As autumn has arrived here in mid-Michigan, families are looking for thrifty ways to enjoy this season. Although there is no “right” or “wrong” way to enjoy this time of year, certain activities are most enjoyable during the next several weeks:
- Visit a cider mill – Children and adults alike enjoy walking through an orchard, watching the cider press in action, and drinking a fresh cup of apple cider.
- Visit a pumpkin patch – There’s something magical about children in pumpkin patches, the search for the perfect pumpkin, and the triumph in finding it.
- Carve pumpkins – Carving pumpkins is an enjoyable family activity that inspires creativity.
- Rake leaves – This one may seem more like a chore to adults, but children really enjoy jumping in, or stepping on, fallen leaves.
- Take a walk (or drive) to view the fall color on trees – The fall color in Michigan is some of the finest in the United States.
- Bake – Several dishes (especially those containing apples) have autumn connotations. What are some of your favorites?
- Decorate – Autumn is the second-most popular time of year to decorate. Create dried bouquets from outdoor plants for free, or purchase decorations. If neither of these are an option, watch for clearance decorations in early-late November, as stores make room next season’s decorations.