Summer is almost over. As sad as it is to wave goodbye to fantastic weather and light nights, at least we can still look forward to the next season that is just around the corner – autumn!
Sure, it may be about to get a bit chilly outside and the weather may become more unpredictable, but there is still plenty to enjoy about this season. All of the leaves will start to fall in the parks, and I’m sure your kids will love kicking through the golden-brown leaves, for instance. Plus, as it will be slightly colder in the air, it’s the perfect time to get cozy on the sofa with a delicious hot drink.
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You don’t have to worry about trying to keep the kids entertained this autumn, as there will be plenty of great activities that you can all do as a family. If you think you might need some ideas as to great autumn activities, read on. Here’s my top pick of some great seasonal hobbies and pastimes!
The weather in autumn can range from quite nice, sunny days to blustery rain. So, it’s a good idea to have a plan up your sleeve for those days when it’s not that nice to head outside. One great idea is to have a family movie night. You’ll be able to relax on the sofa under a comfortable blanket while enjoying your favorite movie. Thanks to streaming services, there is now a huge choice of family friendly movies available at the click of a button. Check out suddenlink.com for moreinformation on the different kinds of streaming platforms that are currently available. It will also be necessary to ensure that you have a strong enough internet connection so that your streaming isn’t ever interrupted.
Halloween is almost upon us, so that means now is the perfect time to start carving some creepy faces on pumpkins! These large vegetables won’t be available to buy right now, but they will start appearing in the shops in the next few weeks. By September, they will be everywhere! Traditionally, most people carve faces into their pumpkins but lots of people like to get extra creative and carve various pictures and scenes into theirs. Take a look at countryliving.com if you want some ideas for your family’s pumpkins! Don’t forget to keep all the guts that you scrape out of your pumpkins. You could use it to make a tasty pie or some yummy soup!
Visit A Pumpkin Farm
If you don’t want to clean up the mess from carving pumpkins, you can still enjoy them by visiting a pumpkin farm. Many of these farms open their doors to the public throughout the autumn months so that you can visit and check out their enormous crop! Most farms will also sell their pumpkins too, so if you do fancy carving some at home, this could be a great place to get some really big ones from. The majority of pumpkin farms also have their own café where you will be able to enjoy some home-cooked pumpkin soup or pumpkin pies.
Once the weather starts to turn slightly cooler, the leaves on all the trees will start to turn color and will quickly become a beautiful orangey brown. This will make all your local parks and green areas look very pretty and autumnal! It will certainly be a gorgeous setting for a bike ride for your whole family. Not only that, though, but it shouldn’t be too hot and sweaty for you. You will be able to enjoy a leisurely bike ride without needing to take gallons of water and covering all the kids in sunscreen. Your local park will be a great place to go for a bike ride, but if you live near a river than biking down by the riverbanks could be equally pretty and relaxing for you all.
It’s around about this time of year when apples will be ready to pick. Quite a few farms that grow apples are just like pumpkin farms, and will open their doors to the public. It’s a great day out and gives your kids the chance to see what it’s like working on a farm. Not only that, though, but you will also be able to pay to pick some of the apples and take them home with you. All you need to do is to wander through the orchards and pick the juiciest and tastiest apples. At the end of the day, your basket will be weighed and you will need to pay the farmer according to how much all your apples weigh. Then, when you get home, you can all use the apples to bake some delicious pies and cakes.
Organize A Bonfire
It can sometimes be nice to get out into the crisp air and enjoy a slightly cooler climate. Of course, you will need to keep warm while outside, and that is the perfect excuse to enjoy a bonfire. You might even want to use this as an excuse to have a get together with all your friends and family. Invite them over one evening and build a large bonfire in your yard. You can then all sit around and warm yourselves by the fire while swapping stories. This is also a great opportunity to try toasting some marshmallows in the fire. I’m sure your kids will love toasting these sweet treats for themselves!
Do you hate hiking in the heat of summer? Don’t worry; I’m sure you aren’t the only one. In fact, when it gets super hot in July and August, I’m sure most families choose to stay indoors so that the kids aren’t too likely to end up sunburnt. Well, now that the weather is starting to cool off, you can finally get out there and enjoy some cooler temperatures to hike in. I’m sure that the kids will prefer to go for long walks in more comfortable temperatures as well. Don’t forget a thermos of hot chocolate so you can take a break and sip it as a nice little treat!
Make Some Autumn-Inspired Crafts
Do your kids love to get creative? If so, why not do some autumn-themed crafts with them? There are lots of fantastic crafts that suit this season. For instance, you might want to pick some of the last few summer flowers in your garden before they die off in the colder weather. You can then press these flowers so that they are preserved for quite a while to come. Something else that is very autumnal is painted wooden craft creations. So, if you have any leftover wood lying around after a home DIY project, you might want to let your kids paint it. This will make a beautiful homemade ornament or wall hanging that you can use to decorate your own home this autumn.
As well as autumn crafts, there are also lots of baked treats that really suit the season. So, if your kids would rather use their creativity in the kitchen, you might want to help them bake a few. I’ve already mentioned pumpkin and apple pies, but there are so many more fantastic fall foods that you can make in the kitchen. For instance, you might like the idea of making a baked autumn fruit pudding or a plum and almond crumble cake!
Enjoy The Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival normally takes place at the end of September. Lots of schools and churches will organize special events to help celebrate this festival. Your children’s school may even plan a special event that you can all take part in together. If not, you can always celebrate this fun festival yourself at home.
If you have any horse chestnut trees growing by your home, you might want to take your kids to pick some conkers. The conkers are the seeds of the trees and will start to fall from the branches in the middle of autumn. Once you have a collection of conkers, you can start to thread some string through them so that you can all play conkers together. The last one with a conker on their string is the winner!
Make Some Halloween Costumes
Halloween is just around the corner, so why not spend some time getting your family’s costumes ready? Your kids will love spending time getting their costumes just right. My girls love to browse Pinterest with me looking at Halloween costume ideas.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do with your family this autumn. Have fun!