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Need some ideas for activities to do with your family this fall? Check out this Fall Family Bucket List full of fun fall stuff to do for kids and adults.
Pumpkin spice lattés.
I LOVE fall. Inevitably, though, I always get to the end of my favorite season and find I missed something. I have all these great plans for awesome things to do with the family, and then life gets in the way.
So I finally got smart and made a Fall Family Bucket List with all of my favorite fall activities. And I’m sharing it with you, dear Mama, so that you can tweak it, make it your own, and remember to do some fun things this fall, too.
- This list will give you ideas when you wake up on a beautiful Saturday morning with no plans.
- It will save the day when the kids come up to tell you they’re “bored”.
- Most importantly, your list will ensure that you’re consciously making memories this fall rather than just passing time.
How do you make sure you actually do the things on your list?
The key to actually making this great list into wonderful memories, though, is this: once you’ve made your list, you actually need to use it.
Sit down with your fall family bucket list regularly and add the items from your list onto your calendar. Fill in any gaps in information that will prevent the things on your list from happening.
Want to go to a pumpkin patch with your kids this fall? Find one that’s not too far away and make note of its hours. Note the directions and driving time. Decide if you’d like to go on a weekday or a weekend.
Now, there’s no work to do when you find yourself ready to go.
What Should go on Your Fall Family Bucket List?
Your list should be a living document that constantly changes as you think of new things you want to do and remove (or save for later) things that no longer seem like a good idea.
To brainstorm ideas:
- add items suggested by people in your local moms’ group or places profiled on the local news.
- consider favorite activities that you did in childhood and want to share with your own kids.
- add anything someone else did that makes you feel jealous. If you’re browsing a friend’s Instagram and hate-liking her perfect pumpkin patch picture, go there next weekend and get one!
Have fun making your list, and add to it (and remove things) regularly. Make this the fall that you actually get out to do the things you want to do!
65+ Ideas for Your Fall Family Bucket List
Need some help putting together your fall bucket list? Here are some ideas for amazing things to try this fall:
- Visit a local farm to pick apples
- Bake an apple pie
- Go on a hayride
- Have a bonfire
- Bob for apples
- Roast some hot dogs or marshmallows
- Attend an Oktoberfest celebration
- Make a scarecrow
- Use a pumpkin or apple cannon
- Go through a corn maze
- Pick a pumpkin
- Carve a jack-o-lantern
- Roast pumpkin seeds
- Make a bird feeder
- Drink a pumpkin spiced latte
- Rake leaves (and jump in the pile)
- Make leaf rubbings
- Take a photo walk to collect some great shots of the foliage
- Go horseback riding
- Visit a petting zoo
- Press leaves in a book
- Buy a mum for your front porch
- Make a thankful tree. (If you’re crafty, this version is lovely!)
- Eat a caramel apple
- Burn a pumpkin candle
- Paint a pumpkin
- Do a fall-themed nature scavenger hunt
- Have a chili cook-off with your friends
- Host a party to watch your favorite college or NFL football team together
- Eat a cider donut
- Play outside in the dark with glow sticks. (We got this set for a party before and loved it.)
- Take a hike in the woods to see the leaves
- Take a scenic drive to view fall foliage (check out this guide to the best fall foliage in every US state!)
- Drink some apple cider. Consider adding some rum, bourbon, or sparkling wine if you’re a grownup.
- Make a pot of soup
- Go to a haunted house
- Make pumpkin bread
- Go stargazing after the time change
- Visit the farmer’s market
- Decorate your front porch
- Attend a fall festival
- Listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons “Fall”
- Create a fall music playlist
- Make applesauce
- Stamp with apples
- Read a spooky story
- Collect and paint acorns
- Make (or buy) a Halloween costume
- Take a photo for this year’s Christmas card
- Enjoy a graveyard or local “haunted” attractions tour
- Have a fall picnic
- Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Attend a local high school football game
- Bake cookies shaped like pumpkins or autumn leaves
- Host a Halloween party
- Take part in a costume contest
- Donate canned food to a shelter
- Collect coats and hats for a coat drive
- Tell ghost stories
- Snuggle up by the fireplace
- Have a candlelight dinner
- Celebrate the fall equinox (September 23, 2019)
- Create a haunted house for the kids in your neighborhood
- Play flashlight hide and seek
- Learn to knit
- Collect pine cones
- Run a 5K
Have I convinced you that you need a fall family bucket list? Let’s make sure you actually accomplish some memorable stuff with your family this fall.
This is your life, Mama. This season. Right now. Celebrate it.
Do It Now:
- Download the Fall Bucket List Trello Board from The Subscriber Hub in my Mamas’ Lounge. (Don’t worry if you’ve never used Trello. I’ve got a video in the Lounge to help you get started.
- Modify the board to make it your own. Make sure you have all the information you need to complete the activities you include. Do you need to make an appointment, buy a ticket, or find an address? Do it now, so that later, you can just have fun.
- Start adding your favorite fall activities to your calendar so that the season doesn’t pass you by.