As the season of fall approaches, leaves reveal their true colors, nights become cooler, and the time is ripe for spending time with your family. From orchards to pumpkin patches and nature trails to hay rides, the many fall activities provide the perfect opportunity to plan that family outing. Not sure what to do? Do a little research and load the minivan.
If time is an issue, find events or places close to home. Since the weather is usually favorable to outdoor activities, drag your kids from the computer and TV and travel to a local orchard or farmer's market. Such places usually have family-oriented activities and even kids' carnivals. Weekend fall festivals are also major activities of the season and are very enjoyable. Pay attention to the newspaper for special dates concerning these events. College football game anyone?
Wanting to travel a little farther than usual? Try a park and hike on trails to enjoy the colors of fall. Kids may groan at the thought of physical exercise, but taking a leisurely stroll isn't too taxing. A picnic is the perfect reward for a trail mastered or a much-need break mid-hike. Finding that perfect spot may take some travel time, but quality time with the family is always worth the miles.
Whether surprising the family with an outing or planning one in advance, simply making the effort and taking time to enjoy the season with your family are very worthwhile investments.