There are two things I absolutely love, and they are fall and lists! And nobody does fall better than the Midwest, so let’s do this!
Cornhusker Football Games
No Nebraska fall list would be complete without mention of the Scarlet and Cream! Everyone should see the “Sea of Red” in person at least once in their lifetime. No matter if you are viewing at Memorial Stadium, the Rail-yard, a tailgate, or your own couch; fun will be had by all!
GOOOOOO BIIIIIIGGGGGG REEEEEEDDDDD!
Get out into Nature!
Okay…this one should be obvious! Kids love to get outdoors and run around; call it a nature hike, or make them a list of things to find along the way. If you have a state park pass (only $30/annually) Mahoney, Two Rivers, Platter River State Park, Schram Park and others are close by and have many activities to suit your tastes. Climb the lookout towers for spectacular views of the changing trees and landscapes! Check out the website to locate a park near you.
My kids will ask about the pumpkin patch year-round. Open mid September through Halloween, this short season is jam-packed and is almost becoming too much to day in one day, especially for the littles.
We have a lot of great pumpkin patches to visit in Omaha! Of course most of the pumpkin patches have a lot more than pumpkins available! A few of the highlights for our family are bouncy pillows, trains, hay-rack rides, the carnival games, and there are photo ops galore!
Visit our Pumpkin Patch Guide for more information!
*Money Saving Tip – go in September or Monday through Thursday for discount tickets. Buying on-line saves you $2. You can bring your own food and drinks to save, but I do highly recommend trying the pie barn and the fair food!
Bridges of Madison County Tour
Alright, this is Iowa… but is still amazing for a little romantic getaway, solo retreat, or girl’s day trip!
Read the book ahead, and make a stellar sing along-playlist, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and hit the road! Wait until the trees are turning and enjoy the fall foliage, girl talk, and conversation, or download the audible and listen as you drive along. No matter how you go, beauty will be found!
For a self-guided itinerary visit Madison County website here.
Apple Jack Festival
This year marks the 50th Annual Apple Jack Festival, make the short drive to Nebraska City and see what the buzz is all about. For apple everything and the full list of events, visit their website.
Omaha’s Great Pumpkin Festival
At Village Pointe, there are great activities for kids including free pumpkin carvings. They even get to add them to the giant tree of pumpkins, and it’s all for a great cause! Check here to keep an eye on the schedule.
There are several Oktoberfest in Omaha, partially due to the many residence with German ancestry in the area, but probably more so due to the Omaha area’s love of brew! One if the most popular celebrations takes place in the Benson area. Beer Corner USA, The German American Society, and Lucky Bucket all have events centering around Oktoberfest. So grab your friends and your steins. Cheers!
Stay At Home
There is so much your family can do in the Fall by just staying home. Playing in the leaves, a pick-up game of football, family crafts & DIYs, watching the games on TV, pumpkin carving, bon-fires or fire pits, movie marathons, baking… the possibilities are endless. Take pictures, and make memories! Plus, having your home smell like cinnamon, apples & pumpkin is magical.
For the big kids and grown-ups alike who enjoy a thrill, what’s more terrifying than walking through a haunted cornfield? Think Children of the Corn first, for an extra fright… Scary Acres is known to be “one of the best and scariest attractions in the Midwest,” check out what the reputation is all about.
What could be better than the smell of cinnamon, and the sight of handcrafted items? The Mahowald family favorite craft fair is at the Ralston Arena. There are so many events that accompany this fair. Check it out here.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
I can’t think of a better way to wrap up the fall season than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The only activity to rival the main meal, the football, and the giving of thanks is this fun event that we watch every year. A little cup of coffee (spiked or not), some hot cocoa for the kiddos, and you’ve got a celebration!
What’s on your fall bucket list this year? We’d love to hear your ideas.