It’s no doubt that this Fall things will look different when it comes to keeping everyone entertained. But that doesn’t mean the new “normal” has to be boring! Check out these eight activities off your Fall bucket list.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
With stalks so high it’s a challenge to see your way out, this outdoor attraction of exciting twists and turns can be explored in rain or shine. Fun when it’s light out and spookier after dark, these mazes have become a much-loved fall tradition.
Support Your Local Apple Orchard
Whether your nearby orchard offers U-Pick or Curbside pick-up only, nothing beats the sweetness of a freshly picked apple right from the tree. It’s always been important to #SupportLocal. But now more than ever local farms need our support as they’ve been hard hit by the closures of many weekend markets. You can find a directory for local fruit orchards across Canada here.
Swap Spooky Stories Over a Backyard Bonfire— Don’t Forget the Smore’s!
Cozy up in the warmth of the fire and share spooky stories, sing songs or tell silly jokes. Sip hot, homemade apple cider from your recent orchard expedition. Plus, who doesn’t love a good reason to roast marshmallows for smores!
Host a Virtual Trivia Night
Toss an invite out to friends and family to have them log into a virtual meeting platform for a fun night of trivia! If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even download clips of your favourite fall movie classics and use screen sharing to have them guess the movie title or character names! Be sure to create questions that have a difficulty level that is appropriate for the age group of the participants.
Hike in Fall Foliage
Canada is one of the leading destinations for viewing the incredible changing colours as the leaves fall from the trees. Venture deeper into the backcountry for undisrupted scenery of red, orange and yellow. Or enjoy a local park or walking trail close to home. For lucky Ontarions, you can view this fall colour map from Ontario Parks to track the changing colours of the leaves and find the best time to visit. Embrace your inner child and stop to jump in a pile of fallen leaves along the way!
Pick Out a Pumpkin
These days, pumpkin patches offer so much more than just picking pumpkins. As a one stop shop for everything Autumn, you can often find plenty to do in one place. Hay rides, seasonal crafts, and hot chocolate are fan favourites. As things might be a little different this year, advanced booking may be required. Check with your local pumpkin patch before venturing out to the farm.
Tailgate from Home
Tailgating before football games looks to be on hold for the foreseeable future but a driveway game-day viewing party is a great alternative! Hang a large, white sheet along your garage door and watch the game using a mobile device and projector. Invite other football fans in your neighborhood to pull up a lawn chair (six feet apart, of course). Remind everyone it’s BYOD (bring your own drink) but that there will be plenty of cheering and free air high fives!
Hunt for Halloween Houses in Your Neighborhood
Ready, set, go! Although knocking on doors might be a thing of the past, this Halloween, you can still cruise around your neighborhood hunting for spooky décor on bikes or by car. Bring along a scavenger hunt list for things like pumpkins, ghosts or spiderwebs. Alternatively, you can dress up your own home or yard and bring the audience to you!
Despite some minor interruptions, with social distancing your family can still be active outdoors and enjoy everything the Autumn season has to offer.
What are your favourite family activities in the fall?
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