Keep the family busy with fun fall activities

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Chelsey Edens' children, Nash and Bennett Grey, had a long day at the pumpkin patch.
Chelsey Edens' children, Nash and Bennett Grey, had a long day at the pumpkin patch.
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There is nothing I love more than the cool crisp air and colors of fall. It’s the perfect season for getting outdoors before the cold sets in.

The other awesome thing about autumn is that there are tons of free activities you can do to really make the most of the season without going broke. Since becoming a mom, any holiday is an excuse to do fun things with the kids to tie in the season. Fall also means the start of the holiday season, starting with Halloween and Thanksgiving and then moving right into winter and Christmas. It’s not a time were we like to splurge money on activities. So I have come up with a few ideas of things to do with the family that won’t break the bank.

Being a high school football coach’s wife, nothing screams fall more than attending a football game on a cool night. I love putting on a hoodie and sitting in the stands cheering on our team. Admission to these games is not super expensive, and even getting a popcorn won’t cost you a ton.

When I attend games and see parents take their kids to a game, see them eating their popcorn and cheering on their favorite team, I have to admit it is the sweetest sight to me. Maybe football isn’t your thing, though. Maybe you would rather sit outside on your porch wrapped up in your favorite blanket with your favorite book. No matter what your choice is, just throw on that favorite hoodie and spend some time in the gorgeous fall weather.

Visit a pumpkin patch. Now I know what everyone is probably thinking: Pumpkin patches are very expensive, and I would totally agree. However, do your research before you head out, as some venues have special discount days. My family just went the other weekend to a pumpkin patch that had free teacher weekend. Therefore, the teacher plus one other person over the age of 3 got in free. How can you beat free?

Other free weekends include free grandparents’ weekend and military appreciation weekend.

The pumpkin patch is always a great place to take the family for a few hours and do a lot of fall activities such as playing in the corn pit or getting lost in a corn maze. While you are there, why not take a cute fall family picture? This maybe could even double as your Christmas card picture if it is taken the right way. Not like the one my family took after a hot two hours of playing where my little girl is screaming at the top of her lungs and my little boy either looks terrified of her or so zoned out from being exhausted that he is about to pass out asleep at any moment.

Don’t think I don’t cherish this photo though, it is in my living room now in a frame that says, “Happy Fall Y’all,” even though neither of them looks happy in the photo. Pictures like this are ones I live for as a mom.

Other activities can include pumpkin painting. You can go to your local grocery store (if pumpkin patches are not your thing) and get a pumpkin. I think I was in the store recently and saw very nice looking pumpkins for $3! I will admit we paid a lot more for ours from the pumpkin patch, so three bucks is a steal. Give the kids some cheap acrylic paint, and let the fun begin. While the paint is drying, you can bake fall cookies or make your own caramel apples. I love any excuse to make festive food.

There are so many ways you can have fun this fall without breaking the bank. The fall season just puts me in a better mood because when true fall weather comes I’m not sweating to death when I am outside. It’s just a great way to kick off the holiday season and all the special memories to come for you and your family. See what great things you can come up with this fall. I do not know about you but I am glad I live in a world with falls.

Happy fall, y’all!

Chelsey Edens writes a monthly column for The Wilson Times.