10 Must-Do Fall Activities For Families

We greet Fall with mixed emotions. Fall marks the transition from Summer into Winter but it's also the beginning something new; a season filled with unique sights, smells, and tastes. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.

Why not capture the spirit of the season by taking in some great Fall activities. It's the perfect time to get outside with the kids and explore all that Fall has to offer! Plus, find great Fall events for families!

1. Go Apple Picking

Apple picking is a wonderful family day trip option for those looking to enjoy a fun outing in the country. You'll find that most orchards offer much more than just apple-picking so look for an array of family activities such as guided tours and tractor or horse-drawn rides through the orchard. Check for restrictions during Covid-19. And, don't forget to sample (and purchase) yummy apple products such as cider, jellies, jams, pies, and more! More

2. Jump in the Leaves

If you have a yard full of leaves that need raking, there are plenty of ways to play away a Fall day at home: jump in the leaves! Rake them into a huge stack and leap in! Or, have a leaf fight. Equip everyone with rakes and gather large piles of leaves. Form teams and take your places behind a stack. Shower your opponents with handfuls of leaves until the stack is gone - the first team to lose its pile wins!

3. Go for a Fall Hike

Fall is an ideal time for exploring. Since kids love to be outside, hit the trails! Discovering some of the hiking trails in and around your community or at a local Conservation Park is a great way to spend time together. The air is crisp and cool, the trails are dry, and the Fall foliage colours are simply breathtaking. More

4. Make Fall Crafts

Gather together your supplies and use the time to enjoy these fantastic Fall crafts for children! Celebrate the season and help your little ones explore nature and get outdoors. More

5. Make Your Own Halloween Costume

Before you know it, Halloween will be here! Have you figured out what your Halloween costume will be? If you have your costume picked out already, it's a great time to get started. If you're not sure what to do, the Internet offers up hundreds of ideas. You'll find lots of easy, creative ideas to make inexpensive homemade costumes for everyone in your family!

6. Visit a Farm

Farms are all about making Fall memories and enjoying good clean country fun. Look for some special activities such as losing yourself in a corn maze, picking out your favourite pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, or going on a hay ride. Or, shop for Fall items like mums, fresh apples and cider, straw, gourds, and Indian corn. Don't forget the miniature pumpkins — an all time kid favourite.

7. Collect Leaves

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Why not capture that beauty by collecting and preserving coloured leaves. Go to your nearest park and round up a collection of Fall leaves. Make sure they are dry and flat, then press them between two sheets of newspaper. Place heavy books on top of the leaves and allow them to flatten and dry for 24 hours. Place your leaves in an album. Then, have fun going online or through reference books to identify them!

8. Decorate a Pumpkin

Go to your nearest farm or pumpkin patch and gather the pumpkins of your choice. Pumpkins are no longer just for spooky Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Find decorating ideas for your home that go way beyond traditional Halloween pumpkin carving - add gourds, squash, and dried corn! Create a unique table centre piece for your holiday table, a flower arrangement, or beautify your front porch!

9. Make Fall Treats

Make Fall treats at home with the kids. Try a traditional favourite or a new experimental recipe. Fall is all about old-fashioned fudge, gingerbread, pumpkin bread or pie, candy apples, and hot apple cider. More.

10. Plan a Harvest Dinner

Celebrate the Fall harvest by shopping your local farmer's market for newly arrived Fall vegetables and fruits, like apples, pears, pumpkins, corn, and squash. Try something you haven't made before or cook up some seasonal favourites to chase those chilly Fall days away!

Great Outings for Fall Family Fun!

PumpkinFest Toronto

PumpkinFest Toronto is back and it's the place to be thanksgiving weekend! This annual festival takes place Thanksgiving weekend, October 9, 10 and 11 at Downsview Park. Kiddy midway, Trackless trains, Photo ops, Games, Inflatable Corn Maze, Food trucks, Entertainment, Vendors, Pumpkin patch and features performances by the President’s Choice SuperDogs. More info

Brooks Fall Festival

For over a decade, Brooks Farms hosts an awesome Fall Fun Festival every year. Come out and enjoy the beautiful autumn season Brooks Farms style! Open Thanksgiving Monday! Weekends from September 11 to October 31. More info

October Harvest Festival at Forsythe Farms

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest each October weekend from Thanksgiving weekend till Halloween with lots of festive fun. It’s pumpkin picking time! Weekends in October including Thanksgiving Monday. More info

Pingle’s Farm Fall Harvest Festival

Enjoy fun for all ages while you navigate through the Alice in Wonderland 6.5 acre corn maze, have some farm-tastic fun in the playland, take in the farm views on a wagon ride, pick-your-own apples & pumpkins and much more. Daily until October 30. More info

Fall Fun at Downey's Farm

Fun for all - big or small! Have a memory-making good time on the farm this season. Pumpkinfest begins Saturday, September 18th and runs weekends until October 31st. Daily passes available. Activities inside the Farmyard Play Area includes Corn Maze, Kritter Korral, and wagon rides. More info

Fall into Nature at Conservation Halton Parks

Spectacular scenery, fall colours, and an array of activities at Fall into Nature. Birds of prey shows, Children’s activities, food, and more! The events take place over five days on Thanksgiving weekend (October 12 to 14) and the following weekend, October 19 and 20, at Conservation Halton’s seven main parks. More info

Happy Fall!

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