Fall Activities for Kids

Don’t you love the crisp fall air?! It’s such a great time to get out with your kids and enjoy the weather, cinnamon and pumpkin spice smells, warm sun, and cool evenings. We have all of the great fall activities for kids and families that you’ll want to check out to plan some fun days! Our guide to pumpkin patches has all the locations, hours, prices, and features you will find at each- same with the apple picking guide and many others below. Click on any of the activity headings to get location options and also don’t forget to check out the Kidlist calendar for more kid-friendly fun!

Fall Activities for Kids

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests
This one contains all of the fall fun in the western suburbs to enjoy with your family. Keep reading to find out about fall festivals, Oktoberfests, and activities by date and throughout the season!

Apple Picking
Where to pick apples, complete with a map to locate an orchard near you, start dates, phone numbers, hours, admission/parking fees, and descriptions.

The Best Caramel Apple Recipe
We’ve searched far and wide for a great homemade caramel apple recipe and found it! Get the recipe and tips to be successful.

Pumpkin Patches with Fall Activities
All of the pumpkin patches within an hour of the western suburbs of Chicago below with descriptions, admission prices, and hours.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Decorate pumpkins, watch Halloween-themed movies, take a hayride, listen to a storyteller, enjoy Halloween treats and games, and more. Mark these down on your calendar and celebrate the season all throughout the month!

Go on a Leaf Hunt
Walk around the block or through the forest preserve and use the free printable found in this one to search and hunt for common found tree leaves in our area.

Where to See Beautiful Fall Colors
Enjoy the beauty of autumn at one of these kid-friendly places.

Amusement Parks
A comprehensive list of local amusement parks and tips to make your day enjoyable for all ages.

A Day at the Farm: Farms to Visit with Kids
Local farms that offer opportunities to interact with adorable barn animals, pick seasonal fruits and veggies, learn about the pioneer days, and enjoy attractions such as carousels and wagon rides.

Camping with Kids
Locations within three hours to take your kids camping!

Horseback Riding
Whether it is a weekend trail ride, on-going lessons, a birthday party or summer camp you seek, horse enthusiasts will love this list.

Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Want to take a walk outside but don’t know where to go? Kidlist readers voted and these are the best for kids!

Where and How To Take Your Kids Fishing
Ponds to go fishing, where to buy kid-sized fishing poles, how to tie the hook to the line, where to buy bait, and how to cast your line. Basically everything you need to know to go fishing with your kids!

A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can do anywhere you are (locally or on vacation), any day and time using GPS coordinates.

Kid-Friendly Halloween
Looking for Halloween events and activities, like where to see the best decorated Halloween houses, family-friendly local Halloween events, haunted houses and forest walks, where to find costumes locally and more? Head over to our Family-Friendly Halloween Guide!