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 fabulous things to do with your kids this fall.


photo: Jennifer Young

1. There’s no time like October for pumpkin picking and harvest fun at several local farms—all within an hour’s drive of Seattle!

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. Enter a world of pure imagination at Studio East’s latest production, Willy Wonka! This sweet show, based on the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, is playing weekends in October.

5. 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?

remlinger farms

 photo: Kristina Moy 

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.

7. You don’t have to be UW Alums to enjoy a Husky football game. Take the fam to a game and check out the remodeled Husky Stadium (if you didn’t get around to it last year). It’s awesome!

8. Head to Issaquah to visit with the animals at Cougar Mountain Zoo, pet the pigs at Fox Hollow Farm or hike and bike on their awesome trails.

9. Weave in and out of corn mazes for every level of adventure, including toddler-solvable mazes.

10. 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.)

fall leaves

photo: Phillippe Putt via flickr

11. It’s scarf time, Sounders fans! The regular season lasts all the way through the end of October.

12. Attend a free, family-friendly program on spawning salmon along the Cedar River.

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 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 the 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!

boo bash

photo: Kristina Moy

16. Enjoy everything and anything Greek at the annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival.

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 BoomShaka for tons of high-flying fun!

19. Go on a non-scary pumpkin barn adventure at Craven Farm. It’s 3-D!

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.

apple picking

photo: Jennifer Young

21. Who doesn’t love cupcakes, and cookies and macaroons? Stop by the new Cafe Trophy in Bellevue to indulge your sweet tooth.

22. Go on an international adventure just south of downtown Seattle.

23. Head to the newly remodeled Smith Tower to nosh on sweet and savory treats, take a living history tour and travel to the 35th floor to see jaw-dropping views of the Emerald City. Psst… don’t forget your camera!

24.The Seattle Children’s Theatre will be kicking off its 2016-2017 with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Get your tickets now for C.S. Lewis’ magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series.

25. Take advantage of those roaring fall winds by busting out your kite.


 photo: John Taylor via Flickr 

26. Tots can dress up like a wolf eel, make a fish print painting and enjoy water play with ocean animals during Toddler Time at the Seattle Aquarium.

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 our favorite botanical gardens.

30. The third 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!

Folklife 2014 - Sunday

photo: Christopher Nelson

31. Just because summer’s over, doesn’t mean you can’t camp. Book a yurt or cabin for fall camping fun!

32. Visit a new spot to play and explore at the Imagine Children’s Museum, just to the north in Everett. Or head south to Olympia to check out the Hands On Children’s Museum.

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 Littles to MIPA’s annual non-spooky Halloween party for tons of Halloween-themed crafts, games and activities as well as some tricks and treats, too!

35. Plan a fall getaway to Iron Springs Resort. Stay in one of their cozy cabins and enjoy their kid-friendly amenities, miles of pristine sandy beach and tranquil forest hiking trails. Psst.. don’t forget to bring Fido. Iron Springs loves dogs!

iron springs resort

photo: Kristina Moy

36. Craving something sweet? Hit one (or more!) of our favorite gluten-free bakeries.

37. 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.

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 friends and head to West Seattle’s new sweet spot—Shelby’s Bistro & Ice Creamery.

40. Visit some of Seattle’s silliest spots this fall.

The Fremont Troll

photo: Helen Walker Green 

41. The post-summer months are the perfect time to schedule a weekend out of town. Try one of these kid-approved fall getaways within a few hours of Seattle.

42. This is the second season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Grab your tickets now before this magical show sells out. Shows start November 27, 2016.

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. Get ready to fill your pillowcases or buckets with loads of candy at these trick-or-treating hot spots.

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.

kelsey creek farm

photo: Kristina Moy 

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!

47. Keep an eye on the shellfish harvesting dates and book it to the Hood Canal to find an infamous Washington Geoduck. Don’t forget your shovels!

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 15th anniversary – go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations!

50. Rev up for non-stop fun with four of our favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Shows play the ShoWare Center in Kent and XFINITY Arena at Everett.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

photo: Feld Entertainment

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

feature photo courtesy of Kalyn Gustafson