Fall Activities for Kids (and for You Too!) 

by | Oct 3, 2023 | Lifestyle, Marriage and Family

Fun is all around us … no matter what the season! And although fall is a season of change, there are activities and traditions that come around this time each year. So, we’ve got a list of fun fall activities for kids, but let’s not forget to have fun along with them!  

Fall Activities for Kids: Toddler – Kindergarten

A toddler plays in a pile of leaves.
  • Finger/Hand Painting – Depending on where you live, the weather may be getting a little crisp outside. It’s time to bring out the painting fun! Toddlers love to make a mess, and finger painting sure is a fun, messy time. You can even help them make a fall craft like a handprint turkey!  
  • Find pinecones and paint them – Don’t all kids love collecting pinecones? Get them involved in the fall home décor by letting them paint their pinecones! Give them some time to dry and place them around the house! 
  • Play in a pile of leaves – When we think of fall activities for kids, jumping in a pile of leaves comes to mind first. Do some raking and let them play! (Don’t be afraid to jump in on the fun!) 
  • Create a fall sensory bin – Sensory bins are a great way to allow kids to explore using their senses and hands-on learning. Check out this step-by-step guide to creating a fall themed sensory bin
  • Make a leaf collage – Go on a fun little adventure walk with your kiddo(s) and pick up some leaves along the way—this will come very naturally to them. 😉 Use the leaves and a glue stick to make a fun leaf collage. Paste them on an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper and feel free to frame it for some home décor! 

Fall Activities for Kids: Elementary School Age

A child’s hands hold small pinecones.
  • Do a neighborhood scavenger hunt – Scavenger hunts are an awesome way to engage in outdoor fun. Think of fall themed items to look for in your neighborhood like fall colors, a squirrel, pinecones, or a neighbor raking leaves. Then go for a walk and find them! 
  • Attend a Harvest Festival – Many churches in your area will be throwing fun harvest festivals! There are sure to be treats, cake walks, carnival games, and more! Check out your local churches to find one to attend with your little ones. 
  • Create a fall bucket list – As the fall season gets started, gather as a family and write down a “fall bucket list.” What are all the fun activities you want to do? (**Hint, hint, a lot of the suggestions in this blog post might make the list!) Have fun with it and check the items off throughout the season! 
  • Play board games by the fireplace – When you’re wanting a low-key indoor activity, open your game cupboard and have a family game night. Want to find some new games? Check out this list of board games for families
  • Help decorate the home for fall – Kiddos love to be little helpers. Getting them involved in the falling decorating is such a fun way to include them and make it a family activity. 

Activities for Pre-Teens and Teens

Wooden sign reads “Hay-rides” and is nailed to a tree trunk.
  • Host a movie night – Make a night of it! Your teen can invite friends over to enjoy treats, popcorn, and a movie!  
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie – Fall is for baking. Get creative in the kitchen by baking an apple pie or pumpkin pie. Join in on the fun with your teen for some quality time. 
  • Go on a hayride with friends – Suggest to your teen a pumpkin patch hayride with their friends! If you have teen drivers, let them pick up their friends for the fun. If not, offer to pick up their friends and drop them off at the pumpkin patch for a couple of hours. 
  • Head to a theme park – Do you have any local amusement/theme parks in your area? Make a family day of it. Your kids of all ages (including teens) will have a great time! 
  • Head to a local coffee shop for pumpkin spice lattes – If you’re in need of some mellow fun, take your teen to a local coffee shop to enjoy some fall treats. Who can say “no” to a pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider? Even bring some card games along to enjoy each other’s company.  

Fall Family Adventures 

As you can see, all of these fall activities for kids can be enjoyed as a family, too. Have fun, get creative, and spend quality time with your loved ones this season!  

Looking for more parenting advice? Head to our blog about, “Teaching Your Kids Resilience.” Because we know as the school year rolls back around, they can use it!