It’s officially fall and in some cities across the country the weather is changing and getting cooler. Kids love summer because of all the activities they can do but what about the rest of the year?
I’ve got some family fun suggestions that you can do and October is just perfect for it. You’ll want to Google or check out your local newspapers to see if these activities are available in your area and the associated costs. Hopefully there are something on this list that you haven’t done or thought of.
- Pumpkin patches – This is the one I’m looking most forward to. I think it’s the cutest scene, toddlers trying to pick pumpkins twice their size. In Charlotte, there are tons of pumpkin patches to choose from. Some are free but you pay for the pumpkin, other charge but have additional free activities. At this time of the year most of them stay open pretty late (9 PM). Picking your own pumpkins is a great prelude to pumpkin carving, roasting pumpkin seeds, or making a pumpkin pie. My favorite is a pumpkin roll.
- Hayrides – When looking for hayrides definitely check your pumpkin patch. Many offer this as a free bonus activity. Depending on you and your kids’ preference they do have day rides and night rides. Of course the night rides are “haunted”.
- Renaissance Festivals – I absolutely love going to these festivals. The shows, the costumes, the food are all fantastic. This is probably the most expensive suggestion on the list. Pricing is about $20/person and then add souvenirs and food.
- Corn Mazes – This one I’m not so sure of, I’m somewhat afraid of the idea of getting lost in a corn maze. One of the mazes here has the nerve to do it at night. But if this is your cup of tea knock yourself out. This has a minimal fee.
- Leaf, leaf, leaves – Right now it’s a good time to go leaf picking or jump in a pile of leaves. With leaf picking you can find unique leaves to do some nice crafty projects like leaf painting. While taking a hike or a walk around your favorite park or neighborhood don’t forget to pick up some pinecones. You can do a nice centerpiece display with the pinecones or make a peanut butter pinecone bird feeder.
- Apple orchards – I haven’t tried this before however, there are some farms that offer apples instead of pumpkins and still have the same type of activities as the pumpkin patches.
- Scary fun houses – Amusement parks always offer plenty of scares during this time of year. Be sure to check out your local listing for other haunted houses. If you’re super creative you could host your own!
- Oktoberfest – This is strictly for the parents. Drink up and enjoy.
- Scary Movie fest – This one you can do at home, no cable service needed. Grab the kids and go to your local Blockbuster or Redbox and get as many of your favorite scary movies. Make a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy. If you have a streaming account with Netflix, fill your list with the best scary movies. If you don’t want to spend money, you can always be on the lookout for stations that are doing countdowns to Halloween and start recording your favorites and still make a day or night of watching them.
- Families that play together, stay together. Enjoy!