My favorite time of the year is fast approaching and I cannot wait until the trees begin turning gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange! I truly believe that the Lower Mainland of BC experiences one of the most gorgeous Falls around and if you’ve got little kids, there are a ton of ways you can get out and experience it in all it’s glory!
Need some ideas of what to do with the littles? Here’s a few things we’ve enjoyed doing with ours locally!
1. Go Apple Picking at Taves Family Farm
Taves Family Farms located in Abbotsford is the ultimate location for fall family fun! Not only can you visit and hand pick apples from the orchard, but they also have activities like corn mazes, pony rides, a pumpkin cannon and giant jumping pillow! We hope to head to Taves Farm in a week or so to stock up on some delicious apples, since that’s our September Preschool theme for our oldest!
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2. Get Baking!
Nothing says Fall like hot apple pie straight from the oven! Baking with ingredients like pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger is the perfect way to enjoy a cool Fall morning. Cookies, scones, muffins… the opportunities are endless! For a fun child friendly recipe, try these Mini Apple Pies that I whipped up with my toddler last year!
3. Host a Thanksgiving Dinner
I love to play hostess and Fall is the perfect excuse to bring everyone inside your home for a warm and cozy dinner party! Whether you choose to make an Apple Cinnamon Pork in your crockpot or go all out with a Turkey, you’re sure to create lasting memories for your loved ones!
4. Go For a Walk
We love to get outside and enjoy nature this time of year! The Lower Mainland has so many wonderful parks for walking in, but our favorite is Tynehead in Surrey. I’ve also heard good things about Campbell Valley Park, Redwood Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and the famous Stanley Park downtown.
5. Make a Thankfulness Chain
I’m not a crafty person, but even I can pull off a Thankfulness chain with my boys! Cut up strips of red, orange and yellow construction paper and spend some time talking about what you are most thankful for. Write them on the papers, staple them into rings that connect and then display in your home for constant reminders of gratefulness!
6. Find the Perfect Pumpkin at Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch
Aldor Acres is a family farm located in Langley BC and we look forward to our visit all year long! It’s not just about picking pumpkins, it’s also about going on a hayride and visiting all the animals at the farm! It’s also a great place to pick up a few gourds to display on your kitchen table. General admission is $8 per person or you can get a family pass (two adults and their own kids) for $38.00.
7. Visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo
We aim to visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo at least once a year and I find fall to be the perfect time to go! The summer crowds have disappeared and the animals aren’t hiding from the heat like they were in July and August. The trails are all covered in crunchy leaves and it makes for a wonderful way to stretch your legs while watching for Monkeys, Tigers and Bears!
8. Indulge in Seasonal Treats
Before you throw out all the gunk from inside your pumpkins, take a few moments to wash and dry the seeds that are inside! Once baked and seasoned, they make a delicious (and easy) crunchy Fall snack! You may also want to stop by Tim Hortons and grab one of my favorite treats of the year; the Pumpkin Spice Muffin! So good!
9. Have a Family Photo Shoot
Fall is the perfect time to take out your camera and snap photos of your family! Head to one of the previously mentioned parks and take advantage of the seasonal scenery and get your yearly family photo done! Whether you hire a professional, bring a friend or simply put your camera on a tripod, you won’t regret capturing this moment in time!
10. Celebrate the Season Indoors
Red, yellow and orange happen to be my favorite colours, so I thoroughly enjoy bringing that brightness into my home when the skies begin to darken. Change up your tea towels, put a cloth on your table and add some fall fauna to your tables and cabinets. Burn a pumpkin spice candle or make up a simmer pot for your stove! The point is to bring the sights and smells indoors to give your home a sense of calm and colour!
11. Carve a Pumpkin
We aren’t big into Halloween in our home, but we do enjoy a little trick or treating, dress up and of course, the carving of pumpkins! It’s a great way to get both parents and kids involved in a hands on activity and you can proudly display your work in the window or on the porch of your home once done. Lower Mainlanders need to be aware that pumpkins are early this year and it’s been predicted that they may not be around come October 31st. Carve early and consider picking up a fake pumpkin for your deck on Halloween night.
12. Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
This family friendly cartoon is a classic TV special this time of year and it wouldn’t feel like Fall without a viewing! Based on the Peanut comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, it follows the story of Linus who wants nothing more than to see The Great Pumpkin on Halloween. If you don’t have cable, don’t worry. You can usually purchase this special on DVD or in holiday gift sets this time of year.
These are just a few suggestions based on what we’ve enjoyed doing as a family in the Fall. Please share yours!