We’re eking out the last weekends of summer fun with hands-on activities while prepping for going back to school. Blink! Before you know it, we’ll be back in class (for most, that’s probably online), so we’re also experimenting with some new school traditions. Pack your beach bags for some end-of-summer fun while you fill up those backpacks for the school days soon ahead. Read on for our favorite off-the-beaten path beaches plus more weekend inspo!

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

Explore an Unknown Beach
These sandy stretches are all within an easy drive of Washington, DC and offer plenty of surf & sun without the crowds. We searched for the best uncrowded beaches, you can find them here: Activity details.

Finish Up Your Summer Bucket List
There is still time to cram in all the things that make summer special. Looking for some inspo? We’ve mapped out 75 fun ways to fill your summer days, even while social distancing. Activity details. 

Start a New Family Tradition
Embrace the school year ahead, however that may look, with a new family tradition. We have 18 ideas on ways to make back-to-school at home a year filled with family fun traditions. Activity details. 

Tickle Your Funny Bones
Brush up on your yuks with this back-to-school guide to joke telling.  Once you memorize all these funnies, check out these riddles! Activity details.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Get Biking (Online)
This annual PNW celebration of the bicycle is going online for 2020. Activities will span the month of August and will include livestreams from local bands, weekly bike challenges and plenty of swag. Get registration details and line-up information online and then get rolling. Event details. 

Turn up the Love Summer Concert Series
In partnership with Life is Good Playmakers, Jammin with You is proud to present the Turn up the Love Summer Concert series. This six-week event is FREE and ideal for ages 1-10. Join in every Friday at 10 a.m. to rock out with a kindie artist and promote love, peace, and unity by sharing some sweet tunes with your family. Fri. Event details. 

Get Moving with Pop & Ballet 
Practice stretching, technique & balance. Fundamentals including tendu, plié, sauté and more. Have a chair close for “Chair Barre”.  Each class ($12) starts class with a stretch, dance ballet routines and playing interactive dance games. Music and movement are kid appropriate. Sat. Event details. 

Take a Swing at These Recipes
Baseball is back! Although fans won’t be filling the seats, you can fill your stomachs with Chicago White Sox ballpark favorites. Get your fix of some of the game’s most iconic bites at home via their Home Plates recipe page. From items like the Sox signature Cuban Sandwich and Comiskey Burger, to classics like the Italian Beef and Vienna Beef Hotdog, Home Plates offers recipes that are sure to delight baseball fans of all ages gearing up for the 60-game sprint to the playoffs. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers