Fall time is full of pumpkins, cool air, and fun holidays. And when you have little kids, it becomes a time of excitement, wonder, and imagination. Fall is the ideal time to do cool and entertaining things with your family, but ideas can be hard to come by when you're trying to stick to a budget. Below you'll find a list of 7 family-friendly, affordable activities that will get every member of the family into the Fall-time spirit!

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze

Pumpkins, corn mazes, and hayrides are fall time staples. Not only are these activities fun (and easy) for little kids, but it typically does not cost more than a few dollars to enjoy hours-worth of fun. Kids love running through fields of pumpkins and picking their own to bring home, and hayrides involve tractors, hay, and a ride through fall foliage. Why wouldn't kids love it? Corn mazes offer exercise, some serious thought, and creative play. Keep in mind, however, that corn mazes mean lots of walking.

2. Pick Apples and Bake a Pie

Apples ripen and are ready to be picked in autumn and it's perfect timing since it's an affordable activity for families to get in on during cool, beautiful weather. Young kids are often fascinated by the splendor and size of apple orchards, and climbing trees is always fun. And when your family is done picking out their favorite apples, you can take them home and spend some time baking an apple pie together! Baking is both fun and rewarding for kids when they get to eat it later!

3. Carve Pumpkins

When you think of fall time, pumpkins are probably one of the first things that pop into your mind. Whether its pumpkin seeds, pumpkin patches, or Halloween-time fun, everyone enjoys being surrounded by pumpkins in autumn. For just a few dollars, let your kids pick out a pumpkin and design a spooky or cute face to carve out together! Kids love being creative and they love messes, so it's a perfect (and affordable) fall time activity. And if you are concerned with the mess your pumpkin's "guts" may create, try letting your kids paint their own pumpkins instead!

4. Get Friendly with Nature

Many people love fall time because the weather settles somewhere between the hot summer and freezing winter. Typically the temperatures during fall provide the best atmosphere for taking leisurely strolls or discovering something new in nature. Take your little ones out on a nature walk, collect colorful leaves, spot beautiful scenery, and pile up some leaves for them to jump in. Nature provides free and fun entertainment for people of all ages.

5. Have a Spooky Night In

There's way more to fall time than the Halloween holiday, but the season provides the perfect atmosphere for creepy-cool snacks, movies, and activities. Even little kids enjoy the characters, treats, and spooky fun that comes with this time of year. For a cheap and fun night, make some fun treats, some warm hot cocoa, and maybe some creative crafts together. Get yourselves into some comfortable pajamas and snuggle up for a spooky (family-friendly) movie!

6. Get Crafty

Crafts are an affordable way to have some fun with your kids and it allows them to be creative. For the fall time, spend some time making seasonal crafts. Help your little ones use their hands to create turkeys with paint or use empty toilet paper rolls and black pipe cleaners to make creepy spiders!

7. Find a Fall Festival

Because of the beautiful weather and amazing holidays, you'll probably find that there are lots of festivals and events happening in your area. Fall time, local events are typically free for families or very cheap, and it's an affordable way to spend your day. Halloween and other fall festivals offer families music, games, snacks, entertainment, and more. Take your family for a day of local, community fun and you won't regret it.

Affordable activities don't have to be boring and fall time is one of the best times of year to get active and have fun with your family! Try one or all of these fall time favorites for a memorable and budget-friendly season.

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