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


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  1. Marni says:

    We love going to area orchards and enjoying ‘sweater weather’ by going for frequent walks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love these tips to read and learn about new things in the area and share with family

  3. Sara says:

    Pumpkin picking!!! Can’t wait! I think next year we will grow some too!

  4. Lynsey Roe says:

    We enjoy going up north and spending time in our boat there, both there and on area lakes.

  5. Jen says:

    Our family lives near one of the fabulous bike trails in Madison WI. We hop on our bikes, our youngest on the tag-a-long, and hit the trails!

  6. Wendy says:

    We like to enjoy time in our backyard as well as walking through the park in the evenings. We have a lot of kid toys so we spend some time at home playing with those toys outdoors.

  7. Karmin says:

    Going to pick raspberries with the kids and eating them fresh in the patch.

  8. Lisa Johnson says:

    Birdwatching at Horicon Marsh

  9. SaraU says:

    Hiking on a state park trail – picking up pretty leaves.

  10. Adele says:

    We love to go camping and sit and watch the kids play in the leaves.

  11. Julie H. says:

    Visiting the Apple orchard is a fall favorite in our family.

  12. Elizabeth Goff says:

    Hikes at Governor Dodge! And soon, some camping!!!

  13. Heather Waite says:

    Since we have a lot of fall cleanup every year, we have fun with the kids as we “rake” them into the piles of leaves!

  14. Sherri says:

    We enjoy helping my parents rake leaves at our family cottage. Then the kids jump in the leaf piles. We also enjoy looking at the changing colors of the leaves and will also try a corn maze and enjoy picking apples.

  15. Sarah says:

    We love to go for walks and bike rides as a family.

  16. Sandra S says:

    Hiking or biking. Anything together.

  17. Katrina Bard says:

    Playing games like Loteria and Enchanted Forest

  18. Shianne says:

    We race!! My husband and son race go karts, so fun to watch and be a part of. Next year we will have two kids racing :)

  19. Dalene says:

    We love relaxing outside and talking even if it
    is only for a short time.

  20. Katie says:

    We spend our downtime by bringing out bins of toys, dumping them out and let the kids (and adults) play. Legos are a new found love for our son..he could plat with them for hours!

  21. rachel says:

    Hiking at the state parks and canoeing. This weekend we picked apples and watched the Packers!

  22. Jessica says:

    We like going for bike rides or for walks.

  23. Kati says:

    We enjoy taking our dog to the dog park to run and play!

  24. Kathy says:

    We like going for bike rides or going hiking.

  25. Katie says:

    Having camp fires in the backyard!

  26. Stephanie says:

    A trip to the Corn maze followed by a chili dinner makes for a fun fall day!

  27. Donna Rosenberry says:

    We love to go to the apple orchard, pick pumpkins and walk through the corn maize.

  28. Kristi says:

    We spend our down time going to farmers markets,swimming,biking, walking/hiking,camping playing board games (Ticket to Ride is our favorite), and reading.

  29. Angela M. says:

    Going to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard.

  30. Teresa says:

    We spend our family time running errands such as groceries, the bank and such. But the best part of down time is cuddling up with my family on the couch. My husband and I work opposite shifts so when we can all be together we love to cuddle as a family. Mason (20 months) in the middle of us. Gives us a great chance to kiss all over Mase and we know he sure loves all eyes on him.

  31. Dana M says:

    We love to be outside this time of year biking and hiking. We spend Saturday mornings walking around the Farmer’s Market to buy our veggies for the week. We also enjoy taking a Fall trip to the Apple orchard and to the pumpkin patch

  32. Bobbi K. says:

    We love going to the pumpkin patch and eating apple cider donuts!

  33. Jay Miller says:

    picking apples.

  34. jennifer-miller says:

    pumpkin patch and carving

  35. Heather says:

    Going to our family organic dairy farm on the east side of Wisconsin, seeing our cows and flying a kite in the field!