August is getting hot! hot! hot! If you are looking for things to do with your family on the weekends, we’ve got you covered. From virtual options to outdoor adventures to local events. We’v got the best of the best options for things to do to make your family time over the weekend awesome. Read on to find out more.

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Stan’s Donuts Virtual Race

Grab your donut-lovin’ friends and register for the Stan’s Donut Virtual Race! The Stan’s Donut Virtual Run will consist of a kids dash, 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon option. Fri. & Sat/ Event Details.

Virtual Penguin Encounters With Shedd

You’ve followed the penguins on their adventures. Now for a limited time, virtually meet a penguin up close in their habitat! Will you waddle with Wellington? Hang out with rockhopper penguin pair Edward and Annie? Meet Magellanic penguins Izzy and Darwin?

During this 45-minute experience, you will meet a penguin up close and discover what makes these birds so amazing. Shedd’s animal care team will take you “behind the scenes” in the penguins’ habitat to learn more about how penguins are able to “fly” underwater, stay warm in cooler waters and much more! Fri. Event Details.

Drag Story Time Online

Cozy up on the couch and watch drag performers, including Angelina D’amor, Anita Manager, Frankie Cyanide, Miss Chevious, Robin Richards, and Sienna Rose, read a family-friendly story. Sat. Event Details.

Salem Witch Museum’s Online Tour

This online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to view locations around Essex and Middlesex counties and a few key sites in and around Boston that are related to the events of the year 1692. You may select a town or city below to view pictures (where available) and read about the sites in these locations.This section contains descriptions of the sites from the witchcraft trials which can still be seen today, including original houses, foundations, grave sites, and sites marked by historic markers. Sun. Event Details.

Go on a Staycation

Portland has some amazing AirBnB’s that will make you feel like you’ve gone on a vacation to a faraway location. Book one for your family and kick the cabin fever. Our top AirBnB picks are here.

Eat Alfresco

Sick of cooking at home? Take the family out to eat Alfresco. If you aren’t sure where to go, check out these locations. Don’t forget to pack your mask.

Enjoy a Date Night

With or without your kids, date nights are important. If you are at a loss when it comes to figuring out pandemic-friendly date nights, you are in luck. Here are our top picks.

Cool Off with Ice Cream

Check out one of our favorite ice cream shops and cool off with your family. Here are our top picks.

–Annette Benedetti