No and low budget activities for mentors and mentees

It is easy to find fun and free activities in the summer, but what can you do when the weather gets cooler?

School is back in session and soon the weather will be cooling down. Many mentors and mentees spend the summer enjoying low or no cost activities such as festivals, beaches and parks. Fall brings its own kind of fun and there are many things matches can do that won’t break the bank.

So what can you do with your mentee as the seasons change? Michigan State University Extension suggests the following:

  • Take in the tastes and smells of autumn. Many cider mills offer children’s activities or have trails for hiking before or after you enjoy some cider and doughnuts.
  • Train and fundraise together for a walk or run for a charity.
  • Try a new-to-you sport, like Frisbee golf.
  • When the time is right, pick out pumpkins and carve or paint them.
  • Look for local fall festivals at schools and in the community.
  • Attend a school sporting event.
  • Embark on a search for the best local hot cocoa or fall food or beverage of your choice.
  • Volunteer together. Your local Volunteer Center or Points of Light is likely to have a list of youth appropriate volunteer needs.
  • Start working on some homemade holiday gifts for family and friends. Check out Pinterest for fun gift ideas.
  • Read up on photography tips and then head outside to take some pictures of the beautiful fall colors.
  • Try your luck at a corn maze.
  • Check your newspaper or local community website for upcoming events.
  • Go on a bike ride color tour.
  • Press plants and leafs to make a fall color book.
  • Visit a museum. Find an art museum or go to the local library and look up works of art from different time periods or artists. 

Fall can be a busy time—use your time with your mentee to enjoy the season and try something new.

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