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Fall Family Fun: Making a memorable season

Fall Family Fun: Making a memorable season

Fall weather brings a whole new world of sites, smells and adventures. Just like the weather refreshes us, so should the activities you choose to experience as a family. Visit pumpkin patches, apple farms, and nearby parks for hiking and biking. But that’s just the beginning.

Explore nature nearby

Fall weather can be sunny, cloudy, rainy, suddenly warm and surprisingly chilly – and that can happen in one day. Plan your days for exploration. Long hikes or bike rides can lead you down paths to beautiful scenery. Be sure to pack some lip balm, a bottle of water, and sunglasses. Dress in layers to be comfortable all day. Wear weather proof shoes because puddles, leaf piles, and off-road trails along creeks can be tempting. As leaves drop off of trees, visibility is better and sounds can be crisper. Kids love to run ahead. Be sure to keep a close eye on each other.

Get out and have some fun

Use to going to a carnival, fair, or amusement park in the summer? Try a trip in the fall. The sun sets a little earlier and the scenery is different. Fall colors can be seen for miles on top of a ferris wheel or roller coaster. Outdoor concerts can be relaxing, especially since mosquitoes and bugs are disappearing as the weather cools down. Georgia is just one of the many states that hosts a number of festivals and Octoberfest-type celebrations.

Create, play and eat

Fall crafts and creations take on themes from fall leaves and harvest season to Halloween fright! Decorations can be made from pressed leaves and fallen acorns. Make a scarecrow from corn stalks and old clothes. Hang tissue paper ghosts from your trees. Whatever you make, fall encourages family bonding and results in so many memories that can quickly become tradition.

Can’t wait for that first apple and pumpkin pie? Spend the morning at an apple orchard and the afternoon baking your favorite recipes and drinking apple cider. Host a chili cook-off and jack-o-lantern carving contest one weekend afternoon. Spend a cool evening indoors with freshly popped popcorn and a movie. Not ready to go inside at the early sunset? Enjoy a bonfire with smores.

Finally, nothing says fall better than a game of tag football, kickball, or night games. Throw on a sweatshirt and make memories. Still struggling for ideas? Here are 50 must-do family fun activities for all ages. Have one member of the family choose one each day or each week. Just because the days grow shorter doesn’t mean memories do. Enjoy the fresh air of fall with your family!

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