Fall is a great time to plan some family outings in the Northwest. Here are some activities going on during the next month:
FOR THE HISTORY DEVOTEE: Take a candlelight tour of Fort Nisqually. It’s a unique way to get a glimpse into 1859, with re-enactors portraying laborers, servants, ladies and gentleman of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Tours begin every 15 minutes and last about an hour. Candlelight tours will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Tickets are $8-12. For more information, call 253-591-5339 or go to www.fortnisqually.org. FOR THE ART AFICIONADO: Fall Arts Walk returns Oct. 4 and 5 to downtown Olympia. It’s a twice-yearly feast of visual, performing and fine arts, and includes everything from drawings and sculptures to dance and theater. Art will be displayed at nearly 100 different downtown Olympia businesses. Most of the events are free, unless, of course, you want to make an artist’s day and buy some of their work.
For more information, call 360-709-2678 or go to www.olympiawa.gov/artswalk.
FOR THE MARINE LOVER: Ever wonder what happens in the Puget Sound at night? South Sound Estuary Association will host a Pier Peer nighttime underwater viewing event at 8 p.m. Oct. 5.
With the help of underwater lights, visitors can view jellyfish, sea slugs and other critters. Cost is $10 for ages 12 and older, free for ages 6-11. The program is not designed for those younger than 6. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
For more information call 360-878-9320 or go to www.sseacenter.wordpress.com/pier-peer/.
FOR THE BAVARIAN BUFF: Who says Oktoberfest events have to be for those 21 and older?
Oktoberfest Northwest runs Oct. 4-6 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. It will offer several kid-friendly events until 7 p.m. each day and all day Sunday, including a root beer garden, wiener dog races and live entertainment. Cost is $5-$10, and admission is free before 3 p.m. on Friday.
For more information, call 253-841-5045 or go to oktoberfestnw.com.
FOR THE FITNESS FANATIC: Dress in costume and bring a glow stick or flashlight for the 2-1/2- or 5-mile Black Cat Fun Run at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Walkers are OK. Cost is $25-$30. For more information, call 253-305-1022 or go to www.metroparkstacoma.org.
And for families who prefer more adventure, the Freaky 5K Zombie Run will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way.
Zombies will try to take runners’ flags throughout the course. Runners and those in zombie costume and makeup are welcome to participate. Cost varies. For more information, call 253-835-6900 or go to itallhappenshere.org.
FOR THE IRON HORSE ENTHUSIAST: Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad in Elbe is offering a Pumpkin Express to Mineral Lake Oct. 26-27. Cost is $22-27 and includes a pumpkin hunt. For more information, call 360-492-5588 go to www.mrsr.com.
The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum also plans to offer Pumpkin Trains on Oct. 26-27. Fares and times are to be determined. For more information, call 360-748- 9593 or go to steamtrainride.com/halloween.
Lisa Pemberton is one busy mama with three young children. Reach her at 360-743-5433 or email@example.com.