Family-Friendly Northeast Ohio Fall Bucket List

Family-Friendly Northeast Ohio Fall Bucket List

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I’m not sure where the idea of a bucket list came from, but I’ve been doing it for a few years now and it’s become a fun family tradition.

My bucket lists are an ever-growing to-do list of family fun activities to complete in one particular season. (I typically do a summer bucket list and a winter/holiday list). I start it ahead of the season and continue adding to it every time I see something of interest. I make sure to include a variety of activities.

Having it all in one place has been helpful in accomplishing so many more things than we typically would. And who doesn’t appreciate the satisfaction of checking completed items off of a list? Prior to the bucket lists, ideas were kept in my head, written on a calendar, saved as a screenshot or a Facebook event. Now when a friend recommends an awesome place to visit, I don’t just say “we need to check that out some day” — I immediately jot it down on the list. When I see a website about a promising excursion I’d like to try, it gets included, as well. No more “I’ve always wanted to go there” or “I keep forgetting about that place” because it’s now front and center.

Another benefit to the bucket list is that when we find ourselves with some free time, there’s no need to go searching for something to do, or try to think of somewhere to go. We just pull out the list and pick our adventure of the day. I like to keep mine in my notes app on my phone, but I also have written it on paper to hang on the refrigerator. My daughter has fun helping to make the lists and track our progress.

My lists often include many things I know we’d do anyway — I want to make sure we can feel good about accomplishing as many things as we can! I’ve recently begun my fall fun list! What else should I add? 

[ ] Drive through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to admire the fall foliage
[ ] Apple picking at Patterson Fruit Farms
[ ] Pumpkin Village at Mapleside Farms
[ ] Attend a local fall festival
[ ] Watch a high school football game
[ ] Hayride at the Mill Stream Run Reservation
[ ] Roller skating (extra fun with a Halloween-themed night)
[ ] Carve a pumpkin
[ ] Make some scary Halloween-themed food
[ ] Cedar Point’s Halloweekends
[ ] Have a picnic at Lakewood Park
[ ] Decorate the house for Halloween
[ ] Join a local trunk or treat event
[ ] Make scary slime
[ ] Go for a nature scavenger hunt while walking the trails at Rocky River Reservation
[ ] Leaf rubbing art 
[ ] Rockin’ R Ranch Pumpkin Fest
[ ] Pick a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch
[ ] Volunteer at a soup kitchen
[ ] Rake the leaves and jump in the piles
[ ] Take a train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
[ ] Go to a clambake
[ ] Carlisle Reservation Halloween walk (a personal favorite of mine)
[ ] Fall Family Paint Nite at Painting With a Twist
[ ] Make a scarecrow
[ ] Have a Halloween movie night
[ ] Bake some spooky treats
[ ] Boo at the Zoo
[ ] Take some fall pictures near Squire’s Castle
[ ] Grand Pacific Junction’s “Olmsted Fall-O-Ween”
[ ] Trick-or-Treat Street at the IX Center 

About the author

Born and raised in Cleveland, Kristen spent many years exploring the “adult friendly” venues of this great city. Now, thanks to marriage and motherhood, she is enjoying discovering all of the kid-friendly activities that Northeast Ohio has to offer.

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