Fall is a fun time of year for family activities. As you plan your list of things to do, don’t forget to include activities your teen will enjoy. Entertaining teens can be tricky, but this list will give you some ideas for fun fall activities your teenager is sure to love. As moms, we never want our kids to grow up. But the reality is, they do. So, we have to be intentional about choosing interesting and fun activities for our teens.
Why is it important to do activities as a family?
As your child enters the teenage years, it’s important to ensure that you’re not neglecting family bonding time. There are many benefits to participating in family activities, not just during the fall, such as the following:
- Improved communication skills between parents and their children
- Increased chances to make memories
- Strengthened emotional bond between family members
- Increased opportunities to learn more about your child’s interests
What are some fun fall activities to do with teens?
If you’re looking for some teen-approved fall activities for teens, here are some great ideas:
Tell stories by the fire
Spend some quality time with your teens around a fire, telling stories. If you have a firepit at home, that can be the perfect focal point for some stories. Allow your teen to choose or create the story that will be shared so they have a part in planning the activity. You can share specific guidelines for the story if younger kids will be attending.
Host an overnight movie marathon
Cue up some of your favorite movies, grab some popcorn and candy, and prepare for an all-night movie marathon. Hanging out with your teens and showing an interest in the things they love is a great way to strengthen your bond and make lasting memories.
Attend a sporting event
Are you and your family fans of fall sports? If so, surprise the crew with tickets to your favorite fall sporting event. If that’s not in the budget, organize a friendly family competition that you can enjoy. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and get active with your teens.
Go on a nature hike
Birmingham is home to several hiking trails that are absolutely beautiful in the fall. Make a date for you and your teen to go for a walk to admire the fall foliage while spending some quality time together. Some area favorites are the Vulcan Walking Trail, Red Mountain Park, and Ruffner Mountain.
Have a homemade Halloween costume competition
A creative way to have fun with your teens is to challenge each other to create Halloween costumes using items you already have at home. Have a conversation about the contest rules before the competition and make it even more fun by having a small prize for the winner.
Make a fun fall meal together
Fall is the perfect time to make chili, soups and other fun dips and fall treats. Get your teen to help you create a menu for a special fall meal. Include them in the shopping and the meal preparation as a memorable fall activity.
The important thing to remember when you’re choosing fall activities is to choose something that your teen is interested in. You might even get their input as you decide on activities. They may have some great ideas that you haven’t even thought of, so don’t be afraid to ask them what they have in mind!