Is it your imagination or are the days getting shorter? And why the heck are the big box stores stocking back-to-school backpacks and lunch boxes on the shelves already? It’s because summer is indeed starting to wind down. But before you say bon voyage to wet swimsuits and sand in the bed sheets check out these 10 things you must do before summer is over:

1. Be sure to take advantage of the warm evenings and late bedtime curfew by watching an outdoor movie under the stars. Grab blankets, popcorn and your kids to enjoy the last remaining warm, late summer nights.

Photo credit: Redwood City

2. Soak in every last drop of summer with a camping trip on the beach. Bring a tent or glam it up in an RV. Either way the kids will love hearing the ocean waves and feeling sand in their toes right from their beach homes.

Photo courtesy of Jenny B. via Yelp

3. Nothing screams “It’s SUMMER” like spending the day at the County Fair with your favorite little humans. Get your fill of novelty food, fun rides and exhibits for the entire family before summer is over.

Photo credit: Monterey County Fair

4. We all know that the beaches in the Bay Area are notorious for being frigid. So don’t miss this one time of year when you can strip down and take a dip at one of these kid-friendly beaches.

Photo: Erin Feher

5. Don’t let a grumbling belly get in the way of your summertime fun. Instead, dine “sunny side up” and soak in the remaining rays (and days) of summertime at an al fresco eatery.

Photo by Sonia Gandiaga

6. Speaking of grumbling bellies, throw caution to the wind and spend a day (or more) checking out the best ice cream shops in the Bay Area with the kids. Happy bellies + happy kids = happy life.

Photo: courtesy of Smitten

7. Get the kids moving and jigging under the sun at a summer concert. Leave your worries behind of upcoming

Photo: Kidchella via Redwood City Events

8. Cool off from the hot temperatures at a local Splash pad where kids and adults can enjoy the summertime vibes before it’s over.

Photo: Shari Wargo Stamps

9. Get your littles excited for the August solar eclipse and do some stargazing at a museum or planetarium to quench their curiosity of atmospheric happenings.

Photo: Shari Wargo Stamps

10. Do you want a change of pace before the hubbub of school starts again? Summertime is your chance to unplug and make memories with the family. And what better way than staying the night at a local farm where the kids can feed the livestock and go on adventures right from your front “barn” door.

Photo by Kate Loweth

How many summer activities have you checked off your list? Let us know in the comments!

–Tarah Beaven