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10 From GEM: 10 (Mostly) FREE Fall Family Activities

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10 From GEM:
10 (Mostly) FREE
Fall Family Activities

With summer unofficially over and the kids back in school, now is the time to think about family activities for the fall. If you want to have fun, but don’t want to spend a lot of money and you want to enjoy nature’s bounty, you’re in the right place. We have 10 inexpensive, amazingly fun activities the whole family can enjoy all season.

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1. APPLE PICKING

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Of course your kids know apples grow on trees, but they’re far more likely to have seen them in the produce section of the grocery store. Get yourselves to an orchard and pick your own bounty of apples for snacking, baking, making applesauce—whatever you like to do with apples! Many orchards offer more than just apples. They may have a market, a bakery, a barn, or a kids’ farm. Some offer space for unique weddings and other parties and events.

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2. CORN MAZE

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Corn mazes are popular tourist attractions this time of year. Don’t let their popularity discourage you from trying out this amusing activity. Many farms have two mazes. One might have miles of twists and turns for a challenge and the other is smaller and suitable for people with small children or who don’t want to walk long distances. Whatever you choose, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

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3. FOOTBALL GAME

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Go to your local high school’s football games. It’s an inexpensive way to spend a Friday night and you’re supporting a school in your neighborhood. Make it a full evening by tailgating at your house before the game. Be sure to invite some friends to join you.

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 4. FIREPIT GATHERING

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Nothing says “fall” quite like being outside on a chilly evening around a firepit. It provides warmth and mood lighting. Tell scary stories, toast marshmallows, or make s’mores for added fun.

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5. HALLOWEEN COSTUMES 

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Why wear a store-bought costume that absolutely everybody will be wearing this Halloween? Make your kids’ costumes! Think of the quality time that goes into working together to create a one-of-a-kind ensemble. If you’re making a costume, the time to plan and buy materials is now. Don’t forget, you can also work together to decorate your home for Halloween.

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6. NATURE WALK

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Fall is the perfect time to take a nature walk. The weather isn’t unbearable and you can enjoy the show nature puts on. Watch how animals get ready for the winter. View the fall foliage and pick up leaves in various colors and shapes to take home for craft time. You can make leaf rubbings with crayons or press leaves between sheets of wax paper to make sun catchers for the window.

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7. PLANT FLOWER BULBS

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Planting flower bulbs is one of the easiest of all gardening activities. Anyone from beginners to master gardeners can create a beautiful oasis in their yards by planting clusters of flower bulbs. The key is to get them planted about six weeks before the ground freezes, so you have a few weeks to plan. All it takes to enjoy an explosion of colors next spring is a couple of hours one afternoon this fall.

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8. FALL FESTIVAL

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Celebrate the season by going to a fall festival. They run the gamut from carnivals to craft fairs and everything in between. Enjoy the special events surrounding the festival and take time to discover the charming and distinctive areas where you live.

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9. VISIT A FARM 

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Visiting a working farm is entertaining and educational. The whole family gets to learn new things about farm animals, food production, agricultural products, and your area’s farming heritage. Some farms have activities that include hayrides, corn mazes, and “U-pick” operations. Just remember to call ahead and check the schedule. Working farms have to do just that—work—and may not be able to accommodate visitors all the time.

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10. START CHRISTMAS SHOPPING 

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Let’s face it: the holiday season starts earlier every year. Right around Halloween is when we’ll start seeing Christmas ads. If you wait until then to start shopping, you’ll miss out on deals and increase the odds that items you really want will become scarce. Also, it’s a little easier on the checking account to shop gradually instead of all at once during the hectic holiday season.

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How about you? What will you be doing to enjoy this autumn season? Share your ideas below.

 

 

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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a writer, a work at home mother, and a new business owner. Read more about Alexis on her blog www.lilliebelle.org, email her at alexistrasswalker@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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