Accessible Activities During Autumn
Fall is a favorite season for many people. After a long, hot summer, we look forward to fall for its cool weather, cozy vibes, and colorful leaves. There are plenty of activities to do in this season, from apple picking to carving (or painting) pumpkins! What can be better than this? How about making these activities and others accessible for individuals with disabilities:
Go Apple Picking
When we think of Autumn, we tend to think of apples and everything we can make from them. Many orchards in the New England area offer apple picking as something fun that everyone in the family can enjoy. Better than going to the supermarket, you get to pick the fruit yourself! While at the orchard, enjoy apple cider donuts and warm apple cider, too!
Take a Hayride
Thinking about all your favorite vegetables at the table on Thanksgiving? Why not take a hayride through a farm in the fall? In October, many hayrides turn haunted in preparation for Halloween. How exciting! Be mindful that hayrides can kick up dirt, so wear old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Glasses or eye protectant is advised for those who are sensitive.
Navigate a Corn Maze
Mazes are a fun mind game to keep you sharp. At a corn maze, it’s up to you to make it out. For wheelchair users, corn mazes are often wide enough. As with hayrides in October, farms will often put a theme to their corn mazes as Halloween nears.
Carve a Pumpkin
Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins? Sure, it can be messy, but it’s all in the fun! If you like, you can opt to paint a pumpkin instead. Either way, just remember to keep an eye on it and throw it away right after Halloween before nature gets to it. Save your seeds to bake for a salty, seasonal snack.
Cooking & Baking
The cooler months entice us to bake more – or at least eat fresh baked goods. As Thanksgiving nears, why not try your hand at a new recipe to bring to the table? It’s fun to cook and bake, and it’s so fulfilling when it comes out delicious. Plus, it means you learn something new, which is always rewarding.
When you find a farm that suits you, be sure to call ahead to ensure they are handicap accessible before you make the commute. Plan your activities before you get there so you know what you want to do for the day. Be safe, and most of all, have fun!
The cooler days of fall beckon us to make the most of the season before winter hits. What are your favorite fall activities? Contact ILCNSCA by phone at 978-741-0077, or visit our website at https://ilcnsca.org/.
This post was written by Sperling