I grew up in the Philippines where the only seasons we’ve had are summer and spring; but ever since I lived here in the United States, fall has quickly become my favorite season. I love how beautiful this season is, especially when the trees started changing colors; I love the crisp air; I enjoy being able to transition my Summer clothes to Fall, and having to dress up in layers (something I didn’t get to do back in the Philippines) but still not feel as restricted as you do in winter. And the fact that there’s a bunch of budget-friendly fall activities that you can do with your kids makes me love this season even more. That said, I’m sharing a list of fun fall activities which families with toddlers can do every single year.
Must-Do Fall Activities For Families With Toddlers
Here are all my favorite fall activities that I love to do with my kids every year. I started doing these during their first year of life and have continued to do so since then. These fall activities are so fun that we actually made a tradition out of them.
Go To A Fall Festival
Going to a fall festival is so much fun that you will surely want to do it every single year.
The first time we went to a fall festival, it was just me and my daughter. We rode the giant slides, went on a hay ride, had some popcorn, and saw some animals. The second time was with the entire family, including my parents. We did the exact same thing and more! We went home with cute little pumpkins and had so much fun that I wanted it to be one of our family traditions.
Last year, we went to Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest 2017 where they had a carnival along with other fun fall activities like pumpkin painting and scarecrow making. The kids had so much fun. We will absolutely do it again this year.
Go Apple Picking
There’s nothing more fun than picking your own apples and then making applesauce, candy apples, or apple pies later.
Our first apple picking trip was so much fun and having my parents with us then made it extra special. We went to an orchard near where we lived and spent the entire morning walking around and picking apples. The kids had so much fun picking apples. And we went home with quite a lot! We’ve been doing this every fall since then!
Enjoy The Foliage
This year, why don’t you try to go somewhere where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. And while you’re enjoying the gorgeous scenery, let your toddler run around and explore. Maybe you can also do a fall scavenger hunt to make this fall activity more fun.
Personally, I think that you are missing out on the beauty of fall if you won’t do this at least once. Sure, you get to see the leaves change colors on your way to work or on when you’re running errands; but there’s nothing like doing nothing and just admiring the beauty of fall foliage especially when you’re with the people you love. Since I got here in the United States and saw the fall foliage for the first time, I told myself that I have to set aside a time every year to just enjoy it.
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Paint A Pumpkin
Painting a pumpkin is such a messy but very fun fall activity to do with toddlers. Give them a paint brush, a few paints, and just let them do their thing. You can even let them hand paint the pumpkin to make it more fun. Just make sure they’re using washable paint to make clean up easier.
The kids enjoyed painting their own pumpkins when we did it the first time; and we’ve done this every single year since then. It has always been a mess letting the kids paint their own pumpkin but there’s nothing compared to the joy you see in their faces while doing it. So yes, I let them make a mess and then I just give them a bath after.
Go Trick Or Treating
Dressing up and going trick or treating is probably the best fall activity that you can do with your kids. My kids look forward to it all year round.
When I was a kid, dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating wasn’t a thing in the Philippines. Which is not surprising why before having kids, I am not really big on dressing up for Halloween and going out with friends (although I used to love going out with friends and staying up all night – just not on Halloween). But of course, everything has changed now. Ever since my daughter was born, I am always looking forward to Halloween. I’m always drawn towards practical Halloween costumes that could still be used even after Halloween.
For the past 3 years, we’ve dressed up as Sully & Boo (from Monsters, Inc.), Despicable Me, and Snow White for Halloween. I am not sure yet what we’re going to dress up as this year. The kids are still trying to decide what they want to be for Halloween so this will be interesting.
Take More Walks
Because it won’t be before long when it gets colder and putting on bulky sweaters & chunky winter coat, and going out of the house becomes a chore. If your kids love the outdoors, you have to take advantage of the fall weather as much as you could before winter arrives. You can also do a scavenger hunt while doing this fall activity with your toddler to make it more interesting.
Take Fall Pictures
During my kids’ first year, I had a project where I took their solo picture during each season with proper props (if needed) so I can see how much they’ve grown as the seasons change, had those printed, and hung in our wall. And I love how it turned out.
You can also do the same; believe me, it’s so amazing to see how much they’ve grown every 3 months. It is also a great idea to take family pictures during this beautiful season; you can hire a photographer or do it yourself! Either way, it’s going to be fun and I’m sure the pictures will turn out amazing!
Teach Your Kids About Thanksgiving
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During your kid’s first few years of life, take some time to teach them about thanksgiving and how to appreciate every little thing in their life.
Even though we still observe Filipino traditions at home, because I want them to know everything about where my husband and I grew up; since they were born here and will probably spend most of their life here, it’s just right that we make sure they know about Thanksgiving.
Every night before my kids go to bed, we pray and say thank you for each of the blessings that they have received for the day which I think is a good way to teach them how to be appreciative of the little things in life and how to have a grateful heart.
Take A Picture With Santa
If you’re into it, dress up your child, take them to the mall and have their picture taken with Santa.
For the past 3 years, we’ve been successful in doing this with very little to no crying. We’ll see how this year’s picture goes.
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What did you think of this post? What fall activities do you enjoy doing as a family? Do you have any fall traditions? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.