Oysters, alpaca wool, milk, wine. Farms located in Skagit County towns throw open their gates the first weekend of October for the ninth annual Skagit Valley Farm Tour, so you can meet the farmers and learn about the diverse operations located a short drive from the Seattle area. There are lots of fun farm activities to keep the kids happy, too. Visit just one farm or as many as you can manage in one weekend. Look online for a farm map and well-organized activity details in the farm directory. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 7, noon-4 p.m. Admission and parking are both free, but donations are requested. www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com
Free theater — we love it! Catch free open rehearsals, staged readings and other theater events at local venues during Live Theatre Week, Oct. 15-21. Don’t miss Family Day on Oct. 20, when local performance groups offer a juicy variety of performances and activities for kids. Onstage: Kid-Prov workshops by Unexpected Productions, an open rehearsal of A Child’s Christmas in Wales at Stone Soup Theatre, a Sleepy Hollow Halloween Party at Driftwood Theatre and a Hogwash artist meet-and-greet. You’ll have to reserve free tickets online at http://seattleperforms.com. Check the Web site often, because new events are being added all the time.
He’s the guy who can write a song about begging a baby to take a bite of dinner (“Airplane of Food” off 2004’s Way Out) and get you to sing along — and enjoy it. Singer-songwriter Justin Roberts, along with the Not Ready for Naptime Players, is at The Moore Theatre this month to perform Roberts’ clever, hook-filled songs about the minutiae of childhood: getting glasses, new pajamas that aren’t as good as the old ones, and the tedium of picture day at elementary school. Sunday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. Tickets are $15-$20; purchase by visiting www.themoore.com.