We’re looking at the end of the summer, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make the most of autumn with your kids. With the weather worsening and the days getting shorter you need different plans than you had a few short weeks ago. Today we’re taking a look at how you can get the most out of the season with your young family.

Dressing Right

If you’re taking your kids out and about in the autumn, it’s important to dress for it. Autumn might bring with it freezing rain or golden sunlight as warm as summer and if you get it wrong you’re sure to regret it! Check the forecast and make sure you’re dressed for the day ahead – but even if the weather is meant to be fine, it’s worth bringing raincoats or ponchos in a bag. Children (and parents) that get soaked through to the skin in an unexpected shower make for a stressful and fractious day.

Outside Time

Even though summer often means the end of the best weather, you can still enjoy time outside with your kids – and that remains a great way for them to burn off energy, stay healthy and spend a bit of time separated from the screens and devices that permeate the 21st century.

As long as you’re sensitive to the weather and well prepared then you can still have some great outdoor walks and adventures, from watching nature change with the season in the countryside to exploring cities on a day trip. You could even make more of an event of the trip by using a scavenger hunt or clue trail – there are plenty of these available online to add a challenge and a story to a more standard day out. Even a familiar city can be transformed in this way: a Bristol scavenger hunt turns the city into a canvas for puzzles, adventure and journeys into history.

Special Events

Autumn is a season full of special events and festivals that mark the passing of time, and a great way to get the best of the season is to make the most of those seasonal festivals and markers. From harvest festivals, to Halloween to bonfire night, they all offer a way to celebrate and understand autumn as a season of changes, from the lazy days of the last of the summer through the short, dark days as we head into winter.