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 and Halloween-themed activities, to children’s shows and brand new productions, we’ve rounded up 50 fabulous things to do with your kids this fall.
photo: Kalyn Gustafson
1. 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!)
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. Mark your calendars! Recess Monkey’s Big Top Rock: Lighter Than Air kicks off in October. What could be better than rock n’ roll and circus arts under Teatro ZinZanni’s tent?
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?
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 newly remodeled Husky Stadium. It’s awesome!
9. Weave in and out of corn mazes for every level of adventure, including toddler-solvable mazes.
photo: Feld Entertainment
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. In addition to the annual Oyster Slurp competition, there will tons of kids’ activities at this year’s Fisherman’s Fall Festival.
15. Who loves a pumpkin as a snack more than a hippo? Or an elephant? Or a bear? Stop by the Woodland Park Zoo during October for the ever-popular Pumpkin Bash!
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
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 the Littles to Wunderkind Seattle. There’s plenty of LEGOs to keep them busy and plenty of beer on tap to keep you happy.
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.
photo: Jennifer Young
21. Who doesn’t love the Seattle Home Show? Kids will get a kick out of the zany demonstrations and all of the free samples!
22. Go on an international adventure just south of downtown Seattle.
23. Head to the The Museum of Flight’s new Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center for lots of brain building activities. Psst! Be sure to cross the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge for extra entertainment.
24. Enjoy plenty of lol moments at Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”—playing at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
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. Hit the two zip lines and then try to find a leaf the size of your face on the woodsy trails at Westcrest Park. Psst! Be sure to bring Fido along.
30. The second annual Seattle Children’s Festival is going to be jam-packed with non-stop kids’ activities. The best part? It’s totally free!
photo: Christopher Nelson, courtesy of Northwest Folklife
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 Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. Stay in one of their cozy cabins and take in the totally kid-friendly activities and attractions on San Juan Island.
photo: Kristina Moy
36. Craving something sweet? Hit one (or more!) of our favorite gluten-free bakeries.
37. Lace up your tennies and explore one of Seattle’s best walkable bridges.
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. 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.
40. Play tourist in Seattle. Have you ever been to the gum wall in Post Alley? Up to the top of the Space Needle? When was the last time you strolled through Pike Place Market? Just don’t forget a raincoat.
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 first season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Grab your tickets now before this magical new show sells out.
43. Explore a quirky neighborhood where the eats and entertainment are plentiful.
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.
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!
48. What’s that we spy? Snow before Thanksgiving? We can only hope! Dig out the 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 14th anniversary – go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations.
50. There’s no time like October for pumpkin picking and harvest fun at several local farms—all within an hour’s drive of Seattle!
Which of these fall activities is a hit with your family? Tell us what’s on your fall must-do list in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy