5 Healthy Activities to Do with Your Kids this Fall {In & Around Brookline}

I don’t know about you, but with the new season just around the corner, our staff over at CCY has got fall on our mind! While autumn brings crisp fresh air, boots-and-sweater weather, warm and spicy chai, hayrides and seasonal shifts, it’s also the perfect time to think outside the box, and have fun with your kids. Here are 5 creative & healthy activities – in and around Brookline – you can do with your kids this fall!

1. Hit Up the Allendale Farm Stand:
allendaleFarmWhat better way to celebrate the season than by heading to a local farm stand? We love hitting up Allendale Farm, right in Brookline! Stop by after your kids get home from school to stock up on fresh fall favorites like squash, pumpkin, potatoes, pears, apples and  brussels sprouts. The kids will have a blast browsing what’s in season, and learning about new fruits and veggies to try at home (and your fridge will be jam-packed with wholesome food.) Win, Win!

We love that Allendale features their own freshly-picked produce, as well as some other specialty goods from local partners. Some of our favorites include their pasta & sauces from Valicenti Organico and freshly-baked bread from Clear Flour Bakery!

2. Cook a Nourishing Meal Together:

spaghettisquashOnce you’re stocked up on fresh, local produce, it’s time to prepare a meal together! Cooking is a great way to bond with your children, and help take some of the stress out of dinner prep. Change up the boring, ol’ Spaghetti night with this easy Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Basil Sauce, which your kids will have a blast helping you prepare! (Hint: skip the cheese to make it vegan!)

Craving something a little sweet? These delicious Healthy Bites are easy enough for toddlers to help with. (Try making them with local apple sauce for a flavor boost!) 

If all else fails, pizza night is sure to be a hit for the entire family. Stock up on fresh, local veggies and let the creating begin. Each member of the family can have a role like rolling the dough, pouring the sauce, or placing your favorite toppings on the pie! 

3. Take a Scenic Hike:

Northing screams New England quite like fall foliage. With Blue Hills Reservation less than 10 miles away from Brookline (right in Milton), you can enjoy family hiking without having to take a far-away weekend getaway. With breathtaking views, 125 miles of trails and varied terrain, Blue Hills is a perfect fall hiking destination for all age groups.  Pack some healthy snacks and reusable water bottles, and have a blast exploring nature with your kids!

4. Go on an Apple Picking Adventure:  
A family trip to the orchard is in order, as late-August through September honey3is the height of pick-your-own apple season! Luckily for us Bostonians, there are dozens of family-friendly farms just a drive away with apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes and more! Some of our favorites include Belkin Lookout Farm, Doe Orchards, Honeypot Hill, and Shelburne Farm. The freshly picked apples will make for a delicious lunchbox snack, pie filling or accompaniment to a salad!

5. Get Your Downward Dog On (and Bring the Kids)! 

While it’s common for parents to want to escape the hustle-bustle to get on their mat, believe it or not kids need yoga too! Recently, child development experts are realizing just how beneficial yoga is for youngsters, helping to decrease stress, improve cognitive function, not to mention it’s a blast!

kidsyogasingingbowlLuckily for you, here at CCY we offer a variety of Kids Yoga classes, paired up with our adult schedule, so you can get your solo yoga time while your kiddies do too! Starting mid-September, we’ll be offering a series of classes ranging from Toddler Yoga (for ages 1.5 – 3.5) to Teen Yoga for Girls (ages 11–16). Take a peek at the full schedule, with costs and registration details here.

Rachel Kaczynski is a Certified Health Coach and freelance writer living in Boston, MA. She is the founder of Healthy Chicks, a wellness blog empowering women to live happier, healthier, more meaningful lives. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook here.


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