Crisp Sunny Days for Family Autumn Activities

by | Apr 16, 2024

Let’s be honest; there are many things to love about South Africa, and our beautiful autumn season is one of them. After a summer of heatwaves, our pregnant moms are sure to embrace the season with relief and open arms. It’s a beautiful season in South Africa with Crisp, cool air and generally sunny and blue skies. There are tons of great autumn activities to keep you and your little ones busy. Whether you’re chasing down your exploring toddlers or looking for family downtime, here are a few ideas for you to enjoy. 

Embrace the Outdoors:

Nature Scavenger Hunt:  We have exquisite nature reserves, parks and botanical gardens. Transform your local park or botanical garden into an adventure zone. It keeps your tots busy while you relax. Create a list of autumn-themed items for toddlers to find, like colourful leaves, different types of seeds or acorns, or interesting pinecones. A stroll through nature provides a healthy dose of vitamin D and fresh air for expecting moms.

Picnic in the Park: Who doesn’t enjoy grazing on yummy treats in the fresh air? Pack a basket with finger foods, sandwiches, and refreshing drinks. Find a scenic spot in a park or arboretum and spread out a blanket for a relaxing picnic lunch. Toddlers will love exploring the open space and the exercise that comes with it. 

Explore a Farmers Market: South Africa is fortunate to have sensational farmers’ markets or local pop-ups around the country. Immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds, and smells of a local farmers market. Toddlers will be fascinated by the vibrant displays of seasonal fruits and vegetables, while moms can stock up on fresh, local produce. Many markets also have live music or baked goods, making it a delightful outing for the whole family.

Get Creative:

  • Leaf Art Extravaganza: Gather a variety of fallen leaves in different shapes and sizes. Back home, use them for some artsy fun! Toddlers can create collages on paper, while moms can get crafty with leaf mobiles or decorative wreaths.
  • Bake an Autumn Treat: Embrace the season’s flavours by whipping up some delicious pumpkin muffins, apple crumble, or sweet potato cookies. Your little ones can help with age-appropriate tasks like stirring the batter or adding sprinkles.
  • Story Time with a Twist:  Snuggle up with a cosy blanket and read a book about autumn. For a more interactive experience, act out the story with stuffed animals or create your own autumn-themed story together (You could have some fun with finger or sock puppets too).

 

Relax and Recharge:

  • Gentle Yoga in the Park (or for those on the coast, on the beach): Many parks offer outdoor yoga classes specifically designed for pregnant moms. These sessions combine gentle stretches with breathing exercises, promoting relaxation and preparing the body for childbirth. If yoga is not up your alley, park runs (or park walks) are extremely popular for the whole family.
  • Splendid Spa Day: Treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa day. Many spas offer pregnancy massages tailored for moms-to-be, using techniques to ease aches and pains. Toddlers can enjoy a special pampering session too, with a mini massage or a fun foot soak.
  • Family Movie Night:  Cozy up on the couch with popcorn and a heartwarming family movie. Movie nights are ideal for a calm evening indoors, especially when the days get shorter.

Remember:

  • Tailor activities to your toddler’s age and energy level.
  • For pregnant moms, prioritise comfort and listen to your body.
  • Pack sunscreen, hats, and water for outdoor activities (The African sun is still intense, even in the cooler weather).

Autumn is a beautiful season, so step outside, embrace the crisp air, and enjoy all it has to offer.