Top Five Free Things to do for Fall with your Family!

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Fall is here! To help my family and yours get into the spirit of the season, here are four top free picks to do in Louisville and surrounding areas. Bundle up, breathe in the smell of fall, and listen up for the crunch of leaves as we dive into fun!
Make a Mask! On October 22nd, you can go to the American Printing House for the Blind and make a Halloween Mask! It’s free, but registration is required.  It is open to all ages and the staff will help the kids make the masks, scary or friendly!  This is sure to be a unique event. 
Bake. Bake, Bake! Nothing says fall like baking some delicious dishes in your kitchen to warm up hearts and tummies! Here is one of my favorite fall goodies:  Stained Glass Cookies!
Stained Glass Cookies Recipe
What you need:
*Refrigerated sugar cookie dough (if not making from scratch)
*Several packages of hard candy (life savers, jolly ranchers, sour balls, etc) sorted by color and crushed.  About one cup total. (I tried this once with whole Jolly ranchers nestled in a sugar cookie, and it worked okay but not the absolute best)
What you do:  Start with a simple sugar cookie. You can get the rolls of refrigerated dough, or go from scratch. Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes. I just use a round shape, as it is easier, but you can use cookie cutters and really wow your family! Make a small circle opening in the middle of each cookie. Place candy bits in the hollowed opening. Bake as directed. The candy will melt in the center and look like stained glass! Quick and easy!
Take a Hike…with your family of course! Louisville has some amazing parks and trails to explore as the seasons change. Two of our family’s favorites are the Anchorage Trail and Goose Creek Trail at E.P. Tom Sawyer parks. Take along a bag to collect your favorite specimens of leaves or other great finds, or take along your binoculars to seek out some wildlife in their natural setting. Don’t forget to crunch lots of leaves!
Blackacre Nature Preserve- October 23rd 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Meet the Tylers, Buggy Rides, and Pumpkin Decorating. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted. If you would like to decorate a pumpkin they are $2 each. Enjoy a fall afternoon on some of the most beautiful land in Louisville! Come learn about the early settlers of Blackacre and take a small buggy ride on the grounds. Pumpkin decorating will follow.  For details, check out their website.
Jack O’ Lantern Stroll- October 28th 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field.
Looking for a different way to celebrate fall and maybe get in the mood for Halloween? Try the Jack O’ Lantern Stroll brought to you by Dreams With Wings. This will take place at Louisville Slugger Field in the infield rain or shine. Come listen to entertainment, including the Louisville Leopard Percussionists, and see lots of other fall goodies. As if over 1500 jack o’ lanterns weren’t cool enough, you can witness Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie! For more information, check out this website. Admission is FREE, and donations will be accepted.

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