The air is colder. Each day feels shorter than the last. The gravity that used to pull you up off the couch and toward the world outside is growing weaker with each chilly day that passes. Rain and mud are growing into a major force to be reckoned with, lurking outside the walls of your home. All this might tempt you to do everything you can to keep the kids inside for the sake of keeping your home clean and intact — along with your sanity. But before you brew another pot of tea and burrow deeper into a pile of blankets, let us remind you why fall is actually the perfect time to get out and make some fun memories with the family.
Farmer’s Market: The Final Days
Winter is coming, which means all of the fun will go back into hiding soon. You’ll definitely want to carve out some time to catch the final days. Here is a market in the area to check out before they go into hibernation:
The Harvest Market
Nov. 26 from 3-6 p.m. is a full-on celebration that marks the end of the Snoqualmie farmers market. carnationfarmersmarket.org
Bake up Some Fun
Fall is prime baking time. We can already smell the nutmeg and cinnamon wafting out of the kitchen. Huddling around a mixing bowl in the kitchen with the kids can be a great way to spend your time. Take it a step further and let your little chefs take the lead. Enroll them in a fun class for kids their age. A great option is Whisk’s “Kids in the Kitchen — The Cake Shoppe” baking class designed specifically for kids ages 8 to 12. The class is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. Enrollment is $75. whiskcooks.com
A Fall Classic: Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
Lots of pumpkin patches offer so much more than just wandering around a muddy field while you wait for the kids to pick the perfect pumpkin. We found a few options for you to check out that go above and beyond with perks that range from fresh cider to a fun train ride.
Fall City Farms
Fall City Farms pumpkin patch will be open on weekends during October. You can wander around with a hot cup of cider in one hand, and some doughnuts in the other. Plus, you can go on a wagon ride. fallcityfarms.com
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish has more than 60 varieties of pumpkins for you to choose from, along with a huge corn maze and a country store where you can grab a bite to eat after your pumpkin picking adventure. bobscorn.com
Serres Farm in Redmond is super fun for kids with its train rides and rubber duck races. serresfarm.com
The Farm at Swan’s Trail
The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish is a great spot for picking pumpkins and much more. Check out their 12-acre corn maze, or switch things up and pick some apples instead of pumpkins at their “pick-your-own” orchard. thefarm1.com
Fall is a great time to step outside and let the kids experience the excitement nature has to offer. Take in the beauty of leaves turning rich shades of red and orange, or visit a spot to view the salmon run at a nearby creek. There are so many reasons to get outside with the kids this fall season.
Franklin Falls in Snoqualmie Pass is a flat, 2-mile round-trip hike complete with a waterfall that the kids will love. wta.org
Coal Creek Falls
Coal Creel Falls in Bellevue is another great, relatively flat hike with waterfall views. wta.org
Take advantage of this great program put on by the Seattle Aquarium. The “Cedar River Salmon Journey” is an event that is ongoing through the fall. Volunteers will be situated at various points along the Cedar River, ready and waiting to answer your family’s questions about the salmon run. See their website for more info. seattleaquarium.org