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Free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn – With winter closing in and the end of summer not long gone; I thought it would be nice to make a list of things that are either free or cheap we can do as a family in Autumn. I’m going to keep it to things we can do no matter where we are based in the country.
Parks – free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn
One of the things we love to do as a family is taking a walk on an autumn day through our local park. I’m sure most of us have a local park nearby. Some are more well kept than others but most are in a condition by which we can take a stroll.
If you are lucky enough there might even be a kids play area with some swings and a slide. Some now even have these amazing wooden structures that are like climbing frames. You could also take a ball or even a kite and if the surrounding areas and weather are suitable these can be great fun! Also great for tiring out the kids and adults too!
Local Walks – free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn
If your feeling really adventurous you could take your brood out for a day walking. Most of us around the UK live close to a suitable local walk, some up fells or hills and others are flat circuits there’s something suitable for everyone. Packing a little picnic and flask is always a winner. Or if you feel you could stretch to a pub lunch that’s a nice treat to have in autumn too. Obviously, these walks can be done at various times throughout the year but I think if you get a suitable day in autumn, its just right.
Pumpkin Picking – free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn
I know we are all not blessed with a local pumpkin patch, however, do check first to see if there is a nearby patch or farm (sometimes called pick-your-own farms). I had never even considered pumpkin picking until a Mum from my son’s school mentioned they had been, Id assumed we were miles away from anywhere suitable; in fact, we are within an hours drive of a patch.
It’s not completely free our local patch charges £4 per pumpkin or 3 for £10, which is expensive for a pumpkin compared to buying them in a supermarket. But when you consider the memories you’ll make by visiting, its a lovely day out, you’re helping local businesses and you’ll get some fantastic photos of the kids (and the adults) in the middle of a ton of pumpkins!
Autumn Crafting – free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn
Even if you don’t have a little crafting stash you can grab a few crafting supplies from somewhere like Home Bargains or Poundland really cheaply and if get a bad weather day. You can gather the family around and have some messy fun. This doesn’t have to be just for toddlers either if we are making something like a Halloween or Autumn wreath I can normally coax my 7-year-old son to get involved.
I’ve linked my Halloween and autumn Pinterest boards to give you some inspiration.
Family Movie afternoon/evening – free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn
This one is always a winner, obviously, you need a TV and some way to watch a movie but most households have access to these. We love nothing more than heading out mid-morning for a walk, take a scooter or visit a play area for a couple of hours, then head home for an afternoon watching a couple of movies with snacks and treats.
Carving Pumpkins or a Pineapple! – free and cheap things to do as a family in autumn
Ok, the first thing there is obvious, pumpkins are the go to for Halloween calving fun. But I’ve heard on the grapevine this year, people are reaching for a pineapple and calving that instead, and eating the contents when finished! Yum! I’ve been told the smell of a calved pineapple is divine; so would really love to give one a try.
So there we have it 6 ideas for autumn family fun. We shall be trying to fit in all of these over the next couple of months when I do I shall update you via Instagram.
Do you and your family do any of these, are any of them yearly traditions or do you have plans to start some of these this year. Id honestly love to know, either drop me a comment or pop over to my socials.
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