It may be hard to believe, but summer is almost over. With the back to school rush comes a desire to fill what remains of summer with a few more fabulous outings and adventures – preferably ones that will lower your temperature during the dog days of summer.  Here are the best ways to keep cool until it’s time to head back to school.

Head to one of LA’s kid friendly beaches

There’s no better way to bask in the final days of summer vacation than to head to the shore. Let the ocean breezes cool you down and have fun chasing the tide. Walk along the pier or rent a surrey bicycle, fill it with your family and cruise down the boardwalk.

These are our picks for beachy spots to hit with kids.

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  • Head to one of LA's kid friendly beaches
  • Get a glimpse into outer space
  • Make a splash at a local splash pad
  • Get school ready by reading
  • Celebrate the season with cake
  • Get some new toys
  • Have a play date at an indoor play place
  • Revisit your childhood with a trip to an arcade
  • Enjoy a frozen treat
  • Visit a touch-friendly museum
  • Race around the track
  • Pluck, strum & sing
  • Get pampered at the nail salon
  • Go out for tea
  • Throw on a smock and start painting
  • Time for a bowl-off
  • Go thrifting at an indoor flea market
  • Go ice-skating
  • Enjoy a show before the show at the movies
  • Go to the county fair - at night

How do you say cool in Los Angeles when the temperatures rise?  Let us know your favorite spots to chill in the comment section.

-Krishann Briscoe