10 ways to break from boredom during fall break

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Cornbelly's maze is open through (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Cornbelly’s corn maze at Thanksgiving Point is open through Nov. 2nd.(Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Provo, Alpine and Nebo school districts go on fall break October 10, 11 and 14. Keep your kids entertained during the vacation with these 10 ideas for fall fun:

 

1. Make an autumn basket

Gather the signs of the season into a wicker basket. Items like pinecones, fallen leaves, squash and pumpkins make great decorations.

 

2. Canyon bonfire

The cold nights have settled in, but you can keep warm without raising your gas bill. Just head up the canyon for a hot dog and marshmallow roast. The crackling fire is sure to warm your heart and hands.

 

3. Pick your pumpkin

Visit one of Utah County’s pumpkin patches to choose a pumpkin perfect for making a jack-o-lantern or pie.

 

4. Fall means football

Watch BYU’s football team take on Georgia Tech at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Oct. 12.

 

5. Winterize your yard

The winter frost is just around the corner, which means it’s time to pull out the rakes and shovels. Be sure to prune bushes, pull weeds and dead plants, cover flowerbeds and check outside water lines.

 

6. Jump in the leaves

After your kids have helped you winterize the yard, reward them by raking leaves into deep piles perfect for swan dives.

 

7. Hot chocolate bar

Create a fun activity and delicious treat by adding mix-ins like cinnamon candy, marshmallows, peppermint ice cream and white chocolate chips to your hot cocoa.

 

8. Corn maze

Let your kids lose some of their energy by getting lost in the twists and turns of a corn maze. Heehaw Farms and Cornbelly’s have intricate mazes that are fun for kids and adults.

 

9. Pumpkin preparations

Get ready for trick-or-treaters by carving jack-o-lanterns. If you don’t want to carve, you can paint faces on the pumpkins so they will last longer.

 

10. Costume design

Still haven’t decided what to be for Halloween? The 31st is just days away, so take advantage of the break by creating a costume sure to win all the Halloween costume contests.

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Kylee Norton studied English literature at Utah State University. While completing her master's degree, she taught freshmen and sophomore English courses. Since graduating, she has worked as an editorial intern in Los Angeles, a copy writer, and an associate editor for Bennett Communications. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or making adventurous travel plans. She currently lives in Riverton with her husband and daughter.

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