Family Matters: 50 fun family activities for fall

Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:19 - Written by JENNIFER FLANDERS

It may be hard to believe it, but fall officially starts this Friday.

The year is nearly ¾ over! But the remaining quarter packs lots of potential for making great memories, if we’re intentional about doing so.

Make a list of the activities you don’t want to miss, then check them off as you go. Drawing a blank? Here’s some of our family’s favorite things to do during the fall season, plus a few new things we plan to try this year.

1. Visit a farm


2. Attend a fall festival


3. Go for a drive through the country


4. Admire the changing colors (head to the Northeast for the best displays)

5. Change batteries in your smoke alarms


6. Stage a family fire drill

7. Read Pilgrim Stories


8. Build a bird or squirrel feeder

9. Go to the State Fair


10. Compete in a creative arts competition


11. Play Scrabble


12. Attend a high school football game


13. Host a shoe box stuffing party for Operation Christmas Child


14. Go on a scavenger hunt


15. Make homemade granola or trail mix


16. Go to a drive-in movie


17. Take a family photo


18. Find your way through a corn maze


19. Plant bulbs for spring: tulips, daffodils, etc. 


20. Watch a cranberry harvest (if you can’t see it in person, check YouTube)

21. Write a thank you note and mail it


22. Pass out candy and tracts to trick-or-treaters


23. Invite a lonely college student for Thanksgiving

24. Sing praise songs around a campfire


25. Feast as Pilgrims and Indians


26. Make popcorn balls


27. Clean house with all the windows open

28. Rake leaves

29. Watch Dan in Real Life

30. Jump in a leaf pile

31. Run a Turkey Trot of 5K

32. Carve a pumpkin


33. Build a bonfire


34. Start a leaf collection

35. Work a jigsaw puzzle

36. Go mountain biking

37. Roast pumpkin seeds


38. Pick apples at an orchard

39. Watch Martin Luther


40. Sing A Mighty Fortress

41. Learn the Five Solas


42. Bake a pumpkin pie


43. Visit a science museum


44. Go to a pumpkin patch


45. Bake an apple crisp


46. Read D’Aulaire’s Columbus

47. Make cranberry sauce


48. Camp out under the stars

49. Make s’mores

50. Shell pecans

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Jennifer Flanders has always been an avid list maker. For a free printable copy of this one, visit http://www.flandersfamily.info