this year.
Fall is festival season. Check your local websites, Facebook, or your local newspaper to find festivals your family will want to enjoy this year. This is an easy way to enjoy a fall day together.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin picking is a must-do this time of year. Pick a fun-filled pumpkin patch with a hayride and other family-friendly activities. After you’ve chosen the perfect pumpkins, they can be turned into jack-o-lanterns, painted, or (of course) eaten in a number of tasty ways.
Pumpkins aren’t the only crops ready to pick this time of year. Here in the Northeast, you can head out to pick your own apples, Brussels sprouts, squash, pears, grapes, and corn.
Speaking of yummy things, it’s time to turn the oven back on, break out the slow cooker, and fill your home with wonderful smells of baked deliciousness, stews, roasts, and soups.
Go Leaf Peeping
Don’t miss the leaves! Head out on an afternoon hike or a weekend getaway to take in the beautiful autumn leaves. While you’re soaking in nature, be sure to notice the birds and wildlife you encounter. It’s migration season. The critters are on the move and you may spot a rare find. Don’t leave home without your field guide.
Whether in the backyard or a bit further from home, pitch a tent and sleep in the great outdoors. The crisp autumn air is perfect for sleep, and the stars and moon this time of year are not to be missed on a clear night. Make s’mores, tell stories, and enjoy your family.
Snap a Family Photo
Fall landscapes can make for beautiful photo conditions. Head out into nature with your own camera or with a professional and take a lovely family portrait. You’ll be all set for sending those Christmas cards early this year.
Make Halloween Costumes
Speaking of holidays, Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re the crazy type, now’s the time to begin creating those one-of-a-kind costumes. Involve the kids and enjoy not being rushed through the process.
This whole back-to-school season is a fantastic time of year to take a trip. Prices are commonly lower in what’s considered the off-season and crowds are way down in popular destinations. If it won’t matter too much to take the kids out of school, consider fall for your family vacation time. The weather in many locations is still enjoyable, if not ideal. (Just remember the whole hurricane season thing.) Bon voyage!