Cheap (or Free) Harvest Activities for Your Family to Enjoy

Fall is my favorite season by far. Cool, crisp air. Warm, cozy sweaters. Gorgeous leaves. Ah, it doesn’t get much better than this!

During our journey out of consumer debt I needed to get…well, creative, when it came to our family activities. And boy, did I ever still want to celebrate fall, despite our small budget. I thought it would be fun to share some ideas with you today that are either cheap or free!

Related: Sacrifice During Our Debt Free Journey

  • Pumpkin painting. We usually purchase pie pumpkins from Walmart and use paint we already have.
  • Bonfires. Sitting around a bonfire with a warm drink in hand just screams fall!
  • Leaf rubbings. Again, this is a really cheap or free idea to enjoy with your kiddos. All you need is paper, crayons, and leaves from your yard.
  • Hiking. What better way to enjoy the changing leaves than by going on a hike?
  • Visit an apple orchard. If too expensive, skip the u-pick option and buy $1 slushies or a pack of apple doughnuts instead. You still get to experience the fall charm!
  • Fall themed scavenger hunt. Pick up a few items from the Dollar Tree, and you are good to go.
  • Check out fall books from the library. Again, this is a really fun free option!
  • Visit a pumpkin patch for a cool photo opp. Many times no purchase is necessary!
  • Check out your local state park for free activities. I simply love state parks! And what better place to take in fall foliage?
  • Bake a fall recipe. Cookies with fall colored sprinkles taste better! Am I right?
  • Jump in a pile of leaves. Super fun for little kids! Just make sure it is a fresh pile and no critters are hiding inside!
  • Buy dried corn (common animal feed) to play with in the sandbox. My kids have loved doing this.

Related: Finding Joy in the Small Stuff (Fall Edition)

I hope you have found a few new ideas to try with your family! How about you? Do you have any fun fall ideas? Please share them in the comments below!


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