The Times West Virginian

October 22, 2012

Outdoor family fun easy during autumn months


Times West Virginian

— Fall is a vibrant season full of rich color, crisp weather and fun family activities. There are plenty of outdoor activities for families this fall:

• Pick apples.

Fall is apple season and it’s the only time of year you can pick ripe apples right off the tree.

This is a great way for families to get outside, get some exercise and learn how this popular fruit is grown and harvested. Find an orchard near you and set up a time to visit. Some orchards even let you grind your own apples into cider.

Once you get home, whip up a delicious apple recipe.

• Visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze.

A visit to a pumpkin patch will offer a full day of family fun. Kids will love having a whole patch to peruse for their own big, orange pumpkin to carve for Halloween.

Plus, pumpkin patches often have fun extras like mazes made entirely of tall corn stalks and yummy fall refreshments like cider and apple pie.

• Take an autumn nature walk.

Crisp, cool air and beautifully colored leaves are special features of the fall season. Take this opportunity to get outside and take a closer look at nature. There are endless possibilities for a nature walk.

Try having your kids pick up fallen leaves and attempt to identify the type of tree they fell from.

• Visit a farm and take a hay ride.

Farms make great day-trips for families. Kids can get up close and personal with animals, see how the farm functions day-to-day and even take a hay ride. For older kids some farms even transform their grounds into a spooky space and offer haunted hay rides during fall.

In the evening there may also be bonfires complete with s’mores and cider.

For more information, visit http://parenting.slides.kaboose.com/311-top-five-outdoor-fall-activities.