After making our Fall To-Do List, I thought it would be prudent to take that list and create a schedule of free activities to do with W.
W and I like to attend a lot of playgroups and check out different, fun places in the city.
Honestly, it adds up.
After buying a new place (read about our move in 5 Ways to Make Moving Easier with Baby), our family seriously needs to cut back on all unnecessary spending.
So, this Fall, I am going to take advantage of all the activities and playgroups that don’t require me to pull out my wallet.
Truth be told, I don’t think W will mind (or notice) at all.
Below you’ll find a week of activities, two per day, for you to do with your little one. For my Philadelphian readers, I’ve added some activities you can do right in your own backyard. For those not in Philly, there are plenty of ideas for you too!
- Morning: Head over to the Free Library of Philadelphia on Vine Street. There is a laid-back story time held at 11:00 am. Your baby/toddler will enjoy the books, songs, and musical instruments. Not in Philly? Check out your local library for story times and play groups.
- Afternoon: Go on a nature walk. Point out all of the different colors of fall. See how many shapes you can find in nature.
- Morning: Check out the Smith Memorial Playground. This is an amazing adventure playground for children ages 10 and under. Children absolutely love it here! Not in Philly? Take advantage of the Fall weather and hit up the different playgrounds in your neighborhood.
- Afternoon: Take a Fall picnic in the park. Don’t forget to bring apples! My favorite fall fruit!
- Morning: Hurry and sail boats down the cute boat pond river at Sister Cities Park before it closes for winter. Not in Philly? Make your own boat and sail it at a local stream or even in the bathtub.
- Afternoon: Let baby get messy scooping seeds out of a pumpkin! Make sure you save those seeds and roast them for a great snack. Be careful when playing with pumpkin seeds; they can be a choking hazard for real little ones.
- Morning: Take a trip to Franklin Square Park. It’s a huge park with plenty of room for your toddler to run around or relax in the shade with your baby. Don’t forget to take your baby on some of the cute rides, including the carousel!
- Afternoon: Go fly a kite! W is really into planes now. He loves when they fly over our house. I can’t wait to see his face when our home-made kite flies overhead (See a Fall To-Do List for more information).
- Morning: Visit the Fairmount Art Center for a playgroup at 11:00 AM. Babies 18 months and younger are free, while it’s $5 at 10:00 AM for older toddlers. Let your little one enjoy the toys and crafts based on a different theme each week. They also have a ton of different art and music classes for all ages and another location in Queen Village. Not in Philly? Sing songs with your baby in a park or right in your own home (20 Songs to Sing with Your Baby).
- Afternoon: Play in the leaves. W still likes to try to taste some of the leaves, but I can distract him by encouraging him to collect them in a bucket. Those with older children can collect leaves to make a collage.
- Head back to Sister Cities park on the 11th, 18th, and 25th of October for Fall Family Fun Days. There will be music, free hayrides, storytelling and more!
We’ll see if W and I can actually get that all done in one week. What about you, readers? What did I miss? What are your favorite free things to do in the fall? Let me know in the comments below!
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