October is normally one of our busiest months as a family. Now that school is in session, the clubs and activities get into full swing, plus we usually plan at least one week of travel during October. On top of that, we have Halloween and all of the activities that go along with it! Because Halloween is my favorite holiday, we do sort of as much as we possibly can to celebrate it! Our house is already decorated (more on that to come soon!) and we’re already booking up our weekends with lots of fall family activities. I thought I would share what’s on our “fun to do list” this October and hopefully inspire you all to try some new things too!
I know this one is weird coming from me, the non-crafter! BUT we did these painted pumpkins yesterday at our local Board & Brush studio (they have them ALL over the country). I randomly saw it on Facebook and thought it would be a fun and inexpensive thing for the boys to do. I’m definitely not much of a crafter, so when classes are set up like this, I’m all for it! Board and Brush has lots of grown up classes too, if you are more crafty!
Another idea would be to check out your local Michaels store for their classes. They have kids clubs on Saturdays for little projects the kids can do in 30 minutes. Home Depot and Lowe’s also hold kids workshops from time to time so their calendars are worth checking out too!
This is one my favorite fall family activities on our calendar! Every year we make a point to visit the pumpkin farm and the apple farm. The latter may be a sort of regional thing, but we love some good cider and donuts, so it’s a must-do for us!
Both places give kids the opportunity to get outside, be active and also help participate in the holiday fun! We try to make an event out of going to both places and spend a good amount of time playing or searching for the perfect pumpkin and really enjoying our time outside, running around as a family.
We’ve lived here and Houston with kids and both places have Zoo Boo events in October. I know the Detroit Zoo has it as well, so I’m left to assume that they’re a pretty popular thing nationwide!
For us here, our kids love our little zoo and they really love another opportunity to wear their costumes in October! There are usually activities, a “haunted” house and we bring a little picnic.
This is the perfect option for a rainy weekend! Barnes & Noble has story time on the weekends and they usually pair it with a snack and a craft. I love this especially with Dylan, because it introduces him to new books he doesn’t have at home (although we usually leave with whatever it is read at story time!) and we usually stay for a treat and lunch.
I also recommend checking out your local library for these too. It’s likely that they’re also free and have activities too!
What do you all love to do with your families in the fall?