By Debbie Egbert – Cincinnati Insurance
The song lyrics “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” are not just for Christmas, or even back-to-school season for parents of school-age children. If you are anything like me, it applies to the entire season of fall.
Fall means comfy sweatshirts or flannels, crisp temperatures, bonfires, beautiful trees, football, and family fun. If you are looking for some fun activities for your family, then look no further! Here are a few of my favorite family activities I hope you will give a try and make an annual part of your fall season. And if you plan to invite friends or family members from outside your household, all these activities can be adapted to COVID-19 protocols. Most take place outdoors, and others should still be do-able by adding a little space or wearing masks.
TAKE A HIKE
Travel to your local hiking trails; they seem to be sprinkled everywhere and are a great way to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. Collect different leaves that have fallen and work together to identify the trees that dropped them.
VISIT A FARM
Enjoy family time picking apples, choosing the best pumpkin in the patch, going on a hayride, or conquering a corn maze together.
You can turn any average day into a day to remember with a fun scavenger hunt. Whether outside on a sunny fall afternoon or inside on a gray and rainy day, just create a list of things to find. Make it easy or challenging depending on the participants’ ages. Create riddles as clues or use close-up pictures. Sit back and watch your family create memories that last a lifetime.
MAKE HOT CHOCOLATE
The packet stuff is pretty good, but if you’ve never made it from scratch, I encourage you to give it a try. It will change your life. There are so many different versions: maple hot chocolate, salted caramel hot chocolate, or Mexican hot chocolate.
PUMPKIN, PUMPKIN, AND MORE PUMPKIN
Experiment with different ways to eat pumpkin dishes. You can add pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spices to pancakes, smoothies, waffles, and cookies or even make pumpkin butter to spread on warm biscuits. Roast those pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins you carve. You are limited only by your imagination.
I hope some of these ideas get your creative juices flowing and become annual traditions that you enjoy with your families and friends. Create a fall wish list together so everyone can choose what they want to do this fall and no one misses out. Hang it on the refrigerator and check them off one by one. Hopefully, you, too, will be singing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
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