Eek! Somehow August is flying by. Before you know it, you’ll be preparing to fall back into the school routine and those dreaded early morning tantrums. But before the lazy days of summer become just a distant memory, drop everything, get outside and pack in as much summer as you possibly can. Scroll down for 50 fun ideas to make your family’s last days of summer as memorable as the first.

photo: Kristina Moy

1. Plan a weekend road trip to Suncadia Resort and be sure to soak up the brand-new Nelson Farm Pool. It’s splash-tastic!

2. We’re psyched about bikes: ride the trails at Duthie Hill Bike Park or saddle up for Bicycle Sunday.

3. Pet the pigs, sheep and goats at a nearby petting farm or zoo.

photo: James Emery via Flickr

4. From a giant pink toe truck and a vintage tugboat to dinosaur bones, a replica of the International Space Station and amazing art, take a break from the heat to check out a new museum.

5. Take one last splash in a SeattleEastside or South Sound wading pool or spray park before they close after Labor Day.

6. Hike, swim and picnic around Rattlesnake Lake.

photo: Kristina Moy

7. Take the fam to Gig Harbor’s new family entertainment complex. It’ll keep you and the kids busy from sun up to sun down.

8. Rent a cabin at one of these picturesque state parks or try yurt camping.

9. Have a wild time with your little monkeys at Woodland Park Zoo.

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

10. Explore the Center for Wooden Boats, Ballard Locks and Lake Union Park without spending a dime.

11. Head to Agua Verde for lunch or dinner and reserve kayaks for a before or after meal paddle around the lake.

12. Take your crew to Crystal Mountain Resort to ride the Mount Rainier Gondola, hike the trails, picnic under the snow-capped mountain peaks, play a round of disc golf and enjoy a tasty treat or meal on the Summit House Restaurant’s outdoor patio.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

13. Pack a picnic lunch and find your zen at one of these botanical gardens.

14. Catch the last of the Sounds of Summer Concert series at University Village. Psst! Arrive early to enjoy delish bites from U-Village restaurants and the plethora of kids’ activities.

15. There’s plenty do along the Seattle waterfront—Seattle Aquarium, Ye Old Curiosity Shop, Miners Landing, The Seattle Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington.

photo: Kristina Moy

16. Take your little monkeys to one of these active indoor spots to burn off the summer stir-crazies.

17. Grab a pint with your pint-sized crew at one of our favorite brewhouses in Seattle.

18. Ride the kiddie amusement park rides at Remlinger Farms. While you’re there, pet the farm animals, take a steam train ride, jump in the hay and enjoy plenty of old-fashioned farm fun.

Remlinger Farms

photo: Remlinger Farms

19. Seattle is full of cool fountains to explore. The best part? They’re totally free!

21. Grin and bear it, because the kids will love it: Wild Waves Theme & Water Park!

photo: Kristina Moy

22. Throw in the towels and head to Jetty Island, just a 30-minute drive north of Seattle, before it closes for the season.

23. Two words: ice cream! Grab a scoop (or two!) at one of our favorite shops.

24. Go on a late summer road trip and pack in as much family time as you possibly can!

photo: Kristina Moy

25. Dig out your hiking poles and strap your sidekick into the carrier, the Naches Loop Trail is the everything bagel of family hikes. Psst…clocking in around three miles means even mini hikers can make this trek!

26. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting Everett’s new farm-based kitchen and café.

27. Dial up the grandparents and book a night (or two!) with your significant other at the newly remodeled Salish Lodge & Spa. You can thank us later!

photo: Kristina Moy

28. Grab your comfy chairs, blankets and movie snacks and settle in for a free or super cheap outdoor movie under the Seattle starry skies.

29. Channel your inner pirate aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge—Seattle’s only full-time pirate ship cruise.

30. Head to the Henry Moses Aquatic Center to ride the lazy river and zip down the speedy water slides before it closes for the season.

photo: Kristina Moy

31. Need a break from the sun? Chill out at an indoor theater. The Regal Summer Movie Express is only $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the end of August.

32. Show your crew the silly side of Seattle at these spots not necessarily found in the tourist guidebooks.

33. End summer with a trip to the Washington State Fair. Psst! Be sure to get a bag of Fisher Scones for the car ride home.

WA State Fair 2013

photo: Patrick Hagerty

34. Take your crew to Bumbershoot to experience great tunes from all music genres, urban craft vendors and interactive programming and activities for the whole family.

35. Break out the rain boots and grab your sand buckets. Prime tide pool season is here.

36. Experience a Rainiers game with your little sluggers.

photo: Kristina Moy

37. Grab your little marine biologists and plan a day trip to the Seattle Aquarium.

38. Venture to your local farmers market or the MarketFront at Pike Place for fresh fruits and veggies, live entertainment and kids’ activities that last well into the evening hours.

39. Grab your clubs and hit the links with your pint-sized posse. The mini golf links that is!

40. A nearby hotel can be just as fun (and just as memorable!) as that cross-country road trip you spent months planning last year. Book a night or a long weekend at the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square.

photo: Kristina Moy

41. Enjoy a free summer concert almost every day of the week.

42. Got a house full of out-of-towners? Take them to one of our favorite restaurants where you can introduce them to the Emerald City’s food scene and please palates of all ages.

43. Check out the awesome Bellevue Downtown Park. sure to pack the kids’ suits and let them splash around in the water features.

photo: Jennifer B. Davis

44. Cast your lines with your pint-sized anglers at one of our favorite fishing holes.

45. Hop a ferry and spend a night or two at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort & Spa. Paddle around Hood Canal, take a historic cruise aboard the Lady Alderbrook, swim in the huge indoor pool or rejuvenate at the spa. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the end of summer!

46. See how many of these awesome parks and playgrounds you can visit before school starts? Ready, set, go!

photo: Jennifer B. Davis

47. Take your pint-sized posse on an easy waterfall hike to an outstanding vista that promises post-worthy pics and memories that’ll last you through the rainy season.

48. From souped-up hipster havens to totally traditional lanes, take the fam to one of our favorite bowling alleys that will have everyone shouting for strikes, spares and gutter balls!

49. Dust off your skates and hit one of these retro-fun rinks that have stood the test of time.


50. Take your crew on one of these fun and adventurous urban hikes, perfect for little feet.

—Kristina Moy


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