8 Fun and Healthy Things to do With Your Family this Fall

Autumn is upon us, and there are so many fun and inexpensive family activities to do this season. Here are a few ideas:

1. Take a hike – A weekend morning hike is not only fun for the whole family, but great exercise too! Check out ocparks.com to find the nearest hiking trail near you.

2.  Shop fresh and local – Check out your city website for a farmer’s market near you. Take the whole family and have your kids pick out their favorite fruits or vegetables. Make a salad or dessert using their favorite picks!

3. Go apple pickin’– Enjoy a day of fun at any of a handful of apple farms nearby – most are about an hour and a half away – where you can get back to basics and pick apples, enjoy lunch outdoors, and take in the fall scenery. Check online for the nearest apple farm near you.

4. Get into the Halloween spirit – There are many local Halloween festivities happening in the next few weeks, including parades, haunted houses, festivals and more. Check your city’s website for ideas.

5. Visit a pumpkin patch – Many include train rides, carnival games, treats and more, which the kids are sure to enjoy.

6. Create holiday cards with your little ones – Plan for the holidays early. Help your kids create homemade cards or crafts for loved ones. The weather is a great time for outside family photos, too, that can easily be included in your holiday cards.

7. Host a movie night – Instead of going out, host a movie night or board game night with your friends and family. Have everyone bring their favorite treat to share!

8. Unbusy yourself – Before the busy holiday season arrives, take time to do things with your family that you may not get a chance to in the coming months: read a book to your kids, have a family picnic while the weather is still nice, go on a walk or bike ride.

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All Dressed Up For Halloween

Halloween is about a week away! Have your kids picked out their costumes? Before they head out in their cutest and spookiest attire, check out these costume safety tips recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to ensure your kids have an enjoyable Halloween.

• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.

• Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.  Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.

• When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

• If a sword or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.

• Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

• Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.

• Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.

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5 Things To Do With Your Family This Fall

Although the weather in Orange County doesn’t feel like fall yet, there are certainly plenty of activities to get you in the spirit of the season. Check out these fun and inexpensive things to do with your family this fall.

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch – Many include train rides, carnival games, treats and more, which the kids are sure to enjoy.

2. Take a Hike – A weekend morning hike is not only fun for the whole family, but great exercise too! Check out the ocparks.com website to find the nearest hiking trail near you.

3. Go Apple Pickin’– Enjoy a whole day of fun at any of a handful of apple farms nearby – most are about an hour and a half or two away – where you can get back to basics and pick apples, enjoy a great lunch outdoors, and take in the fall scenery. Check online for directions to the nearest one near you.

4. Get Into the Halloween Spirit – There are many local Halloween festivities happening in the next few weeks, including parades, haunted houses, festivals and more. For more info visit the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau website.

5. Shop Fresh and Local – Check out your city website for a Farmer’s Market near you. Take the whole family and have your kids pick out their favorite fruits or vegetables. Make a salad or dessert using their favorite picks!

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