101 fun fall activities for kids

Aug. 25, 2020

Autumn lovers, rejoice! Your favorite season is finally here. As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about how you can help your kids get outdoors and take advantage of all that 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. Have an apple cider "tea" party.

4. Bake apple chips.

5. Paint wooden crafts.

6. Make a classic apple crisp.

7. Bob for apples.

8. Make handprint leaves.

9. Read some of these autumn-themed children's books.

10. Make popcorn balls.

11. Stuff leaves into bags and decorate them like pumpkins.

12. Create leaf rubbings.

13. Take a hayride.

14. Decorate stationery with homemade leaf stamps.

15. Play "I Spy" during a nature walk.

16. Collect and identify leaves.

17. Press leaves into a photo album.

18. Get lost in a corn maze.

19. Check out a haunted house.

20. Make a necklace with Halloween-colored beads.

21. Visit a zoo.

22. Enter your decorated pumpkin into a local contest, or have your own contest!

23. Visit a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

24. Create a holiday centerpiece out of gourds.

25. Toast the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin.

26. Decorate pumpkins with paint, markers or stickers.

27. Have a pumpkin-carving party.

28. Roll down hills and listen to crunching leaves beneath you.

29. Bake seasonal cookies.

30. Make no-bake pumpkin bars.

31. Make pumpkin ice cream.

32. Visit a park and bring along a tree or bird guidebook.

33. Take a family bike ride.

34. Collect acorns and paint faces on them.

35. Decorate your yard with hay bales.

36. Make squirrels out of toilet paper tubes.

37. Coordinate family Halloween costumes.

38. Arrange artificial autumnal flowers in festive pots.

39. Throw a Halloween party.

40. Iron leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and hang them in the window.

41. Have a Halloween-themed movie marathon.

42. Play Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin, a festive version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

43. Host a make-your-own-pizza party.

44. Go on a color walk, gathering outside "treasures" in yellow, orange, red and brown.

45. Have a neighborhood costume parade.

46. Make a kid-friendly pumpkin spice latte (sans coffee).

47. Make Halloween cards.

48. Attend a local football game.

49. Decorate trick-or-treating bags with spooky faces.

50. Dress each other up as toilet paper mummies.

51. Play Left Center Right with leftover Halloween candy.

52. Play your own game of flag football in the yard.

53. Use white tissues, a black marker and rubber bands to make miniature ghosts.

54. Make caramel apples (and add sprinkles!)

55. Play hide-and-seek with glow sticks.

56. Set up a fire pit.

57. Make s'mores outside.

58. Play Ghost in the Graveyard.

59. Host a fall- or Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.

60. Make Crock-Pot or Instant Pot applesauce.

61. Visit an indoor water park.

62. Make apples out of pipe cleaners.

63. Play on indoor trampolines.

64. Visit an arboretum.

65. Play board games.

66. Jump into a leaf pile.

67. Play on straw bales.

68. Attend a local harvest festival.

69. Visit a farm.

70. Make owls out of brown paper lunch bags.

71. Attend a parade.

72. Plant spring bulbs.

73. Make owls out of toilet paper rolls.

74. Schedule an outdoor family photo shoot.

75. Go stargazing.

76. Make stamps out of wine corks.

77. Draw a tree trunk and use your wine cork stamps to paint leaves.

78. Make a classic handprint turkey.

79. Build a leaf fort.

80. Make spider decorations using black construction paper and googly eyes.

81. Tell stories by the fireplace.

82. Trace a tree pattern by placing a piece of paper on the trunk and rubbing a colored pencil over it.

83. Use pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters to make festive gelatin.

84. Take a drive to view the colorful foliage.

85. Collect pine cones to decorate a mantle or tabletop.

86. Plant an indoor herb garden.

87. Have an apple taste-test.

88. Create pinecone birds using craft feathers and googly eyes.

89. Make Rice Crispy treats with pumpkin puree.

90. Make an apple stamp.

91. Create a paper plate apple.

92. Read these children's books on the harvest and Thanksgiving.

93. Make chicken soup.

94. Put all of your children's seasonal crafts into a memory book.

95. Use tissue paper to create "stained glass" windows in fall shapes.

96. Bake a seasonal berry crisp.

97. Take a thermos of hot chocolate on an early-morning hike.

98. String popcorn and cranberries into garlands for decorating.

99. Stop at roadside farm stands to sample local fare.

100. Make personalized Thanksgiving place mats for your whole family.

101. Create a thankfulness tree for your dining room and fill each leaf with something you feel grateful for.

Tips and stories from parents and caregivers who’ve been there.

Please enter a valid email address

Thanks for signing up!

We’ll see you back in your inbox.

Leave a comment

Create a free account with Care.com and join our community today.

You may also like

How much should you pay for a babysitter?