Summer is ending and school bells are ringing, but that doesn’t mean you should pack everything up and head inside. Fall is the perfect time to head outdoors with your kids. Keep them entertained, healthy, and happy with these fun fall outdoor activities for kids. And don’t forget — mosquitoes are still around, and the sun is still shining its harmful rays. Keep protecting your kids with safe insect repellent and sunscreen.
1. Go Apple Picking
The fresh, crisp air beckons you outside, and when your family answers its siren call by picking apples, you get multiple benefits. Your kids will enjoy the outdoors, they’ll learn more about where food comes from, and you all get to enjoy the fruits of your labors immediately after your apple picking trip. Add in some apple pie at the end of the day (extra ice cream, please!), and you couldn’t have a better fall outdoor activity with your kids.
2. A Hiking We Will Go
Many people think summer is the best time for hikes, and while it certainly has its benefits, fall can often be even better. The cooler temperatures mean you won’t sweat as much, and autumn scenery is breathtaking to behold.
3. Pitch a Tent
In some places, early fall is still a great time to go camping. (Just bring some extra layers of clothing for the cooler nights.) The campfire will be even more alluring during the fall months. If it’s too cold for a full camping trip, roasting marshmallows around a fire pit — whether in your backyard or at a park — is a great outdoor activity your kids will remember.
4. Give Your Kids an Obstacle to Overcome
One great outdoor activity for kids is as simple as gathering a few things around the house and yard. Set up an obstacle course in your backyard, and let your kids spend the afternoon trying to beat their time getting through it. You don’t need to make it fancy — regular household items will do the trick. Set up folding chairs that kids have to hop over or run around, lay a rope on the ground for them to walk across, have them hop from rock to rock, and use a baseball bat for a fun spinning portion of the obstacle course.
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5. Have a Picnic
Pack a picnic lunch or dinner and head to a local park. Eating food in the outdoors is somehow always more fun than sitting at the kitchen table, and the promise of open space for running doesn’t hurt either!
6. Have a Photo Scavenger Hunt
Send your kids outdoors with a hunt to find items on a pre-made list: Something yellow, something living, a blue door, an insect, something made in the 20th century… you get the idea. When they find the required item, have them take a picture of it.
7. Go Geocaching
Geocaching is a great outdoor activity for kids because of its treasure-hunt aspect. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out. Download a geocaching app and get searching. Need some tips? Check out this geocaching guide for beginners before you head out.
8. Play in the Leaves
Fall really isn’t complete without a good frolic in the leaves. Hand your kids a rake, and let them spend the day building piles of leaves — and then destroying them. You can’t beat leafy memories. This leaf maze idea will be a huge hit.
9. Fall Festivals
Don’t you hate when you find out about a fun event after it happened? Put your upcoming local fall festivals on your radar, and get outside to enjoy your community, diverse cultures, new foods, and more.
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