Halloween isn’t the only fun that fall has to offer. Why not take a Saturday afternoon off to enjoy the blessings of the season and make new memories with your children by going on a fall escapade? Day trips don’t have to be expensive. Just pack a lunch, snacks, and an extra helping of adventure.
- Apple Picking: Enjoy the fruits of the season by picking your own apples in Oak Glen. When you’ve filled your bags, enjoy corn mazes, piglet races, kids’ crafts, and antique shopping. Be sure to leave time for a slice of home-style apple pie and apple cider before you hit the road. For driving directions, plug in 38600 Oak Glen Rd., Oak Glen, CA, 92399 to your GPS device, or visit the website at oakglen.net.
- Apple Eating: Craving apple sweets but don’t want to drive to the country? Downtown Disney’s Marceline’s Confectionery is the place to go for a mega caramel apple. Watch the confectioners make caramel and candied apples while you indulge your own sweet tooth. Downtown Disney is located in the Disneyland Resort between Ball and Katella in Anaheim.
- (Free!) Hot Air Balloon Riding: Gather the kids for an adventure on the jack-o-lantern decorated hot air balloon in Orange County’s Great Park. Due to first come, first served protocol, eager flyers must arrive early and be willing to wait in line to secure a ride. Check out The Orange County Great Park website at ocgp.org for hours and location information.
- Arts and Craft Shopping: Feeling a little crafty now that the holidays are around the corner? Get inspired! Take a Sunday drive a drive to the Carlsbad Village Street Faire on November 4 to enjoy more than 850 arts and craft vendors, kid’s rides, and food from around the world. Arrive early enough to feast on a pancake breakfast. For more information, call (760) 931-8400.
- Autumn Harvesting: Can’t get enough of arts and crafts? The Pomona Harvest Festival will keep the creative juices flowing. From November 30 through December 2, visit hundreds of artisans in addition to specialty clothing, home décor, and unique food booths. The Harvest Festival includes entertainment and a kids’ zone, so the entire family will be amused. For more information, call (909) 623-3111 or harvestfestival.com.
Now, go grab your calendar and pencil in a date with the kids. Single parents have no excuse to sit at home when SoCal offers so much fall fun to be had before the holiday madness kicks in.