September 26, 2012
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by kfmwriter

The transition from summer to fall can be hard for kids. Sometimes it takes a bit more planning to figure out what to do. Have a question about trip planning, choosing the right clothing, or simply keeping your kids happy while outdoors this fall?

Ask away here! I'll reply with tips and advice on Wednesday, October 3rd. -Kim Foley MacKinnon

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Any fun ideas for getting kids excited about foliage?

lkhnyc »
10/01/2012 11:40 AM
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I think it's important to remember kids probably won't appreciate foliage the same way you do. Plan an outing that involves more than driving around looking at leaves. Incorporate a walk or visit a place that offers hay rides or other attractions. Making a craft with leaves can be fun. All you need is a pretty leaf, wax paper and an iron. Good luck! 

kfmwriter »
10/03/2012 10:25 AM
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Here are a few questions I received about tips for getting families outdoors this fall and my answers.

Q: I’ve got a little one who just started walking. What’s a good place to visit around Natick?

Garden in the Woods, part of the New England Wild Flower Society, is New England’s premier wildflower garden, with more than 1,000 native plant species. The paths and trails found here can seem magical to kids. The main trail, Curtis Path, is about 1 mile long and perfect for little ones. Pick up a scavenger hunt at the garden center when you arrive.

Q: We want to squeeze in one more camping trip before it gets too cold. Do you know of any good sites where we could go canoeing too?

Mass Auduon members can camp and rent canoes at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary through October.

Q: I’m looking for a rainy day alternative…got any ideas for indoor nature fun??

One thing I think kids never tire of is building forts. On a rainy day, why not go all out? Set up a tent inside and pretend you're camping out. Turn off all the lights (and your cell phones), read books or tell stories by flashlight, and make s'mores. Besides being good fun, this can be good practice for a real camping trip.

Q: We’re big on waterfalls, so what’s your top pick for foliage season?

Doane's Falls in Royalston, a Trustees of Reservations property, offers both stunning falls and views.

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10/05/2012 09:58 AM
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