Are you looking for some COVID-safe fall activities in the DMV this season? With the current state of the pandemic, uncertainty about the colder months and a rise in cases, many parents are looking for alternative options. We suggest outdoor activities, where the risk of catching COVID and/or passing it onto others is considerably lower. Or, if you’re not a fan of the colder weather, then stay cozy at home for some virtual fun!
One of the best outdoor experiences in the fall is visiting a pumpkin patch and finding a beautiful, round (or a warty goblin) pumpkin to take home.
Outdoor or virtual pumpkin carving
Want to host a pumpkin carving event with your child and their friends? Host one right in your backyard as an outdoor event or make it virtual and have a video contest!
Watching fall colors
Do you want to leave the house without coming into contact with anyone? Watching fall colors is the perfect way to do so. Drive through Shenandoah, or any local park to see the gorgeous views as the leaves turn from green to orange.
Fall Scavenger Hunt
Get your kids to exercise and hunt for leaves, pumpkins, apples and more. Fall scavenger hunts are a great idea for a COVID-safe fall activity and encourage your child to explore their own neighborhood in new ways.
Take your kids to Glenstone Museum for more than a museum experience. For kids older than 12, they can visit outdoor exhibits, nature and much more. https://www.glenstone.org
Go hiking with your kids and bring your smartphone to find special treasures. Geocaching is another fun fall scavenger hunt to get your kids moving! Find geocaching trails near you to explore this weekend on Trail Link. Geocaching Trails Near Me
Biking on Trails
We have more activities on trails for you! Bike alongside your family on the many beautiful trails the DC area has to offer. With limited contact, this activity is an amazing bonding experience and COVID-safe! Seeing the fall colors is a perfect bonus.
Visit the Kids EuroFest in DC with your family, a European performing arts festival. You can visit in person at the French and Swedish Embassies on October 9th and October 16th, where vaccine proof is required. Uncomfortable with going in person? No worries! Join their virtual activities from the comfort of your own home all month long. https://events.euintheus.org/kidseurofest
Bake Pumpkin Pies
We couldn’t forget about the most classic fall activity. Bake a delicious pumpkin pie with your children and bring it out for dessert on a chilly fall evening. Or try another one of these pumpkin recipes!
Visit a corn maze
Have you ever visited a corn maze? This is the perfect COVID-safe outdoor activity for the fall. Get lost in a large maze and scramble to find your way out. The Maryland Corn maze runs from September 18th – October 30th. https://mdcornmaze.com