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Mom of the House: Things to do in the fall

In this week's column, Brianna Bell talks about all the amazing things to do during the fall (and the scent of pumpkins)
Mom of the House with Brianna Bell

Fall is my favourite season of the year. Cool breezes, picturesque trees, the scent of pumpkin pie baking, and long walks under crunchy leaves. These are my favourite visions of the season, and I love cozying up with my family and heading out on fall adventures together.

Below are some of my favourite things to do with my family, in and around Guelph during the autumn season.

Stroms Farm: Visiting Stroms farm for our annual family picture surrounded by orange pumpkins is one of our highlights of the season. Check out the farm over the weekend and you’ll find a Harvest Fun Area (for an admission price), complete with Puppet show, Pumpkin Chuckin, Mazes, Sand pit, and a six-acre corn maze.

Donkey Sanctuary: The Donkey Sanctuary is a fun place to visit before the weather turns too cold. A chance to explore a wonderful place that takes in donkeys that aren’t being properly cared for, or are relinquished by their owners, the donkey sanctuary is interactive and educational for adults and children.

Go outside and enjoy nature: There are plenty of hiking trails in Guelph that are perfect to explore as the weather cools off, as well as the Arboretum or even the University that is busy and bustling with students. Take your family on a walk to explore the changing of the leaves, and gather sticks, pinecones, and fallen leaves.

Fall Rural Romp: On Sept. 24 Taste Real is hosting a Rural Romp, where anyone interested can learn about the farming process, meet their local farmers, and get up close and personal with their food. This is a great way to spend the day outdoors with their family.

Ghost Walk of Guelph: For families with older kids it might be fun to attend one of Guelph’s popular Ghost Walks for an exciting and eerie evening out. Or perhaps leave the kids home and spend an evening with a friend or your partner.

Snyders Farm: Snyders Farm, about 35 minutes outside of Guelph, is a wonderful place to take the kids for a day. There is more than enough to keep you busy for the day, with over 15 attractions and shows to enjoy throughout the day.

Enjoy a Fall fair, or two: Although Guelph doesn’t have its own fall fair, there are plenty of fall fairs to keep your family busy throughout September and October. Our family enjoys going to the Erin Fall Fair.

Apple picking at Chudleighs: The closest apple picking I have found near Guelph is Chudleighs Farm, approximately 30 minutes or less from Guelph. Chudleighs is a popular place to pick your own apples, enjoy their family attractions, and pick up some baked treats. Our family often buys apples each week at the Farmer’s Market, and although they aren’t pick your own, they are the next best thing.

Monster March Parade: The Monster March parade, held in Downtown Elora each year, is a popular spooky event that draws a big crowd annually. This free, and non-motorized event, allows children and even pets of all ages to dress up in their Halloween costume and join the parade.

What are some fall events and family fun days that you have planned?