It’s Fall in the Stateline! The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and we’re excited about enjoying all of the local fun.

We’ve put together a list of local places, attractions, and events for you to have some Fall fun this year. Get outside and enjoy the season!

Some of these activities are free, some are low cost, and others you can do at home!

We hope you have an awesome Autumn!

If you do things on this list, let us know! We’d love to see your photos. Tag @Stateline_Kids on Instagram or Stateline Kids on Facebook! Use the hashtag #play815. We’ll be picking our favorite photos to share on social media and we’ll send you a sticker if we use yours!

Happy Fall 2021, Stateline Families!

1. Get a donut and apple cider from your favorite apple orchard! Here’s a list of apple orchards in the Stateline to visit. Which one is your favorite?

2. Pick a pumpkin from one of our local pumpkin patches.

3. Visit one new playground in each city before the snow flies!

4. Get a FREE Halloween print at Rockford Art Deli’s Free Print Day on October 30th.

5. Have Soup Sunday! Let the kids pick their favorite soup from the grocery store or make a homemade version from scratch. One of our favorites is Lasagna Soup.

6. Roast the perfect marshmallow over a campfire on a chilly night. Here are some tips on how to do it.

7. Visit the Discovery Center Museum on a rainy day. Reserve your time online before you go!

8. Try a game of disc golf. Try the brand new course at Shorewood Park in Loves Park.

9. Go apple picking at one of the area’s five Rockford area orchards.

10. Get cozy in a massive pillow and blanket fort in the living room. Here are some tips.

11. Do a nature scavenger hunt at Severson Dells and play in The Grove Nature Playscape.

12. Put a blanket on the lawn and stargaze. Here are the constellations you can see in the Fall.

13. Watch your favorite Fall or Halloween movie with kids. Try The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monster House, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Halloweentown, and Hocus Pocus!

14. Celebrate Fall at Klehm by attending Autumn at the Arboretum which is a week-long series again this year.

15. Take a hike at Rock Cut State Park to see the changing leaves. Here are some maps of trails in the park.

16. Go geocaching around the Stateline area. Here’s how to do it.

17. Collect pinecones and make some crafts with them.

Image credit: Domestically Blissful

18. Collect some leaves and make some beautiful leaf rubbings.

19. Visit the new East Africa exhibit at Burpee Museum.

20. Try not to get lost in one of these corn mazes an hour from Rockford.

21. Take a weekend trip to visit the animals at Summerfield Zoo. The otters are our favorite! 

Image credit: Summerfield Zoo

22. Pack up a cheese plate and picnic outside at one of these great local picnic spots.

23. Stroll through the beautiful Anderson Japanese Gardens. Their next donation day is October 21st.

Image credit: Anderson Japanese Gardens

24. Make a delicious apple crumble from local apples. Here’s a recipe with great reviews.

25. Add a little joy to your city by painting and hiding kindness rocks.

Image credit: Rockton Rocks

26. Put on a costume and go to one of the Trunk or Treats happening throughout October.

27. Visit the carnivorous plant exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.

28. Sign your kid up to receive free books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

29. Enjoy a delicious gourmet caramel apple from Sugar Britches.

Image credit: Sugar Britches Facebook page

30. Get some family photos taken surrounded by the beauty of the changing leaves.

31. Rake up a giant leaf pile and jump on in!

32. Visit some of downtown Rockton’s adorable shops including DeeDee’s Main Street Coffee.

33. Take a mural tour and take your picture in front of your favorite. Here’s a map of their locations. 

34. Go camping in your backyard or one of our local forest preserves.

35. Make a giant pot of chili and let your kids help you cook! Here’s a recipe we love!

Image credit: Allrecipes

36. Have an apple bobbing contest at home. Fill up a bucket with water and try to bob for apples. Be sure parents are supervising at all times!

37. Take a pony ride at Lockwood Park.

Image credit: Lockwood Park

38. Teach the kids how to finger knit. You can learn how here.

39. Take a bike ride down the Rock River Recreation Path to enjoy the cool weather and beautiful leaves.

40. Visit a local Fall Farmers Market and pick up some fall produce before they wrap up for the year.

41. Try something pumpkin-spiced with your kids! There are lots of new pumpkin-spiced items in store right now including Swiss Miss Pumpkin Pie hot cocoa, Pepperidge Farms Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies, and Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.

Image credit: Cheerios

42. Get everyone a new sweater for the Fall.

43. Make an apple stamp and stamp it on paper bags to use as Fall decorations.

Image credit: Play Learn Grow

44. Make a pinecone bird feeder for our migrating friends.

45. Take a tour of the Angelic Organics Learning Center and meet the animals there.

Image credit: Angelic Organics Learning Center

46. Fly a kite at Prairie Fields in Belvidere.

47. Make a pile of leaves at the bottom of a slide and let kids enjoy the fall-themed ride!

Image credit: Happy Hooligans

48. Make Halloween themed popcorn balls. Here’s a recipe.

49. Make squirrels out of toilet paper tubes.

Image credit: KROKOTAK

50. Get some energy out at GAR South’s trampoline park.

51. Take a tour of the reportedly haunted Tinker Swiss Cottage.

52. Toss around the football outside.

53. Make homemade Instapot apple sauce with local apples.

Image credit: Tastes Better From Scratch

54. Visit one of the smallest, and least known Arboretums, Rockford Arboretum!

55. Throw your own kid-friendly Oktoberfest at home by making German recipes and playing German folk music.

Image credit: CraftBeering

What adventures will you have this fall?


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