It’s hard to believe we’re half way through autumn! But not to worry, there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of all the season has to offer. From petting zoos and family swim nights, to scenic train rides and road trip ideas, we’ve rounded up 35 fun things to do with Seattle kids this fall. How many can you check off our list?

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1. Go back to school… with Canlis. They’ve got something for everyone, including the kids.

2. Snag your tickets to see WildLanterns (it opens Nov. 13)—the brand-spanking-new light show at Woodland Park Zoo. We can’t wait! Make your holidays extra bright when you score tickets for Zoolights too.

3. Grab your flashlights and see if you can puzzle your way out of these nighttime corn mazes up north and down south, or try your luck during the daytime while you still can.

photo: Gena Laws

4. Put on your galoshes and head to a local stream to watch the salmon bravely make their way upstream.

5. Looking for last-minute Halloween plans? There’s still time to visit a local pumpkin patch and grab a gourd to carve before All Hallow’s Eve, or try one of these IRL Halloween events aimed and safety in the time of COVID, including a trip to see this synchronized light show that'll get you in the spirit.

6. Plan a family skate night at Seattle’s original retro roller rink, Southgate.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

7. A weekend getaway or a mid-week study sesh is just what your family needs. Make it happen at this posh Hood Canal resort where you’ll find water and mountain views while you work.

8. Indulge your sweet tooth at this Halloween drive-through chocolate tour hosted by Seattle Chocolate.

9. Roll down the windows and breathe in the crisp fall air when you hit the road in search of autumn adventure.

photo: Helen Walker Green

10. Forget things that go bump in the night, this local zoo is all about things that slither and snap, and they’re open for visitors once again. For a special treat, reserve time during a Friday night feeding.

11. Run away to join the circus at this after school club taking place IRL, or participate in circus fun at home with SANCA.

12. Kids getting too much screen time? Take a brain break at a new-to-you neighborhood playground.

13. Plan a dreamy treetop stay at one these treehouses you can actually rent.

14. Go on an autumn inclusion adventure with SPL to the Sammamish Animal Sanctuary.

15. Missing play time at your favorite children's museums? Why not head south to the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia and let the kids explore safely? Make a day of it when you add a trip to Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm to grab a gallon of the best apple cider you’ve ever tasted. Promise!

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16. Tantalize your tastebuds and support local women-owned, immigrant businesses when you dine at this new food hall just south of the city.

17. Make up for lost time by reserving swim time at the North Shore Lagoon pool at McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell, or dive into nighttime family swim on Mercer Island.

18. Honor the dead alongside Mexican artist Amaranta Sandys when you pick up a free nichos kit to make at home. Then go on a bilingual StoryWalk to keep the celebration going.

19. Get to know other parents with babies when you meet up online to gab and share.

20. Check out Fritz Hedges Park, Seattle’s newest waterfront recreation area, where you can put in kayaks, lounge in oversized chairs or even search for sea creatures at low tide. Pier 62 is another new spot where families can stroll and watch the ferries cross. Couple it with an afternoon spent wandering among oversized sculptures at Olympic Sculpture Park.

21. Let your kids spend time reflecting during this nature journaling class.

22. If chocolate is your jam, mask up for this super sweet factory tour that recently re-opened. Speaking of chocolate, if you like yours paired with peanut butter, you won’t want to miss baking bars alongside your kids in this class.

23. You can take flight, dig into history and totally rock out when you get timed tickets to a newly re-opened Seattle-area museum. Psst… don’t forget about Free First Thursdays. Yep, it’s still a thing.

24. Make like Old MacDonald at Kelsey Creek Farm where you can spend time with the animals up at the barn (usually around mid-afternoon), or head south to Old McDebbie’s for unusual animal finds.

25. Find piles of leaves that were made for jumping at one of these vibrant Seattle gardens.

26. Fall is a fantastic time to hike with kids. The cooler temps keep the crowds away and keep PNW kids from overheating on a sunny day.

27. Not into hiking? Try biking one of these longer Eastside trails that skirt rolling hills and flowing rivers.

28. Plan a winter weekend getaway at this old school ski mountain that’s just a few hours from the city.

29. Isn't it time for a socially distanced weekend date night? Making it happen is easy at this family-friendly brewery that just converted the Palladium Theater into an indoor beer garden.

30. Take advantage of the season's pop-up drive-ins when you pile in the family truckster with the kids to see Coco from the comfort of your car. Don’t forget the popcorn!

31. Hop aboard an historic railroad coach for a 90-minute scenic journey with your little conductors. Remember to stop by the Railyway History Depot after your ride is over and pick up your Yuletide Express tickets while you're there. Quick train rides with Santa start Nov. 28.

32. Take to the high seas (or at least Lake Union) on a cloudless day when you rent a free rowboat.

33. Explore this historic fort near at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, or join them from the comfort of home to brush up on your pioneer skills.

34. Learn a new skill as a family at this Seattle ReCreative workshop.

35. Sit down for a virtual lighting round with super-knowledgeable scientists who love sharks. Cue Jaws theme.

—Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy

featured image: iStock


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