Last Blasts: 30 Things to Do Before School Starts

Eek! Somehow it’s August already. Before you know it, you’ll be preparing to fall back into the school routine and those dreaded early morning tantrums. So 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. From day trips to petting farms to swimming holes, we’ve rounded up 30 fun and easy ideas to make your family’s last days of summer as memorable as the first.


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

2. We’re psyched about bikes: ride along the Alki Beach Trail, the Burke-Gilman or saddle up for Bicycle Sunday.

3. Throw in the towels and head to Jetty Island, just a 30-minute drive north of Seattle.

4. Pet the pigs, sheep and goats at a nearby farm park.


5. Explore a beachside town just a short drive over the bridge.

6. Tune into a family-friendly outdoor concert or catch a free outdoor movie.

7. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel and explore the Seattle Waterfront Arts Market with kids.

8. Make sandcastles (or sand angels) at one of the Eatside’s best beaches or take a dip in a city wading pool.

blake beach

9. Tour the Ballard Locks, visit the Seattle Aquarium, then take the West Seattle Water Taxi and enjoy some terrific fish and chips at Alki Beach.

10. Put on your superhero cape and zip line your way through these nine parks.

11. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon at the new Miner’s Corner County Park.

12. Pick up some yummy berries at these u-pick blueberry farms.

berry picking

13. Pitch a tent at one of these seven totally tent-worthy spots or ditch the poles altogether and try yurt camping.

14. Hike, swim and picnic around Rattlesnake Lake.

15. Ride the kiddie amusement park rides at Remlinger Farms.

16. Let your little carpenter nail, hammer and saw until their heart’s content at Mercer Island’s Adventure Playground.

Girl hammering Adventure Playground

17. Perfect your short game at one of these six mini golf hot spots.

18. Take your little buckaroo horseback riding.

19. Learn fun facts about chocolate, baseball, doughnuts and even airplanes on these kid-friendly Seattle tours.

20. Grin and bear it, because the kids will LOVE it: Wild Waves.

wild waves spray park

21. Go on a weekend road trip to Suncadia Resort, Lake Chelan or Leavenworth.

22. Check out the new Chocolate exhibit at MOHAI and explore Lake Union Park.

23. Introduce your little one to the Puget Sound region’s rich Native American Heritage at Tillicum Village.

24. Two words: ice cream!

Molly Moon - Seattle, Wa

25. Hop a ferry and spend an afternoon on Vashon, Bainbridge or Whidbey Island.

26. Hold on to that summer feeling at this indoor play space with a beachy vibe.

27. Grab some crayons and explore the city with your tot, one page at a time.

28. Check out the coolest, quirkiest summer events and attractions Vashon Island has to offer.

Portage bay bikes Vashon

29. Take a break from the sun to play a board game (or two!) at this newly opened game store.

30. Check out this renovated play area complete with new play equipment and climbing structures and one of Seattle Parks’ longest zip lines!

Ready, set, go! Did we miss anything? What’s on your end of summer bucket list?

– Kristina Moy

Photo credit:  Molly Moon’s, Allison Sutcliffe and Nicole Grubbs