101+ Free and Cheap Fall Activities for Kids!
Are you looking for fun fall activities for kids?
The weather is getting a little cooler and the leaves are starting to change colors—are you ready for some fun free and cheap fall activities for kids? Then you have come to the right place! Below you will find 101+ ideas for free and cheap fall activities you can do with your kids. Whether you are at home or on the go, you will have hours of fall fun ahead of you!
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Free and Cheap Fall Activities for Kids That You Can Do at Home
Rake up a pile of leaves, and jump in them.
Carve or paint pumpkins.
Make pumpkin pie.
Draw or paint pictures of pumpkins or Jack o’lanterns.
Build a scarecrow.
Make inexpensive Halloween costume.
Make a fruit cobbler.
Go around in a circle and share the things you are thankful for (you can keep taking turns till you run out of ideas).
Press leaves in a photo album or other book.
Host a potluck Thanksgiving dinner.
Watch an animated Halloween movie such as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Make homemade Thanksgiving cards.
Write thank-you notes to loved ones.
Bob for apples.
Make a collage with colored leaves.
Make leaf rubbings.
Make a handprint turkey.
Play flag or Frisbee or regular football.
Make homemade pizza.
Make chocolate milk or hot cocoa and make and decorate homemade donuts.
Make and decorate fall-colored sugar cookies.
Make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Make banana splits or hot fudge sundaes.
Make caramel popcorn.
Make caramel apples.
Host a Halloween party.
Host a neighborhood trunk or treat.
Play dolls or superheroes.
Play pirates or ships.
Build a race track and have a race.
Read a Halloween story together.
Go on a fall-themed scavenger hunt.
Draw a map and go on a treasure hunt.
Write and act out a simple play.
Color or marker together.
Play house (or family, as my five-year-old daughter likes to call it) or school or bakery (or ice cream shop—you get the idea J).
Do finger painting.
Have your children invite a handful of friends over to play simple games like “Duck, Duck, Goose,” “Musical Chairs,” “Hot Potato,” “London Bridges,” “Follow the Leader,” and so on.
Have a tea party.
Form a band (create or gather together simple musical instruments to play together as a family or with friends).
Choreograph a simple dance routine.
Do aerobics or other exercises together.
Do simple (sometimes edible) crafts together.
Give the kids a bubble bath.
Decorate hard-boiled eggs.
Play age-appropriate board games and card games together.
Play with wooden blocks.
Play with marble tube games.
Play with plastic building blocks.
Do puzzles together.
Make “angels” in the leaves (similar to making snow angels).
Do chalk art.
Use a flashlight in a darkened room to make shadow puppets.
Build a fort out of chairs or sectional furniture and large sheets or blankets.
Let the kids help to make a simple meal.
Play on your swing set.
Jump on the trampoline.
Color with chalk on the sidewalk.
Play tag in the backyard.
Play hide and seek.
Let your kids help you garden.
Go camping as a family in the backyard.
Have a hot dog or marshmallow roast in the backyard.
Go “camping” in your family room for the night.
Watch a movie together (let your kids pick it).
Ask your children what they want to do, and then do it.
Free and Cheap Fall Activities for Kids That You Can Do on the Go
Go for a bike ride, or ride scooters.
Go for a walk (or a drive) to see the fall colors.
Go to a neighborhood trunk or treat.
Go to a pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin.
Go to a fall festival at a farm or ranch.
Go to a high school football game.
Go to a spooky forest, haunted house, or other haunted attraction (for older kids if it’s not too spooky and if you can get tickets at a discount).
Go to a corn maze.
Go for a drive up the canyon.
Visit a state or national park.
Go camping—even if it’s just in your backyard some of the time.
Go to an indoor (or outdoor, if it’s warm enough) pool.
Visit cousins or set up a play date with friends.
Go to a free or inexpensive music concert.
Go out for (inexpensive) ice cream.
Go to a kid-friendly restaurant with a play area and buy ice cream or inexpensive food the kids can eat for a snack, and then let them play for an hour.
Go to an inexpensive movie (dollar theater).
Go for a walk or hike.
Ride skateboards or inline skates.
Go to the park.
Play hide the button at the park (the hider lets the other children know when they are getting warmer or cooler as they look for the button).
Find a grassy hill to roll down.
Find puddles to jump in.
Go for a short run together as a family (and if you like it, work up to doing a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or even marathon together!).
Go on a picnic.
Go to the community rec center (consider getting an annual pass).
Visit free or inexpensive museums or aquariums (or go on a day when admission is free or reduced).
Go to the zoo (especially when you can get reduced-price or free admission).
Go to activities or to read at the library.
Go to an inexpensive fun center or jumping gym.
Final Thoughts on Fall Activities for Kids
There are so many free and inexpensive things you can do to help keep your children entertained this fall! The kids definitely don’t need to be sitting in front of the TV or an electronic device all afternoon long when there are so many fun free or cheap fall activities for kids!
What fun free and cheap fall activities for kids does your family normally do? I would love to hear what your family does for fall fun, as well, so leave a comment below!
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