As we all know, fall in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is something truly magical. The air gets crisp, the leaves put on their fiery display, and it’s the perfect time to get the family outdoors. Long hikes, riverwalk bike rides, and evenings by the campfires are some of the best things to do this time of year. But let’s be real: as the weather cools down and the ground stays wetter, keeping the young ones engaged outside can be quite the adventure in itself! Even my nine-year-old will scream how bored she is from her tree swing as her bike lays on the soggy grass next to her.
Thinking about all that reminded me of how we took the kids camping at Skull Island last fall. I was worried the kids would be super bored and whine the entire time. So, not only did I pack my noise-canceling headphones, I prepped a scavenger hunt and printed them out before we left. I thought it would keep them busy for a few minutes, but they actually got super into it and had other kids and adults joining in. I’ll admit I made it a little difficult with things like a matchstick, ice cream, and a live flower, but they actually did it (with a little help of course). Skull Island has since gotten its own version at the office, but that trick has remained in my toolbox.
And that’s why I’m so excited to share this special fall-themed scavenger hunt with you.
It’s not just any old game that they made us play in 2nd grade; it’s really a great opportunity for families to connect with autumn while having an absolute blast together. And by families, I mean the kids, while I drink something warm from the porch rocking chair.
Two rules to follow: 1. Have fun and 2. find the things!
So gather the kids, hand out the clues, and sit back in your comfy spot and watch them get creative and explore the neighborhood, campground or wherever your fall travels take you.