PSLs, sweater weather, candles and other #basic items are not the only way to get in the spirit of fall. This month my family is determined to enjoy all the autumn moods in a budget-friendly and socially-distant way.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”
- Parks and Playgrounds. We visit a park at least 2-3 times per week these days. Most playgrounds aren’t majorly crowded, especially if you can go at non-peak times (right after school and weekend afternoons tend to be busiest). Our little toddler can run and climb to his heart’s delight, which ensures a good nap/good night’s sleep. Win-win! The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a staple in our home. Any time we’re getting restless or in need of a change of scenery, the Myriad is there for us! We usually can’t even explore the whole park by the time our toddler-dictator is tuckered out. The bamboo jungle in the children’s area is one of the best highlights as is The Great Pumpkin Patch, opening this weekend! Find a new-to-you metro park with our full list of favorites.
- Pumpkin Patches, of course! Hands down, Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch has been our absolute favorite this season. I was a little skeptical to attempt the drive from urban OKC to Arcadia with a very ornery toddler in tow, but this location was well worth the drive. The moment you walk up to the entrance you are greeted with autumn charm, from pumpkins and mums to a little bridge over a pond and then on to the admission barn. Petting farms, corn mazes and creative playground structures solidify Parkhurst as a must-visit attraction. I’ve found the best time to attend is right at opening: lower crowds and the animals are hungry for a snack! Check out all the OKC area pumpkin patches here.
- Snuggle In or Bundle Up! There really is nothing like a good night in. Hunker down with your favorite movie (here are a few favorite Halloween-themed flicks), a cozy blanket and your favorite snack/drink beside all your little loves. Or stretch out and get some fresh air, with a healthy side of competition! Whoever can find all items on MetroFamily’s fall scavenger hunt can pick the next Halloween movie!
- Sweets and Treats! What tastes better than a hot drink in cool weather, am I right? Katiebug’s Shaved Ice & Hot Chocolate already has the best hot chocolate in town, and now you can enjoy that treat while strolling through their outdoor pumpkin patch. Cafe Disco is another favorite, and their seasonal macaron flavors this month include pumpkin and chocolate truffle crunch.
I hope your family enjoys your favorite fall traditions this season. If you need help adding to your bucket list, check out all our autumn adventures here.