The air is feeling crisp and the sweatshirts are out. The leaves are turning color and starting to pile on the ground. The warm coffee tastes better and the pumpkins are starting to appear on front porches throughout the neighborhood. It is definitely fall and what a cozy, fun and busy time of the year!
My family and I love to celebrate this season! We have certain traditions and activities that are usually only done in fall. In order to make the best of it, we decided to make a Fall Bucket List this year! We have been avid ‘bucket listers’ in the summer for a few years now. Check out my post about our summer bucket list here. So we thought it would be fun to extend that thought into one of our favorite seasons this time around. I thought you might like it too!
Our reasons for loving a Fall ‘Bucket List’ are:
- The activities are usually only things that can be done in the fall….this helps to make it special and unique to this time of the year.
- We wrote it as a family…each person contributed a few items on the list…this gave us each ownership in our family time together.
- Some of the items are traditions for us…such things as getting pumpkins and putting together Halloween costumes…it signifies the importance of these annual events and the special importance of what tradition and togetherness means to us as a family.
- Some of the items are new to us…a few things are first time events and things we have not done yet…it helps us have adventure and experience it all for the first time together!
- It gives our fall purpose and intention. This is probably the number one reason I like it…we make a point of putting family time first, giving it a priority with how we are going to spend it and going as far as making a list together, checking it off and collecting the memories together as we go.
- It offers reflection and gratitude. At the end of the fall we can go back through our list and our ‘bucket’ remembering and talking about the fun and special times we had reinforcing our bond and reliving the fall for just a bit before moving on into the busy holiday season. We did go over our summer bucket list at the end of the summer and it was so fun to talk about all the memories we made. 🙂
Here are a few free printables to get you started on our own Fall Bucket List! The first one is blank in case you want to fill in your own activities and experiences. The second one is a generic list of sorts that will help you get started (and it is the one we are using this year!)….Click on the links here: Fall Bucket List 1 (fill in yourself) or Fall Bucket List 2 (filled in for you!) or the pictures to print your own and jump into the Fall Bucket List Fun!
- The age of your children (some activities are just more age appropriate than others…and some are not challenging enough for the older ones…you know your kids and what would be right for them!)
- The cost of each activity (I like to balance our family fun with a few things we pay for and then others that are free…if money is no object for you than maybe this wouldn’t apply, but we are on a tight budget and so with each activity added I thought of the cost that went along with it…a paid activity to a few free ones was key for me!)
- The area/city/town you live in (Some cities and towns offer unique opportunities in the fall and special events…fall festivals, farmer markets, football games, pumpkin patches, orchards, etc. are all things that your town may offer!)
- Traveling/Distance (Some activities may require some time to get to…I wouldn’t plan a lot of these as it might get old to be in the car driving to all of your activities…balance it out with a few close ones to every further away one)
- Your schedule/calendar (Some lists may be longer than others…that is ok…you know your family’s schedule…maybe you have a child in sports and practices keep you pretty busy…or you work long hours making weekends the only time to get out and do any of the fall fun…keep your list shorter and doable…be realistic and it will definitely be more fun because you won’t feel obligated, but instead inspired by looking at your list to find some fun for each fall weekend!)
- Give yourself grace! (If you don’t get to everything on your list by fall’s end…no big deal!! We very rarely check everything off…life happens! The main thing is that you put forth the effort to make your season about family; making it a priority. You made memories along the way and (hopefully!) had fun while you were doing it!)
Balance is key in doing an activity like this and tailoring it to your family is going to make it work the best for you! Fall can be all about family-centered, cozy fun and this type of activity helps you put intention and purpose into the season of leaves, pumpkins and campfires 🙂
Hope these printables are just what you need to get started on jumping into fall family fun! Here are the links again in case you missed them!
Let me know your favorite fall activity in the comments below!! And follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see updates on how we are enjoying fall and completing our Fall Bucket List! 🙂