It’s fall in Oklahoma, which means the leaves are changing… and falling too. Raking the leaves is one way to bag some physical activity with your family. Or you can get moving by toddling through a patch of pumpkins or even trick-or-treating amongst wild animals!
This fall, take your fun (and health) to the next level with these 10 family-friendly fall activities.
1. VISIT A CORN MAZE
A corn maze is an amazing way to stay active this fall. Take the whole family and find your way to and through a variety of corn mazes in Oklahoma — like P Bar Farms in Weatherford named by USA Today as one of 2014’s 10 best fall corn mazes for families.
2. MAKE SWEET POTATO BISCUITS
Satisfy your sweet potato tooth with these fluffy, goldenly delicious biscuits. They provide a healthy change of pace (and flavor) from your standard biscuit. Get the recipe here.
3. CHECK OUT THE PUMPKIN PATCH
Carve your way through a local pumpkin patch for some fall family fun. With petting zoos, play areas and plump pumpkins, the pumpkin patch is a prime place for your kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity.
4. MAKE PUMPKIN PANCAKES
While carving jack-o-lanterns, you may be craving something pumpkin flavored. Well, you’ll flip for these fall flapjacks. Get the recipe here.
5. TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE ZOO
Trick-or-treating amongst ferocious lions and tigers and bears? Oh my! Scare up some excitement at the OKC Zoo’s Haunt the Zoo for Halloween event or HallowZOOeen at the Tulsa Zoo. Kids can walk around in their costumes exploring various themed booths and playing carnival-style games. It’s so fun it’s frightening.
6. BAKE SOME PUMPKIN BREAD
If you’re loafing around the kitchen unsure what to cook, give this pumpkin bread recipe a try. It’s super healthy and packed with nuts, 100% apple juice and lots of pumpkin. Find the recipe here.
7. GO CAMPING
Log some time in the wilderness this fall. Take a family hike in one of Oklahoma’s many state parks, or find a campground in your area. Just remember to stay hydrated by drinking water while you hike and camp.
8. GO APPLE PICKING
For a unique afternoon activity, pick to go apple picking. Stock up on fresh, locally grown apples by picking them straight from the orchard. Or, pick your apples out at a local farmers market.
9. MAKE BAKED APPLES
After you pick your apples, bake them! This Baked Apples recipe is the greatest thing since that sliced pumpkin bread recipe we mentioned earlier.
10. TAKE A HIKE
Oklahoma has dozens of hiking trails across the state. Find one near you, then lace up your boots and explore the wilderness with your family. It’s a fine way for adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity.
To find even more fall activities, download our Fall Activity Calendar!
And for tons of healthy tips and recipes, visit ShapeYourFutureOK.com.