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Perfect Fall Weekend Activities for Families


Fall is the perfect time to plan to spend more time together with your family. After summer vacations end, many families are left wanting to get away, just for a day, and to recapture some sacred family time. There are so many fun activities associated with the fall season, many of which are suited for the whole family. Whether you like strolling the shops or hitting the trails, fall offers something for everyone. From camping and fishing to backyard bonfires, fall is the perfect time to make some memories.


Planning a fall fishing trip can be a fun family outing or a fun outing with friends. Depending on where you live, you need to make sure that everyone who will be fishing has their fishing license. These can usually be acquired through a county office, such as the Dept. of Parks and Recreation. Once everyone is situated, make sure everyone has the fishing gear that they will need. Decide whether you’ll be fishing from a boat, dock, pier, or just standing on the bank of a pond. Fishing boots or wellies will keep your feet dry and protected. Overtons has great deals on outdoor gear, fishing rods, boating equipment and more. Don’t forget the tackle box! You can even give the littlest fishermen their own special tackle box filled with treats and snacks.

Campfire, Family

A family camping trip might be just what the doctor ordered. Planning a camping trip might seem like a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep it simple with basic outdoor gear, like a 4-5 person tent. Leave the ‘glamping’ behind, and prepare to camp the old fashioned way. Invest in good sleeping bags that will keep the family snug and warm during chilly nights. For those who may have trouble sleeping on the ground, an air mattress is a great idea. Bring along a few camping chairs for comfy seating, and plan to make meals over the campfire. A camp stove is also an option for cooking meals while enjoying the campsite. You can find lots of great camp stoves and accessories at Academy. Don’t forget to pack along plenty of supplies for making smores!


If you just want to get out and have a fun day trip, why not visit a local farm? Local farms usually have fall festivals this time of year, and special events for children and families. Take a family hayride, and then have some fun picking out pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Continue the fun at home by making hot cocoa and apple cider, and decorating the pumpkins. A pumpkin decorating table is a great way to entertain kids of all ages at a fall family gathering. Set out craft supplies like paint, glitter, vinyl letters and decorations, and see who has the best pumpkin decorating skills! You could even host a contest for the best-dressed pumpkin and award the winner a special prize.


Another fun thing to do during the fall season is to attend the county fair. The fair is a lot of fun for kids and adults. Even if you’re not so keen on riding amusement rides, there is plenty to see and do at the fair. Visit the different food vendors and try fair delights. Fair food is some of the best tasting food from grilled corn to deep fried candy bars. Take a walk around the fair ground and check out all of the livestock, the contests, and the live music. For just a few dollars, you can gain entrance to the fair. Tickets for rides and attractions may be an additional expense. Taking the family to the county fair is must. It’s a lot of fun, and can bring back some fun memories of your childhood. If you have children, they will love the sights, sounds, and excitement of the fair.

You don’t have to leave home to enjoy some fall favorites. Head out to the backyard and sit around a fire pit for a family bonfire. Invite friends and family over to cozy up by the fire and make smores. With so many fall activities to choose from, your family will be busy all season long.