While the cooler weather and shorter days of the Fall season signify that summer has indeed ended, there’s no need for the winter blues to kick in just yet! Fall is a fantastic season full of great activities and lively celebrations. It is truly the best season for engaging all five of your senses – smell, touch, taste, sight, and hearing. From the nature lover to the family chef, fall offers a wide range of family friendly activities everyone can enjoy. Try a few of these suggestions to beat your family’s boredom.
Ghost Tours – Nothing is more synonymous with Fall than the Halloween holiday. And nothing is more synonymous with Halloween than ghosts, ghouls, and other scary mascots. Give yourself a good scare this Halloween and participate in a local ghost tour. In addition to a little paranormal activity, you’ll have the opportunity to learn historical facts about the local area. However, you will need to be remember that not all ghost tours are appropriate for young children so be sure to ask before planning a visit. Check out A Toast Among Ghosts held by the Reisterstown branch of the Baltimore County Public Library or the Haunted History Hike at Soldier’s Delight in Owings Mills.
Corn Maze – Spend an afternoon together exploring a local corn maze. Children will love exploring the maze and using their navigation skills to find their way out and parents will love the nostalgia factor – and the fact that the kids are detached from technology for a few hours out in the fresh air! However these corn mazes aren’t like the ones you remember as a child. Some local mazes are huge, being comprised of acres and acres of land, and many of them host an array of family activities so plan accordingly and spend the entire day if possible.
Farm Visit – Fall is a perfect time of year to visit local farms. And not just for apple picking or pumpkin patches, although that’s a great reason too! Farm animals are much more active and willing to interact in the cooler Fall months which makes petting zoos a lot of fun for the family. In addition, several farms hold Fall festivals with things like face painting and moon bounces as well as selling delicious homemade products such as pies, fruit and nut butters, and organic honey. Try Farmer’s Tom’s in Reisterstown for some great local finds.
Sports Game – Regardless of whether you are not necessarily a professional sports fan, attending a local game with family and friends can be an pleasurable experience. Take in the sights and sounds of the stadium. Enjoy the good company. Support a local team such as the Reisterstown Mustangs football team or watch an indoor soccer game held by Baltimore County Department of Recreation at Owings Mills High School. You may just leave with a few new friends and a new appreciation for the game.
Camping – Camping is the ultimate Fall family activity. And, since a week-long vacation may not be possible with work and school schedules, a weekend getaway is a great way to recharge your batteries. By day, there are tons of things to do for all ages. Try your hand at activities such as nature trail hiking, fishing, or biking. At night, sleep outdoors in the cool fresh air under the stars. Be sure to stop and observe the beauty that nature has to offer.
Charity Walk/Run – The Fall season is host to a number of charity events in the Baltimore metropolitan area. If you have been thinking about getting involved in the community, now is the right time. From animal welfare to school and community center improvements to important issues like breast cancer awareness and feeding the hungry, there is no shortage of ways to help. Check out the Baltimore Humane Society Hike with Your Dog event or participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. And don’t be too concerned if you are not a runner, many of the races have shorter walk options or will at least let you run at your own pace.
Scarecrow/Decoration Making – As far as I am concerned, one of the best parts of the season is fall decorating. And I believe that there is no other time of year in which natural elements are used as much in decorating. For example, collecting and using things like fallen leaves, pinecones, and clipped greenery is quite common this type of year. In fact, there are an endless amount of projects to fill your time. Make your own scarecrow using an old set of clothes (which most people have in their closet) and a filler like straw, grass clippings, or crumpled newspaper or tissue. Use a small pumpkin for the head and complete your scarecrow by drawing or painting a face on the pumpkin.
Festivals/Markets – Festivals and holiday markets are in abundance during the Fall season. Entertain the kids with games and homemade treats while you browse locally made crafts including jewelry, home décor, holiday items, and clothing. Get your holiday shopping done early and support small businesses.
Celebrate – Fall is the perfect time to bring together family and friends. Celebrate the season by hosting a fall-themed party. Incorporate aspects of the season into each part of your celebration including the décor, menu, and entertainment.
What are you waiting for? Pack up the family and get out in the sunshine. Old Man Winter will be knocking on the door before we know it!