It’s Fall! My second most favorite time of the year and there are lots of fun fall activities that are free or quite inexpensive. You probably know by now that my favorite season is Spring because it is all about newness of life. However, Fall is a close, very close, second because it’s all about the harvest, the promise of rest, and the spectacular beauty of nature. I’m always in awe of the beauty of nature in every season and Fall is a time when we can see the fabulous display of God’s handiwork in deep, rich colors that cover mountains and valleys as we engage in some fun and awe-inspiring fall activities.
The great part about many of the fun fall activities is that lots of them involve the great outdoors. After all, it’s cooler outside and, even though the days are growing shorter, we can still be outside. If you have children or grandchildren, there are simple things you can do to create memories include an appreciation of God’s handiwork in this world.
Free Fun Fall Activities
Having fun for free is really the best! If you have a family, it’s great because many activities involving our children are pretty spendy. While not many of us are going to the movie theaters right now, when you do go, it costs a lot! Instead of being cooped up in a dark theater, why not take a trip outside and engage in some fun fall activities?
First Fun Activity – Go For A Walk
Not just any boring walk! If you tell your children that all of you are going on a walk, you might see sets of rolling eyes. However, if you include additional activities associated with the walk, you should get a pretty good response. You probably have an idea of things your children or grandchildren are interested in. Do they like science, a treasure hunt, or a contest like who can find the most of some particular item?
If they like science, have them look up some things about how and why the leaves change colors and fall off the trees. Then, go to a nearby park or nature preserve and start finding leaves in various stages of change. Let them collect the leaves and tell you all about the science involved. Do a little research on your own, and ask them some questions and then you can give the answer and appear to be a genius!
A treasure hunt can be as simple as how many birds and animals they can spot and this can also be a competition. Let them pick up rocks or pine cones or leaves or other things that interest them. Remember, this is about fun things to do in the fall.
Take some paper and crayons or colored pencils along in your backpack and have them draw something they see on that walk. Ask them about creation and their thoughts on why God made the seasons and the changing leaves!
Make A Place For Your Treasures
You can walk to a park, a greenbelt, a nature area, in the mountains, along a river, or just in your own neighborhood, or neighborhood park. Be silly and have some fun. Take a lunch and stop for a picnic. Have a place at home where they can put the ‘treasures’ they collected on the walk. If it’s safe to do so, stop at the edge of a river, pond, or stream where the water is shallow and collect some rocks if allowed. Have them spot wildflowers or see who can find the most squirrels. Just have fun and let them come up with their own ideas for fun fall activities.
Second – Pile Up Some Leaves
I have many great memories of my kids and piles of leaves we had raked in the Fall. While raking them might not have been a fun fall activity, jumping in them certainly was. Our dogs always had fun in the piles of leaves! I know it might mean you have to rake them up multiple times, but you will be building memories filled with laughter and fun.
Maybe you live in an apartment building and can’t rake your own leaves. Go to a nearby park for some fun fall activities with leaves! Create a small pile of leaves in the park and your kids can try to build something with the leaves or just throw then in the air and collect them again. Just be creative and have some fun!
Third – Go For a Drive
Take a drive out into the countryside and let your kids watch as a swather cuts alfalfa or as corn is harvested, or the fields are prepared for the coming Spring. Look at the crops and ask your kids to identify them. Notice all the colors and variety of crops, trees, and bushes.
If you can’t drive to the country, go to the hills or mountains near you and stop at a roadside park. Take note of all the kinds of trees there are and have your kids collect leaves, pine cones, pine needles, rocks or other things that will remind them of the day, Remember – this is about ‘fun’ fall activities so don’t feel obligated to turn the time into a life-lesson unless that happens naturally.
Fourth – Turn The Treasures Into A Memory
When you get home, do something like taking the pine cones and stringing them together to make a garland for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They can paint the pinecones, make a pinecone snake, make glittery pinecones, create hedgehog pinecones and lots of other things. Follow this link to Red Ted Art to learn how.
Here are some ideas for crafts made from those gorgeous fall leaves. Have your kids come up with some ideas on their own using leaves, rocks, pine cones, pine needles, dry weeds (as long as they aren’t allergic), dried corn, and even tree bark! You might need to get some glue, twine, glitter, colored paper, gel pens or other craft supplies but you can get then inexpensively. The fun fall activities can turn into memories at Thanksgiving with a pine cone turkey, or cinnamon scented pine cones and a garland made of leaves for Christmas.
Fifth – Pick Something
A great fun fall activity is to go somewhere and pick some apples, pears, dried corn, or go to a local pumpkin patch and let your kids pick a pumpkin. There might a cost involved but it’s usually very reasonable. Pick something and bring it home. You’ll have fun with the picking and fun at home as you utilize what you harvested.
Take an opportunity to ask your kids what they know about harvesting and then tie that into the Word of God. Did you know that the Word has lots to say about the harvest? There are Jewish festivals around harvest time and your kids can learn about the traditions others use as they celebrate their God and the beauty of the harvest both physically and spiritually.
Get your pumpkins ready for fall. If you don’t observe Halloween, no problem! Pumpkins still make a great decoration and are wonderful for Thanksgiving! Most kids love to carve pumpkins and then have them on display. It’s an inexpensive and fun fall activity.
Sixth – Cook Something Fun For Fall
There are hundreds of recipes for cider on the internet. The ingredients are healthy and not too expensive. If you have a fireplace or a firepit at your house – make some Smores! If you don’t, there are recipes to make them at home in your own oven so, either way, you win and your kids will have another fun fall activity to remember for years to come.
Create a fall family tradition. Make a pumpkin or apple pie from scratch. Find a cookie recipe and make it from scratch. It will be a “Fall Only” food or beverage that you and your family can look forward to every year. Maybe it’s a soup recipe or homemade candy apples that let your kids decorate!
Make your own chili! You can start with something canned and give it your own special touch or start from scratch with dried beans and all the other ingredients. It’s your family’s Fall Chili. Have a chili cooking contest with some friends. Then eat your great creations out on your deck or in your yard with some lanterns, around a fire pit, or around a campfire. Maybe you can just all sit together at your kitchen table with a candle lit and make sure that the focus is fun, family, and friends!
Seventh – Include Family and Friends
Include your family and your friends in your fun fall activities. The walks, the leaf piles, the drives, the treasures, the picking and the cooking can all be shared with the people you and your kids love! Brainstorm some fall activities with your family and/or friends. Yes, there might be times when you only it to be your immediate family, but variety really is the spice of life! So, spread the fun around.
Your fun fall activities don’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s usually the messes or the unexpected that we remember and laugh about the most. Including friends and family adds so much to your Fall Fun Adventures!
Eigth – Plant Fall Flowers and Go For a Hayride
I just planted some fall flowers to replace the ones from Summer that were completely worn out! I planted flowering Kale and Mums. Yes, there is a cost involved but you can go to a nursery and buy the littlest pots and plant them in whatever you have at home. Do you have an empty mayonnaise jar? Fill it up with some dirt, tie a ribbon around it, and plant your little fall flower. Maybe you have old bowls or a chipped piece of cooking ware. Even a coffeecup will work but the plant might not last as long. If you have some craft supplies, let your kids do a little decorating! Put the flowers on your porch, patio, table, or wherever you want and enjoy the colors of Fall!
Then, go for a hayride! Remember those pumpkin patch places? Well, most of them have hayrides as well and they make it part of the pumpkin picking process (say that 3 times really fast!). Your kids can ride the hay wagon out to the pumpkin patch, pick their pumpkins and then ride back to the waiting area. They will remember it for a lifetime.
Take lots of pictures and then put them out every year to treasure the memories.
Ninth – Find Out What’s Happening Where You Live
Harvest Festivals. Lots of towns have Fall Harvest Festivals. Go online or call your Chamber of Commerce to find out what activities there are near you. You might surprised. It’s usually free to walk around the Harvest Fest and see the displays. You can buy things if you want to, eat a chili dog, and listen to the entertainment.
Corn Mazes. More and more cities, small and large, have corn mazes. Some are huge and all of then are fun with areas for various ages of children to go and find their way through the maze. There’s definitely a cost involved so you will want to check it out before you tell your kids! However, they are made for families and some have pony rides and are almost like attending a small carnival. They are definitely one of the fun things to do in the Fall.
Go Ice Skating. Of course, this activity is based on ability! I don’t have it but hopefully some in your family do. If not, you can go watch others and have some fun.
Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is observed in many cities as a celebration of the Fall. They are fun, but one thing you will want to check on is whether or not beer is part of the Oktoberfest near you. You may or may not want your kids to attend so be sure to check ahead of time.
A Few More Ideas
Bicycle Rides. If you own bicycles for the family, go on some rides while the air is crisp and cool. Ride through the leaves on the green belt or in your neighborhood. If you don’t own bikes, rent some! Make it a special day and set aside some funds ahead of time to rent some bikes and ride downtown, or wherever there are bike paths. Ride to a Farmer’s Market and buy a little of Fall’s Harvest.
Decorate Your Home With Your Treasures.
Take all those treasures you and your kids have collected and made and then do some decorating. Turn your porch or patio into a Harvest Fest! Do the same inside your home. Again, the whole point is to create precious, happy memories with those you love. Your church or a local church might even have some Fall events for families. Check it out – you might make some new friends and new memories.
The God of The Harvest
In all these activities and fun, there’s a common theme – Remembering the God of the Harvest. God loves beauty, variety, creating, and laughing! I know, there’s not really any scripture about God or Jesus laughing. However, we were made in their image and we humans love laughter. What is better than the deep, belly-laugh of a baby? Even if it’s on television, I still begin to laugh with that child because it’s so genuine and pure. What you will find a lot of in the Bible is references to joy and rejoicing – see the link to a blog below. You will see a God who rejoices over you!
God loves the harvest. According to OpenBible, there are 100 scriptures on harvest and it has both natural and spiritual meaning. God loves abundance and the symbolism of the harvest is of food and, most importantly, souls. Souls being rescued from death and hell and brought into the abundant love of the Father.
What Is Your Part in The Harvest?
So, as you enjoy all the fun fall activities while God is rejoicing over you with singing, also remember the harvest of souls. What is your part in that harvest? Sharing the word of your testimony – your harvest of life and love. Be like the man in Luke 8:39 NKJV. He had been delivered by Jesus from the demons in his life and here is Jesus’ instruction to him.
Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
That’s all you need to do. Your testimony is the Good News! Just tell people what God has done for you. You don’t have to hit them with a Bible or be profound and confrontive. But, when you have a chance or someone asks about something in your life, just simply and honestly tell them what God did. Things like, “He gave me peace in midst of a really hard time.” Of course, it might be much more than that, but you can also keep it simple.
As you enjoy the fun fall activities, weave the creator into your conversations. If you enjoy the splendor God has created, say so and say it with a smile! After all, the harvest is meant to be a time of joyful celebration of God’s provision for His people in every way. So have fun and spread the joy.
Also, here’s a link to some beautiful Fall Scripture Coloring Cards!
You might also enjoy reading – The Benefits of Rejoicing in the Lord!
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.