Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Fall Fun for Families

As we roll into fall, I wanted to share our list of family-friendly events along with some ideas for both outside and inside adventures. Similar to my Summer Bucket List post in June, it's my running list of notes from things we've done annually as well as ones that we've been meaning to do or are new this year. 

  • Salmon Drumming at Fauntleroy Creek
    When: October 10 / 4-4:45PM
    Where: 4539 SW Director Place (near upper SW Director and Fauntleroy Way SW, across from the ferry terminal)
    What: Annual all-ages event hosted by the Fauntleroy Watershed Council. They'll keep socially distanced as they drum and sing to call coho spawners into Fauntleroy Creek. Bring your mask and a drum of any kind. Heavy rain cancels.
  • Monster Dash Virtual 5K and Kid's Dash + Family Fun Event
    When: Saturday, October 23 / 10AM-1PM (Kid's Dash & Family Fun Event) 
    Where: White Center Co-op Preschool site
    What: Fun fundraising event to support South Seattle College Co-op Preschools. For more information and to register go here
  • Halloween Event + Outdoor Drive-in Movie at The Heron’s Nest
    When: Saturday, October 23 / 1-9PM
    Where: 4818 Puget Way SW
    What: All ages Halloween activities followed by the movie Beetlejuice. For more info, visit their website. There are also additional movie nights earlier in October but those are geared more towards teens/adults.
  • Fauntleroy Drive-thru Fall Festival
    When: Sunday, October 24 / 2-5PM
    Where: 9140 SW California Ave
    What: For details, go to the Fauntleroy Fall Festival page on Facebook.
  • Kindie West family-music concert series at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
    When: Events two Sundays a month starting October 24th and running through March.
    Where: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse / 9131 California Ave SW
    What: Read more about it and how to get tickets in the post on the WS Blog.
  • Harvest Fest
    When: October 25-31
    -Scavenger Hunt: October 25-31
    -Haunted Trivia Night: Friday, October 29 / 7:30PM (Hosted virtually by Pegasus Book Exchange and best for teens/older kids and adults)
    -Trick or Treat: Sunday, October 31 / 10AM-2PM
    Where: Alaska Junction
    What: For details see this post on the WS Junction website.
  • Admiral District Trick-or-Treating  
    When: Friday, October 29 / 3-6PM
    Where: Admiral District
    What: Look for event posters in the windows of participating merchants.
  • Alki Beach Trick or Trick
    When: Saturday, October 30 / 10AM-Noon
    Where: Alki Beach—see their website for locations
    What: Come in costume and stop by participating businesses for goodies.
  • Open Creek Salmon Watching (Added 10/29/21)
    When: Saturday, October 30 / Noon-3PM
    Where: Start at the fish ladder viewpoint at SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW and stroll down to the long driveway at 4539 SW Director Place to the creek level.
    What: Two spawning salmon have been spotted in Fauntleroy Creek so volunteers with the Fauntleroy Watershed Council will be hosting an all-ages open creek. You can check out the habitat, ask questions and maybe see a coho. Bring a mask and children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For more details see the post about it on the WS Blog.
  • Seattle Forest Week (Updated 10/29/21)
    When: November 6-13
    Westcrest ParkLincoln ParkPigeon Point ParkHerrings House (Tulaltx)
    What: Several work party events in West Seattle. Here's a link to main the website that includes events outside WS as well.
  • Volunteering
    I'm working on a future post all about Giving Back, but until then I wanted to mention that there are several upcoming work parties at local parks since fall is prime time for planting. You can check out Green Seattle's website for a list of events.  
Outside adventures
Here are some of our spots when the weather starts to turn but we still want to get outside. All have good tree coverage so you won’t get totally soaked, although I don't recommend doing these during windy or extra wet days. For details, maps, and parking you can read my Take A Hike post
  • Camp Long
    5200 35th Ave SW
    Several loop trails, most have good tree coverage, but are closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Fauntleroy Park
    3951 SW Barton Street
    Several trails, all with good tree coverage. You can also check out this Following the Salmon post I did awhile ago that starts here. 
  • Lincoln Park
    8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
    Upper trails have best coverage for rainy days.
  • Schmitz Preserve Park
    5551 SW Admiral Way
    Several trails, all with good tree coverage.
Inside adventures
While we are not doing a lot of indoor activities and some are still closed, here are some options for those times when it's just a wee-bit too wet or cold to go outside. 
  • Go bowling at WS Bowl.
    4505 39th Ave SW
    For more info visit their website
  • Play a new game.
    We have two local gaming shops (one on the north end and one on the south end) where you can try out and buy games, attend an event and have a bite to eat.
    • Meeples Games
      3727 California Ave SW, Suite 2B
      Visiting their website for more info. 
    • The Missing Piece
      9456 35th Ave SW
      Visit their website for more info. 
  • Read a book in a cozy spot.
    Check out books from one of our four libraries (or download e-books from home), purchase one at our two local bookshops or snag one at a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. See my Summer Reading post for location details.
  • Rollerskate at Southgate Roller Rink.
    9646 17th Ave SW
    Bring your own skates or rent in-house. For more info and skate times visit their website
  • See a movie at the Admiral Theater.
    2343 California Ave SW
    Visit their website to see what’s playing.
  • Swim at SW Pool.
    2801 SW Thistle Street
    As of now there are three public swims listed for fall (Tuesday & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 and Saturdays, 1:30-2:30PM) but I would double check before going since things are constantly changing. Visit their website for details and schedule. 
  • Try an escape room.
    4517 California Ave SW, Suite B
    The Escape Artist is located in the Alaska Junction and is a great choice for families with tweens & teens or just teens by themselves. For more info visit their website.
  • Visit a museum.
    • Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
      4705 West Marginal Way SW
      I just wrote about this and several other places nearby in last week’s post—Exploring the Duwamish.
    • Log House Museum
      3003 61st Ave SW
      Haven't been here in a long time so putting it on our rainy day list. There’s also a walking tour I’m curious about on their website as well. Visit their website for details.