5 Ways That You Can Create the Perfect Fall Day with Your Child (and Giveaway)

by Jennifer Sikora

Every since my children were little, they have looked forward to fall. There is something about falling leaves, long walks, and skipping rocks that just speak to a child — regardless of age.

My kids are now 14 and almost 18, and they still love those fall days where we spend enjoying the outdoors. When the weather cools, we pack up our picnic basket, fishing poles, and hiking boots and set out to find the perfect spot.

1.  Don’t plan out the day — just go with the flow: One of my worst habits ever is over planning things — even fun days out. I try to break away from that bad habit and just go with the flow. Whatever the kids want to do on our fun fall day out, we do it. We have been known to walk all the way to the park, or hop in the car with fishing poles for a secret fishing trip, or just surprise daddy with a picnic lunch. One thing I am learning is this — just live in the moment. Go with the flow and don’t over plan.

2.  Invite friends along: My kids love their friends. Since everyone is on fall break this week from school, we have spent an enormous amount of time just hanging out together watching movies, visiting the local high school football games, and laughing together. Friends are an important part of your child’s laugh, so find a way to incorporate them into the fun.

3.  Find a leaf pile and have fun jumping in: If your kids are like mine, when there is a leaf pile around, they are going to jump right in. You know what my little secret is to making this one of the funnest moments of their life? I jump right in with them, and we laugh hysterically together falling down while burying each other.

4.  Ask them what it is they want to do: Don’t just assume you know exactly what they want to do. For my daughter, one of her favorite things to do is visit the lakes when the water is low and look for geodes. Anytime I ask her what she wants to do, that is top priority on her list. So be sure and ask them what they would like to do, and then find a way to do it.

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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Helen October 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Picking out pumpkins and going through the hay maze. We love it!

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2 Ashley S October 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Just being outside enjoying the weather!

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3 Jessica To October 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My son likes when I pile leaves up so he can jump in them!

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4 stacie October 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

going to a pumpkin patch to find our pumpkin!

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5 Angela P October 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I love going to nature walks through woods in all of the different parks around us. The boys love exploring, collecting colorful leaves, walking on tree trunks, etc.

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6 PinkyPlatz October 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

My favorite is walking in the sun with my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!

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7 Chelsea October 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

I love driving in the car with my kids… they are hilarious and we have a great time singing songs and making up silly stories :)

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8 Jennifer Rote October 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

we like to play cards.

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9 kemberley crosswhite October 5, 2012 at 12:21 am

my son is turning 1 this november so i am excited to watch him enjoy the cooler weather and play in the leaves :)

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10 Heather Hayes Panjon October 5, 2012 at 12:25 am

Love Hay Rides !:)

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11 Christine October 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

We love to go to the beach.
Thanks for the chance!

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12 Susan P. October 5, 2012 at 1:52 am

Now that mine are in college, we like to go see a play or musical so we can kill 2 birds with one stone since a review for school will be required as a critique!

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13 Peter Cena October 5, 2012 at 2:35 am

Nice Blog, and great suggestions a quality day with your kid will not only make your bonding strong but also keep you fresh and healthy. Adventures holidays with your kid will be more better if you have that much of time, an hiking, ski, or walking exercise is also a good option.

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14 Terra Heck October 5, 2012 at 2:58 am

I enjoy sitting around the bonfire with my children at our campsite, cooking over the fire and telling tales. Thanks.
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15 Marti Parks October 5, 2012 at 5:43 am

We like to bake cookies and cakes.

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16 Crissy D. October 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

We like to go on hay rides and go to pumpkin patches

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17 sandra October 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

we like to rake leaves together

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18 Eloise Carlson October 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

We love Halloween so we can get dressed up and go trick or treating. We also love playing outside in the leaves and going for walks to see the pretty fall colors on the trees. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

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19 Karen Medlin October 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

Raking leaves and jumping in the piles

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20 Carolyn Barnett October 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

It has to be raking the leaves and then jumping in the middle and also catching the leaves as they fall.

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21 barbara n October 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

My favorite fall activity with my kids is going to the farmers market for pumpkins and apples

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22 paige aka mrs. bacon October 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

Balloon Fiesta is during the fall here. Hot air balloons fill the sky. Best part to kick off fall in all its glory.

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23 Jenny October 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

We like to go to the park and to the pumpkin farm.

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24 LaTanya October 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

kicking the ball around outside

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25 Jessica October 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

Jumping in the leaves!

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26 Tabathia B October 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

walks in the park and picking out pumpkins

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27 Dorian October 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

We enjoy seeing all the fall decorations!

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28 Jessica T October 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I love snuggling on the couch with a book or a good movie!

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29 april yedinak October 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

We love to go for walks to the library and ice cream shop in the fall.

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30 stampedwithgrace October 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

we love being outside now that it’s not so hot! jumping in leaves is always a huge hit :)

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31 Sarah Hall October 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Raking and stacking leaves and then jumping in them. Sometimes they even hide under a big stack.

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32 pu ye October 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

going to a pumpkin patch

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33 Maryann October 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Leaves – raking them, jumping in them, making nature collages and crafts out of them!

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34 Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) October 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Me & my best friend took my grandchildren to Dollywood last weekend. We had lots of fun.

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35 Julie October 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

going to the apple orchard thanks

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36 Vickie Couturier October 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

raking an making leaf piles to jump in

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37 DebbieKL October 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Going for walks and looking at the beautiful trees!

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38 Kathy Stevenson October 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I love going apple picking!

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39 DEBIJOT October 6, 2012 at 12:03 am

We love going to pick out our pumpkins.

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40 Serena Powell October 6, 2012 at 2:48 am

Going on walks

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41 Auri Lae October 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

Going to the hay maze and finishing the day with a marshmallow roast!

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42 Wehaf October 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

Hiking! We love hiking in the fall when all the leaves are turning bright colors.

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43 Mary W October 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

Spending the day at a sports event and rooting for our favorite team together.

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44 Yona October 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Apple picking at the local apple farm

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45 Kelly D October 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

We like going on Fall nature walks

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46 Angie October 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

We love going pumpkin picking!

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47 Donna L October 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

My daughter is grown up now, but we still love going to the movies.

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48 Stephanie Phelps October 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

We love to rake the leaves up in a pile and jump in them.

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49 Amanda K. October 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Jumping into a pile of leaves!

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50 Richard Morris October 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

We love playing in the leaf piles!

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51 Laura Lane October 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Farm Girl Fest

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52 Kelly H. October 8, 2012 at 12:16 am

My favorite is taking my daughter to the local orchard, picking out pumpkins and having fresh apple cider.

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53 Nicole L. October 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

We like to go on hay rides.

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54 Ann Fantom October 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

My favorite thing about fall is going apple and pumpkin picking with my daughter.

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55 Addison Kat October 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

We like to go to the apple orchard

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56 Madelyn October 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

I love jumping in leaves with my son! Also going to the pumpkin patch.

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57 HappyMomC October 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

decorating it for halloween!

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58 Staci A October 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

We love carving pumpkins!

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59 melissa griffith October 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Carving pumpkins and decorating.

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60 Shari October 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

We attract a lot of birds to our yard, so we love to go sit on the deck in the swing, all bundled up if it’s getting chilly, and swing quietly while watching the birds and squirrels gather around us.

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61 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

We love baking and decorating for the holidays!

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62 Audra Weathers October 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

We like making crafts and baking.

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63 Stevie October 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

playing in the leaves outside

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64 Melissa Belle October 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Our favorite is going to the Apple orchard and picking apples, getting pumpkin donuts and drinking apple cider.

sweetmelbelle31 at yahoo dot com

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65 Katherine October 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm

We go for a hayride at the local pumpkin farm

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66 Idaho Jill October 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

the pumpkln patch and corn maze!

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67 nannypanpan October 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm
68 Candace October 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

playing in leaves

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69 Shemp DeYoung ( October 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

Football – playing together and watching

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70 Tricia Nightowlmama October 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

a day at the Pumpkin patch hay rides, pumpkin pickin’, jumpy’s, hay stack climbing, and corn pit jumping

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71 Jan October 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

Visiting the pumpkin farm to pick a pumpkin and see the animals :)

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72 Bud L October 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Raking leaves and jumping in them

Bud L – RC form name

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73 Helen October 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

carving jack o lanterns

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74 Jen October 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

we like to walk and collect leaves :).

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75 Jennie October 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

We like to go for walks.

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76 Desiree Dunbar October 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

We love hiking trails near our house with our dog.

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77 Tamra H October 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Going to the pumpkin patch!

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78 Di October 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

going for drives to see the fall foliage & apple cider

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79 Jeanine October 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I like going apple picking

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80 Daiva October 10, 2012 at 6:11 am

We like Apple picking!

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81 Trish October 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

Going on a walk collecting fall “treasures”.

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82 Carol w October 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

We like to walk through the woods in the fall to see all the pretty colors. Thanks

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83 Brandy Burke October 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

Pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving — and eating candy corn until were sick!

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84 kathy f October 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

I love going to the apple orchard and picking apples with the kids.

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85 jessica todd October 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

playing in the leaves!

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86 coley r October 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

we love playing in the leaves!

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87 Alison S. October 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Putting out the fall decorations and going to the pumpkin patch.

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88 Thomas F October 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I rake the leaves and the kids jump into the pile and spread it back around the yard.

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89 Kelley F October 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

My kids like to go to the zoo.

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90 Karry October 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

We enjoy trick or treating.

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91 Alycia M October 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Love playing in the leaves with my son!

acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

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92 jacqueline October 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

love walking early in mornings looking 4 deer-they r beautiful!!!!!

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93 Kathy L. October 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Our family has been pressing leaves in between wax paper for generations!

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94 Chavonne H October 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I like watching holiday movies and getting ready for the holidays during the fall.

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95 Jenna M Osborne October 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

Jumping in the leaves

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96 Wendy M October 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

Taking a hike through the woods that are in beautiful color.

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97 Tim October 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

My daughter likes to look at the colored leaves, and my son likes to help me rake them(because I pay him).

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98 Wendy October 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

All the Halloween things are our favorite for fall.

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99 Natosha Zachary October 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

We love bonfires and this year my 3-yr old got to experience his first. We also love picnics.

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100 andrea October 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

hiking on a nature walk and riding bikes

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101 David October 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

My wife and daughter enjoy taking pictures of the changing colors. Me and my son don’t usually care for that. We just build a fort out of the leaves.

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102 angie October 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

we love a fall hike
shopannies@yahoo.com

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103 Michelle B October 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Making halloween decorations.

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104 Shawn October 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Walking the leaf covered trails on a sunny day.

shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

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105 Teresa Thompson October 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Going to the pumpkin patch and fall festivals.

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106 Cori Westphal October 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

We love getting in a bunch of last minute summer activities like long walks, camping, basketball and even some chalk drawing on the driveway!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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107 Kathy Artis October 15, 2012 at 3:29 am

Going to the library & sitting together reading
Thanks

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108 Fiona N October 15, 2012 at 4:25 am

We love hiking and pumpkin picking!
Thank You!

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109 Alison October 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

My favorite fall activity as a child was apple picking. Still love it to this day.

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110 cindy October 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

pumpkin picking
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111 Janet F October 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

I like to go for walks with my grandson.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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112 Jackie Griebel October 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

Going to our local Autumn Leaf festival with my little guy is my favorite

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113 Kerrie Mayans October 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

Pick pumpkins or apples in our yard.

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114 John Joseph October 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

we love walking through metro park during the leave foilage

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115 Callee S. October 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

picking a pumpkin as a family :D

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116 June October 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

Always have many leaves to rake, and carving pumpkins.

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117 Van October 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

We like going to the many football games.

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118 jayedee October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

we love going to the pumpkin patches and having marshmallow roasts!

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119 Chuck October 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Going to a lot of bonfire’s this year.

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120 katherine d. October 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

carving pumpkins together!

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121 1955nurse October 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Love picking out Pumpkins & walking in the falling leaves w/our grandkids!!! (and cheering @ Razorback football games!) Thanks for the chance….

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122 Don October 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Haunted hay rides & pumpkin patches.

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123 stephie October 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I love going on walks! I also love going to pumpkin patches and having all the fun we can there!

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124 Darlene Owen October 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My favorite activity is racking leaves.

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125 Angela October 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Going on a long walk and seeing all the pretty tree’s changing colors.

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126 Garrett October 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

We always like decorating the house for Halloween.

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127 Pamela Halligan October 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Going for a hayride and picking pumpkins at a local farm. Thanks for the giveaway.

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128 Nikki Lynn Hanna October 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

My ,daughter and I love to go jump in piles of leaves

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129 Heather S October 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love doing everything with them during fall. Picking apples and pumpkins, decorating, raking leaves, trick or treating, and so on!

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130 Lagean (Gena) October 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Playing in the leaves and just being outdoors.

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131 Allison Downes October 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Playing In and raking the leaves

Thanks for the super awesome giveaway!

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132 Diana Hatch October 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

We love corn mazes

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133 Colleen Busch October 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Favorite fall activity w/my boys is crunching through the leaves on a long hike.

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134 micheal dale grim October 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

ours is raking a big pile of leaves and jumping and hiding in them!!!

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135 Ellie W October 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

My favorite is making Halloween decorations with my grandsons.

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136 Lori D. October 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Have always loved carving our pumpkins every year.

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137 Annalisa October 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I love apple picking!

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138 tree October 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

i love picking apples with my kids.
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139 Claire October 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Board games! We love to play those in Fall.

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140 Sue H. October 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Going to the marina and park.I love fall when all the leaves are changing color. It’s fun for kids to collect leaves and make pictures with them to hang up for Thanksgiving. Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

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141 Nancy October 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

We like to play shuffleboard!

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142 Julie October 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

hanging in the hammock under the heater outside and roasting marshmallows:)

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143 laurie brown October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm

going to the pumpkin patch

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