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101 fun fall activities for kids

From fun arts-and-crafts projects to festive outings, this big list of autumn activities has something for kids of all ages.

Autumn lovers, rejoice! Your favorite season is finally here (along with bajillions of fall activities that accompany it). As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it’s time to start thinking about how you can help kids of all ages get outdoors and take advantage of everything this amazing season has to offer. 

From fun arts-and-crafts projects to festive outings, this list of 101 fall activities for kids has something for everyone!

  1. Visit an apple orchard.
  2. Build a scarecrow stuffed with newspaper.
  3. Make a classic apple crisp.
  4. Have an apple cider “tea” party.
  5. Bake apple chips.
  6. Make super-easy crafts — using only three supplies or less.
  7. Paint wooden crafts.
  8. Make handprint leaves.
  9. Create leaf rubbings.
This leaf rubbings craft makes a fun fall activity for kids
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  1. Read some of these autumn-themed children’s books.
  2. Make popcorn balls.
  3. Stuff leaves into bags and decorate them like pumpkins.
  4. Take a hayride.
  5. Decorate stationery with homemade leaf stamps.
  6. Play “I Spy” during a nature walk.
  7. Collect and identify leaves.
  8. Learn about Dia de los Muertos and make papel picado.
  9. Get lost in a corn maze.
Visiting a local corn maze makes a fun fall activity for kids
Image via Edmonton Corn Maze/Instagram
  1. Press leaves into a photo album.
  2. Check out a haunted house.
  3. Gather twigs, seedlings and fall leaves and make nature crafts.
  4. Enter your decorated pumpkin into a local contest, or have your own contest!
  5. Visit a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
  6. Create a holiday centerpiece out of gourds.
  7. Toast the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin.
  8. Make acorn people.
Making acorn people is a fun fall activity for kids
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  1. Decorate pumpkins with paint, markers or stickers.
  2. Have a backyard pumpkin-carving party.
  3. Roll down hills and listen to crunching leaves beneath you.
  4. Bake a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
  5. Make no-bake pumpkin bars.
  6. Make pumpkin ice cream.
  7. Take a family bike ride.
  8. Decorate your yard with hay bales.
  9. Make squirrels out of toilet paper tubes.
  1. Coordinate family Halloween costumes.
  2. Arrange artificial autumnal flowers in festive pots.
  3. Throw a Halloween party.
  4. Iron leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and hang them in the window.
  5. Have a Halloween-themed movie marathon.
  6. Go on a color walk, gathering outside “treasures” in yellow, orange, red and brown.
  7. Have a neighborhood costume parade.
  8. Make a kid-friendly pumpkin spice latte (sans coffee).
  9. Attend a local football game.
  10. Play Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin, a festive version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
  1. Host a make-your-own-pizza party.
  2. Make a Halloween gingerbread house.
  3. Decorate trick-or-treating bags with spooky faces.
  4. Dress each other up as toilet paper mummies.
  5. Play Left Center Right with leftover Halloween candy.
  6. Play your own game of flag football in the yard.
  7. Use white tissues, a black marker and rubber bands to make miniature ghosts.
  8. Make caramel apples (and add sprinkles!)
Making caramel apples is a fun fall activity for kids
  1. Play hide-and-seek with glow sticks.
  2. Set up a fire pit.
  3. Make s’mores outside.
  4. Play Ghost in the Graveyard.
  5. Host a fall- or Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  6. Make Crock-Pot or Instant Pot applesauce.
Making instant pot applesauce is a fun fall activity for kids
Image via Jac Crafts/Instagram
  1. Have an at-home spa day and make a DIY pumpkin face mask.
  2. Make apples out of pipe cleaners.
  3. Make a leaf mobile.
  4. Visit an arboretum.
  5. Play board games.
  6. Make chicken soup.
  7. Put all of your children’s seasonal crafts into a memory book.
  8. Use tissue paper to create “stained glass” windows in fall shapes.
  9. Jump into a leaf pile.
Jumping into an autumn leaf pile is always a fun fall activity for kids
  1. Play on straw bales.
  2. Attend a local harvest festival.
  3. Visit a farm.
  4. Create a paper plate apple.
  5. Read these children’s books on the harvest and Thanksgiving.
  6. Bake a seasonal berry crisp.
  7. Take a thermos of hot chocolate on an early-morning hike.
  8. Make owls out of brown paper lunch bags.
Making this paper bag owl craft is a fun fall activity for kids
Image via Catherine Stiny/Instagram
  1. Attend a parade.
  2. Plant spring bulbs.
  3. Make owls out of toilet paper rolls.
  4. Schedule an outdoor family photo shoot.
  5. Go stargazing.
  6. Make stamps out of wine corks.
  7. Draw a tree trunk and use your wine cork stamps to paint leaves.
  8. Make a classic handprint turkey.
Making handprint turkeys is a fun fall activity for kids
Image via Amber Unger/Instagram
  1. Build a leaf fort.
  2. Make spider decorations using black construction paper and googly eyes.
  3. Tell stories by the fireplace.
  4. Trace a tree pattern by placing a piece of paper on the trunk and rubbing a colored pencil over it.
  5. Use pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters to make festive gelatin.
  6. Plant an indoor herb garden.
  7. Have an apple taste-test.
  8. Create pinecone birds using craft feathers and googly eyes.
  9. Take a drive to view the colorful foliage.
Going on a drive to take in the colorful autumn leaves is always a fun fall activity for kids
  1. Collect pine cones to decorate a mantle or tabletop.
  2. Make Rice Krispies treats with pumpkin puree.
  3. Make an apple stamp.
  4. String popcorn and cranberries into garlands for decorating.
  5. Stop at roadside farm stands to sample local fare.
  6. Make personalized Thanksgiving place mats for your whole family.
  7. Create a thankfulness tree for your dining room and fill each leaf with something you feel grateful for.
  8. Visit a park and bring along a tree or bird guidebook.