Make the Most of the Fall Season in Ada
Fall in Ada, Oklahoma, is a lovely time of year that makes for a welcome reprieve after a hot summer. Our falls are fairly mild, and early September can still be warm some years, but by early to mid-October, the cooler evenings really help usher in that cozy feeling synonymous with autumn.
Here are 9 things you and your family can do to decompress after a busy summer and welcome the new fall season.
1. Take a few days off work to focus on fall prep.
Spend a few days or a weekend on fall yard prep. Organize the outdoor toys, put away summer supplies, tidy up your tool shed or garage, and clean up the yard. You don’t need to thoroughly deep clean everything, but knocking a few things off the to-do list now will make winter prep much easier in the next few months.
2. Reorganize your family’s wardrobe.
Trying to keep four seasons’ worth of clothes in closets or dressers usually ends in a mess. Instead, pack away your family’s summer and warm-weather clothes and shoes in bug-proof tubs for storage until next year. Throw in moisture-absorbing packets and a couple of dryer sheets to keep the stored clothes fresh and clean.
3. Go shopping for sweaters and boots.
While you’re reorganizing your family’s clothing, take note if it’s time to buy some new sweaters, jackets, boots, and socks. Fall is also a good time to buy winter clothes before the season actually hits and stores run low because of holiday shopping.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to something nice too! A cozy new sweater is a great way to make it feel like fall is finally here in Ada.
4. Make your favorite warm beverages.
Nothing beats a chilly fall evening like your favorite hot drink. Spiced apple cider, hot cocoa, warm teas, and mulled wine are classics, but some other tasty choices are hot ginger tea, Mexican hot chocolate, London Fog, or a Chai latte. Pumpkin spice lattes are a must-have treat for many families, and you can easily make them at home.
5. Find new places to walk or hike.
Fall is a great season for nature walks and hikes in Ada since the weather is cool but not too cold. A walk around the neighborhood is enjoyable, but consider visiting a park or hiking trail that your family hasn’t been to before or doesn’t frequently visit. Here are a few easy hiking trails appropriate for families, including some that are by favorite parks, such as the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
6. Break out your fall-favorite recipes.
Grilling and barbecuing might belong to summer, but fall means a return to slow-cooked meals, roasts, and baking. Warm comfort foods are popular during this season, but that doesn’t mean they have to be heavy and high in calories. Check out these healthy and filling fall recipes that will surely delight your family.
7. Stock up on autumnal candles.
Burning a fall-scented candle is a great way to usher in the new season. Not only do they make your home smell wonderful, but there’s also nothing quite as homey and relaxing as candlelight. Wax melts and essential oil diffusers are great alternatives to candles. Although they might be flameless, be sure they’re out of the way of children, and if you have pets, the oils you use are pet-safe.
8. Plant fall bulbs in your yard.
A fun thing to do after your yard is prepped for fall and winter is to plant some fall bulbs so you’ll have a beautiful, colorful surprise when they bloom. If you’re new to gardening or want to plant something different, this website can help you choose which varieties will grow in your garden or yard.
9. Visit the Cornerstone Kids’ Ranch.
The Cornerstone Kids’ Ranch is a must-visit place for families with children or young teens. Thousands of people in and around Ada visit this 160-acre farm to navigate the corn maze, pick pumpkins, climb a hay bale castle, or ride on a pony or hay wagon. They open in late September for fall activities, and it’s worth booking a day ahead of time as the farm gets very busy later in the season.
Schedule your family’s dental checkups and cleanings today.
Fall is a great time to book routine checkups or elective dental care you’ve wanted, like a smile makeover with veneers. We recommend everyone in your family sees a dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning, and we’re happy to book same-day visits for multiple members when our schedule allows.
Reserve appointments with your favorite Ada family dentistry practice right now by using our handy online booking portal.