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Check out these 5 fall activities for families in east Idaho


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Kids enjoy the pumpkins at New Sweden Farms. | Courtesy photo
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Are you looking for some fun activities for the family this fall? Check out these five fun items on our list.

1. New Sweden Farms

Nothing says fall like a corn maze and pumpkin patch, and New Sweden Farms delivers.

Hit the Sweet Shoppe for treats like frozen yogurt or candy, and then have the kids bounce off all that sugar at the two new bounce houses or their new giant slides.

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You can take the kids to see the animals over at the petting zoo. For an older crowd, grab a hot chocolate and sip it around the s’mores fire pits.

Other offerings include tug of war, a corn beach, corn stalk teepees, jump pillows, and an adorable cow barrel train that offers the best sunset views of the farm during the fall. Don’t forget to check out the pony rides (free with admission) and pumpkins.

There really is something for everyone, and with affordable season passes, buy a pass and come back mid-October when the wagon ride goes haunted.

New Sweden Farms is at 3512 W. 17th Street in Idaho Falls and is open Monday to Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. More information on New Sweden Farms here.

2. Mesa Falls

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Want to check out the fall foliage? 

Mesa Falls is an easy family destination for families of all ages. 

Drive the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway and stop in to see the falls.

Walk to the observation deck at the Lower Falls and take in the breathtaking view or park in the Upper Mesa Falls parking lot and hike the Mesa Falls Nature Trail.

If you are a bit less adventuresome, there is also an Upper Mesa Falls boardwalk trail.

Although fall colors depend on the weather, the best viewing times generally happen in early October.

More information on Mesa Falls here.

3. Planet DOOM

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Up for a scare? Planet DOOM has recently undergone a huge overhaul — more than 80 percent of the haunt was remodeled. 

With more than 20,000 square feet of new scenes, props and sets, it’s a great time to get a scare while supporting the local D.A.R.E. program.

With moving props and brand new scenes, come see the new set up and get your fill of spooky fun.

You can get scared at 680 First Street in Idaho Falls on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. See the calendar here for additional open times.

4. Apple picking at BYU-Idaho

A great spot for fall family pictures, or just picking a tasty treat, the Orchard at BYU-Idaho is a fun outing for kids and parents alike.

With over 150 different varieties of fruit trees, it’s got fruit for canning, baking, drying, or just eating straight from the tree (after you pay of course).

It’s just behind the Ricks Building on the BYU-Idaho campus. Apples are 50 cents a pound, and you can weigh and pay at the Apple Shed in the northwest corner of the Orchard.

Click here for more information on the Orchard

5. Idaho Falls Zoo

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Before you all object and ask, “Doesn’t the zoo close in October?”, the answer is, although the regular season ends Oct. 13, the zoo still open for a few special events.

Up for an adults-only party? Check out Masquerade, Murder & Mayhem on Oct. 18 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for ages 21-plus for a night of lights, dancing, food, and an optional murder mystery. 

If you’re hanging with a younger crowd, you can check out over 500,000 lights as you trick-or-treat your way through the zoo at the annual Boo At The Zoo on Oct. 24 to 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. Bonus points if you dress up, as there will be a costume contest each night for all ages. It’s “Merry not Scary.”

More info on zoo events here.