Gather your kids or grandkids for these fun ways to stay active outdoors.
Fall is the perfect season to be outdoors! Depending on where you live, the potentially cooler temperatures, changing foliage, and mild weather can make this the ideal time to get out of the house.
Make the most of fall’s mild weather and beautiful colors by enjoying some of the best autumn outdoor activities to do with kids or grandkids!
Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Nature walks or hikes
- Fall gardening
- Making leaf piles
- Playing lawn games
- Kite flying
- Mini golfing
- Pumpkin & apple picking
Let’s dig into these outdoor activities to do with kids in the fall!
Nature walks or hikes
The best place to admire the brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges of the leaves is, of course, in the forest! Use a site like TrailLink or AllTrails to discover beautiful trails to explore in your area! Both sites include information like length, difficulty, and estimated time, so you can pick an option that best fits your family’s needs.
Many people associate gardening with the spring and summer, but there’s plenty of things you can plant in the fall too! Gardening is a great activity to do with kids and grandkids. It gets them out in the sunshine and fresh air and teaches them about how things grow, how to tend and water a garden, and patience while they wait for the fruits of their labors to appear.
Great fall vegetables to plant include peas, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, etc. If you’re thinking more along the lines of a fall flower garden, great options include mums, pansies, and black-eyed Susans.
Making leaf piles
Tricking kids into happily doing lawn chores by making them a fun game? It’s a rite of passage! Work together to rake up your fallen leaves into an enormous leaf pile, and then pull out the camera (or phone) to grab some fun fall shots of you all together jumping in or bursting out of the heap!
Playing lawn games
Lawn games are a fun way to spend time outdoors while introducing a little element of competition! Ideas include croquet, cornhole, bocce ball, badminton, frisbee, and more.
Kites are a great source of outdoor fun spring through fall. Teach kids how to get the hang of launching and controlling their kites and see how high you can get one!
Most children may not be able to tackle a full-sized golf course quite yet, but mini-golf is a different ball game! With younger kids, you can skip keeping score and just hit the balls for fun as they get the hang of the game, which can help avoid squabbles and frustration. On the other hand, older kids might be more excited about beating their personal scores or competing with you!
Pumpkin & apple picking
Pumpkins and apples are some of the best fruits of fall’s bounty. Apples can be munched by themselves or dipped in caramel, while pumpkins can be transformed into fun fall crafts (or into pumpkin pie!). Spending an afternoon at a local orchard or pumpkin patch is one of the best parts: wearing cozy sweaters, sipping cider, and sharing laughs.
As you’re out and about enjoying the season with the young ones in your life, make sure to use these tips to protect your hearing all autumn long.