Fall is hands down my favorite time of the year: The crisp weather is just perfect for me, and the beautiful changing colors and scenery really strike that chord of happiness within. After being cooped up in the house virtually all spring and summer due to COVID-19, I’ve been determined to find some safe, social distancing approved activities for my family and I to participate in, so that I can truly enjoy my favorite season! Check out my suggestions, and whatever you do, Mask Responsibly! ?
Ahhh good old apple picking: One of the harbingers of autumn and crisp cool days. Apple picking is such a feel good activity to do with your family or friends, and you can still maintain a safe distance from others. If you have kids, choose a local family friendly orchard that’s set up to accommodate little ones. If you want to go with the girls, make a day road trip of it and visit an orchard in the next town! Make sure you pick enough apples to…
Do (A Lot) Of Baking
Fall is the perfect time for baking! There’s nothing like coming home to a warm house filled with the aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar. Use your apples you picked to bake up a pie or cobbler. Use this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe to whip up a batch of treats your whole family will love, or make use of that pulp from your jack o’ lanterns to make a tasty pumpkin pie!
Family Fitness Boot Camps
Too many people (Me. I am people. ?) wait until the New Year to get active, but Fall is the perfect time to begin working on your (next) summer body! Temperatures in most places are consistent through October’s end, and many boot camps will take activities outside (while still following social distancing), making them fun and family friendly.
Take Virtual Vacations
If the thought of getting on a plane or bus makes you paranoid, consider taking virtual vacations. Thanks to streaming webcams, you can get a Birdseye view of the best locations right from the comfort of your couch. If you have kids, gather them around and let them learn about other cultures, national parks, and monuments! While there’s nothing quite like exploring an area in person, virtual vacations can whet your desire for travel AND help you narrow down where you absolutely must go when the COVID-19 pandemic stabilizes.
Backyard Camp Out
Camping out in the backyard can be sooo much fun! I’ve seen pictures on social media of families really making a night of it, including tents lit up with fairy lights, gourmet snacks, and movies projected onto the side of the house! Since you’re camping in your own backyard, it’s (mostly) danger free, and you can even teach the kids about constellations while you toast those s’mores.
Dance It Out!
Not gonna lie: Since I fell in love with K-Pop, I’ve been dancing all day, every day, and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon! With concerts still at a standstill, most artists from every genre of music have more time to record and release new music thanks to the break in touring obligations. This means lots of dancing, and if you’re a K-Pop fan, lots of new choreography to learn. The best part? Your waistline will thank you, since dancing burns anywhere from 200-500 calories an hour!
Attend A Peaceful Protest
2020 brought about a marked increase in civil unrest. No matter your stance on the issues, the unrest has been great enough to bring people out to protest even despite the risks associate with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to make your voice heard on any issue, wear a mask, and attend a peaceful protest. Here’s how to find a protest in your city.
Hike A Nature Trail
Fall, with all of its color changes and crisp beauty creates the perfect backdrop for brisk hikes and family walks. While trail walking has become more and more popular, you can still find trails that are less congested and safe to walk with regard to COVID-19. If the trails in your area do tend to be packed, avoid peak teams (go earlier or later, but be careful with regard to lighting and safety), or choose a day of the week as opposed to a weekend.
What social distancing approved activities are you planning to do with your family this Fall? Let me know in the comments!