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 carnivals and fairs, to new family productions, we’ve rounded up 50 fantastic things to do with your kids this fall. Scroll down and get ready to make your fall to-do list.
photo: Jennifer Young
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 to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and take a drop-in guided tour with trained docents from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH).
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. Or, snag a sitter for the kids and make a night of it with your S.O. at the newly remodeled Salish Lodge & Spa.
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. Awe-inspiring acrobatics, death-defying acts and BMX tricks like you’ve never seen before. Yep, we’re talking Cirque du Soleil which is back this fall Under the Big Top at King County Marymoor Park with its latest traveling show, VOLTA.
photo: Cirque du Soleil
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.
8. Go out to eat at one of our favorite places to dine with kids. Bonus points if you can get them to practice their best table manners.
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.
photo: Kristina Moy
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 their always-popular Pumpkin Bash! Psst..kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume to score FREE admission.
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
16. Plan a mommy-daughter day and dress up your digits together at one of our favorite salons.
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 The Makery—a brand art studio where you and your crafty kids can paint trendy wood pallet signs.
19. Go on a non-scary pumpkin barn adventure at Craven Farm. This year’s theme is “I Spy With My Little Eye!
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: Kalyn Gustafson
21. Take advantage of those roaring fall winds by busting out your kite.
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 2018-2019 season with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Get your tickets now for this bright, bold spectacle featuring the faithful adaption of three of Eric Carle’s stories.
25. Take a trip to the top of the Space Needle to check out the newly remodeled observation deck. It’s a whole new experience with 11-foot-high glass walls, glass benches, bigger views and a revolving glass floor!
photo: Suraj Joshee via Space Needle Facebook page
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. The fifth 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!
30. Take a ride to the sweetest little pumpkin patch this side of the Cascades aboard The Great Pumpkin Patch Express.
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
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. Dust off your skates and hit one of these retro-fun spots that have stood the test of time with your kid crew.
35. Disney’s The Lion King is making its triumphant return to The Paramount Theatre. Get your tickets now before they’re all gone!
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 our favorite parks and playgrounds in the city, on the Eastside and north and south of Seattle.
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 Chocolate is getting spooky this fall with their popular Haunted Factory Tour. Walk the factory’s shadowy paths and discover secrets about chocolate’s mysteries.
photo: Kristina Moy
41. If you’ve never been to Issaquah’s Salmon Days, you’re in for a real treat! This annual festival attracts over 275 artists and crafts people and includes live music and entertainment, sporting events, a carnival, community parade and a huge Field of Fun (think: giant inflatables, a toymaker’s workshop, human hamster balls, trampoline jump zone).
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 fourth season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Grab your tickets now before this magical show sells out. Shows start Nov. 23, 2018.
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. Yee-haw!
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!
47. Where can you see and hear 17 marching bands from Western Washington play all at the same time? At the 31st Annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands is where. Grab your tickets now!
48. What’s that we spy? Snow at 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 17th anniversary – go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations!