Fun Things for Teens to Do This Fall

These fun fall activities will keep your teen busy.
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As the school year begins and the days get shorter, many parents are short on ideas about fun things for teens to do in the fall. If you're looking for something to keep your teen active, or you want to prevent hearing, 'I'm bored!" check out this list of fun things for your teen to do:

Get Outside

Fall is a wonderful time to spend time in nature. It can also be a great time to get plenty of exercise.

Here are some fun fall activities you can encourage your teen to do: 

  • Camp in your backyard.
  • Bike five miles.
  • Create a sidewalk mural with chalk, use a fall theme.
  • Sketch a tree that is losing its leaves.
  • Play in a pile of leaves.
  • Take pictures of the fall foliage.
  • Take your dog/pet for a mile-long walk.

Acts of Kindness

As your teen settles into a new school year, it's important to remember that kindness is important. So consider volunteering together as a family or assist your teen in getting involved in some community projects.

You'll teach her some valuable life lessons that she might not learn from her classes in school. Here are a few acts of kindness you can encourage: 

  • Write a thank you note to someone who has helped you.
  • Offer free babysitting for one night to someone who could use the break.
  • Volunteer in a community effort for your local food pantry.
  • Do yard work for a neighbor who could benefit from some free help.

    Fun With Friends

    The beginning of the school year is prime time for your teen to establish healthy relationships with peers. It's important to support your teen's efforts in seeing friends outside of the school setting. Here are a few fun fall activities your teen might want to do with friends:

    • Tell a ghost story.
    • Have an overnight movie marathon.
    • Play a murder mystery game.
    • Attend a sporting event at your school.
    • Join a new school club or invite someone new to a club you are in.

    Family Adventures

    Fall is a great time to build family memories. Create new adventures together and look for ways to build quality time in your schedule. Here are some fun fall activities that everyone in the family will enjoy:

    • Hike a rail trail and check out the fall foliage.
    • Ride an ATV.
    • Stuff a scarecrow.
    • Decorate for Halloween.
    • Roast pumpkin seeds.
    • Organize a yard sale.
    • Picnic at a local park.
    • Get your community's events list for the fall and attend an event.
    • Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
    • Visit a corn maze.
    • Have a fall color scavenger hunt.
    • Hike a mountain.
    • Go pumpkin picking.
    • Carve a Pumpkin.
    • Go on a hayride.

    Learn Something New

    Fall is a great time to assess your teen's life skills. Are there household tasks she needs to learn? Does she need help learning about finances? Consider the skills your teen will need when she lives on her own and take the opportunity to help her become a little more independent. Here are some activities that can teach valuable life skills:

    • Start or update a checking account.
    • Learn how to make a favorite family recipe.
    • Learn a new magic trick.
    • Build a website.
    • Start a small business.
    • Visit the local library and find some new books.
    • Start a new healthy habit.
    • Join a book club.

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