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101 fun fall activities for kids

Whether you're looking to get crafty, introduce kids to a brand new seasonal experience or simply enjoy the crisp autumn air, these fun fall activities for kids cover it all.

101 fun fall activities for kids

Autumn lovers, rejoice! Your favorite season is finally here (along with bajillions of fall activities for kids 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 children of all ages get outdoors and take advantage of everything this amazing season has to offer — or bring the outdoors indoors. 

From arts-and-crafts projects to festive outings, this list of 101 fun 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
Image via The Child Is The Curriculum/Instagram
  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. Learn about Dia de los Muertos and make papel picado.
  8. Collect and identify leaves.
  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. Gather twigs, seedlings and fall leaves and make nature crafts.
  3. Try a pomegranate, and learn why this fruit is often shared during Rosh Hashanah.
  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. Check out a haunted house.
  9. Make acorn people.
Making acorn people is a fun fall activity for kids
Image via Cute Craft Ideas 1000/Instagram
  1. Decorate pumpkins with paint, markers or stickers.
  2. Eat mooncakes while moon gazing after learning about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.
  3. Roll down hills and listen to crunching leaves beneath you.
  4. Take a family bike ride.
  5. Bake a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
  6. Make no-bake pumpkin bars.
  7. Make pumpkin ice cream.
  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. Set up a fire pit.
  2. Make s’mores outside.
  3. Play Ghost in the Graveyard.
  4. Host a fall- or Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  5. Play hide-and-seek with glow sticks.
  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. Visit an arboretum.
  3. Make apples out of pipe cleaners.
  4. Make chicken soup.
  5. Have a backyard pumpkin-carving party.
  6. Make a leaf mobile.
  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. Make a wreath out of fall foliage and other finds.
  3. Attend a local harvest festival.
  4. Visit a farm.
  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. Schedule an outdoor family photo shoot.
  4. Go stargazing.
  5. Make stamps out of wine corks.
  6. Draw a tree trunk and use your wine cork stamps to paint leaves.
  7. 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 spooky stories around 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. Stop at roadside farm stands to sample local fare.
  7. Have an apple taste-test.
  8. Make owls out of toilet paper rolls.
  9. Create pinecone birds using craft feathers and googly eyes.
  10. 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. Plant an indoor herb garden.
  5. String popcorn and cranberries into garlands for decorating.
  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.