As the months grow colder, and the vibrant leaves begin to fall to the ground, it can be tempting to stay inside and begin the hibernation process for the winter months. However, autumn is perhaps one of the best times to go outside with your family and enjoy what nature has to offer. Not only is the weather often brisk and refreshing, but most of the outdoor activities around this time of year are relatively inexpensive, and also a great way to get in shape and have some fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Have Some Fun with Leaves
What would you say if I told you that there was an activity that would help build up your upper body strength, teach your kids about cooperation and determination, and have a little fun along the way? What would you say if I also told you that in most cases this outdoor activity was completely free?
Well, the activity that I’m talking about is raking and gathering up leaves into a great big pile and jumping into it. Yes, you probably remember this game from when you were a kid. You probably also remember the “frustration” of your parents as you gleefully jumped into the pile after all their hard work. However, with a little bit of ingenuity, you can turn this age old game into a way to get your family to have a lot of fun and get some great exercise as well.
Think about it this way – raking the leaves together as a family is a great way to build up your arms, torso and upper body. It’s also a great way to get a little friendly competition in your family- see who can gather up the most leaves! Plus you get the get the fun of leaping into the great big pile when you’re done.
Go Pick Apples
Another great and relatively low cost autumn activity that you and your family can enjoy is a visit to a local apple orchard. In today’s economy in order to make some extra money, many local farms or orchards open their fields to the public on certain days this time of the year to pick apples. Check with your local orchard concerning the cost and rules, but in most cases orchards will allow you to spend hours walking around with your family, and only charge you for the apples you pick. It can be a great way to not only spend time with your kids, but also provide them with a sense of where their food comes from, and a few tasty treats by the end of the day.
Help Clean Up
If you live in the city or even a suburban area, chances are there are parks or recreational areas that could use your help, and that of your family. In the fall, parks and recreation areas often lose their summertime and springtime volunteers due to school being back in session, and workloads becoming more demanding. Unfortunately, things such as litter, debris, and dead foliage rarely slow down to accommodate. Check with your local parks and recreation areas about volunteer activities that you, your family or even your neighborhood friends could enjoy. Trust me; not only will you get to spend some time outside getting some great exercise, but you’ll have the gratitude of the people who help to keep the parks and green spaces clean.
These are just a few ideas to get you started in your quest to have some fun with your family during the autumn months. Have a great time coming up with some of your own!
Laura Seeber is a geologist, environmental professional, writer, and outdoor and nature enthusiast. Born just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Laura has spent the majority of her life hiking through the forest, descending into caves, climbing over boulders and up cliffs, navigating river rapids, and writing and blogging about her adventures. She currently resides in Illinois and travels country in search of the next great outdoor activity or adventure.