Boston is full of family-friendly activities to enjoy this fall. To make sure your family makes the most of the season, we came up with a Healthy Family Fun fall bucket list!
- Watch the leaves change color on a family hike. Try one of the many walking or hiking trails around the city and marvel at the rich orange, reds, and yellows while they last. Walking is a heart-healthy activity for the whole family that is especially beautiful this time of year. You can also join the Franklin Park community for a night hike through the woods on October 26! Make sure to wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes.
- Carve pumpkins and roast their seeds. Nothing says Halloween like carving your very own Jack-o-Lantern! After you’ve hollowed out your pumpkin, wash the seeds under running water and let them dry. Next, spread them lightly with vegetable oil, a little salt and pepper on a baking sheet, and pop them in the oven at 350˚F for about 20 minutes (stirring occasionally). Finally, enjoy a healthy and tasty fall snack!
- Build a fallen leaf pile. Rake leaves from your yard or a neighboring park into a pile that’s deep enough to cushion your children’s fall. Encourage them help you rake or collect leaves with their hands. Then let each child, one at a time, run and jump into the pile and watch the colors fly!
- Pick apples and make your own applesauce. Head out to a local apple orchard to walk along the trees and pick your own apples if you are able. Even if you pick up a bushel at a farmer’s market or grocery store, homemade applesauce is a fun and healthy treat for the whole family. (If you’re looking for more healthy seasonal recipes, we’ve got you covered.)
For the last few weeks of fall, be sure to stop and smell the foliage with your family! Let us know if we’ve left your favorite family-friendly fall activity off our bucket list in the comments section below.