Fall Fun for Seniors and their Families
It’s finally fall! With the arrival of autumn and the new month of October already here, it’s official.
Even though the valley’s daytime temperatures may not be indicative of the transition from summer, it’s time to celebrate the fall season!
Get Outside —
After being cooped up all summer, and with the restrictions of COVID-19, fall is the time to appreciate the weather in Arizona. Yes, those valley daytime temperatures are still looming in the triple digits, but fall is making itself known with cool early mornings and evenings. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a sunrise stroll or an after-dark walk around the neighborhood, or a great hike or bike along a nearby trail. Arizona is rife with walking, hiking and biking trails that provide a great way to exercise while getting out into nature.
Enjoy Fall Foliage —
The hues of autumn are just a short drive from the valley! Northern Arizona is a prime location for taking in fall foliage. Flagstaff even has a “leaf-o-meter” on its Discover Flagstaff website that keeps visitors up to date on Northern Arizona’s most beautiful areas for viewing colorful fall foliage. Some of the organization’s recommendations include Oak Creek and Sedona, Scenic Highway 180, Snowbowl, and Lockett Meadow. Taking a day trip or a planning a weekend getaway in the area to peep some leaves is a great way to welcome in fall.
Do Some Baking —
Is there anything more quintessentially fall than apple pie (or anything made with pumpkin spice)? Use the flavors of the season to bake something deliciously fall.
Catch a Football Game —
Ok, so actually going to a stadium to take in a game may be out this year, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of fall football can’t be captured this season. Consider setting up a portable screen and streaming a game while hosting a tailgate-style get together in an outdoor, socially distanced setting. Invite guests to set up their own “tailgate stations” and bring their own provisions for a safe “together yet apart” gathering.
Go on a Picnic —
Or forgo football and a group gathering for an intimate picnic a deux! Couples can pack their own charcuterie board (think a selection of meats, cheeses, a loaf of crusty bread and some fig jam, for example) and a bottle of wine and voila — instant fall romance in a basket. A picnic is also a fun way for multi-generational families to get together and enjoy the season, and each other, in an open-air setting.
Visit a Farm… or a Patch —
Many local farms offer activities such as fresh produce picking (don’t forget the pumpkins!), hay or corn mazes, hay rides and more around Halloween. As the weather continues to dip (fingers crossed), this is a fun way to get out and spend a day celebrating the season.
Why not take advantage of the season to do some activities that are specific to fall? It’s a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy doing fun things with loved ones!