You may be trading in flip flops for sneakers, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to end. For the Red Tricycle editorial team, fall encompasses the best of the seasons—evenings still light enough for outdoor play, gorgeous changing leaves and crisp fall air. To celebrate autumn and all the excitement it brings, we caught up with our editors and asked them about their family’s favorite fall activities. Bonus: they even picked out their fave Nike gear that helps them make the most of each adventure.
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Erin Lem, Head of Editorial
My toddler is at a really fun age where he’s curious about everything (exhibit A: he asks “what is this?” about every five minutes; his constant inquisition is tiring but fun). This means that a simple walk around the block with our dog brings new discoveries about every two feet. Because of the pandemic we’ve been sticking close to home this fall, which makes our daily walks—where we examine flowers, seek out wildlife and collect rocks—even more meaningful. With the unpredictable Bay Area weather, I’ve found that dressing him in layers is key to a successful outing (because nobody wants a cold kid who wants to go home that instant). From base tees to sweatshirts and sweatpants that allow him ease of movement as he runs, ducks and explores, here’s what he’ll be wearing this fall:
Amber Guetebier, Managing Editor
This year my son (who is 9) and I signed up for a virtual Pumpkin Run 5K. He’s an athletic kid but has never done any kind of distance running (and who am I kidding? It’s been years for me!), but we thought this would be a great way to accomplish something together and get exercise in the crisp fall air. Since our race packet came with matching running shirts (with pumpkin faces, no less) I was looking for simple base layers like tees and running tights to complete the outfit and to ensure he stays warm and dry. For shoes, we are huge fans of the Nike Air Zooms. They are super lightweight and actually wash really well if you’re running any muddy trails. Here are my other fall picks so we can run in style:
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Gabby Cullen, Senior National Editor
Living in Texas, I look forward to the fall season because that’s when the temps cool off, and my family and I can go back to exploring local nature trails. Our kids need to be comfortable when they explore, which is why I love the gear and apparel below. Because for my kids (and me), comfort and functionality are key:
Karly Wood, Pinterest Editor
Now that fall has arrived, my seven-year-old daughter is eager to start up her dance season. She has always been an active girl, loving to make up her own routines, dance moves and basically, she never stops moving. Since she can dance anywhere, every autumn I invest in a few new pieces that she can wear outdoors to get her groove on. I’m specifically looking for versatility and styles that will keep her warm, but also breathe well. This apparel checks all those boxes:
Kate Loweth, Bay Area Editor
Fall has always been my favorite season, so much so that I seek out opportunities to see the leaves change color now that we’ve moved from Chicago to California. One of my favorite fall activities to do with my three kids (ages 9, 11 and 12) is to go hiking because there’s nothing that gives you a view of our gorgeous state quite like hitting the trails. When we head to the mountains it can often be a good 30 degrees cooler than at home so I definitely want to bring layers for everyone. From base fleeces and tees to sturdy shoes, here are my fall style picks: