How to Create an Amazing Fall Bucket List Adventure

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When I was younger, I really had no feelings about Fall and Autumn except…’Blah, school’s in again’. I hated the end of summer and the (sort of ) freedom it held. But mostly I wanted it to stay hot all the time. Now that I’m older, I actually relish the thought of fall. Partly because it’s so blazing hot (and humid) here around Houston. But also because there are so many fun things to do in the fall with the kids! And my most favorite tradition we started a couple years ago is making a Fall Bucket List!


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Making a Fall Bucket List is one of those things that I personally have crazy expectations of (well, any bucket list really) because of the endless boards on Pinterest with all the amazing eye-candy of activities to do in the beautiful fall weather! But in reality, when we sit down to make our lists, it’s like the kids go all ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ with it. “Uhhhhh……..maybe……um……swim in some leaves….?” Notsomuch.

My solution to that has been to assign each kid a number of things they can request, and then leave them to scour Pinterest themselves. Then we go through and eliminate any repeats and make one MASTER list. I try to make the final presentation really fun, and we’ll post it on the wall so we see it all the time. The husband and I add things on as well that kids may initially not be too super excited about, but they eventually get over it. (I mean, we do pay the bills around here, right?? Don’t we get some say-so in this??)

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What’s so great about bucket lists is that they can be really big things, like a trip somewhere, or really small things, like having dinner outside on the patio. Last year I bought a little fire-pit off Amazon and we’ve roasted marshmallows through the fall and winter + just lit the fire to sit around it at night. Sometimes the hubby and I sit out there with a drink after the kids go to bed (and sometimes while they just watch a movie.)


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But bucket lists can also be based on certain criteria (think the Christmas gift rule: 1 thing they want, 1 thing they need, 1 thing to wear, and 1 thing to read.)(Did I say that right??)

This year our bucket list will include these categories:

1 big trip somewhere (which may be to see family…)

Local adventures (think-visiting pumpkin patches or corn-maze)

Culinary adventures (try new restaurants and maybe even more cooking lessons)

Camping (backyard and maybe in a camper somewhere)

Outdoor Living (like watching football on back patio, dinners outside, etc)

Outdoor adventures (like maybe riding the 4-wheeler in the National Forest–which is just down the road for us)

What you’ll notice, though, is that each year the kids will find absolute favorites–and request those the next year–but they’ll also start getting a feel of the whole point of the adventure. Once they understand the concept of a bucket list, they’ll have it in mind when it rolls around next season or year (however often you make these for your family.) Kids start getting excited about just the aspect of going on more family adventures together. They don’t know you’re making awesome family memories yet. πŸ˜‰

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So how has your list-creation gone? Do you feel overwhelmed? Or are you super pumped to do all these crazy fun things with your kids? Hit reply and let me know–I love hearing from you!!

  • Tasheena @

    September 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Still in the process of creating my fall bucket list. Thanks for your awesome tips! Can’t wait to check stuff off my list.

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:29 am Reply

      Good luck, Tasheena! It’ll be over before we know it!

  • Kimmoy

    September 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Such a fun idea! I have to make a list of things I want to do this fall, it’s so easy to look back and ask where did the time go. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

      Kimmoy, that’s exactly what was happening every year, and I hated myself for it, lol! I read another blog post (I’ll have to find it) titled, “18 Summers, That’s All We Get”, and the title alone nearly made me burst into tears. But the truth of that is–we also only get 18 Christmases, Thanksgivings, falls, etc. It’s so easy to get too busy to do that fun stuff with the kids, but with the bucket lists–they make SURE we’re having family time, lol!

  • Gayle | EverSimple Mom

    September 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Love the outdoor living… what a lovely idea to eat outside in the nice, crisp Fall weather. Doing this soon!

  • Taylor Shelton

    September 11, 2017 at 6:44 pm Reply

    Love love love this! ❀️❀️❀️

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

      Thanks, Taylor! Good luck!

  • Lacey

    September 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Great ideas!!!

  • morgan

    September 11, 2017 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Beautifully done post! I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to add some suggestions to my list. Happy Fall!!

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply

      Morgan, It can be a struggle when kids are smaller, but even just getting out in the fresh air is good for them, too! Especially when the evenings have such nice weather! Happy fall to you, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Corinne

    September 12, 2017 at 5:17 am Reply

    I think this is such a great use, especially getting the kids involved in researching different activities to do as a family πŸ™‚ we love fall!

  • joslynn wassing

    September 12, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    I love this! Fall is my favourite season – so we are looking to plan a few adventures and try a few new things/ recipes out!
    love the post πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Catherine

    September 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

    I love fall! There are so many great things to do and see and eat each year. I can’t wait to do them all with the kids.

  • Safia

    September 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing your ideas for an autumn bucket list! I never thought of creating a bucket list for autumn! ☺️

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply

      Safia, It’s so much fun! Seriously there are so many festivals, etc around here that you can get easily overwhelmed, but making a list of the BEST and FUNNESt seems to cut that down and make everybody happy! Good luck!

  • Louise

    September 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm Reply

    I need to follow this .this year as I never do anything fun with the kids during the Autumn. Mind you, they’re always full of cold! Both of them are off school with a chest infection as we speak πŸ™

    Louise x

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear that! Mine tend to get sinus/chest infections as well since we have a very allergenic bunch. :/ Hope this sparks some creativity, though!

  • Amanda

    September 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    This is great advice for my family! I love Pinterest and I’m always really overwhelmed with all the options out there. I love having everyone in the family contribute to the board!

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply

      Amanda, YES–this makes it a little easier on my brain, lol!

  • Katie

    September 13, 2017 at 12:41 am Reply

    I love the idea of including your kids in creating your list of family adventures. I’m so excited to travel with our kids when they are a bit older, try new holiday cooking projects, and create beautiful things for our home. My girls (2 & 5) are so crafty already!

    • Laura

      September 18, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply

      Katie, I’ve found that if they’re included in making the decisions that they’re so much more enthusiastic about the list in general! Plus they like thinking they’re a part of making decisions around here, lol!

  • Elise Cohen Ho

    September 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply

    MY children are spread out among various areas of the state. My time with them in the Fall will be limited but I will w make sure it is fabulous.

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