Fall is a great time to get out and have some family fun in the crisp air. Also, it's a time to look forward to some of the year's best holidays. Here are some great ideas for fall activities that both parents and kids will enjoy:
Run a 5k that also has a children's fun run. It's a great way to bond, get some exercise and practice sportsmanship. Plus, autumn weather is a runner's dream!
Go to a local farm for warm apple cider, pumpkin picking and a jaunt through the corn maze.
Take the kids apple-picking and then bake a pie or crisp together using the fruits you've picked.
Have the kids help rake the leaves – great exercise – and then make big piles that they can jump and play in. Don't forget to take pictures!
Organize a neighborhood game of soccer, kickball or flag football with other families. It can even be a kids versus adults game.
Bike to a local park for a family game of Frisbee, tag or catch.
If Halloween is a big deal at your house, make it a spooky wonderland in preparation for the trick-or-treaters with spider webs, tombstones and other frightening decor.
Organize a Halloween parade for all of the neighborhood families.
Take a bike ride or walk through a local forest preserve and have a scavenger hunt, which you can organize ahead of time. Have the kids look for certain leaves and little critters.
Head to a fall farmers market and have the kids help pick out ingredients for that night's dinner. You can cook together later, and turn up some music to make it less of a chore and more of a dance party.