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There are so many fun things to do during the fall, but with kids back in school, it feels like there is never enough time. Here are 26 fall bucket list activities for families. Choose your favorites to enjoy before the holidays arrive. APPLE picking is a great way to spend the afternoon outdoors. Use your bounty to make applesauce, apple pie and other treats. Find more recipes in our Apple Recipe Round-Up at www. sandiegofamily.com/dining-recipes/ apple-recipe-round-up.
BONFIRES are a fall staple on a cool night. Grab your hoodies, hot dogs and roasting sticks for a casual dinner over an open flame. Don’t forget the s’mores! A CHILI COOK-OFF is a fun neighborhood gathering. Each family votes for the best-tasting chili—the winner has bragging rights until next year. DRINK hot cocoa. Host a cocoa tasting party with a variety of chocolates, syrups and dippers. Find a recipe for Mexican hot chocolate at www.sandiegofamily .com/dining-recipes/mexican-hotchocolate. Celebrate the END of summer with a “changing of the seasons” party. The first official day of fall is Sept. 22, but we won’t tell if you celebrate in October. Get a jump on your to-do list and take a FAMILY photo for holiday cards, if needed. Afterwards, attend a FALL FESTIVAL.
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(inquire about age appropriateness and fear levels). Or make one at home and see if you can spook your friends.
IMPLEMENT a gratitude text to send in a family group chat each night. If your kids are too young for phones, fill a jar with notes you make before bedtime. Find DIY thankful jars at www. sandiegofamily.com/crafts-for-kids/ thankful-jars. Visit JULIAN, San Diego’s favorite local day trip. Enjoy fall leaves, eat apple pie, explore a gold mine, shop in charming downtown. Learn more at www. sandiegofamily.com/travel/family-visitto-julian. KEEP backyard birds fed by making homemade suet packs. Melt lard and peanut butter together and mix in birdseed. Pour into baking sheet, freeze and cut into squares. Visit your neighborhood LIBRARY for fall programs such as crafts, movies, history lessons and storytime. MIX up a batch of popcorn balls to share with friends. Honor a loved one by making a NICHO (small shadow box). Find instructions at www.sandiegofamily.com/craftsfor-kids/dia-de-los-muertos-nicho. Turn to page 48 for Día de los Muertos celebrations in San Diego.
Have a GAME night with family and friends. Consider a Halloween theme with games like Fear Factor, Minute to Win it and Escape Room Kits.
ORGANIZE a food drive. As we approach the holiday season, more people need assistance. Check wish lists online for San Diego Food Bank, Mama’s Kitchen or Feeding San Diego.
Take a HAYRIDE at a local pumpkin patch or visit a HAUNTED HOUSE
Two words: PUMPKIN SPICE. Put it in coffee, donuts, butter, cakes,
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salad dressing, pancakes, cookies, ice cream—the list is endless. Use the dozens of event shirts your kids grow out of to make a t-shirt QUILT. Look for classes or beginner DIYs. RUMMAGE through your closets for things to donate. Give renewed life to outgrown clothes and unneeded items by passing them to people who can use them. Make SOUP when the weather cools off—double the batch to freeze or share with a neighbor. TRICK-OR-TREAT on Halloween! Turn to page 26 for tips and places to go. UTILIZE your fall harvest to eat homegrown veggies this winter by canning and freezing items from your garden, or support local farmers at a nearby produce stand or farmers market. VOLUNTEER as a family. Join a neighborhood project or engage in random (even anonymous) acts of kinds. Find plenty of awesome ideas at www.sandiegofamily.com/things-todo/donations-volunteers-and-localfundraisers. WATCH football on TV or get tickets to your favorite stadium. Organize a game of touch or flag football with the family. X marks the best pumpkin in the pile! Visit pick-your-own pumpkin patches for the best pumpkins to carve or decorate. YAMS, squash, pomegranates, pears