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I absolutely love fall. Crisp air, crunchy colorful leaves, and the smell in the air I can't quite describe. To me it is the best time of the year, and if I could I would have a year of falls and forgo the springs, summers, and winters. With my love of fall comes my enthusiasm for adding lots of family activities to our already busy calendar. I can't stand the thought of passing on an opportunity to visit the apple orchards and cider mills, hopping on the hay wagon for a ride through the pumpkin field, or just a quiet walk through the park enjoying the beautiful leaves. I love it all, but unfortunately like many of today's families we can't possibly fit it all in and maintain our sanity at the same time. So reluctantly we have narrowed our list down and try every year to do what we consider the "must do's". Here's our list, what's on yours?

1. Bury Ourselves in Leaves – We start by giving everyone big enough a rake and together work all the leaves into one large gigantic pile. Once the leaves are piled high, we hold contests to see who can make the biggest and funniest jump into the leaves or take turns burying each other.

2. Visit a Farm –Many farms are now opening their barn doors to families during the fall months and hosting activities such as cow milking, sheep sheering, butter making, and yes even those back breaking hay rides. This is a favorite with the kids.

3. Take a Hike – We take advantage of the cooler weather and beautiful foliage and hike through the woods. We collect leaves and acorns to save in a memory box, press into a family scrap book, or use to adorn a family totem pole.

4. Visit a Corn Maze - Many farmers are converting their harvested corn fields into corn mazes and inviting families to find their way out. This is a great activity for families with older kids who love to explore.

5. Make Apple Cider and Caramel Apples - What better way to enjoy the apples of the season than with warm cider and apples buried in caramel topping? These are great for those cooler fall evenings as an after dinner snack.

To learn more about these great activities and others, visit
www.familieswithpurpose.com/fallactivities.

Polly Schlafhauser is Founder and President of Families with Purpose, a website dedicated to helping busy families enhance their family life. To subscribe to their FREE newsletter or to learn about more great family activities, visit their website at
www.familieswithpurpose.com.
 

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We visit the pumpkin patch. We all choose a pumpkin.

We also go on hayrides and look for "spooks".


I love the fall weather and the colors of fall.
 
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