30 Things To Do In Autumn With Kids (Autumn Bucket List)

September 18, 2019

Autumn is on the way! I can almost taste the apple pies and smell the pumpkin spiced lattes. I am thrilled by this as autumn is, and always has been, my favourite season. 

Autumn is the season when slightly frumpy mums like myself can don all the layers and ankle boots, releasing our inner autumnal goddesses. It’s the season where it’s totally okay to eat all the pies. It’s the season where everyone wants to get outside and enjoy the sharp frosty air and stomp in the crispy leaves. Autumn is just the greatest.

A woman facing away from the camera walking hand in hand with a little boy through the woodland. She's also pushing a buggy.

It stands to reason, therefore, that in order to make the most of the season and get everything that we want to do done, we need to put together a Family Autumn Bucket List. 

I thought I’d share the list with you lovely lot, in the hopes that it may inspire you to do some of the things that you sometimes might find yourself putting off for whatever reason. Every parent has that one family activity they find it difficult to find enthusiasm for.

For us, that’s getting outside as much as we should. Since Oscar came along, we’ve found it harder to get outside and explore because of all the additional faff that comes with having a baby. But, you know what? I was listening to Dress Like A Mum on the Scummy Mummies podcast recently and she said that, yes, it does take a lot longer to get out of the door, but they blooming well do it anyway! That made me think about how we approach the great outdoors and made me that little bit more determined to make sure we all make it outside more this autumn.

A close up of a homemade hallowwen game featuring painted toilet roll tubes. They are painted to look like ghosts.

So weather your nemesis is baking, crafting, finding local events or getting to become one with nature, you’ll find them all on this list and hopefully, you will find a bit of extra motivation to spend some wonderful quality time with your family and tick them off the list. You never know, you might even enjoy it more than you think you will! 

30 Things To Do In Autumn With Kids

  1. Make our own chocolate apples
  2. Pick our pumpkins. (We usually do this at the Blackmoor Apple Estate in Surrey)
  3. Having a β€˜scary’ movie day.
  4. Explore our local woodlands a bit more.
  5. Pick out some autumnal scented candles
  6. Bake Halloween biscuits.
  7. Watch the fireworks.
  8. Make an autumn nature collage.
  9. Go on an autumn bike ride with plenty of hot chocolate stops.
  10. Make some pinecone bird feeders.
  11. Make chocolate mug cakes.
  12. Forage for the last of the blackberries.
  13. Make blackberry and apple crumble.
  14. Jump in piles of crispy leaves.
  15. Make Rice Krispie treats.
  16. Carve pumpkins.
  17. Make pumpkin soup.
  18. Make roasted pumpkin seeds.
  19. Go on a hilly hike and watch the sunset from the top.
  20. Make apple pie.
  21. Craft our own halloween decorations and halloween party games.
  22. Collect conkers and play with them.
  23. Make a big pot of warming chai tea.
  24. Bake a spicy chai cake.
  25. Have a family games night.
  26. Visit a farm.
  27. Go to a farmers market.
  28. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  29. Craft an autumn wreath for the front door.
  30. Toast marshmallows over a fire.

Looking back at the list it certainly looks like there’s lots of baking involved. But how can you resist when the food you get in autumn is just so tasty?! I’m looking forward to doing a lot of baking with the kids, getting quite messy and muddy from our walks and bike rides and sipping on a lot of hearty hot drinks.

Let me know what you’re up to over the next few months. Have you got anything planned with the kids? Any go-to autumn activities? Share them with me in the comments or tweet me @gloryiscalling or tag me on Instagram!

If you’re looking for even more autumn inspiration, check out this Autumn Bucket List post that Luke and I created a few years ago when he was a bit younger.

A black graphic with some autumn doodle leaves at the top. The text says 30 Things to do with kids in autumn.

8 Comments

  • Fritha

    September 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Autumn fashion is definitely the best! And it’s such a cosy season isn’t it! Definitely going to follow some of those suggestions πŸ™‚

  • Rhian westbury

    September 19, 2019 at 5:47 am

    even without kids I’d love to do most of these things anyway, especially baking. some Halloween cookies! I definitely don’t do enough seasonal bakes, although my Autumnal candles have been chosen now x

  • Natasha Mairs

    September 19, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Some really fun ideas here. I am adding making the blackberry crumble and chocolate apples to my Autumn bucket list

  • Anosa

    September 20, 2019 at 7:55 am

    I love Autumn and excited about all the things I want to do throughout the season, chocolate and camping are high on our list.
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  • Jess Howliston

    September 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

    LOVE this post, thank you so much for all these fantastic ideas! Autumn is my favourite season and I love wrapping up warm and getting outdoors with the kids. I am definitely going to save this list and see how many me and the kids can tick off this Autumn!
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  • Kara Guppy

    September 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Pumpkin picking and jumping in a huge pile of leaves is defintely top of our list. We are also looking forward to bonfire night too
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  • Nichola – Globalmouse

    September 21, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    What a great round up, I love the idea of making an autumn wreath, that’s lovely. I’m actually quite looking forward to this season this year, it’s normally one I dread but I’m in my new house and looking forward to getting all warm and cosy!

  • Playdays and Runways

    September 23, 2019 at 6:26 am

    One of my favourite things from 2018 was picking our own pumpkin. I cannot wait to do it again this year.

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