Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!

Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!

This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design 🙂

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

A few suggestions for pumpkin painting:

  • Before painting, make sure your pumpkins are gently washed with soap and water.
  • We used acrylic paint with our teen to paint Olaf. We always wear old clothing because if acrylic paint ends up on your clothing, it can stain.
  • For Olaf’s face we printed a stencil and used a pencil to trace the outlines of the design into the pumpkin.
  • Use non-toxic tempera or water-based paint for the younger kids.
  • We added some shine to the pumpkins with glittery paint.
  • Have FUN!!!!!!! … That’s what its all about.

Last year we did a few other fun characters:

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

It was very fun even thought Olaf’s head fell a few times 🙂

Every day I love to see our decorated pumpkins next to our door!

Have a Festive and Fun Fall!

Victoria 😉

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Fall is here…Time for apple picking!!!

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer. One of my favorite family-friendly Fall activities is to visit a local farm with friends and pick apples. It’s such a simple way to have fun as a family, create lasting memories and support local farmers!!!

Here are some apple picking farms around the Bay Area for your enjoyment. Some are just a short drive while others are a great day trip.

Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Raod
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-2815
www.twinhillranch.com
Dog Friendly.

Gabriel Farm
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-0617
www.gabrielfarm.com

Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 765-6664
www.chilenobnb.com

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0538

Depending where you are in the Bay Area, Watsonville may be closer than Sonoma County:
Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-1056
www.gizdich-ranch.com

Be sure to call ahead of time to confirm availability before planning your trip!

We visited Twin Hill Ranch this weekend and had a wonderful day and went back home with over 10 lbs of a variety of apples.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Picnic tables and beautiful open areas where the kids can play at Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Delicious Apple Bread from Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

Now, it is time to learn and enjoy making all sorts of apple things.

I would LOVE to know where your favorite apple picking spots are.

We hope you have fun during Apple Picking Time!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂