Fall Family Fun in Las Vegas

When most people think of Las Vegas, they quickly picture the Strip, gambling and all night partying.  I get it.  But there is so much more to Las Vegas than that!  

As the weather begins to cool down, we love to be outdoors hiking, enjoying outdoor movie shows at The District, or checking out one of the fall festivals and art shows.  One fun thing we like to do as a family is go to Gilcrease Orchard in the fall.  Yup, you read that right.  There is an orchard in the desert.  They have 60 acres of agricultural land and they grow all kinds of vegetables there.  Of course, in the fall most people go to pick apples and pumpkins.  We love getting out there and being able to pick our own veggies too.  We've picked kale, zucchini, beets, and eggplant.  The kids love it  and it's lots of fun talking about what kinds of dishes we can make with what we pick. 

Once we pick our vegetables and pumpkins, we make our way to their apple cider donut stand.  It can be a long line, but it's totally worth it!  They're are made fresh right there and are delicious.  They have a large area with picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your donuts or other snacks.  Don't forget to grab their famous apple cider to-go.  It's made fresh on-site and is kept frozen to protect it's freshness.  

I recommend getting there early, since it can get crowded.  Plus, it's still Vegas and the afternoons can still get pretty warm.  

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Our Family Fun Fall Bucket List

Like I mentioned on Monday, my son's school has changed to a year round school to help with overcrowding.  There are 5 different tracks in the school, which means one track is out on break at all times and this means there's room for more children in the school, without necessarily having more children in each classroom.  It can get confusing, trust me.  Anyhow, since he won't have a 3 month long summer break anymore, we're making mini bucket lists for each track break instead of our big summer bucket list we do every year. 

He's off on his first track break all of November and so far this week, we haven't done a whole lot of stuff.  I made up some schedules in the hopes I won't get so many, "Mom, what can I do now?" throughout the day!  We're also heading to the store today to get some art & craft supplies to help the days go by without too much TV and MineCraft!  Here's our Family Fun Fall Track Break Bucket List! Ok, ok, taking 2 AR tests a week is probably not super fun, but I've gotta keep it balanced!  I'll be sharing the real fun as we mark those things off our list!  I'm super excited about them doing the Piglet Dash at the Dirty Dash later this month! Anyone else have a fall bucket list?  What kind of activities do you do in the fall with your family?  I'd love to hear from you! 

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Family Fun | A trip to Gilcrease Orchard

Yup, an orchard in the desert!  I wish Gilcrease Orchard was closer to us, but sadly, it's on the opposite end of Las Vegas from where we live and we don't go very often.  Like I said, I sure wish we did because we had a great time picking our own vegetables and of course, getting a pumpkin! We missed picking apples this season (I've vowed to go apple picking year!), but we did grab a bottle of their homemade apple cider and apple cider donuts! Yummy :) 

Here are a few photos from our morning at the orhard.