Fall Bucket List for Things to Do with Kids in Connecticut
It’s officially Fall season! And like all things beautiful, it can get elusive with back to school frenzy and coping with health in the changing season. So here’s a bucket list of kid friendly activities in CT to enjoy before its holiday season and nature’s wallpaper turns from hues of orange and red to shades of white and grey.
1. Hikes and Trails: Connecticut has no dearth of walking and hiking trails with different level of difficulty. Here we shortlisted some of kid friendly hikes for fall:
- Roaring Brook Nature Centre Canton: There is a fun Autumn and tress leaf scavengers hunt happening and even a “Hunters” moon night guided hike. Check the link for more info http://www.roaringbrook.org/events/events.html#familynight
- Stratton Woods State park: A small park in West Hartford with walking trails, picnic area, a picturesque bridge and hiking paths which are short and easy. So pretty much a place suited for a family outing with young kids.
- Haystack mountain state park: Located in the Litchfield County, it is a short 20 minutes hike with a beautiful 360 degree view from the top and you can see the surrounding fall foliage in all its glory.
- Talcott mountain State park: Located in Simsbury, it is a popular destination with families and the foliage and views at this time of the year are fantastic!
- Hubbard Park: This park in Meriden is especially beautiful in fall with the awesome foliage. With an easy hike and play scape it is favorite in the state for many families.
2. Cozy up for movie nights: Wind rustling outside, lights dimmed inside and popcorn to munch on…..autumn is the perfect setting for cozying up with kids for spooky tales and movies. Checkout Netflix and/or Amazon Prime for a ghoulishly good collection this fall. Some of the movies you can stream right now on Netflix are: Casper, Little Monsters (from the 80s), The Spiderwick chronicles, Annabelle Hooper and the ghosts of Nantucket, Super Monsters save Halloween, Gnome Alone)
3. Fall festivals: Connecticut is brimming with fall festivals at this time every year. Check here for getting a weekly update of events near you! www.connecticutlifestyles.com and sign up for their newsletter, too!
4. Hayrides and corn mazes: Another family favorite for the fall, any bucket list for fall isn’t complete without them. Some of the hayrides and farm events happening in this/next month:
- Fall festival at Auer farm (Bloomfield): Take a walk through their corn maze and enjoy hayrides on their 120 acre farm. Click here for more information.
- Fair weather Acres (Cromwell): They have amazing activities including hayrides, scarecrow walk, pedal go-carts among others. Additional information about dates and tickets can be found here. You can check their Facebook and Instagram for updates as well.
- Sam Bridge nursery (Greenwich): Take free hayrides to pumpkin patch and participate in Annual Build-A-Scarecrow. Click here for the events schedule.
- March Farms (Bethlehem): An event of pumpkin picking hayrides for friends and family with kids on autism spectrum is organized. Click here for the details.
- Stew Leonard’s (Danbury): Family friendly hayrides starting from October 5 every day. Click here to know more.
5. Fall Photography: Mother Nature provides us the most beautiful canvas to work with in this season and the options are endless. Hire a professional photographer for some outdoor photography or get creative yourself and capture the kids’ wonder years in the backdrop of vibrant orange, bright red or a cheerful yellow!
What is your favorite thing to do with kids as a Connecticut parent? Let us know in the comment section! Happy Fall to all!!