Fall's arrival is always marked by the usual suspects: breaking out your pull-over as the mercury drops, seeing your breath in the crisp air, and leaf piles inhabiting your yard. But family time doesn't have to suffer simply because family vacations, beach days, and wearing shorts morphed into recent memories. Here are seven fall activities your family is sure to enjoy.
Raking leaves is one annual yard work project that doesn't typically move the excitement needle. So, how do you turn a mundane fall chore into some family fun? Enlist the kids with a promise of a catch at the end. What school- aged child doesn't enjoy jumping into enormous piles of leaves? The more rakes, the faster the work is completed. And, your children will enjoy the fruits of their labor.
There are few better ways to relish nature's beauty than by hiking through the heart of it. So load up your backpack with water and snacks, lace up your hiking boots, and hit those trails. Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH is ideal for a family hike. Be sure to do your research first as you'll want to bring the proper supplies and, of course, dress appropriately.
Looking for a fun family walk that doesn't involve hiking up and down mountain trails? A corn maze may be right for you. Each year, the Davis Mega Maze in Sterling, MA offers a new design filled with twists and turns sure to test your mental metal. You're guaranteed a couple of hours of family fun as you retrace your steps in search of the exit.
An Apple A Day
Not many activities represent autumn like apple picking. So visit a local farm to fill a sack or two. Some farms also have animals for your children to feed, hayrides to and from the orchards, and a bake shop where the smell of scrumptious seasonal goodies such as warm apple crisp fills the air. Plus, it's a great way to support a local business. And once you're home, ask your kids if they want to help you turn some of your apples into a piping hot apple pie. Delish!
Getting ready for Halloween isn't just about your child finding the right costume. Your house needs to look the part too. Chances are the same farm you went apple picking at sells pumpkins. So spread the newspapers on the kitchen floor, scoop out those seeds, and start carving. Proudly display your handiwork on the front steps to greet the trick-or-treaters as they come calling for chocolate bounty.
If your kids are older, or you just need a dose of nostalgia, it's pretty hard not to have a good time at a high school football game. Take one in at your old high school if you're still local. You might even run into some former classmates or teachers. At the very least you'll leave with a healthy dose of school spirit.
Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a teenager will make. And your guidance helping him navigate the college selection process is critical. Autumn is a great time to take campus tours since school is back in session and teens will see what the college is like when it's buzzing with student life.