With fall well underway, it can be all too easy to settle into the mindset that summer equals fun and fall equals hunkering down inside (perhaps with a pumpkin-spiced latte in hand).
That needn’t be the case. Read on for fun fall activities that the whole family will enjoy, and make the most of the autumnal season this year!
Plan an Outdoor Movie Screening
Most libraries loan projectors, so why not queue a movie that’s appropriate for all ages — or an NFL game if you’re a footballing family? Light up the firepit, fire table or outdoor heater, grab some cozy blankets, warm some spiced apple cider, and enjoy a mild fall evening outdoors.
Partake in Gentle Exercise
If you or another family member are adept at yoga, Pilates, or tai chi, why not host a family-friendly session? Younger children and seniors can always use a chair to help them if they find some parts a little tricky.
It’s a great way to enjoy some gentle exercise, spend time together as a family, and share an inevitable laugh at that one cousin who’s incredibly uncoordinated.
Host a Potluck Exclusively with Family Recipes
If an aunt is known for her apple pie, a sister for her pumpkin tagliatelle and an uncle for his homemade wine, why not host a potluck where everyone brings a dish they’re known for or conjures a positive family memory?
Potlucks are a fantastic, low-key way to get together.
Visit a Local Farm
If you’re lucky enough to live in a rural area, see if there’s a farm that embraces the harvest season. There will undoubtedly be activities for all ages, including hayrides, corn mazes and pick-your-own opportunities — to name just a few.
Shut Down the Yard
If your aging parent, aunt, or uncle has a yard that requires a little fall maintenance, pick a weekend and get the whole family to chip in. Not only is this an excellent way to help your senior loved one, but it’s a lovely way to get everyone together.
Rake leaves, clip back shrubbery, task the kids with sweeping porches and decks, and dead-head the foliage. You can even take time to plant bulbs of your loved one’s choosing for the following spring.
Once the labour has wrapped up, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and sit back and admire your hard work!
Know Your Options
If your senior loved one is living with a life-altering illness or a disease like dementia, home care companies like Integracare Home Care can help and support them, allowing them to safely and comfortably age in place.
Among many merits, this means that your family can spend as much time together as it likes, on special occasions and holidays and on regular weekdays and weekends when you simply feel like stopping by.
Not having to worry about visiting hours or visitor numbers, as you would with a live-in care facility, will be a huge bonus both for you and your loved one.
However you choose to get your family together, no matter if it’s five people or 25 people, you’re sure to have a great time. This is especially true if you think outside the box and find a fun, fall-friendly activity that will delight all ages.