Even though we’re sad to say goodbye to summer, fall comes with plenty of autumnal excitement to make the transition easy. From harvest festivals, to pumpkin-themed activities, to new family productions, we’ve rounded up 50 fantastic things to do with your kids this fall. So read on and get ready to make your fall to-do list.
photo: Kalyn Gustafson
1. There’s no time like October for pumpkin picking and harvest fun at local farms from Puyallup to Snohomish and all spots in between.
2. See the salmon return home and take a guided tour with trained docents at various locations around Seattle and the Eastside.
3. When was the last time you visited Snoqualmie Falls? Check out the extensive park and trail enhancements, see the train depot and carpenter shop and make your way to the bottom of the falls.
4. Plan a day at Remlinger Farms. The farm is one of our area’s oldest and beloved spots for harvest time fun, so you can’t go wrong. Besides, where else can you ride in a pumpkin or ear of corn?
5. Enter a world of pure imagination at Bellevue’s new Sugar Factory. Psst…it’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but better!
photo: Sugar Factory Facebook page
6. Looking for a fun fall getaway? A trip to Leavenworth is as good as being in Germany itself for Oktoberfest. Well, minus the terribly long flight with your toddler.
9. As soon as those fall leaves start to pile up, head to your nearest park, rake in hand and build some epic leaf jumping piles! (Psst! Stay away from parks that are popular with dogs…if you catch our drift.)
10. Weave in and out of corn mazes for every level of adventure, including toddler-solvable mazes.
11. It’s scarf time, Sounders fans! The regular season lasts all the way through the end of October.
12. Plan a fall getaway. The slower pace, lessened crowds and off-season hotel rates make the post-summer months the perfect time to schedule a weekend out of town with the fam.
13. A fun indoor activity for any time of year is a trip to the local bowling alley. Your mini bowlers will be shouting for strikes, spares and gutter balls as these kid-friendly alleys.
14. Rollercoasters and Halloween costumes? Why not? Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park is major nighttime fun. And, another excuse for your kiddos to wear their costumes you spent all month making.
15. Who loves a pumpkin as a snack more than a hippo? Or a bear? Stop by Woodland Park Zoo during October for the ever-popular Pumpkin Bash! Psst..don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume and bring your trick-or-treat bucket!
photo: Kristina Moy
16. Don’t let the weekends have all the fun. Plan an adventure every day of the week.
17. Buzz down to Meeker Mansion in Puyallup for their annual Cider Squeeze.
18. Can’t stand being stuck in your house for one more second? Take your crew to Funko—a brand new store that is like a museum of pop culture!
19. Go on a non-scary pumpkin barn adventure at Craven Farm. This year’s theme is Eye Spy!
20. Poor apples. It’s all about the pumpkins this time of year! Show our yummy Washington state apples some love by going apple picking.
photo: Jennifer Young
21. Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Visit one of our favorite cupcake shops and indulge your sweet tooth.
22. Now that tourist season is starting to wind down, head out in search of Seattle’s best oddities. Psst… some of these sites are not necessarily found in the Seattle guide books.
24.The Seattle Children’s Theatre will be kicking off its 2017-2018 season with Go, Dog. Go! Get your tickets now for this popular production full of silly antics that will have the whole fam in stitches.
25. Take advantage of those roaring fall winds by busting out your kite.
photo: Kristina Moy
26. Attend a free, family-friendly program on spawning salmon along the Cedar River.
27. Plan a weekend road trip to Portland and find some fall fun down south!
28. Squash the rainy day blues by taking a trip to one of our favorite indoor pools.
29. Find your zen and oohh and ahhh at the gorgeous fall colors at these awesome botanical gardens.
30. The fourth annual Seattle Children’s Festival is going to be jam-packed with fun activities designed just for kids! The best part? It’s totally free!
photo: Niffer Calderwood
33. Looking for fall clothing and gear for your crew? Shop the huge Seattle Families of Multiples Fall Clothing and Gear Sale and save tons of money on gently used items.
34. Take the fam to Pioneer Park for the Second Annual Mercer Island Pumpkin Walk. This fun and festive non-scary walk will take place the weekend before Halloween, so your little ones can test out their costumes.
35. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin—the hit Broadway musical coming to The Paramount Theatre!
photo: Deen van Meer
36. Try a new class this fall. Many places around Seattle offer free trial classes, so you and your kids can dabble in all sorts of activities.
37. Tired of your same ol’ neighborhood playground? Branch out into new territory this fall by visiting one of the South Sound’s coolest playgrounds.
38. Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel – the gondolas are enclosed for fall weather! Already took a ride this summer? Try going at night this time!
39. Grab a bunch of your girlfriends and plan a mom’s only weekend at one of our favorite spots for kid-less R&R.
40. Seattle Chocolates is getting spooky this fall with their new haunted factory tour. Walk the factory’s shadowy paths and discover secrets about chocolate’s mysteries.
photo: Seattle Chocolates
41. Bellevue’s new Downtown Park and Inspiration Playground is a blast! Let your kid crew run off the crazies while you watch from one of the new benches.
42. From children’s activities, a petting farm and fab food, to pony rides, pumpkin decorating and crafts, a day at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is the perfect way to usher in fall.
43. Explore a new museum. The first Thursday of the month is Free Museum Day, making it a great time to get out, explore and learn.
44. This is the third season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Grab your tickets now before this magical show sells out. Shows start November 24, 2017.
45. Hit the Kelsey Creek Farm Fair for tons of old-time activities as well as pony rides, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating and tractor-pulled hayrides.
photo: Kelsey Creek Farm
46. Here’s what dads wants to do this fall – visit the LeMay American Car Museum in Tacoma. Little car lovers under age five visit for free!
48. What’s that we spy? Snow before Thanksgiving? We can only hope! Dig out your mittens and snow pants and head to the local passes to go tubing and sledding!
49. BrickCon is coming back to Seattle this year to celebrate its 16th anniversary – go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations!
Which of these fall activities is a hit with your family? Tell us what’s on your fall bucket list in the comments below!
— Kristina Moy