Hello again, THK followers! We have finally settled into our new house, so I am hoping to be posting on a more regular basis again and get our science lab up and running soon! In the meantime, I wanted to share a few resources for fun activities you and your students can get involved in this season! Let’s get started with fall fun!
Ah, fall. It’s one of my favorite seasons. The world seems more serene and somber, yet the weather and landscape is gorgeous. Changing colors, hay rides, hot cocoa, parades… who could ask for more? Your kids could, I suppose. With school in full swing and the world changing outside your classroom windows, they are likely itching to get outside. You could always rake some leaves (if you live up north), but what other activities are available? Fear not! I have found some directories that can help you find fun events in your area!
- Corn mazes: I found a directory that actually lists out locations around the United States that offer corn maze fun! Their website is located here.
- Pumpkin patches and hay rides: In my opinion, visiting a pumpkin patch and taking a hayride are almost requirements for fall. These activities are usually associated with farms, so it’s an all-in-one deal: corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hay ride, and food vendors. You can’t go wrong! Click here to visit a pumpkin patch and hay ride directory.
- As a sidenote, one of my favorite pumpkin patches is located in Bradenton, Florida. It is called Hunsader Farms, and you can visit their website here. They not only have traditional pumpkin patch games and activities, but they also have a circus, pumpkin cannon, and some rides on site as well. I highly recommend visiting it if you are in the area.
- Apple picking: Here is a directory of orchards where they grow apples and other kinds of fruit. Grocery apples are good, but there is just something special about eating a fresh picked apple!
- Living history and schoolhouse museums: Are you looking for an educational fall field trip? Consider taking your students to a living history or a schoolhouse museum. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, your children are probably already starting to think about Native Americans and pilgrims. Why not show them in person what life was actually like back then? You can find these museums in every corner of the country, but here is a list of some living museums that come highly recommended by the Family Traveller blog.
- Candle making: For an interactive activity with older children, think about candle making! Candle making is not only educational, but it also produces a useful item you can use to make your home smell like fall! This article lists some suggestions for online tutorials and in-person shops that provide classes.
- Visit a Farmers Market: Here is a USDA sponsored directory of farmers market locations. Show your kids where food comes from!
- Fall festivals: I couldn’t find a unified fall festival directory, because it looks like each county/state has their own site. However, all you would need to do is Google your county and you will likely be able to find a festival near you. Churches often have them as well, so look for signs in your area too!
This list is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully it at least gives you some ideas and resources to learn more about. If you choose any of the outdoor activities, do remember to bring umbrellas, jackets, and sunscreen. Fall weather is so unpredictable! Hand sanitizer is also a great idea for the petting zoo. Finally, remember that these experiences aren’t just for your kids. Lesson planning is important, but you need to take a break too. So get out there and have some fall fun!