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Celebrate the autumnal equinox

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First day of fall family activities

The first day of fall ushers in a new season and new opportunities for fun family time. Take a few hours this autumnal equinox to recharge your batteries and reconnect with your kids with a few of these family-friendly fall activities.

First day of fall family activities

September 22 marks the first day of fall, and the official end of the summer season. Yes, it's time to trade in bathing suits and sandals for sweaters and apple cider.

The first day of fall 2010, officially known as the autumnal equinox, is one of the two days a year when the sun is directly over the equator and the length of day and night is exactly the same. The days are getting shorter, so take advantage of a little extra time outdoors with your family before the weather gets too chilly.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few great family activities for the first day of fall:

Take a nature walk

The cool, crisp days of fall are perfect for nature strolls. Head down to a local walking trail and walk amongst the trees and their colorful leaves. Challenge the kids to identify different types of trees by their leaves and keep an eye out for wildlife!

Visit an apple orchard

Fall is harvest time and orchards are bursting with delicious apples ready for the pickin'. Take the family out to the fields in the early evening and let them pick a bushel of their favorites. Top the day off with a piece of warm apple pie for a special treat.

Make S'mores after dark

Cool fall nights are the perfect time to start a fire, snuggle up under a blanket and toast the delicious chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow concoction known as S'mores. Let the kids make their own and tell stories 'til bedtime.

There are countless family activities perfect for the first day of fall. Use a little creativity to create some family memories on this autumnal equinox.

How is your family celebrating the first day of fall 2010?

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