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Warmth from the Cold: Fun Ways to Stay Toasty with Your Family This Fall

As the days grow shorter this fall, there’s no reason to let the cooler weather put a damper on your family fun. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy with your loved ones during this enchanting time of the year. Here are a few ideas for staying toasty while having a great time with your family this autumn.

1. Forge Family Ties around the Fire

Nothing says “fall” quite like a good, old-fashioned bonfire! You can combine this fun fall activity with a practical chore: getting sticks picked up off your property. Once all the sticks have been gathered into a safe burn pile, you can add some bigger logs and light them on fire. To make it an extra festive evening, you can use your bonfire to toast marshmallows or even have a hot dog roast! From singing songs to telling spooky stories, you’ll be able to feel the warmth of the glowing embers along with the warmth of making magical family memories.

2. Heat Things Up with High Energy Activities

If you have a family that loves to stay active no matter what the weather, you could plan some high energy activities to stay warm from the cold this autumn. You could put together a game of flag football, capture the flag, or something as simple as a game of tag. If you want to take advantage of the beautiful fall colors, you could take your family for a jog or hike in the woods. Staying active with your loved ones in the fresh, crisp fall air will put a glow in your cheeks and a spring in your step.

3. Whip Up Warmth in the Kitchen

If the weather outside gets a mite too chilly this fall and you need to find a little relief indoors, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season with warm, tasty treats. Some of the hallmarks of the fall season include hot dishes, such as fresh popcorn, pumpkin pie straight from the oven, and hot apple cider. Don’t forget to add the cinnamon stick for some extra fall flavor!

4. Snuggle Up for Story Time

After you’ve had your snack, you can continue to stay warm and make family memories by snuggling up together for an autumn-inspired story time under some soft, fuzzy blankets. You could even set up a family blanket tent in your living room for an indoor “camp out.” You can either read some fall-themed books together or tell real or made up stories about autumn adventures. You could even use an electric blanket to stay extra warm and cozy during those chilly fall nights.

5. Soak in Your Own Hot Tub

One creative and relaxing way to stay warm this fall is to invest in your very own hot tub. There are a number of key benefits of hot tub ownership, such as reduced stress, soothing of aches and pains, and spending quality time with family. And unlike outdoor pools, hot tubs can be enjoyed year round, even in cooler climates. Hot tubs are also relatively easy to maintain. So this autumn, as the evenings grow chilly, consider putting a hot tub in your back yard or on your patio. Your family will thank you for this unique opportunity to soak in warm comfort in spite of lowering temperatures.

There’s no reason to hide away from all the excitement and beauty that autumn has to offer. Hopefully, this list has given you a few ideas about how you and your family can continue to spend memorable moments together during this special time of the year.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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