3 Ideas for Fall Family Fun

3 Ideas for Fall Family Fun - jenniferajanes.com

3 Ideas for Fall Family Fun

We always enjoy fall. The cooler temperatures after the heat and humidity of the summer are a relief, and there are a lot of fun activities going on. It’s the perfect time to take field trips and have some fall family fun!

1. Frontier Days / Civil War Reenactment

We live fairly close to Historic Washington State Park, where they have Frontier Days and a Civil War reenactment every fall. We always try to make one or the other—or both! We learn so much about life in the 1860s in ways that are fun and understandable because we’re right there in the middle of it!

This year we enjoyed a tour of the Block-Catts house, which is the oldest wood frame two-story home still standing in Arkansas. It was built in 1832 and is also notable as the home of the first Jewish immigrants to Arkansas.

In Block-Catts house - jenniferajanes.com

We also visited the blacksmith shop, where everything is crafted by hand.

Inside the blacksmith shop - jenniferajanes.com

The girls enjoyed another trip to the candle shop, where they learned more about the way candles are made and the fine art of dipping the candles and mixing colors to create new ones.

In the candle shop - jenniferajanes.com

Near the Sanders Kitchen, we had the privilege of seeing the wool dyeing process. Since we enjoy knitting and crocheting, it was fun to see how this is done with natural dyes.

Near the Sanders kitchen - jenniferajanes.com

2. A Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

I have wanted to take the girls to a pumpkin patch and corn maze for years, but it hasn’t ever worked out. This year was different. We have a friend who is working to build a portfolio for her photography business, and she asked if the girls would model for her—at Noble Oaks Farm’s Fall Festival! (Note: The following photos were taken with my cell phone. Sherry took professional photos with her fancy camera, and she has the right editing software to make them look good too. I’m sure she’ll post them soon on her Facebook page. I’ve seen her work, and it’s amazing! I can’t wait to see the girls’ pictures.)

Noble Oaks Farms set - jenniferajanes.com

Corn maze victory at Noble Oaks - jenniferajanes.com

Candy corn pumpkin roll at Noble Oaks - jenniferajanes.com

Hay bale jumping at Noble Oaks - jenniferajanes.com

3. An Out-of-the-Way Museum

We’ve visited the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources before, but when we found ourselves in the area for a family birthday celebration this month, the kids begged to go again. So we did!

There’s nothing like spending the afternoon in a 1920s jail.

Inside the jail at Natural Resources Museum - jenniferajanes.com

It’s fun to find out about life on the frontier too.

canoe at Natural Resources Museum - jenniferajanes.com

And it’s always interesting to see what oil field laundry looked like. (Trust me. We don’t have real laundry problems!)

Oil field laundry at Natural Resources Museum - jenniferajanes.com

Fall Family Fun

You probably don’t live close enough to these places to visit this year, but if you look around, you’ll probably find something similar near you if you ask around and do a little research. Activities like these are a great way to spend a fall afternoon, especially if you want everyone to get a good night’s sleep!

Tired child - jenniferajanes.com

What are some good spots for fall family fun in your area? Leave them in the comments for others to see!

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8 Responses to 3 Ideas for Fall Family Fun

  1. Looks like fun! Love those kinds of family trips!

  2. What great ideas. I did outings like this with my daughter with emphasis on history and science and she loved it so much that she ended up with a history degree. I didn’t realize until my daughter was grown, how much the way we spend time with our children affects them the rest of their lives.

  3. Renee says:

    Looks like fun! We went to a lot of museums growing up and I loved it and still remember a lot of them.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I love all of these ideas! We’ve done them all at different times. Fall is so fun!

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