When the weather turns cool and crisp, it’s the perfect time to encourage the family to get out and enjoy the seasonal offerings. But for many families across the nation, this autumn is distinctly different than past ones. Many families are trying to avoid illness because the pandemic is still a major issue affecting the country.
In addition to avoiding getting sick, families are also trying to save money. So, what’s an adventurous family unit to do? Well, we’ve got some ideas to get into the spirit of the season and enjoy autumn wholeheartedly. Keep reading to learn about some budget-friendly autumn activities you can enjoy with the whole family.
Idea #1: Apple Picking
If you live in an area with apple orchards, one of the most fun ways to enjoy the autumn season is by going out and picking apples. It’s a great activity that’s accessible to your children and will help them get into the spirit of the season.
Consider making it a family photo session and get everyone to wear matching flannel and jeans. It’s a great way to get holidays photos for your Christmas cards that you send out!
Idea #2: DIY Decoration Day
Another great way to get the whole family excited about the upcoming holidays is to start a craft day. You can decorate your home with your handmade crafts for easy autumn décor.
Make hand turkeys out of colorful construction paper. Try to make your own macrame craft (there’s even kits to make it even more simple).
Idea #3: Carve Pumpkins
There’s almost no better way to spend an autumn day then to take a trip to your local pumpkin patch (or order one online!) and find the perfect pumpkin that calls out to you. Then, you can take your perfect pumpkin home and carve it up using your artistic skills.
If you have young children, you can also use a kid-safe carving or pumpkin decorating kit. For example, you can bedazzle a pumpkin or paint the outside.
After you carve your pumpkins (if you decide to go that route), you can roast pumpkin seeds. To roast them, put them on a baking sheet with a little bit of olive oil and salt. Bake those seeds at 350 degrees for 45 minutes for a delicious, savoury snack.
Idea #4: Autumn Picnic
There’s no better time to test out your cooking and baking skills than fall. You can whip up a nice little picnic to take with you to the park. All you need for this activity is a cooler or picnic basket, a picnic blanket, and your necessary utensils.
If you want to have a date night without the kids, you could get a sitter and bring a bottle of champagne, dried fruits, and cheese for the ultimate autumn activity.
Idea #5: Adopt a Pet
There are tons of studies that show a pet can help you feel less stressed and happier overall. Plus, it can also teach your children responsibility when they have to take care of a pet by cleaning it, feeding it, and looking after it.
Make sure you search for a reputable rescue before you get a dog. Or, visit a shelter and pick out your perfect pup based on size or activity level.
Idea #6: Go on a Nature Hike
If you live in an urban area, plan a day trip out to some local trails or a local park. Consider bringing along a bird-watching guide or even creating wildlife bingo cards to play with your kids. Going out in nature away from computers and screens can be a great way to bring the family together.
Just make sure to bring a backpack full of trail-ready snacks, water, walking shoes, and emergency supplies (just in case). And remember, leave no trace!
Conclusion: Finding the Perfect Autumn Activity
Autumn is here and that means crisp leaves are on the ground, beautiful scenery is all around, and it’s time to enjoy the season. There’s a reason why autumn is many people’s favorite time of the year. To make the most of it, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Instead, just follow the tips found in this article for an easy, affordable autumnal season. Happy autumn!