30 Days of Budget-Friendly, Fun Fall Activities for Families (Social Distance Edition)

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So here it is fall and we are still social distancing.

Honestly, it sucks. But for many of us, it’s necessary not only to slow the spread of the virus but also because we have family members with compromised immune systems.

So how can you still have fun this fall without endangering your family or breaking your budget? I have put together 30 ideas for 30 days of fun for your family this fall that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Make a Bird Feeder

This one is fun and easy.

You can use pinecones and spread them with peanut butter and roll them in seeds to hang outside for the fall birds.

For something more educational, you can teach your children the names and other birds and look up their migratory patterns to see where they are headed next.

Alternately you could make one of these really cool bird feeders. Perfect craft project! Plus some basic tool skills. Win-win

Paint Rocks and Acorns

My kids love making painted rocks to hide on our walks. Sometimes they paint messages on some of them.

Recently my oldest daughter painted the message, “After a storm comes a rainbow. Be sure to look for your rainbow.”

Later that week we saw in our town’s Facebook group where a woman who had just lost her mother had found the rock while going on a walk.

She said it reminded her immediately of her mother because her mother loved rainbows.

It was the first one that my kids had made that someone found and posted.

My daughter so happy to have been able to help someone in a small, kind way.

Other Creative Ideas:

  • Make a Fairy House or Village
  • Bake Pumpkin Bread
  • Bake Cookies
  • Create a Fall Wreath
  • Create a Fall Art Project
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Take a Hike

Fall is a great time to go for a hike or a nature walk. Pack some snacks and make a picnic out of it.

One of the best things that has come about from all this craziness is my family has rediscovered their love for the outdoors that they hadn’t felt since we move to the city.

So lace up your sneakers and find a trail to explore.

Other Physical Ideas:

  • Virtual Dance Party
  • Go for a walk
  • Play fetch with your dog
  • Jump in a pile of leaves
  • Play frisbee in your backyard

Have a Harry Potter Marathon

With students returning to Hogwarts for the year. It is a great time to spend a rainy day watching Harry Potter.

Wrap up cozy and watch the magic unfold all over again.

And if you have never seen Harry Potter it’s a good time to try it. You may find being whisked away to a magical school is exactly what you need.

But if Harry Potter is not your groove, choose any movie series you love to watch and stream it.

Build a Cardboard Playhouse

If you don’t have boxes laying around, I like to grab a few big boxes from Walmart or Uhaul.

Then you call around to local furniture companies to see if they don’t mind donating some boxes from their floor, models. Usually, I can score a really big sofa box or a big refrigerator box. You can’t get much more of a budget-friendly fall activity than free.

Use markers, crayons, poster paints, and streamers to make your box fort (or castle or playhouse) the coolest ever. This is not only an awesome rainy day activity but is a great way for your kids to use your imagination.

If you don’t want to go to all that trouble we got this really cute cardboard playhouse on Amazon for Christmas one year. I actually got one for each kid and they had their own little cardboard village.

They lasted surprisingly well, even with my littles.

Now they have a Halloween one that I really want. Um I mean my kids really want.

Sibling Pajama Party

This is a great relationship building party for everyone.

Bring out the air mattress and set up in the living room for movies, popcorn, and pranks.

My kids love having pajama parties, even though for now, they sleep all in the same room.

They watch movies, play video games and I wake up to a mess of dishes, board games, blankets and passed out, happy children. I know this is an activity that will make them a lifetime of memories.

Some other budget-friendly fall relationship building ideas include:

  • Playing fetch with the dog (or teaching him a new trick)
  • Bake Cookies
  • Organize and Show your Collections
  • Backyard Camping
  • Family Game Night
  • Send a card to a friend
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Create Budget-Friendly DIY Halloween Costumes

I love watching the creativity of my kids when I hand them some recyclables and supplies and they get to making something of their own.

Making your own Halloween costumes is so much fun and there is so much inspiration online to find some fun costumes to make.

This could easily take up an entire weekend. We have worked for weeks in the past on some of our more elaborate costumes. The biggest point is to be creative and have fun. This year my son thinks he may be Batman as a Merman, which will have to be DIY.

Other Budget-Friendly Halloween Ideas:

  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Have a Family Halloween Photoshoot
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Have a Zoom Costume Contest with Friends

Fall with social distancing doesn’t have to suck. You can do so many fun fall things with your family. Don’t forget to grab your free 30-day planner. You can grab it by clicking here or clicking this photo.

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Share your fall adventures with me on Instagram by using the hashtag #falladventuremama and I will share it to my stories!

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