Small children can play for hours with an empty box, a pot and a spoon. They don’t appreciate the lengths you go to plan your family vacations. But you still want them to have fun wherever you go, so you try to find appropriate activities for the whole family while you enjoy your vacation in Asheville. In addition to the games and playgrounds on the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds grounds, the little ones will enjoy these fall events — right along with the rest of the family.
- Hey Day Fall Family Festival
October 11, 2014: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Western North Carolina Nature Center presents a family festival with live animals, local food, educational games, live music, clogging and free crafts. The WNC Nature Center’s regular admission rates of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for kids 3–15 apply. Little ones 2 and under are free. Get the details about the day.
- Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Weekends in October 2014: Trains depart at 3:30 pm
It’s worth the hour drive to Bryson City, Tennessee, to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, where all month long, you’ll hear a narration of Charles Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Once you get there, you can have a photo op with Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown. Entertainment at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides and campfire marshmallows. Each child gets to take home a pumpkin.
Coach class is $55 for adults and $31 for kids age 2 to 12. Crown class, which includes a refillable souvenir mug, is $67 for adults and $38 for kids. Learn more about the Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express.
- Take a Child Outside Week
September 24–30, 2014: Daily Programs and Hikes
Turn your kids into leaf aficionados with games, trails and activities at Chimney Rock State Park. They even have a talking groundhog! Enjoy hikes and nature education programs that introduce children and families to the wonders of the outdoors during Take a Child Outside Week. All the activities are free with park admission, which is $15 for adults, $7 for youth 5–15 and free for kids under 4. Find out more about the programs.
- Cherokee Indian Fair
October 7–11, 2014
You’ll find something for everyone at this 100-year-old carnival and agriculture show. Enjoy the food, music and rides with a unique Cherokee touch that includes stickball, a Ferris wheel and fireworks. It’s great fair entertainment with a Cherokee twist. While you’re in Cherokee, learn about the culture of North Carolina’s natives at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and take a tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village Tour. Tickets are $18.40 for adults and $10.40 for children 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. Discover what’s going on.
All the events are within an hour’s drive of your cabin in Asheville, giving you plenty of time to get the little ones back home to bed, while you sip coffee or cocktails on your private patio and prepare for the next day’s adventures.