Fall Family Bucket List Activities Under $50

October 13, 2019



Now that it's almost mid October, is everyone AT LEAST one month in to sipping on their Pumpkin Spice Lattes? I know I have been! I'm more of an iced coffee year round kind of gal, but to each their own, am I right? While I don't enjoy changing up the temperature of my coffee, I do enjoy the changing temperature of the seasons. I enjoy them so much that it's hard to guess that I'm originally from San Diego. I think not having much change growing up actually made me appreciate the change of seasons that much more. I love all of the fun activities that come with each new season as well.

Usually our family Fall activities include apple picking, multiple pumpkin patches, maybe a football game or two and lots and lots of cold weather snuggles. This Fall is a little bit different because Nick deployed this past week. We got to squeeze in a pumpkin patch before he left and it was honestly the happiest I've been going to a pumpkin patch because I knew what was coming (the dreaded day he was leaving was coming fast). I took it all in and loved just watching Jax and Nick run around the pumpkin patch. 
I wanted to share this feeling of happiness with your own family by making a short and cheap list of fun activities to try out!


1. Apple Orchard 🍎🍏🍎

I love going to apple orchards. Nick likes to joke that we're paying to do our own manual labor, but there's just something about it that I love.  It's usually our first activity during Fall when it has just started to get cold. A place we love to do our apple picking at out here in Omaha is Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard (they also have other picking seasons as well)! It's actually in Council Bluffs, Iowa but it is within a short driving distance and they have a wonderful variety of apples. 

2. Pumpkin Patch πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

This activity, of course, is a given during Fall and around Halloween. I grew up going to pumpkin patches every year to pick out THE perfect carving pumpkin and it's something I have loved continuing to do with Jackson. The great thing about local farms and pumpkin patches is that they have every variety of pumpkin and it's usually cheaper than buying them at a grocery store. Most places have other fun activities/hayrides/food to do with the family while you're there as well. Two places we love to go are Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Farm, as well as Vala's Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard. Another wonderful family farm that we went sunflower picking at right before Fall began, that I would love to go to visit in the future for pumpkin picking is Nelsons Family Farm. I love supporting local farms and this is a fun and easy way to do that. 

3. Corn Maze 🌽🌽🌽

If you love a little adventure and would love some family fun time, try out a corn maze! Most pumpkin patches and farms have corn mazes too. It adds a little adventure to the usual Fall activities and will keep you guessing the whole time. This is usually a little better of an activity for older kids when they start to get bored with the family pumpkin picking πŸ˜‚

4. Bonfire πŸ”₯🍫πŸ”₯

What's not to love about this simple activity? The nights come earlier, the days are getting cooler and the bugs are finally going away! I love bonfires or fire pits, that familiar smell brings me right to the end of summer/beginning of Fall. A great bonus is you get to make ooey gooey S'mores! Kids really seem to enjoy this simple activity and get a kick out of roasting their own marshmallows over the fire (not going to lie, I still love an occasional S'more). 

5. Carve Pumpkins πŸŽƒπŸ”ͺπŸŽƒ

Nothing says Fall quite like a jack-o'-lantern lighting up your front porch. This is a great activity for kids at any age because it's so hands on. Whether your kids are young or old they're bound to get a kick out of carving their own personal design into a pumpkin. You can also roast the seeds afterwards if you enjoy the taste of pumpkin seeds!


6. Bake πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ

Fall is a wonderful time to break out a new pie or cookie recipe. Kids love helping make things and this is a good excuse to eat some yummy desserts! It's cheap, you can do it at home (for those rainy Fall days), and its hands on. Sounds like a good idea to me. 


7. Caramel Apples 🍏🍎🍏

This activity is simple! It's another great rainy day activity for the kiddos to participate in when you can't spend time outdoors. All you need are some apples, caramels, popsicle sticks and fixings. Once again it's a wonderful hands on activity and the kids get to decorate their caramel apples with whatever fixings they like.

8. Decorate πŸŽƒπŸ“¦πŸ

The most simple activity out of all of them. I've realized that Jax and I both LOVE decorating when it comes to any seasonal activities. The simple joy he experiences when we pull out a box of new things to explore is awesome to see as a parent. He learns new words as we rotate out seasonal decorations and explain each item as he's pulling it out of the storage box. You can even go as simple as going to the dollar store and getting some fun window clings or pumpkins to put around the house! I promise they'll enjoy it!


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