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This weekend, head outside and gather some beautiful fall leaves! Then try out some of the following craft ideas:  Autumn Leaf Art from EliseButton.com Autumn Leaf Luminaries from MarthaStewart.com Embroidered Leaf Place Cards  from MarthaStewart.com Fall Foliage Candle Holders from MarthaStewart.com Fall Leaf Book Page Banner from SimpleAsThat.com Fall Leaf Crown from HandmadeCharlotte.com Leaf Coasters …

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Do your kids have a hard time thinking of things to do? Make an outdoor activity jar! Purchase some blank Popsicle sticks from your local craft store. Then write a different outdoor activity on each stick. When your children can’t decide what to do next, have them draw out a stick and head outside!  Remember: …

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This weekend, call your local nature center or park to find out how you and your family can volunteer. These positions may include jobs such as working at the front desk, helping to prepare meals for the animals, cleaning the habitats, or watching over a petting area.    Photo by cheriedurbin

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Fall is in the air! This weekend, head to a local farm and go pumpkin picking! Many farms offer small pumpkins for just a few dollars, making it easy for everyone to choose a favorite to take home.  Want to learn more about how pumpkins grow? Check our this page on the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  …

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Fall is the perfect time to start hunting for squirrel nests. They build their nests of leaves and twigs high in the trees, so they are often hidden by summer foliage. As the leaves start to fall, the nests start to appear. This weekend, head outside and see how many you can find. You can …

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Make this weekend challenging! Set up an outdoor obstacle course for you kids. Here are a couple of  ideas to get you started:  If the weather is still warm where you are, you can create a water course similar to the one found HERE.  Use items you have around your yard to create an obstacle …

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This weekend, make paper boats to float down a stream. You can find directions on how to make a boat HERE.  Have each person make more than one boat, just in case one doesn’t hold up for long. Your family will be excited to test them out. You may even have to hike to get …

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This weekend, do everything you’d normally do — but outside! This includes working on homework, crafting, exercising, folding laundry, reading, napping, playing games —  whatever you have planned, take it all outdoors. Don’t forget — you can cook and eat outdoors, too! It’s as easy as grilling out or just making sandwiches and having a …

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Hurricane Florence is threatening the Southeast, and residents in the Carolinas and Virginia have been making preparations so they stay safe through the storm. Do you have a storm emergency kit in your home in case of severe weather? If not, put one together this weekend. You can find a printable list of what to …

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It’s apple season! Instead of purchasing apples at the grocery store, head outside with family or friends to a you-pick apple orchard. You can find many orchards using the links on OrangePippin.com.  Wondering what else is ready for harvest in your area? Click on the link to your state on PickYourOwn.org.    Image by jeanneg

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You’ve probably heard of geocaching — searching for items hidden in a pubic place using your GPS. But have you heard of letterboxing? Letterboxing is an older hide-and-seek scavenger hunt game played by people all over the world.  You don’t need a GPS; instead, you follow a set of clues. The prize: a plastic box with a …

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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that just requires muscles, not ropes. The rocks are usually low to the ground, no more than 15 – 20 feet high. This weekend, take your whole family “bouldering”! Go somewhere that has a lot of large rocks for your kids (and pets!) to climb around on. Not sure …

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This weekend, head outside with paper and crayon (any color will do!) to make some nature rubbings. Take a walk through the woods, in a park, or around your neighborhood to see what interesting textures and designs you can find in natural things likes trees, leaves, and rocks. Then, place your paper over the object …

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This weekend, get friends or family together and go on a group bike hike! Look online to find the bike trails in your city. If you don’t have a bicycle of your own, check to see if there are places in town where you can rent one.  Below are some safe riding tips to follow …

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This weekend, instead of heading inside at bedtime, stay outdoors — and sleep under the stars! Find a flat area in your yard to set up your bedding system, which may include an air mattress, camping blanket, and/or sleeping bag.  Don’t forget your pillow!      Photo by seriousfun

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This weekend, take a hike somewhere you’ve never been before. Not sure where to go? Look on these sites featuring national parks and state parks to find hiking trails near you.    Photo by davidpwhelan

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This weekend, head outside with your camera and capture the beauty of the outdoors. For tips on taking landscape photos, check out these articles:  “Landscape Photography Tips”, National Geographic “15 Helpful Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners”, ImprovePhotography.com “Seven Tips for Shooting Nature Photos with Your Smartphone Camera”, Popular Science      Photo by Erean 

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Although July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, many cities are celebrating this weekend. Check your local paper or look online for festivities in your area. Join the crowds or celebrate on your own with a trip to the lake, a picnic, or a day at the park.    Photo by Gudina 

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Time to get crafty! Creating pebble art is a fun activity for the whole family.  What you’ll need Canvas Pebbles Twigs  Hot glue gun Permanent markers (optional) To Create Your Artwork Decide on your composition by placing the pebbles and twigs on the canvas. You can find lots of ideas on Pinterest.  Hot glue each …

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You don’t have to go to a campsite to go camping. This weekend, set up a tent in your own backyard. Putting up a tent together helps encourage listening skills, cooperation, and teamwork. Your kids will enjoy hanging out in the tent during the day and the adventure of sleeping in the tent at night.  …

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