Fall Family Fun

Things to do this fall with your kids

 Pumpkin Patch at Marshall’s Farmers Market, Eden Prairie MN

Pumpkin Patch at Marshall’s Farmers Market, Eden Prairie MN

It is fall in Minnesota, even if it looked like winter this past Sunday. We woke to big flakes of snow falling and it continued through the morning. It was enough to coat the grass and give some the opportunity to play in it before it was gone later that afternoon. But fall temps are back this week and the sun is supposed to be out too. We’ve put off a lot of our usual fall activities because prior to the snow, we had weeks of rain. I feel like we’ve been missing out on all the fall activities we used to do. My kids are getting older and what they want to do isn’t always the same as what I want to do, so I’m hopeful they will humor me these next few weeks. This week in Minnesota the kids all have MEA break so we have a four day weekend, so we are hoping to do some catch up with all things fall.

 Oh I miss that little face!

Oh I miss that little face!

I thought it would be fun to list off a fall bucket list, with some being local but some you can find where you all live.

I’ve also sprinkled in some pictures of my kids (well mostly Ryan because Katelynn stopped posing for pictures when she was 7) so you can see that they do have fun doing these outings.

I hope you are all enjoying the fall and this change of season. After Halloween hits, we get really excited to celebrate the holiday season.


Fall Bucket List


 The corn pit at Sever’s

The corn pit at Sever’s

 A small hay bale maze for kids at Sever’s

A small hay bale maze for kids at Sever’s

Sever’s Fall Festival - This is more than a corn maze, even though the main attraction is a massive maze in a corn field. There are food vendors, a small zoo with very exotic animals (well if you’re from Minnesota they seem exotic), kids activities like a giant corn pit (like a sand pit but your kids – and you – can roll around and be buried in corn kernels) and jumping mats. Try your hand at pumpkin catapults! PSA - try to make sure pockets are emptied of the corn kernels before you get in the car!

Minnesota Zoo Jack O Lantern Spectacular – The Minnesota Zoo is beautiful to visit any time of year, and we especially like to visit when they have an additional attraction. For an additional cost ($12-$18) to admission, you can take a walk through the woods to see over 5,000 carved pumpkins in addition to music and other attractions. You can buy tickets in advance or at the gate. If you go, please check out their website to make sure the times of ticket sales and entry are clear for the night you want to go. Some nights are labeled as Prime and it allows you to pick times.

Anoka Halloween – Anoka, Minnesota is called the Halloween Capital of the World. All month they have activities going on to celebrate so if you have the chance, check out their calendar and schedule a trip. Its a charming river town but the month of October it turns to all things Halloween. There is a haunted house, various runs (if that’s your thing) and parades. Check out this website for a list of all the activities. They even have house decorating contests so drive around at night and see how into Halloween this town is!

The Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival – This festival is at the Landmark center in St. Paul on October 28 (1-3pm). Bring your dressed up kids and have a family friendly, non-scary time with crafts, music and even a parade they can participate in if they want.

Trail of Terror or ValleyScare – If your kids are older, these are some great Halloween attractions. Usually there are haunted walks and hayrides, with music and other activities so that you can spend a few hours enjoying a spookier venue. At ValleyScare the amusement park is open and its decorated for Halloween. Dress warm, these are open at night.

 Ryan scores some $1 pumpkins

Ryan scores some $1 pumpkins

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store – I’ve mentioned this place before but its worth mentioning again during this month that ends with candy! It’s massive and has much more than candy. I want to mention it now because they are entering their last month of operation until next summer. They’re open until Thanksgiving, so if you have any last minute candy cravings, better head there soon.

Murphy’s Landing – This attraction is opened weekends through October 28th. Managed by the Three Rivers Parks, this historic 1800s  “town” is open with costumed characters. Wander the streets and take in what it used to be like living in pioneer times. They also are open in December to celebrate the holiday season. What a great way to get some education, a fall walk, and family time all in one!

Mall of America Treat Trail – On October 26th and 27th, costumed kids can pick up a treat bag and visit treat locations around the park. You need to have a ride wristband to participate, but if you’re going for rides this is a nice add on that’s included. There’s also a nightly Halloween light show at close every night.

 Katelynn & Ryan at Marshall’s Farmers Market

Katelynn & Ryan at Marshall’s Farmers Market

Pumpkin patch – These are everywhere and for years I used it as a great opportunity to snap cute pics of my kids picking out pumpkins. They aren’t so much for the pictures anymore, but still like to pick out their own pumpkin. I’ve used pictures from a few years ago in this post so you can see how they enjoyed it. I don’t think I got one picture last year, but they still had fun! We like to go to Marshall’s Farm Market in Eden Prairie.

Fire pit/Bonfire – We like to light a fire in our fire pit and cozy up with s’mores in the back yard. Spike some warm apple cider and let the kids roast marshmallows. I love the smell of a bonfire in the fall.