Fall Back to Basics

These days it feels like every season ushers in a new wave of pomp and circumstance.

I confess that I often go overboard when it comes to holidays or celebrations. As fall arrives I’m already planning and plotting the pumpkin patch, hayrides, photo ops, and all things apple.

And while some of these plans are treasured traditions, it’s important to note the costliness of charm. That cute farm that not only offers a pumpkin patch but hayrides, fresh-baked cider donuts, and loads of games or attractions is going to pinch the wallet. Those Halloween costumes from a named-brand store come with a hefty price tag.

I’m no Scrooge. Trust me, I spend. In fact, I believe a lot of these activities offer memories and childhood magic. But I also think there’s a fine line within the seasonal circuit.

So if you’re looking to simplify or savor without spending too much here’s my list of must-do for the little loves in your life.

Oaks & Acorns: Feathers at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum

From nature walks to crafts, this program is a steal at $10.00. The next series is September 26th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Check out the calendar as there are rotating activities for various ages.

Fall Walk Through Loantaka Brook Reservation

This place is really something special for us. There are tons of trails, lots of scenic photo ops, and plenty of adventures for young explorers. I’m a big fan of foliage so we’re headed there once the leaves start to turn.

Lover of Leaves

My three-year-old is a collector of all things. I am so excited to give her a bucket and take to the trails to collect leaves for crafts. Here’s a few of my favorite things to do with our leaf collection.

Amazing Apples: Cooking with Kids at Wegmans

Disclaimer: I’m obsessed with Wegmans. This Buffalo-born woman is all about Danny Wegman and his incredible brand. I have fond memories of Cooking with Kids from my childhood and I’m excited that I get to share this program with my girls. For $10.00 this parent child cooking class is sure to please. It runs on September 29th at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Bottle Hill Day

I’m a year into my Madisonian status and I already know that Bottle Hill is a big deal. Last year’s celebration was so much fun and there are plenty of free or low cost entertainment options for the little ones.

I have a lot of inspiration and the best intentions for a magical season of discovery and wonder with my girls. I hope each of you finds the fun in something new and gets to explore and enjoy the quality time with family.