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Family-Friendly Fun This Fall

Fall is upon us – not that you can tell from the hot weather! But hey, we can pretend, right? To help give you the traditional autumn feels, we’ve picked a few activities to do with the family over the next couple of months. So grab your scarf, sweater and boots and enjoy!

Photo by Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Pick Your Pumpkin

One of our fall must-dos is a visit to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City. This iconic LA institution has been around for over 30 years, providing a farm life experience in an urban setting. In addition the pumpkin patch, there are plenty of activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, dancing-spider bounce house, pony rides, face painting, Mr. Bones’ “super-slide,” a huge straw maze and giant rocking horses. If you would prefer to avoid the messiness of carving at home, you can also decorate and carve any pumpkin that you buy on-site with art materials provided by Mr. Bones or the professional pumpkin carvers that are available to help. Mr. Bones is very popular so we recommend you buy your tickets in advance here to avoid the long lines.

Photo by Forneris Farms

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

The Forneris Farms four-acre corn maze in Mission Hills has all sorts of twists, turns and dead ends. Guests are given a scorecard of riddles to solve and items to find as they work their way to the end of the maze. You can explore in the knowledge that no one or nothing is lurking around the corner – it’s a very family friendly maze. Tickets to the corn maze are $15 per person on weekdays or $20 per person on weekends and also include access to the train ride and farm frolic area. For more information, click here.

Photo by Brian Woodcock

Make Use of Your Apples

If you’ve gone apple picking (another great family day out) or picked up the seasonal fruit from your local farmer’s market, why not use them to have some fun in the kitchen? Fresh apple cider is delicious and easy to make and adults can enjoy it with a little fizz with this apple cider mimosa recipe courtesy of Delish. You can also then use your fresh cider to make Country Living’s delicious apple cider doughnuts with the kids.

Photo courtesy of Golden Bears Cottages

See Some Color

To get the true ‘autumn’ experience of beautifully colored leaves and crisp air, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Big Bear Lake. According to Big Bear’s tourism board, peak fall foliage typically occurs from mid-October to early November. That’s when the oaks, cottonwoods and aspens turn a brilliant yellow against the dark green of the pine and fir forests. Plus, every weekend through November 2, you can experience the excitement and fun of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, with plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy.

Photo by Jeffrey Betts

Dig Up Some Fun

In our gardening blog a few weeks ago, we talked about fall as being the best time of year to prepare your garden for spring. Have the kids pick a few of their favorite plants and enjoy an afternoon or two in the backyard. But what backyard is complete without a scarecrow? You can make a classic one made with a pumpkin head and straw or get a bit creative with other materials like plant pots and cornstalks. Spruce has a few suggestions here to get the creative juices flowing.