Fall Bucket List: 50 Idea for Fall Family Fun

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As I write this, the real feel is 99 degrees and the humidity is sky high. I’ll be the first to admit that I love the summer. I think it stems from my teaching days. However, there have been a few days recently where football, leggings and boots, and PSLs have definitely been on my mind and I am not upset about it. Cincinnati offers no shortage of fall fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. Not to mention, some gorgeous leaves and sweater weather.

This bucket lists consists of 50 fall activities to do with your kids. Some items are out in about in our great city and some are things you can do at home. There is truly something for everyone from your little foodie to artist to explorer!

Without further adieu, I present to the CMB Fall Bucket List.

Live It Up, Local Style

Family Focused Fun

  • Pick apples and/or pumpkins.
  • Go to a haunted house.
  • Go hiking.
  • Take family pictures in some of the beautiful sunflowers in the area!
  • Check out a new playground.
  • Make blessing bags for a local shelter.
  • Spend a day volunteering.
  • Walk/ run a 5K.
  • Check out fall/ Halloween/ Thanksgiving books from the library.
  • Explore a new (to you) museum in Cincinnati.

For the Foodies

  • Get a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy a solo Target trip. (#momdream)
  • Roast pumpkin seeds.
  • Eat samples and explore Findlay Market.
  • Try a new area restaurant.
  • Drink apple cider.
  • Find five unique ingredients at Jungle Jim’s and make a dinner out of them.
  • Sample some of the 70-something seasonal products at Trader Joe’s.
  • Volunteer in a soup kitchen.
  • Enjoy an apple cider donut… or two.
  • Make your favorite football/ tailgate spread to eat while you cheer on your college or NFL team!

Arts and Crafts 

  • Make leaf rubbings.
  • Check out the Modern Cat and other upcoming exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
  • Print and display recent pictures or art work!
  • Make apple prints.
  • Create a fall centerpiece for your table.
  • Make pumpkin pie play dough.
  • Make these adorable turkeys with your little one’s picture and footprints.
  • Go see a movie or play.
  • Let your little author keep a fall journal with pictures/ illustrations of the different fall things they do.
  • Attend a local craft fair.

Hanging Around Home

  • Set-up a family fantasy football league.
  • Watch a football game.
  • Rake leaves. Then jump in the pile.
  • Take a sunrise or sunset stroll around your neighborhood.
  • Carve a pumpkin.
  • Decorate for Halloween.
  • Introduce your children to “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” or “Hocus Pocus.”
  • Roast s’mores.
  • Spend the whole day in your pajamas.
  • Participate in a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

Happy Fall, Y’all! 

Fall Bucket List

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I am a Cincinnati transplant. My husband and I moved here last October from Washington, D.C., where I was an Early Childhood teacher, instructional coach, and most recently principal at a charter school. I’m now a mom to a precious 8-month-old boy and a dramatic 2-year-old golden retriever. I am passionate about education and love spending time with family, reading, walking/ hiking, Pure Barre, taking pictures, discovering new restaurants, fantasy football, and “quick” trips to Target! I’m excited to start exploring all that Cincinnati has to offer a family and to share my journey into motherhood (and undoubtedly some first-time parent laughs) with you!


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