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5 must-do autumn activities for families

It’s always sad to see summer go, but fall is one of our favorites. It’s not too hot, not too cold and comes with a ton of great reasons to get outdoors with kids. From apples and pumpkins to foliage hikes and hayrides, there is so much to enjoy. And, whether your little one isn’t yet a walker or is just too tired to go any further, babywearing is an easy way to experience nature with even the smallest family members.

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1. Apple picking

Nothing screams the start of fall quite like apple picking. Find a local orchard and spend the day picking apples, drinking cider and eating doughnuts. Most farms have a packed schedule of fall activities for kids like face painting and live music. Keep the fun going at home with your little one and turn those apples into sauce, cobbler and pie!

2. Scenic hike

The natural colors of autumn can’t be beat. Get some fresh air (and some exercise) and admire the beauty of fall foliage on a family hike. Go to a local park or preserve with official trails or make your own by walking around your neighborhood. Let your little one collect leaves along the way and use them to talk about colors, shapes, etc.

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3. Corn maze

This might take a while. Built for kids, but fun for grown-ups too, corn mazes offer fun at every turn even if it’s a dead end! It may take an hour or two or three depending on how well your family can follow the clues to make it to the finish. No matter how long it takes, they’ll remember it for years to come.

4. Tailgating

Fall means football and no game officially starts without a tailgate. Don’t be intimated to take your little one—game day food is super kid-friendly (hot dogs, french fries, etc) and most stadiums have loads of activities to keep fans big and small occupied. While tickets to your favorite team’s game are always a plus, they aren’t a must. Skip the traffic and tailgate at home!

5. Pumpkin patch

Haunted houses, hayrides and pumpkins, oh my! We all do it for a great photo opp, but a visit to the pumpkin patch is a great way to get your family in the mood for Halloween. Once you get home, make jack-o’-lanterns as a family. Drawing, scooping and (if they are old enough) cutting, all are great fine motor development.

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