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This city is one of the greatest places to be in when it comes to Autumn! Despite the wet and chilly weather ahead, there is still SO much to do both indoors and outdoors. From the good old pumpkin patch to getting crazy in the kitchen, this Top 13 list has something for everyone!
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This city is one of the greatest places to be in when it
comes to Autumn! Despite the wet and
chilly weather ahead, there is still SO much to do indoors when its grey and
outdoors when it’s cool and crisp. From
the good old pumpkin patch to getting crazy in the kitchen, this Top 13 list
has something for everyone in the family to do during Hot Chocolate season!
1. Instead of saving the best for last, I say lets shout out to
the greatest place first! My all time favorite place to go as a family in
October is Aldor Acres.
It’s a pumpkin patch heaven
and then some. There’s petting zoos, a
snack bar, baby farm animals just days old for us moms to….scuse’ me, kids to fall in love withJ
and of course the tractor rides out to the patches! On a beautiful Fall day, this
place is a MUST! Directions, prices and pictures can be found at www.aldoracres.com (make sure when taking down the address
you choose Entrance Address, not Mailing address as they are 2 different
2. Take the family to a BC Lions game! I recently learned that going to watch these guys can actually be fairly affordable! If you take a look on www.ticketmaster.ca , once you’ve chosen the game you’d like to attend, select the seating area “Global BC Family Zone.” The tickets will get you each a seat for $25 + taxes (awesome price!) in a non alcoholic area of the stadium. The Lions season continues from now until the end of November. Keep in mind there are only 2 regular season home games left! One in October and one in November.
3. Decorate your front door for Halloween! Make a funny face
with lots of hair or a scary face with spiders crawling everywhere. Get
creative with it! Take a quick trip to the Dollar store if you don't already have arts and crafts at home and pick up just a couple items:
*colored paper – the crazier the color the crazier your
*paper plates – for googly eyes
*tape (masking tape preferably)
4. Have a pumpkin carving party for the kids! Last year I tried
this out. Lay out newspaper ALL over your kitchen floor (from floor to ceiling
if possibleJ )
Have all the kids bring over their pumpkins and have an area set up for each
child. I managed to fit 7 kids in! If
you’ve got a giant pot or bowl, put it in the middle so everyone can put their
“guts” into it. Play some music, turn the oven on to cook the seeds and get
carving. Print out some ideas for everyone to do. A great site I love is www.pumpkinlady.com
5. Taves Family AppleBarn in Abbotsford is TONS of fun for everyone in the family. There’s hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze, zip line, apple picking, playgrounds for the kids and the list goes on! The website has got some great coupons for family’s to use so it’s well worth taking a look at before heading out! I highly recommend this one! www.tavesfamilyfarms.com
6. Go for a stroll to the Richmond Nature Park. The Fall is the
best time to take a walk through the park with all the different colored trees
everywhere! Bring some seeds to feed the birds and squirrels! The park is free
of charge and also has a small inside area that’s got some great reptile and
local wildlife exhibits. Address and hours can all be found on www.richmondnatureparksocity.ca
7. Fall isn’t Fall unless the house smells like baking at
least once or twice so have a Caramel Apple Day! Here’s an easy recipe I use
all the time that works great:
8. Have a
lazy day! Wake up and stay in your PJ’s all day long! Have everyone in the fam
pick out a couple movies to watch! Bring out the blankets, pillows and snuggle
up! Sip hot chocolate and bring out the
caramel apples (if there’s any left!)
Some of our favorite movies to watch during the Fall are: Monster House
(excellent!) Ghostbusters, E.T. , Edward Scissorhands and Monsters University.
When dinnertime comes, everyone pick a favorite and have a potluck style meal
around the table!
9. For the older kids
and their parents, the Haunted House at the PNE
never seems to disappoint.
Although I have never been myself, my 13 year old daughter has and she
loves it! If you like the dark, like to
be scared and love all things Halloween, take a trip out to Fright Night! This
year they’ve got a brand new house of fear.
Save a few dollars and book tickets online at www.pne.ca/frightnights. Open October 17-31st.
10. Take a weekend getaway to Whistler! Again, a favorite of
my family! A pumpkin spice latte and a
calming stroll through the village…yes please!
Whistler has very affordable family rates during October and November. Prices for a room that sleeps 4+ can be found from
$105 and up on www.booking.com The Summit Lodge
or the Holiday Inn Whistler Village is our choice and they are dog friendly –
no extra charges at the Summit! Its
considered “slow season” before the rush of skiers and boarders so if you’re
looking for peace and quiet, now is the time to go! Bike the trails, walk
through the shops or eat until your hearts content!
11. Do a scavenger
hunt in your own backyard or neighborhood. Write up a list of 10 things for the
kids to do or look for outside! We did this in the pouring rain last year and
it was a blast! Get the kids to look for things like pinecones, a spider in a
web, a feather…add a prize for whoever finds the most items to make it more
12. Attention all sprinters! The Great Pumpkin Run/Walk is
taking place in October from 8:00 to 11:00am at Peace Arch Hospital (15521
Russell Avenue in White Rock) The run is 5k or 1k and everyone is welcome! More
information and registration is available at: www.pahfoundation.ca/runwalk
13. And lastly, the Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
2014! The parade itself only runs on Sunday from noon until 3pm downtown but the Expo is all weekend from 10am to 9pm.
Enjoy everything from costumes to make up to marching bands to heroes and
villains! Take a look at their website at: www.vanhalloween.com
for all the location info. Let’s hope
the sun comes out for this one!
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