Summer is coming to an end which means it is time to find new activities for family fun. With Christmas coming faster then I want to think about I am trying to save my pennies so our fun budget is very tight. Luckily there are still many fabulous fall activities that are budget friendly as well.
1. Watch for local churches to sponsor family days. Every year we have at least two churches in our town that have family day in the fall. They rent inflatable rides, have cake walks, crafts, music, food and best of all it is free with a small donation. The church we attend does it every year as a way to give back to the community and give families a way to spend time together in safe environment.
2. Check our your local pumpkin patch. We have several in our area. It is free to get in and they have a corn maze and a couple other activities. They have food available to buy, a small gift shop and every year we let the kids pick out a pumpkin to buy and we take it home and decorate it. The pumpkin usually costs us around $5 and it is a lot of fun to decorate it as a family.
3. Go on a fall scavenger hunt. I plan on taking my kids to a local park when the leaves start to fall off the trees. We are going to go on a scavenger hunt for different types of leaves and we are going to make a book about all the different trees that grow in the park. We will take pictures of acorns and other nuts that grow and take the leaves home and put them in our book.
4. Make caramel apples at home. We do this every year, it is a sticky mess but so much fun and the kids have a great time. We were able to get all the supplies we needed for under $10. We melted the caramels, dipped the apples and then had out bowls with different toppings that you could add to your apples.
5. Never under estimate the fun of raking up a huge pile of leaves and then letting the kids jump in it. We do this every year also and then when we are done playing the kids help us get the leaves in to big bags that look like pumpkins and we use them for yard decorations . If you do not have a yard take a trip to the park, you can do the same there.
6. Make sure to check what activities the city has planned in the fall also. We have trick or treating on the square a couple weeks before Halloween, the have movie nights at the park and a couple other family days planned most of which are free to attend.