Gear Up for Fall: 22 Fall Activities for Kids in Des Moines
October 10, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Summer is officially over, and fall has begun. As the cooler weather and shorter days roll in, it may be tempting to curl up on the couch and turn on the reruns, but maintaining an active lifestyle is important all year round - especially for our kids.
This fall, say goodbye to the cries of "I'm bored!," and say hello to a fun-filled season ahead. UnityPoint Health - Des Moines has 22 Pinterest-inspired fall activities for kids that are sure to keep the whole family entertained. (Don't forget to click on the pins for full details!)
1. Go to an Apple Orchard - Take the entire family to one of the many apple orchards in Des Moines, like Center Grove Orchard, for an afternoon full of games, activities, educational opportunities and, of course, apples!
2. Bake Apple Goodies and Treats - After a fun-filled day at the apple orchard, turn the apples you've just picked into a yummy snack. These treats will taste even more delicious when your kids know they came for their apples.
3. Adventure Through a Corn Maze - Iowa is known for corn, so what better way to celebrate fall than to visit a corn maze? Check out The Pumpkin Ranch or Geisler Farm to see just how fast you can make it out.
4. Create DIY Halloween Costumes - Halloween is just around the corner, and instead of buying your kids' costumes at a retail store, create something new and original together.
5. Trick-or-treat the Merry, not Scary, Way - Des Moines is home to tons of kid-friendly Halloween fun. Living History Farms and Blank Park Zoo both put on Halloween events suited for the whole family.
6. Craft With Leaves - Autumn leaves make the perfect addition to any craft. Check out these fall crafts to make use of the falling leaves in your backyard.
7. Visit a Pumpkin Patch - Fall isn't complete without a visit to your local pumpkin patch. Go to Howell's Pumpkin Patch and let each member of your family pick their own pumpkin to take home.
8. Hold a Pumpkin Decorating Contest - Take your freshly picked pumpkins and turn it into a contest for the kids. Use these pumpkin decorating ideas for inspiration. Think of different judging categories, so that everyone can be a winner!
9. Conduct a Homemade Science Experiment - Science activities for kids are perfect to experiment with in fall. Set up a "laboratory" in the backyard and try out these homemade science experiments.
10. Embark on a Nature Scavenger Hunt - Use this nature scavenger hunt for an afternoon of exploring the outdoors. It's a fun and free way to encourage your kids to stay active.
11. Plant a Garden - Fall is a great time for kids to be outdoors and explore the changes in nature by planting a garden. Use these tips for growing a successful garden with kids in the fall.
12. Set up an Obstacle Course - Turn your backyard into a giant obstacle course. First one to make it through wins!
13. Have a Backyard "Camp Out" - The cooler weather might not be suited for overnight camping, but don't rule out camping altogether. Transform your backyard into a mini campground for the evening by pitching a tent, roasting marshmallows and telling stories.
14. Chalk Up the Neighborhood - Traditional sidewalk chalk probably isn't a new idea when it comes to family fun, but this recipe for spray chalk is sure to entertain for hours as they color the neighborhood with beautiful art.
15. Trek on a Photo Safari - Send your kids on a photo safari with a disposable camera. First one to come back with photos of each item on the list wins.
16. Make Fall-Scented Playdough from Scratch - Half the fun of playdough is making it. Try these fall-scented playdough recipes for a fresh, seasonal spin.
17. Initiate Weekly Family Game Night - Friday night in just got a whole lot more fun! Gather the gang for a night of fall-inspired games.
18. Take a Hike - Take in the beautiful sounds, smells and sights of fall by going on a hike on one of Des Moines' beautiful hiking trails. Check out these essential tips for a taking a successful family hike.
19. Create Window and Door Decorations - If your kids like to craft, making window and door decorations, like these stained glass fall leaves, are a great way to display their work to the entire neighborhood.
20. Make a Bird Feeder - Get in touch with nature by making this easy bird feeder. Bring out the binoculars for an up-close view of the hungry birds in your backyard.
21. Host a Fall Block Party - Kick-off fall with a neighborhood block party, giving you and your kids the chance to meet new families in your area and enjoy the last few weeks of nice weather.
22. Write Your Own Fall Bucket List - Have your kids weigh in! What do they want to do? Make a fall bucket list of things they want to accomplish this fall, and punch them off as you make your way through the list.
Want more? Visit the Blank Children's Hospital Pinterest page for more fall inspiration!