Fall is underway, and the holidays will be here before we know it! Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins carve out time to spend with your friends and family! Take in the beautiful autumn scenery before it gets too cold, start planning your Thanksgiving Day decorations and find time to relax with your loved ones.

Children running through the woods with their dad while on a nature scavenger hunt.

Go On a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Don’t spend the beautiful, cool days of fall cooped up indoors – get outside! Gather your family for a nature themed scavenger hunt. Divide your family into teams and start looking for rocks, leaves, pine cones and more. There are plenty of premade lists to download on Pinterest if you plan ahead, or create your own. Have hot chocolate, or warm apple cider ready to enjoy after everyone finishes.

A child tracing his hand to make Thanksgiving Decorations.

Make Your Own Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, so instead of buying new décor why don’t you make your own? It’s a great way to add a personalized touch, and impress your guests. Use ribbon, twine and artificial foliage to create a welcoming wreath for your front door. While you’re working on your wreath have the kids create personalized placemats for the dinner table using construction paper, markers, scissors, glitter and glue. Have their creations laminated to make a keepsake for guests to take home.

A family relaxing in the hot tub.

Relax in the Hot Tub

It’s certainly too cold outside to go for a swim, but you’ll be nice and toasty relaxing in the hot tub! The changing colors of the leaves create the perfect backdrop during the evening, or as the nights get longer take advantage of stargazing while you soak. Spend time as a family telling scary stories, or reading fall themed books while enjoying the scenery. Don’t forget to have towels ready for when it’s time to get out!

Here’s what others around the Tri-State are doing on their Tech-Free Tuesdays:

  • “Playing board games and drinking hot apple cider! Yay fall!” – Kristina M.
  • “On Tuesday night we volunteer and make mats for the homeless.” – Donna P.
  • “We will be painting pumpkins, baking cookies and doing yard work.” – Ashley R.
  • “I will be taking my dogs on a neighborhood walk with my family.” – Kate W.
  • “We have family “run the hiking trails” night. All five of us run/walk together on the hiking trails near our house, usually chasing the three year old! ” – Alyssa M.
  • “Hanging out with my kids playing four square or basketball.” – Mitch B.
  • “Playing board games and card games with the kids.” – Suzanne S.
  • “We will be taking our son to the Cincinnati Zoo.” – Brittany R.

And check out our Pinterest board for more great ideas!