4 Fun, Free Fall Activities


Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing color, and that can only mean one thing – it’s fall in Minnesota! Take advantage of the season as you and your Little plan your outings for the next month. There’s plenty of fun things to do in the Twin Cities this time of year. We’ve got a few ideas, and please share your own in the comments below!

1. Rake Leaves, Jump on Pile, Repeat.

You don’t have to go far from home to get outside and enjoy the fall. Break out the rakes for some exercise and fresh air – your reward will be the big, inviting leaf pile for you and your Little to jump in!

2. St. Paul Art Crawl, October 10-12

If you and your Little are artistic, or just appreciators, don’t miss the St Paul Art Crawl! This is a great opportunity to tour the studios and galleries of local artists in and around downtown St. Paul. In addition to over 300 exhibiting artists, the art crawl includes musical performances, a poster competition, arts events and activities, and specials at downtown restaurants.

3. Meet with Education and Enrichment staff

Sure, a new school year has only just begun, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about the next step. For Littles who are age 12-18, BBBS’ Education and Enrichment program has plenty of fun activities – from career exploration to campus visits – to help them plan for a great life after high school.

4. Lake Elmo Night Hikes

In a month or two, the trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be covered in snow and converted to ski trails. But for now, these cool autumn evenings are perfect for a little adventuring with your Little. Through October 30, select trails are lit for evening hikes, from dust to 9:15pm. Hiking is free, but vehicle permits are required, and can be purchased for $5 at the park office.


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