The weather might be cooling off, but the autumn season brings activities sure to warm the heart. This fall, take fun to the family level with these seasonally inspired activities.

Get physical on the farm

People love to get outside during the fall and see the sights of changing colors, falling leaves, and cozy fires. One place to get your exercise and feel the fall air is at Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse Farm Obstacle Course from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 12. You can test your mental and physical toughness, relax on a hayride, and enjoy dinner and a bonfire in a beautiful setting. Come and flex your muscles to compete for prizes by registering online or by calling 724-926-2541.

Plant some pansies

If cleaning and removing your summer annuals gives you the autumn blues, perk yourself up by beautifying that cleared space. Pansies are a pretty, hearty flower to brighten up your yard as other vegetation dies. Not only do they love the cooler weather, but they can even survive the winter. As always, working in your garden can be a family affair.

“Get the kids involved with picking out the colors and planting,” Bedner said. “It's fun to watch (pansies) bloom in the fall, and then again in the spring when everything is just starting to come to life and turn green again. Pansies will also often perk up and bloom during warm spells in the winter months.”

One warning Bedner offered is to protect your blooms with granular animal repellant, as roaming deer consider them a snack.

Savor some sips

While it’s not an activity for the whole family, trying wines can be a welcome change of pace for Mom and Dad. Enjoy a sip (or five) of local wines in a rustic backdrop at the newly opened Passiflora Springs Winery. Sample Russ Bedner’s own merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and chocolate cherry port. Like what you taste? Take a bottle home.

Fall for autumn fun

Picking pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, enjoying seasonal favorites — fall’s classic activities can keep you busy all season. Drop by Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse to enjoy autumn’s best activities, all in one spot. The Fall Fest provides fun for the entire family, with activities like barrel train rides, pony hop races, cornhole tosses, pumpkin launches, rubber duck races and even a zip line, interactive corn maze and hay mountain slide. Bring the family (and some friends) and enjoy picking your own pumpkin and getting your face painted. Adults can even enjoy wine tastings. If you plan to come in late October, be sure to dress accordingly.

“The last weekend of Fall Fest we invite all of our guests to dress up in their Halloween costumes,” Bedner said. “Some of our staff dress up too, and it's just a fun way to get another use out of those creative costumes! A couple of years our tractor driver, Russ Bedner, dressed as Olaf from 'Frozen.' He's 6 feet 3 inches, so he was a giant Olaf, and the smiles on kids' faces when they saw him driving the hayride wagon was priceless.”

The Fall Fest runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. most weekends through October, starting Sept. 22.


This article is sponsored by Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse.

A journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, Kristen Price has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.