We love to find fun and free things to do nearby our home. We live in Southern Orange County so this list is not exhaustive to all free things in these 2 counties. It is a list of things we have found to do near us that we enjoy and are free.
These activities would be suited for a wide variety of ages of children, but especially ages 2-12. We did not include parks, beaches or shopping areas in this list. If there is a free activity that you would like me to add to this list, please send me a message. We hope this helps you and your family enjoy some fun activities for free!
Growing up in Southern California, the first time that I ever experienced fall was when I went off to college in western New York state. In California, the maple trees outside my house would begin to turn red - just in time for Christmas. Western New York is just so beautiful in the fall!
While obviously the Adirondacks, the Hudson River Valley and the Finger Lake Region are excellent choices for viewing fall foliage, if you want to head out west, here is a list of family-friendly places to enjoy fall foliage in Western New York.
As the anniversary of September 11, 2001 comes up, many parents try to think of ways to educate their kids about the heroes among us who serve and protect. In the Western Washington cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, we have a number of monuments and memorials to military and public servants alike. Here are some that are great to visit with kids.
Photo by Flickr user Dwagner
Oregon's fall foliage typically is at its best in mid-late October, but the actual peak time varies depending on where in the state you are. This blog has frequently updated information on where the best foliage is in various parts of the state: http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com You can also call the Oregon Fall Foliage Hotline at 800.547.54451. Historic Columbia River Highway