10 Ways to Stay Active This Fall

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 13, 2017

1.) Walk or ride bikes to and from school... while you still can!

2.) Go apple-picking together at a local farm or orchard.

3.) Register for an upcoming race, run, or ride. Many of these events are very family-friendly with shorter routes as an option, discounted (or free) registration for children, and fun after-parties. As a bonus, several are fundraising events as well.

4.) Rake leaves together. Jump in the pile, then rake them up again.

5.)Take a hike. Many of our Colorado State Parks have Family Activity Backpacks, geocaches hidden inside the park, and educational activities in addition to spectacular surroundings. Try one of these Kid-Friendly Hikes at a Colorado State Park or take advantage of one of the remaining Free Entrance Days at a National Park. (If you've got a fourth grader, you can enjoy free entrance all year thanks to the Every Kid in a Park program.)

6.) Make a playlist of Halloween-themed songs and have a dance party in your living room. Some of our favorites:

  • "This is Halloween" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
  • "Some Kind of Monster" by Neon Trees
  • "Season of the Witch" by Donovan
  • "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "My Beloved Monster" by Eels from the Shrek soundtrack
  • "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
  • "The Monster" by Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
  • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
  • "The Devil's Chasing Me" by Reverend Horton Heat

7.) Gather all the kids in the neighborhood on a weekend afternoon for a backyard competition. Play Cornhole, Ladderball, or try some Classic Outdoor Games.

8.) Get lost ... in a corn maze, that is!

9.) Try a 30-day fitness challenge. Do an image search and choose from scores of different exercise charts, from squats to planks to jumping jacks. By the end of the month, the whole family will be a little bit stronger!

10.) Take a family walk around the neighborhood before or after dinner.  It's a great way to connect while enjoying the changing scenery.