With the switch to September schedules – pools closing and schools opening – our mind shifts to planning fun fall activities. We’ve compiled this wish list for the new season. Let’s see if we can fit it all in before the snow falls.

Apples: The season has already started and we’ll be filling our baskets at orchards around the GTA. Are you going big at the ever-popular Chudleigh’s or opting for organic at Organics Farm or Avalon Orchards? If you don’t have a drive in you, get your apple fix at City Cider on Sunday, September 14 at Spadina Museum. Hosted by Not Far from the Tree, this family-friendy event has musical performances, face painting, cider pressing, and even craft cider samplings for the adults.

Pumpkins: This is one of our favourite annual events. Whittamore’s has been a go-to with its close proximity to the city but there are so many farms around the GTA. Consult this list to choose your patch. Looking for the biggest pumpkin? You’ll find it (and all the other monster veggies) at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 7 to 16. (The current pumpkin record holder weighed in at 1,414 lbs.)

Splash: Don’t leave us summer! There is still time to splash as long as Mother Nature keeps the sun shining. City-run splash pads are open until September 21. Then move indoors. All leisure swimming at City of Toronto pools is free.

Kites: We’ll be heading to the beach to watch the skies fill with kites at the annual Wind Fest, Toronto’s Waterfront Kite Festival at Woodbine Beach on Saturday, September 20. Bring a kite. Make a kite. Lots of kid-friendly activities. 

Fish: Our nature nuts have turned into big fishing fans. We hope to witness the salmon swim upstream at the See the Salmon Run in Highland Creek on Sunday, September 28.

Nature: We have been on the hunt for the best “natural playgrounds” in Toronto and compiled this list. The exploring continues. Next up – Eco-Art-Fest, a free outdoor art festival at Todmorden Mills before it ends on September 21.

Art: All night long. Toronto’s contemporary art festival Scotiabank Nuit Blanche starts at 6:53 pm on Saturday, October 4 and ends at sunrise. Okay, not really kid-friendly unless you have the little ones sleeping in strollers. So get a babysitter. And yes, you’ll be drawing straws with your significant other on who gets up/stays up with the kids in the morning.

Books: Story time road trip anyone? The Telling Tale Festival takes place on Sunday, September 14 in Rockton. Staying in the city? Head to Queen’s Park Circle on Sunday, September 21 for the annual Word on the Street festival. They’ll be crafts, readings, music and a chance to meet the authors and stars from TVOKids.