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When's the last time your kid looked under a rock?
Fall is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the foliage, the weather and time with each other!
Grab the kids and head out on a new fall adventure....
1. Go on a Hike
Explore the trails at your local park! Grab your sneakers, some water and a fun trail mix -- then head outside!
2. Pick Apples
Spend an afternoon picking apples at a local orchard. Then head home for some homemade apple pie! You-pick farms are located throughout the world - find one near you.
3. Choose a Pumpkin
Head out to a pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin this year! Let the kids crawl through and search for the perfect gourd. Oh, and when you carve that jack-o-lantern, don't forget to toast the seeds for a yummy snack!
4. Look at the Foliage
Leaf peeping is a fall tradition! Whether you decide to take a drive of a scenic area or hike through the woods, it's always wonderful to see the amazing fall colors. Check your fall foliage report to see when colors are at their peak!
5. Visit a Corn Maze
Get out and get lost at an area corn maze! Kids will enjoy exploring the twists and turns as they try to master the maze. Find one near you and go exploring.
6. Enjoy a Campfire
Cool nights, warm fire, s'mores....nuff said!
7. Learn to Canoe or Zipline
Fun activities for families -- do something adventurous this fall! Check your local parks and rec department to see where you can rent a canoe, sign-up for a family canoe class or ride a zip-line.
8. Find a Fall Festival
Festivals abound in the fall - garden show, art festivals, parades and outdoor fairs!
9. Go Fishing
Always a fun pasttime, check out your luck at a local pond or lake.
10. Visit an Arboretum
See what's growing, turning colors or shedding it's leaves this fall at the arboretum or local gardens. Many of these locations have wonderful walking trails, artwork and nature hunts for kids.
11. Head out to the Zoo
The cooler weather means more active animals. If you enjoy seeing lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), visit your local zoo and see what the animals are up to this month.
12. Spend a Day at the Parks
September 29th is National Public Lands Day -- which means FREE entrance to all our national parks! Discover a park near you.
13. Explore Close to Home
Just spending some time in your own backyard or neighborhood park does wonders when it comes to connecting with nature. Let the kids look under rocks, roll down a hill or play in the leaves.
Or make your own Leaf Maze via Gratefully Growing in Grace
14. Stop by a Nature Center
One of the best places to explore what's going on with some of your favorite animal friends - nature centers and sanctuarys are hopping during the Fall season with many programs and workshops available.
15. Take a Moon Walk
Make sure you head outdoors at night too! Kids love the wonder of fall evenings. Check out the Harvest Moon on Sept. 29th & 30th -- or head out under a full moon on Oct. 29th or Nov. 28th!
16. Go on a Creature Hunt
Animal-watching in the fun can be very entertaining. Watching the squirrels hunt down nuts, listening for owls in the evening or watching for migrating animals (butterflies, geese, etc.) are very enjoyable ways to spend a relaxing afternoon.
17. Create some Outdoor Art
Making something creative using natural items is so much fun for kids. Try a few of these projects:
Create amazing Leaf Drawings with the Artful Parent
Make an Autumn Leaf Collage from the Nurture Store
Structure a great Fall Mobile from Red Ted Art
Or give your kids a BIG canvas outdoors!
Have a wonderful Fall season!! ~ Jacquie