Fun Things for Teens to Do This Fall

These fun fall activities will keep your teen busy.
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It's important to keep teens active—physically, mentally, and socially. And while the fall season can be filled with school-related hustle and bustle, it also means shorter days. 

When it gets dark out in the early evening—or late afternoon depending on where you live—finding fun fall activities becomes a little more complicated. As the weather cools down, some teens may be more inclined to stay indoors and stay glued to their electronics. 

But that's not good for their health—mental or physical. So it's important to encourage your teen to get involved and find creative ways to stay active during the fall. 

So the next time you hear, "I'm bored!" or you see your teen camped out next to the TV, suggest some of these fun things for teens to do in the fall: 

Get Outside

Fall is a wonderful time to spend time in nature. It can also be a great time to get some much-needed exercise. Here are some fun outdoor activities you can encourage your teen to do: 

  • Camp in your backyard. 
  • Bike five miles.
  • Create a sidewalk mural with chalk and use a fall theme.
  • Sit outside and sketch a tree that is losing its leaves.
  • Rake the leaves and play in them.
  • Take pictures of the fall foliage.
  • Take your dog/pet for a mile-long walk.
  • Work in the garden.
  • Go hiking.

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.
  • Participate in fundraising events for a charity.
  • Volunteer to walk a neighbor's dog after school if that person works long hours or isn't able to walk the dog themselves. 
  • 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:

  • Plan a Harvest Party.
  • Plan a Halloween Party.
  • Plan a fun-filled trip with friends.
  • Have a bond fire and tell ghost stories. 
  • 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 (or start one).
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