33 things to do this fall with your family. From enjoying the change of colors in nature to Halloween and fall events, this list will keep your kids entertained all season long. Find more events on our calendar by clicking here

Cherry Rock Farms

Cherry Rock Farms is your local one stop farm for all your fall fun. We will have all the varieties of pumpkins in our you pick patch, a corn maze, hayrides, goats, and more. Our market us stocked full of fresh picked veggies. Perfect stop for your family!

Wings Gymnastics Academy

Fall is a great time to give class at Wings a try with our Risk Free Month! We have something for every kid. Lil Wings for your preschooler, Ninja for your budding sports star, and girl rec gymnastics for energetic daughters. 

Spooky Science

All-day event filled with activities for all ages! You will get to explore art and science while experimenting with boo bubbles, squishy slime and more! Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation

Find your fun all fall long. Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation has programs for children to senior citizens to keep you recreating in September and October. Explore! Connect! Play!


SD Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus Sioux Falls

The purpose of The Outdoor Campus is to provide hands-on experiences in hunting, fishing, outdoor skills, and conservation science. Free educational classes for all ages are held year-round. Visitors can explore a butterfly garden, an outdoor playscape, and enjoy over 2 miles of trails for walking and cross-country skiing.

Country Apple Orchard

Country Apple Orchard is 50 acres of fun! The Fall Festival brings it to life with the corn maze, concessions, petting zoo and attractions such as SD’s largest jumping pillows, zip lines, hayrides, Poet Corn Pit, apple cannons and so much more! An amazing experience for the whole family!

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park and Corn Maze

The Corn Maze at Jellystone Park has over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead ends carved into corn stalks that reach over your head! Whether you solve the maze under blue skies, with flashlights, or the light of the moon on a starry night, you will experience a fun adventure.

RiverView Pumpkin Fest

Bring out your family and friends to enjoy a fall day September 23-24, 30, October 1, 7-8, 14-15. Enjoy activities for all ages like pumpkin picking, fall treats, farm animals, LIVE music, shopping and so much more! As always, we offer FREE ADMISSION! Limited field trips are available. Book today!


Halloween at Lake Lorraine

A fun, FREE, family-friendly event is what Halloween at Lake Lorraine is all about! Wear your costume and join us on the Lake Walk on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-3 p.m. to trick-or-treat with Lake Lorraine and community businesses and plenty of photo opportunities!

Jaycees Feargrounds Kid's Day

Kid’s Day is a fun, non-scary afternoon for younger children to enjoy Halloween festivities at the Jaycees Feargrounds! The haunted house is brightly lit for children to trick-or-treat through the maze filled with non-scary characters passing out candy, along with many other activities. Join us October 22nd from 2-4 p.m.


Additional Fall Fun

  1. Fall Nature Walks: Take leisurely nature walks with your family, relishing the beauty of the fall foliage. Collect colorful leaves, acorns, and pinecones along the way, then use these treasures for craft projects or to decorate your home. It’s an excellent opportunity to bond with nature and each other.
  2. Harvest Decorations: Involve your kids in making homemade fall decorations for your home. Create autumnal wreaths, leaf garlands, and seasonal centerpieces. The process of crafting together will not only enhance your home’s ambiance but also create beautiful memories.
  3. Pick up Produce: Spend a day at a Farmers Market and find all the great fall produce available! Maybe try out something new!
  4. Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza: Visit a pumpkin patch and allow your children to select their very own pumpkins. Back home, gather around the kitchen table for a pumpkin carving extravaganza. Encourage their creativity as they design funny faces or spooky shapes, illuminating their creations with flickering candles at night.
  5. DIY Halloween Costumes: Engage in the creativity of DIY Halloween costumes. Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they design their costumes, showcasing their individuality. See our website for some great ideas.
  6. Find a Trunk-or-Treat: Take those cute DIY costumes and find all the trunk-or-treat opportunities around town! 
  7. Leaf Pile Jumping: Rake fallen leaves into a pile and let the kids experience the joy of jumping into the colorful heap. Let them be of service and help rake a neighbor’s yard.
  8. Family Baking Time: Embrace the coziness of fall by spending time together in the kitchen. Bake pumpkin muffins, cinnamon rolls, or a hearty apple crisp (from those orchard apples). Your children will not only learn valuable cooking skills but also savor the joy of enjoying the delicious results.
  9. Gratitude Journaling: As we enter the season of thanksgiving, cultivate a sense of gratitude by starting a fall-themed gratitude journal as a family. Encourage everyone to write down something they are grateful for each day, fostering positivity and appreciation.
  10. Say Cheese: Get your family photos taken! Fall in South Dakota provides a beautiful backdrop for family photos, and if you get them done soon, they’ll be ready in time to send in holiday cards!
  11. Corn Maze Adventure: Explore a corn maze with twists, turns, and challenges suitable for all ages.
  12. Star Gazing: As the nights get longer, it’s a fantastic opportunity to watch the stars. Lay on blankets in your backyard or take a trip out of town for less light pollution. Teach your children about constellations (there are apps to help) and enjoy the quiet beauty of the night sky.
  13. Fall-Themed Crafts: Spend a cozy afternoon crafting at home with activities like making leaf rubbings, decorating pumpkins, or creating your own fall wreaths. 
  14. Haunted Attractions: Explore a haunted house or take part in ghost stories, suitable for the family’s age group.
  15. Outdoor Movie Night: Set up an outdoor movie night in your backyard or at a local park, complete with cozy blankets and fall-themed snacks.
  16. Apple Cider Making: After visiting an orchard or local market, try your hand at making homemade apple cider. You can even spice it up with cinnamon and cloves for that extra fall flavor.
  17. Bonfire Night: Gather around a fire pit to roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and share stories. It’s a warm way to spend those chilly fall evenings.
  18. DIY Bird Feeders: As the weather starts to cool, local birds are preparing for winter. Create simple bird feeders with seeds, pine cones, and peanut butter. This is both an educational and fun activity for children to learn about local bird species.
  19. Fall-Themed Book Club: Choose a family-friendly fall-themed book to read together and host a cozy reading night complete with hot cocoa.
  20. Don’t toss those pumpkin “guts:” Scoop out the seeds and roast them for a healthy snack!
  21. Seasonal Cooking Challenge: Challenge your family to cook a meal using seasonal fall ingredients. Have everyone contribute to the menu and cooking process.