Saying Hello to Fall


shutterstock_151802678School is underway, and with it the scheduled routines of practice, rehearsals, homework and more have taken hold. It can be hard to find the time to take a break and just relax. But, it’s important for the whole family.

We hear it all the time in the media – we’re a culture that thrives on being busy. Kids are scheduled (sometimes even over-scheduled), parents are running between work, school functions, home, errands and more. We can sometimes even feel guilty if we’re not doing something productive. But, there are experts who would argue that downtime is productive. It encourages creative thinking, helps us be more patient, allows us to be better able to handle stress, and more.

And, even though the relaxed days of summer vacation are now a fond memory, fall creates great opportunities to relax and have fun as a family: Enjoy tailgating and watching a football game. Go for a hike to see the trees turning color. Pick apples or pumpkins. Get lost in a corn maze. Find a local fall festival near you – there are many quirky and fun activities across Wisconsin (hint: check out for a listing across the state.) Don’t forget our listing of Family Activity Ideas (pdf) with resources for activities like geocaching and stargazing.

So, what is your favorite fall activity to do as a family? Share your ideas and help others discover new ways to enjoy the season.

Additional resources: 

What kids say about being busy
Is your child too busy?
Family Activity Ideas (pdf)
How to create family time