Seattle for Kids
Autumn Brings a Veritable Cornucopia of Fun Events in Seattle for the Entire Family!
The leaves are changing, we've dusted off our umbrellas and reconnected with our rain boots…fall is officially upon us in Seattle. But don’t go crying in your pumpkin spice latte just yet, because some of our favorite local attractions have plenty planned for kids and parents alike!
Giggly Ghouls at the Seattle Children’s Museum
Designed for endless hours of play and hands-on learning, the Seattle Children’s Museum is always a hotspot for local kiddos. This October they kick off a month of harvest and Halloween themed activities sure to delight every little monster. Enjoy a variety of daily activities including “Batty About Books Story Times” featuring seasonal books, a Fall obstacle course with pumpkin-themed obstacles, spooky games, toilet paper costume design, even a “Monster Mash” dance party.
Get ready to get your hands dirty, Friday, October 24th at the Seattle Children Museum’s Family Fun Night Pumpkin Carving event. Held from 5:30 until 8 this tradition is a ton of messy, gory fun! Bring your own pumpkin to carve, play in the museum in your costume, take a shot at pumpkin putt putt golf, even decorate a trick or treat bag.
The month of spooky festivities ends with the 3rd annual Costume Carnival from 4-8pm on October 31. Designed for kids 10 and under, this is a safe, not-so-scary way to celebrate All Hallows Eve, complete with a "Not-So Scary" Haunted Mountain, a "Where in the World is Dracula?" Scavenger Hunt, a Mad Scientist Lab, and plenty of crafts and treats.
Visit the Children's Museum Calendar to check out all of the bone-chilling fun the museum has to offer in October.
Bring Out Your Wild Side at Woodland Park Zoo
Have you ever seen an elephant smash a pumpkin? How about a gorilla juggle one? The Woodland Park Zoo hosts one of the season’s most unique opportunities at their Pumpkin Bash- an opportunity to dress up, trick or treat- and watch the animals play with pumpkins inside their habitats. Offered October 18, 25-26 and 31st , this event is not only for the spooky spectators — playing with pumpkins actually helps to keep the animals stimulated, and brings out some of their natural instincts!
Buy tickets and get details at www.zoo.org/halloween.
Things Get Freakishly Fishy at the Seattle Aquarium
If you think Halloween celebrations are for dry land only, the Seattle Aquarium will prove you wrong. The aquarium takes a devilish dive into the season, Saturday October 25th from 9am to 5pm.
Don your favorite costume, and come prepared for face painting, “mysterious mammal treats”, an “ominous octopus feeding,” and perhaps the coolest UNDERWATER pumpkin carving demonstration your bones can handle (done by Master Carver Russ Leno!).
Schedule and ticket info is online at: www.seattleaquarium.org/halloween.
Gather Your Mini Ghosts and Ghouls for a Halloween Celebration on the Hill
Seattle’s favorite urban Halloween event, Hilloween, returns Sunday, October 26th- and it’s sure to delight kids from 1 to 100. This self-proclaimed “modern carnival” runs from 12:00pm to 7:00pm when mini-firefighters, tiny princesses, and itty-bitty zombies alike will be tricked and treated to music, candy and plenty of fun age-appropriate activities. The festivities will take place at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill (1635 11th Ave) and will include a musical performance by The Not-Its, a magic show, stilt-walkers, a costume parade, an unforgettable show from Fonsi the Performing Dog, trick-or-treating and even free Pagliacci pizza for kiddos in costume.
Plan your day at www.caphilloween.com.
Fright Free Fun at Wild Waves Theme Park
While there are plenty of SUPER CREEPY things going on at Wild Waves Theme Park this October (think a 3D Haunted House and full on Fright Fest that will chill you to the bones), there is also a Fall festivity that is suitable for younger goblins (age 12 and under). This “Scare-Free” zone, called Booville, is all about the fun without the freaky. There will be inflatables, a glow-in-the-dark bubble tent, face painting, crafts, even a Monster Music Factory. More info here.