pile of unique pumpkins at green bluff farms

The Best Kid Friendly Fall Activities in Spokane, Washington!

Spokane has so many great family friendly things to do this Fall! Whether you are looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors or cozy up inside with some warm coffee and a good book – we have you covered. Enjoy the crisp Fall air as you walk through Finch Arboretum, pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving at Green Bluff, or get a festive Halloween drink at Brew it Coffee Company. Here are all of our favorite family friendly Fall activities in Spokane, WA.

1. See Beautiful Fall Colors at Finch Arboretum

Finch Arboretum is a 65 acre park in Spokane that contains over 2000 trees. There are over 600 different varieties and the fall colors are stunning!! Wander through the park and explore the fall colors or the many other features the park has to offer. It’s also the perfect place to take family photos if you’re looking for a fall theme. The best part? It’s one of the fall activities in Spokane that is completely free to visit!

Note: dogs are not allowed at this park!

2. Pick a Pumpkin (and more!) in Green Bluff

If you haven’t visited Green Bluff – you are MISSING OUT! If you do one thing on this list of fall activities in Spokane, make it Green Bluff. Whether you want to pick apples, find a beautiful pumpkin to carve and display outside your house, buy some squash to make soup or eat some incredible pumpkin donuts – Green Bluff has it all.

We go to Green Bluff multiple times every year and we always find new things to do. There are farm animals, tractor rides, fruit and veggie picking, a brewery, and so so much more. Take your kids to Green Bluff and you won’t regret it! Some of our favorite farms are below (but whichever farm to make it to will be great, you can’t go wrong!)

Hidden Acres Orchards: Hidden Acres has so much stuff and this is the farm that we always end up making our way back to. Kids absolutely love the pigs, sheep, goats, and ducks. You can even feed the goats and sheep grass, they are so friendly! There is a little jungle gym and a slide that we always have to pry our children away from. What’s even cooler is that this farm is powered by solar, wind, and biodiesel. They also are a no spray/low spray farm so you can bet the produce you are getting is healthy. They even offer camping through Hipcamp on their property.

TIP: if you don’t want to wait in line or can’t visit on the weekend, they make pumpkin donuts too! Just walk into their shop and you will be able to smell the deliciousness!

Walter’s Fruit Ranch: This place is awesome! They have everything you could want for picking, a cafe featuring yummy sandwiches and ice cream, and a bar with signature drinks, wine, and beer. Do you enjoy apples?? Stop by the caramel apple booth, take a ride on the fruit loop express to pick apples, or take home some fresh apple cider.

Big Barn Brewing: I love this brewery! Big Barn is one of the most kid friendly breweries near Spokane with lots of room to run around outside. They use hops, grains, and produce from their own farm to be self-sustainable also! Big Barn is right by Walter’s Fruit Ranch and Hidden Acres, so you don’t have to choose – visit all three!

ANOTHER TIP: We love to visit Green Bluff on a weekday – just like all of our other activities, we try to avoid crowds and while some of the activities won’t be available on weekdays, it’s worth it for us to avoid the crowds. We also got a great lesson about apples from the farmers last time we visited since we were the only ones there. Just check the websites before you visit because some farms aren’t open every day or open later on weekdays.

3. Eat Some Delicious Pie at Birdies Pies

Spokane residents hit the jackpot in 2023 when Birdie’s Pie Shop made a location in Spokane! Thankfully you don’t have to drive to Post Falls anymore to indulge in these delicious pies. They were voted to the list of most delicious pies in the USA by Yelp users! Go check out the location on Monroe St. and try an 8-pack of “Birdie Bites”, individual pies where you can try all the flavors. Whether you’re more of a savory or sweet person, you will find a pie that suits your (and your kiddos) tastes. Order ahead here.

4. Visit the Japanese Garden at Manito Park

Manito Park is great in every season, but the Japanese garden really shines in the fall. The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden was finished in 1974 and is a symbols of friendship with Spokane’s sister City, Nishinomiya, Japan. Visit in the Autumn and you will see amazing shades of red from the Japanese Maple Trees. The pictures below were taken before the fall colors were at their peak!

Another place to see some beautiful fall trees in Manito Park is down by the duck pond and the Lower Manito Playground. Take your kiddo to the playground while you admire the view!

5. Get Cozy with a New Book from a Local Bookstore

Fall is the best time to cozy up with a new book. With temperatures dropping, there is a good chance you’ll be spending more time indoors with your kids. Take them to one of our favorite Spokane bookstores and pick out a book or two that you can read over and over again!

Page 42 Bookstore

We absolutely love Page 42 books for kid and adult books. They have great prices because they are a second-hand bookstore (so you can feel good about being eco-friendly too!). As a bonus, you can bring in books you are finished reading and they will give you credit for certain books that you use in the store. We also love Arctos coffee which is right nearby Page 42 Bookstore. If you want a unique drink try the Iced Mint Frizzy – a bubbly Italian espresso that is paired with frosted mint, vanilla, and a splash of cream!

Auntie’s Bookstore

Visit Spokane’s most famous bookstore for both new and used books. This bookstore is huge and has everything you could be looking for. Auntie’s Bookstore is located in the Spokane’s downtown, and you can easily walk to Riverfront Park if it’s a nice day. Auntie’s also has an option to trade in your books for store credit.

Wishing Tree Books

Located on Spokane’s South Hill, this bookstore has some of the most beautiful kids books out there. The majority of the store is filled with kids books, but they also sell some adult books and local Spokane books as well. Your kids will definitely love picking out a book from here!

6. Catch a Fall or Halloween Movie at the Garland Theater

The Garland Theater is an iconic spot in Spokane. This theater opened in 1945 and is now a discount movie theater (it also has a cool snack bar and bar!) They play seasonal movies along with other movies, and some of the fall offerings have included kid friendly movies like Coco, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, and more. Snag these movie tickets for only $5 (2023 prices) or $2.50 on Wednesdays – what a steal! Check their show schedule on their website here.

Note: The bar is not kid friendly!

7. Fill Your Belly With Some Warm Soup

One of the reasons I love Fall is because it’s the start of soup season. Whether you’re looking for a hearty broccoli cheddar, a steaming bowl of Vietnamese Pho, Ramen, chowder or something else – Spokane’s soup scene will not disappoint. Our favorite soup places below!

  • Soulful Soups (they even have a soup flight!)
  • Pho Van
  • King of Ramen
  • Chowderhead

Can’t make it to a restaurant? Buy some ingredients (try a Peanut Squash from Hidden Acres) from Green Bluff or one of the local farmers markets to make your own. We absolutely love Half Baked Harvest recipes.

8. Warm Up with a Fall (or Spooky) Drink from a Local Coffee Shop

Spokane has so many great coffee shops! Take your kiddos to get a hot chocolate (or maybe just a pastry), while you enjoy a festive fall coffee. Almost all of the coffee shops in town have fun fall specials, but we have a few favorites we recommend for your Fall activities in Spokane.

Indaba Coffee

We love Indaba Coffee! There are locations all around Spokane so you should be able to find one close to you. They always have amazing seasonal menu options – the Fall 2023 menu includes a maple spice matcha, cinnamon pear chai, and a house pumpkin spice latte.

Blissful Blends or White Dog Coffee

Blissful Blends or White Dog Coffee are great options if you are looking for a drive through coffee joint in Spokane. White Dog has great coffee or lotus options on their normal menu but also features weekly specials like candied pecan latte, pumpkin spice lattes, and more. Blissful Blends has an extensive fall and winter menu that includes some delicious drinks. I tried both the honey butter chai and the candy corn and they were to die for!

Brew It Coffee Company

Brew it Coffee Company has some seriously festive Halloween drinks. You can get your coffee in a light bulb cup, Halloween tumbler, or even a blood bag if you want to get really spooky. They also serve coffee flights!

Little Garden Cafe

This is one of my favorite places to get coffee with my kids. They have a little kids play area as well so you can enjoy your coffee in peace (maybe). If you’re looking for a delicious pastry to go along with your coffee I would definitely recommend checking out the Little Garden Cafe near Audubon Park. It always feels like the start of Fall for me when I get a huge cinnamon roll from LG Cafe!!

9. Take a Day Trip to Look for Fall Colors

There are so many places to see fall colors in Eastern Washington or nearby. While Western Washington and the Cascades gets all the glory (for good reason), Spokane has some great leaf peeping nearby. The North Pend O’Reille Scenic Byway is about an hour and a half North of Spokane and leads to the Canadian border. You can stop and visit the Gardner Caves at Crawford State Park while you’re up that direction too.

Another place to see great leaf colors is along Coeur d’Alene River Road just after Kingston, Idaho. This drive follows the Coeur d’Alene River and has some beautiful yellow colors. You can eventually reach Thompson Falls, Montana if you continue on this drive, but just drive as far as you want. Or do some fall camping along the river. The pictures below were taken before peak fall colors.

If you’re looking for other day trip ideas check out our post of day trips from Spokane (less than an hour away!)

10. Get haunted at Scarywood Theme Park!

I grew up visiting Silverwood almost every summer, and it just gets better and better every year. Silverwood Theme Park gets a whole makeover every Fall to become a haunted theme park, Scarywood! They have most of their big rides still available in the dark, including one of their wooden roller coasters, Timber Terror, BACKWARDS. They also have four haunted attractions, and ten scare zones. Let me tell you – this place is scary and I went as an adult. So I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND taking your little tiny kids here (although I did see little kids there). However, if you have an older kid that loves scary movies or things of the sort this would be the ultimate fall adventure near Spokane.

Tickets are ONLY available online and not sold at the gate. Get them here.

11. Take the Best Fall Weekend Trip in Washington

Leavenworth, WA is an amazing fall destination and you should definitely add this to your bucket list. While Oktoberfest is usually what draws people to Leavenworth, there are so many other things to do here in the fall. Check out our post of 12 Amazing Fall Activities in Leavenworth, WA to do with Kids. Driving through Tumwater Canyon is one of the best drives in Washington for fall colors!

Map of Spokane Fall Activities!

Happy Fall! What other fall activities do you love to do with your kids in Spokane? Comment below!

Looking for other things to do around Spokane? Check out some of our other posts for some of our favorite Spokane adventures!

Also, if you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas for your kids next birthday or for the holidays, check out our 36 Favorite Experience Gift Ideas for Kids in Spokane!

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