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, carnivals and fairs to live shows, we’ve rounded up 50 fun things to do with Seattle kids this fall. Scroll down and get ready to make your fall to-do list.
photo: The Gardens at Heather Farm
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 Creek at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. While you’re there, 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.
4. Are the grandparents coming to town this fall? Take them on a kid- and grandparent-friendly excursion everyone will enjoy.
photo: Kristina Moy
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?
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.
photo: Shawn Fernandez
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. It’s scarf time, Sounders fans! The regular season lasts all the way through the end of October.
11. 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.
photo: Craven Farm
12. Weave in and out of corn mazes for every level of adventure, including toddler-solvable mazes.
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 kids to wear their costumes you spent all month making.
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
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 and Trick-or-Treating. Psst! Kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume to score free admission with a paying adult.
16. Fall is a fantastic time to plan a family hike. The temps are cooler, the trails are less crowded and fall’s vibrant colors are in full effect. Lace up your boots and hit the trails!
photo: Cider Squeeze
17. Buzz down to Meeker Mansion in Puyallup for their annual Cider Squeeze.
18. Celebrating a special occasion this fall? Take your crew out to eat at one of Seattle’s themed restaurants. From entertainment, games and animals to over-the-top sweets, these eateries have something for everyone!
19. Go on a non-scary pumpkin barn adventure at Craven Farm. This year’s theme is “I Spy With My Little Eye!
photo: Kalyn Gustafson
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.
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 2019-20 season in September with Black Beauty. Get your tickets now!
photo: Melinda Wong
25. Take a trip to the top of the Space Needle to check out the remodeled observation deck. It’s a whole new experience with 11-foot-high glass walls, glass benches, bigger views and a revolving glass floor!
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. Tacoma knows exactly what families like to do. Spend the day checking out this bustling city to the south. Psst! The new Simpson’s art exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum will be on display through the end of December.
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
29. Take a ride to the sweetest little pumpkin patch this side of the Cascades aboard The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. Your kids will love it!
photo: Snohomish School District
32. Squash the rainy day blues by taking a trip to one of our favorite indoor pools.
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. Just because it’s rainy and cold outside doesn’t mean you have to coop up your troop at home. Try these 35 rainy day activities when the Seattle skies are unforgiving.
photo: Kristina Moy
35. Got a kiddo celebrating a birthday this fall? Book a reservation at one of our favorite active birthday party spots!
36. 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.
photo: Point Ruston
37. Paved bike paths, a brand-new 40-acre park and plenty of family eateries make Point Ruston the perfect place to spend a fall day.
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.
photo: Kristina Moy
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.
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.
photo: Bonnie Gilbert
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 this fall. Psst! The first Thursday of every month is Free Museum Day, making it a great time to get out, explore and learn.
44. This is the sixth season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Grab your tickets now before this magical show sells out. Shows start in November.
photo: Kelsey Creek Farm
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!
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 Annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands is where. Grab your tickets now!
photo: Homan L. via Yelp
48. BrickCon is coming back to Seattle this year to celebrate its 19th anniversary–go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations.
49. 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!