It’s so hard to believe that school has started and fall is right around the corner. With a new season comes new fall family fun activities to do in Central Mass. There’s nothing like spending the day outdoors in the beautiful fall weather with your family enjoying something fun. So, here are five fun ideas to look into this fall when you’re planning out your weekends.
1 | Local Area Farms
Up first are all of the local farms in the area. From apple picking to corn mazes, hayrides, and warm donuts with cider, there is so much fun to be had at a local farm. Luckily, for you, we have a wonderful list of local farms and orchards in Central Mass right here. A couple of my favorites are Hanson’s Farm in Framingham and Wojcik’s Farm in Blackstone. Make a list of farms to visit and mark them off as you go to them!
2 | Southwick’s Zoo
Looking for something even more kid-friendly? There’s not much that kids enjoy more than a trip to the zoo. They even have a newer playground that is beautiful. Southwick’s Zoo has several fall events scheduled this year – Massachusetts Residents Weekend in September and Zoo Boo Days in October. Both of these events offer either reduced or free admission. Sounds like a great excuse to enjoy a family day at the zoo!
3 | New England Botanic Garden
The New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is a wonderful place where there is always something fun happening. They offer activities for children and adults nearly every day. Also, this fall they are hosting Myths, Magic, and Monsters from September through October which has different events to go along with it. There is an admission fee. You can purchase a family membership and visit as often as you like, or look into your local library for passes to reduce the cost of admission. Make sure to check out their events calendar to find something for everyone in your family to enjoy!
4 | Wachusett Mountain
Wachusett Mountain in Princeton has family-friendly events all season long. Each weekend, from September to November, they host different festivals, so there is sure to be something that will meet your family’s needs. From BBQFest to Oktoberfest, AppleFest, and Boo Fest – there’s something for everyone. Make sure to check out their list of events, and try to just choose one.
If festivals aren’t quite your thing, make sure to check their list of trails on the mountain. What could be better than taking in all the fall foliage while enjoying a hike with the kids?
5 | Old Sturbridge Village
Step back in time at Old Sturbridge Village and experience life as a New Englander in the 1830s. With over 200 acres and 40 historical buildings, there is something for everyone to experience. Also, this October, Old Sturbridge Village is hosting a ticketed event called Phantoms By Firelight. This may not be an event you want to attend with young children, as it explores the myths and folklore of Halloween, but there are kid-friendly events most weekends so make sure to stay up-to-date with their events calendar.
Hopefully, this list of places and events gives you some good ideas for filling up your weekends this fall. We can’t wait to hear which events you attend, and make sure to tag us on social media @CentralMassMom.