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Fall Bucket List: Unbe-leaf-ably fun

Fall is here, and at Back to Play, we believe that family adventures don't have to break the bank. We've curated a Fall Family Bucket List filled with cost-effective and nontraditional activities to create unforgettable memories together. We can embrace the season and still find ways to play!


1. Leaf Art Scavenger Hunt 🍁

  • Take a leisurely walk and collect vibrant fall leaves.

  • Get creative with leaf rubbings, collages, or pressed leaf art.

2. Blanket Fort Movie Night 🍿

  • Create a cozy fort with blankets and pillows.

  • Enjoy a family movie night with your favorite snacks (bonus if it's an autumn movie!)


3. Nature Scavenger Hunt 🌳

  • Explore a nearby park or trail. (Valley Glades, Don Robinson, and Washington State Park are some of our favorites!)

  • Search for treasures, like acorns, feathers, or interesting rocks.

4. Geocaching Adventure 🗺️

  • Go on a geocaching treasure hunt.

  • Discover hidden "caches" using a GPS or smartphone app.

5. Backyard Campout ⛺

  • Set up a tent in the backyard.

  • Eat yummy snacks and read books or play games. Sleeping overnight not required!


6. Gourmet S'mores Night 🔥

  • Elevate the classic s'mores experience with gourmet ingredients.

  • Try different chocolates, marshmallows, and cookies. Can be done indoors!

7. Volunteer Together 🤝

  • Give back to your community.

  • Join a local cleanup, food drive, or other charitable activity.

8. Social Media Fun (yep, screen time can be bonding too!) 📱

  • Create a TikTok or Youtube channel as a family

  • Search and watch videos that pertain to the family's interests

  • Make funny videos together! (You don't have to post them!)

9. Play Dress Up 🎩

  • Let the children pick outfits for the grown ups from their closet and show off their sense of style

  • Visit a relative's house or a thrift store to borrow clothes (pick a theme like grandma, princess, or detective)

  • Wear them at home to be silly or wear them out in the community and show off your ideas


10. After Dark Playtime 🔦

  • Turn out most or all of the lights in your house

  • Each child gets a flashlight and has to find letters or numbers (this can be as easy or complicated as they want! "We have to find all the letter "R"s!"

  • They can be found on books, pantry items, clothing tags (yep that complicated)

  • Can also hide favorite toys or stuffed animals and they have to search for them!

Let us know which ones you decide to try, and share your experiences with us! 🍁

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I am all for music therapy. I would like to see more days with either early session sessions in the morning or later in the afternoon. I could work around nap times.

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Nicole Allemann
Nicole Allemann
Oct 17, 2023
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Thanks for the feedback and your support! We would love to chat with Positive Note Music Therapy about additional or as needed groups. Thank you again for following :)

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