There are lots of things to SMILE about in October
Five Things to Do with Kids in October
They say that travel broadens the mind, but it does much more than that. Those willing to explore the world, whether it’s in their backyard or to the remotest regions, find opportunities to pursue old interests, discover new passions, and form lasting connections. When you include children, those adventures inspire lifelong learners who may someday change the world.
I’m launching a new column, Family Adventures, to give you a few ideas about fun things you can do with kids that are sure to launch a zillion smiles. It’s a starting point, and I would love to hear your suggestions.
What are some fun things to do with kids this October?
- Go to a farm. Picking apples or selecting pumpkins is a treasured family tradition that brings smiles now, and in later recollections. Many area farms offer special events – from daily tractor rides to annual Harvest Festivals – that bring old and young together for intergenerational fun times.
- Play in the museum. Mr. Potato Head makes me smile, but so do Colorforms, Etch a Sketch, and the Play-Doh Fun Factory. All of these, and many more, are sure to spark many nostalgic grins at Kid Stuff: Great Toys from Our Childhood, October 1, 2011 – March 4, 2012 at the Albany Institute of History & Art.
- Take a hike. Cool, crisp days and spectacular fall foliage ensure delightful hikes; and Northeast New York has many, many family-friendly trails suitable for all ages and abilities.
- Get Goosebumps. I don’t get why people like to be frightened, but they do. A little scare can often lead to hearty laughs at haunted houses, ghost tours, and other mildly macabre happenings.
- Do Good. Doing good is its own reward; there’s no better feeling than that of knowing you’ve made a difference. Families can tap into this good feeling by starting a neighborhood “You’ve Been Booed!” tradition, or planning a trick or treat service project.
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Sandra Foyt writes about family travel that inspires lifelong learners on www.AlbanyKid.com. After a nomadic life that included stints in Argentina, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and California; she now makes her home in Northeast NY with a teen and tween, an outdoorsy husband, and an over-indulged Chocolate Lab.