It’s cool outside this morning. That will last for about 30 minutes and then the sun will push down on us all with it’s oppressive suffocating heat. At least that’s what summer feels like in the South.
The days are getting shorter which tells me Fall is coming. I am ready. We like to spend as much time as possible outside and 101 degree heat isn’t exactly conducive to that.
To me Fall is about cool mornings and warm afternoons. Eating every meal outside. Jean jackets. Watching the colors of the leaves change. Football. Going on long walks and not having a heat stroke. Listening to my son change his Halloween costume idea one million times. It’s perfection.
In preparation for my favorite season here are 25 activities perfect for Fall. (If you’re looking for 101 ways to use brown leaves in craft projects you’ve come to the wrong place. That’s not me. These are real life ideas for the real life mom.)
- Create a scavenger hunt. Keep it simple. Stop signs. Bikes. Bugs. A leaf with three holes in it. All things to hunt for. You’ve never seen my son so motivated as he is when he’s looking for a dried worm.
- Go fishing. Head out early in the morning. Bring your coffee or mimosa. Get your worms the night before. Find a nice shady spot and enjoy. If we go early enough the kids are happy to spend a solid three to four hours by the water.
- Create a little art to mail to the grandparents or cousins. When I pull out paper, scissors, glue sticks, stickers, and markers I’ve bought myself at least 30 minutes.
- Visit the local library.
- Bring whatever belongs inside outside. I like to take my kid’s toy kitchen and put it on the patio when the weather is nice. Yes, it looks a little hillbilly. They love it and they’ll play with it a lot more when it’s been moved outside. Costumes. Legos. Books. Paint. They all belong outside in the Fall.
- Pajama day. All day in pajamas. Am I the only one who does this? I feel like if I make it a real thing then it’ll be acceptable, right?
- Make treasure maps and follow them through the neighborhood.
- Check out the botanical gardens. This may sound boring for kids but I can attest to how much my children love it. There’s plenty of room to run, a butterfly enclosure, a sandbox, and a ladder for climbing. That’s basically all they require for creating all kinds of adventures.
- Climb stuff.
- Color boxes. I’m talking about the big cardboard kind. I keep a lot of them folded in the garage because you never know when you’ll need one. 99% of ours are covered in marker. They’ve been drawn on and made into clubhouses many times. It’s way better than paper.
- Spend an afternoon in the sprinkler.
- Easter egg hunt. Hear me out. I know it’s August, but we do Easter egg hunts year-round at my house. They’re easy to set up and the kids love searching for those little plastic eggs. You can even take turns doing the hunting so that they get to set up too.
- Hike at a state park. I’m not a hiker but anyone can strap a baby to their chest and walk on rocks under the shade of the trees. My five year old points out every squirrel and has a blast.
- Sidewalk chalk. My daughter is obsessed. She can spend hours covering the patio in chalk. Clothes are a mess. Face is a mess. Sounds like a great time to me.
- Pumpkin patch.
- Check out the local museum. Science and children’s museums seem to do best for my kids.
- Build your own sundaes. Setting up a little ice cream bar isn’t hard but you could always go to TCBY if you prefer. What kid wouldn’t be excited?
- Get snow cones at one of those little stands in the parking lot of some strip mall. Nothing reminds me of childhood like those snow cone shacks.
- Picnic at a park. No need to make this difficult. Pack sandwiches or pick up some on the way there.
- Go camping.
- Find a local craft festival or fair. We visit 5 or 6 every Fall. They usually have fun food for the kids, ponies to ride, and all kinds of crafty goodness.
- Invite the neighborhood kids over to play in the front yard while the parents drink wine.
- Have a movie day at home. Let the kids pick out a few movies. Fill their bellies with popcorn and chocolate. Snuggle up and just enjoy some relaxing time indoors.