14 Fun Fall Family Festivities
Say that blog title five times fast! Haha. Ok so yay! Fall is right around the corner. My favorite season is summer, but I also really love fall. The leaves turning that beautiful caramel, orange and red color. Just love it! And pumpkin spice everything? I truly think it’s such a fun time of year. For me personally, having my kiddos makes it even more fun because I love experiencing things through their eyes. So here’s a list of 14 fun fall family festivities to do!
1. Rake leaves into big gigantic pile to jump in them and just make it rain. My toddler loved doing this last year. My husband and I raked up all of our leaves and let her go nuts and she had a blast throwing them in the air and stomping on them and kicking them about. Her joy was worth it, and it makes super adorable pictures.
2. Pick apples in an orchard. If you’re a SoCal girl, like yours truly, I would highly suggest going to any of the orchards in Glen Oak, you can check out the various apple orchards here at Glen Oak Apple Picking. My family and I have been going for four years now and we love this tradition. Every year we have the tastiest juiciest apples, it’s such a blast looking eat each tree to find the best apples and there’s just something about picking them yourself. I love to use some (we always get too many) to make an apple pie and an apple crisp!
3. Bake a homemade apple pie. This is my personal favorite Homemade apple pie recipe from Allrecipes.com. It tastes delicious. Top it with some vanilla ice cream and you are all set for a super cozy and yummy time with the family!
4. Bake an apple crisp. If you want to switch it up and do something a little quicker, make an apple crisp (also from Allrecipes). It’s delicious as well. Also, I like to have mine with caramel or vanilla ice cream. Sometimes I get a little crazy and have both!
5. Make home made hot chocolate with marshmallows. I’ve never actually made homemade chocolate before but I am going to put this on my own personal “fall festivities” list. It sounds delicious. This recipe looks amazing. Chocolate. Lots of it. Need I say more? ***
6. Make apple cider. Apple cider just screams fall to me. I really want to make some in my crock pot, there are so many yummy looking recipes if you type “apple cider” into Pinterest. Who knows, maybe I’ll even venture to make some homemade apple cider this year. I think it’s delicious all around though, and you have a few options on how to drink it! The first is it can be a delicious little treat for the kiddos just in an of itself. The second, if can be a treat for parents as is OR if you splash in a little caramel vodka you’ve got yourself some delicious spiked apple cider.
7. Make some fall art with your children! I am a big fan of tracing my kids’ footprints or handprints to make art. If you’re feeling particularly daring, paint their hands or feet with some kid friendly paint and you can make ghosts out of their feet, or leaves out of their hands! For the ghosts, paint their feet with white paint and then gently apply to black construction paper. Their heels become the ghost’s face. You can hand draw eyes and an open “boo” mouth and it’s a ghost! Their little toes are the bottom of the ghost. For the fall leaves, paint their hands in red, orange and yellow paint (not at the same time, though this also could be pretty) and gently apply to green or brown construction paper. You can use a brown or black marker to draw the leaf stems. Also! If you have some maple leaves lying around, lay a few on a piece of white construction paper and paint red all over the leaf. When you pull the leaf up it leaves a pretty red outline of the leaf! This one needs adult help, so maybe do this one with your older children.
8. Make a crock pot beef stew. I’m a huge fan of my crock pot. I love it because all I have to do is get all the ingredients ready and then dump it in the crock pot, and voila! Dinner is served. I’m just a big fan of this recipe: crockpot beef stew. As you can see, my main recipe sources are either from Allrecipes or from Pinterest.
9. Make easy homemade chicken noodle soup. My own personal favorite recipe I make with my mother in law whenever she visits is to get some ready made chicken (you can also cook some chicken breasts, 2-3 should do it), chop up about 3-4 carrots, 2-3 potatoes, 4-5 celery stalks, 1/2 an onion, some green beans, a can of corn kernels and some low sodium chicken stock cans (about -4) and dump it all in a big pot and boil! Easy. Delicious. If you want to add some egg noodles this is also good. My mother in law is also an expert at making dumplings, I’m still trying to master this technique. She uses the Bisquick recipe for dumplings on the back of the box and they always come out perfectly.
10. Build a fort with sheets, blankets and pillows. I like to grab some extra sheets, towels and blankets that we aren’t currently using and I prop them up with some light weighted books or toys (be careful about using anything too heavy as you don’t want it to fall and hurt anyone), or you can use clothing pins, or even painter’s tape. My kids get a big kick out of this and love to play with their toys inside their “fort” or “tent”. It’s easy clean up and it’s just something new and fun for them to do. We pile a ton of pillows and books and toys in and it’s such fun and easy entertainment.
11. Bake a pumpkin pie. My personal favorite is just following the recipes on the back of a Libby’s Pumpkin puree can, it’s easy to make, it’s simple and all the ingredients you need are listed on the back. Also, last year I came across a fun idea to add any left over pumpkin pie into a blender, add some milk, vanilla ice cream and hit blend! You get a delicious pumpkin pie shake. It sounds crazy but I promise it is soooooo good.
12. Watch movies in sweatpants all cuddled up in some blankets. There’s just something about fall that makes me want to get my comfiest blankets out and watch some movies as a family all snuggled up together. Those are some of my best memories growing up. My toddler loves this and whenever we do this she’ll look around and say “We’re a family!” It’s so cute.
13. Sit by the fire or your favorite cozy nook and read a book to your kids. Some of my favorite moments are when I have my baby on my lap and my toddler sitting next to me and we’re all together and reading books. I love how my baby reaches for the book to teethe on it, how my toddler will stop every page so she can ask a question or point something out to her brother. For some reason with fall right around the corner, it makes it even more special reading to them snuggled by the fire with a big comfortable blanket wrapped around us.
14. Make Hand Turkeys! I remember doing this in the second grade, and it’s so fun to watch my kids’ handprint/turkeys grow every year. I feel like this one is pretty self explanatory, but just a quick recap would be to draw little feet where the bottom of their palm is, draw a wing, a gobble, some eyes and a beak and you’re all set!
What are some fall festivities that you like to do with your family?