This weekend, the options for family fun are endless. Consider: a vibrant festival at the Seattle Japanese Garden, a ginormous sale that will have you seeing double (and triple!) and a grand opening celebration. If that’s not enough excitement, put on your Halloween costume and boogie down to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for tons of pumpkin-themed excitement. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Lindsay Engler 


Maple Festival – Family Day
Experience the breathtaking sight of maple trees ablaze in the colors of fall–one of the best times of the year to visit the Seattle Japanese Garden—at the annual Maple Festival. In addition to gorgeous foliage, this family event will feature nature-inspired crafts, a maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, tea ceremonies and other cultural activities. Sat. Event details.

Free Second Saturdays
On the second Saturday of every month, the Seattle Opera hosts drop-in sessions of Opera Time at the Opera Center. Sign up for a 30-minutes class and introduce your little one to opera through interactive songs and stories. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. Sat. Event details

New Burke Museum Grand Opening
Come and experience the brand-new Burke Museum! Check out the new working labs, one-of-a-kind objects, galleries filled with curiosity and conversation and much more. Psst! During the grand opening weekend, the new Burke Yard outdoor space will be transformed into a festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities and food trucks. Sat.-Mon. Event details


Night Hike at Lewis Creek Park
When the sun sets and the dark of night creeps in, Lewis Creek Park comes alive! Learn about the different nocturnal and crepuscular species that call the park home, and join a park ranger on a hike through the woods after dark. Psst! Don’t forget to bring a flashlight or headlamp. Fri. Event details.


Fall Farm Fun: Pigs & Pumpkins
Pigs love pumpkins, and we think you will too! At this special event, kids will get to make pumpkin treats, go on a scavenger hunt, participate in a craft and learn all about pigs. Note: Each child will pick out a pumpkin to take home. Come dressed for the weather. Sat. Event details.

Seattle Families of Multiples Fall Consignment Sale
We know this sale isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. Over 60 families of twins and triplets will be selling their gently used, season-appropriate children’s clothing and equipment. Clothing sizes range from preemie to preteen and also include maternity clothes. Psst! Arrive early for the best selection. Sat. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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