Sure, the days are getting shorter. And yes, the evenings are a little cooler than they were last month. But a recent string of 80+ degree days has us trying to ride out the last bits of summer just as long as we can.
Of course, the calendar reminds us that fall is coming soon – and many of you are already seeing proof of it. Which means that we’ve been hard at work coming up with our fall fun list.
|Fall fun in Yosemite, 2011|
I imagine a lot of you create a seasonal bucket list. What makes ours different?
- All ideas are either kid-generated or kid-approved (’cause sometimes I have fun ideas The Explorers may not think of on their own)
- The list is visible in a high traffic area of our home – think poster-sized butcher paper hung up in the hallway between the kids’ rooms
- We turn our want to’s into our to do’s. Instead of thinking of this list as a wish list, we make it our go-to guide for fall planning.
Bonus: More than a handful of summer visitors spotted our list (it’s posted just outside our guest bathroom) and were inspired to make their own. Yay!
Backyard Nature Fun
- Make a scarecrow
- Create a pumpkin planter
- Decorate or carve a pumpkin
- Roast pumpkin seeds
- Bake an apple and/or pumpkin pie
- Go puddle jumping
- Host a snail race (if we can find some critter contestants!)
- Go trick-or-treating
- Set up a backyard weather station
- Build a fort
- Enjoy a backyard campfire
- Bake holiday cookies
- Go fishing (for the first time!)
- Roll down a really big hill (probably at the La Brea Tar Pits)
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Navigate a corn maze
- Take a hay ride
- Go apple picking
- Try bobbing for apples
- Visit the Skirball Cultural Center
- Ride the North Pole Express train
- Eat chicken from Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant (we didn’t get there this summer)
- Visit the cabin in Yosemite (and maybe make it to Glacier Point since we missed going this summer)