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20 Fun & Free Fall Activities for Kids

 Fall is a perfect season to spend more time with our children - be inspired by this list of 20 fun and free Fall Activities for Kids!

Evgeny Atamanenko |


Kids are in school again and the weather will soon start co0oling down as we welcome a new season. Fall is a perfect season to spend more time with our children  and encourage them to continue to learn through fun activities that nourish the skills and knowledge they are learning inside the classroom. Use the weekend to make new memories as a family with these free fall activities geared towards kids and families.


Go hiking – Take a walk down a nature trail in your city or a local provincial park.

Go bird-watching –  Head out with a pair of binoculars and a bird book and identify local birds together.

Go on a scavenger hunt – Go hunting for a list of fall items and see if you can find everything on the list.

Visit historical sites – Many library systems offer passes to local historical sites and museums completely free of charge to library card holders.

Check your community calendar – Check online for free events in your community for families.

Go geocaching

Visit your local library – Check online for free book readings, craft events and more for families.

Go leaf jumping   Rake ’em up and then jump into the pile.

Tree rubbings – Bark and leaf rubbings are fun and pretty. Head out on a dry day for nature walk with paper and crayons.

Go to the beach – Early fall is still warm enough for swimming but without all the crowds. Pack a picnic and go for the day!
Go star-gazing  – Head out of the city for an open area where you can sit down on a blanket with some hot chocolate and watch the stars.
Go on a scenic drive – Once the leaves have started to change colour, head out on a scenic drive through the country.
Craft with leaves – While out hiking collect pretty leaves on your way and craft with leaves.
Head to the Pumpkin Patch – Look for a pumpkin patch offering free admission – you don’t have to buy anything and many offer free hayrides, activities and entertainment.
Go Apple Picking – Many pick your own apple farms offer free admission to fun kids areas with rides, corn mazes, farm animals to visit, wagon rides and more.  You don’t have to buy apples, but supporting local farmers sure doesn’t hurt!
Build a scarecrow – Get creative and build a scarecrow together with odds and ends around your home.

Make a handprint tree

Collect acorns and pinecones – Use them for fall crafts or make a thanksgiving centrepiece with them!

Help the less fortunate – Empty out your pantry and donate any non-perishable items you can spare.


As you think about other fun ways to encourage your children to continue to learn about the world around them, it is also time to start thinking about their future if you haven’t already. Why not start by setting aside all that money you just saved and put it to work in a no-fee Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). works with communities across Canada to make it easier for modest-income families to save for their kids’ future education. They can help you access federal government grants including the Canada Learning Bond. Since we’ve been talking free stuff, I think this one takes the cake  – The Canada Learning Bond is actually a FREE kick-start contribution of up to $2000 for eligible families.  Awesome right?

Give your child the opportunity to continue learning. Visit right now and check out their government grant eligibility calculator, online RESP starter and Canada Learning Bond application.


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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by, however all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.


Caryn Coates

Friday 14th of October 2016

I learned that you can get up to $2,000 in free education money. Thats pretty cool!

Erika Letson

Friday 14th of October 2016

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Carol M

Friday 14th of October 2016

I learned there is no cost to open an account.

Christy E

Wednesday 12th of October 2016

I liked how they laid out the resp options


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

I learned that you can open an RESP absolutely free. I always thought you had to commit to a monthly investment.