Looking for ways to make the most of your fall break—without having to travel too far? Here are some fun ideas for family activities close to home.

Pumpkin patch—Find a pick-your-own pumpkin farm and take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch. Spend an hour or two selecting the perfect pumpkins for your front porch, then enjoy a cup of hot apple cider and cookies when you get back home.

Corn maze—This time of year, many local farms offer fall family amusements such as corn mazes, hay bale slides, tractor rides and much more. They’re a great way to get some fresh air and lots of laughs as you enjoy God’s creation outdoors.

Baking fest—If your tween loves to bake, then plan an afternoon filled with flour and sugar and cinnamon, oh my! Find some new or favorite fall recipes such as pies, cobblers, quick breads, muffins and so much more. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with new pumpkin or apple recipes—two comfort food staples.

Coffee date—And speaking of pumpkin {spice}, why not enjoy a quiet visit with your daughter at her favorite local coffee shop? Bring a list of fun conversation starters such as “If you could be invisible for a day, how would you spend it?” or “What is one question you want to ask God?”

Craft day—Fall is a great time to get crafty with pine cones, wreaths, leaves and gourds. Take a walk through your local craft store for inspiration and invite your tween to fill a basket with crafting supplies to use on your special fall-break crafting day. Consider getting a head start on Christmas gifts by making homemade ornaments, jewelry, or cards for loved ones.

Read!—Finally, fall break is the perfect opportunity to catch up on your rainy-day reading list. Pop some popcorn and invite your daughter to snuggle on the couch as you each get lost in a good book. For recommendations, check out our Faithgirlz fiction books especially for tween girls.