As summer descends into its later half, you may find that the Pinterest-inspired activities and energetic outings have passed, and what’s left is a case of the “I’m bored” plague slowly spreading through the household. We’ve found 7 dates in summer’s hottest month that will beat the boredom with elephants, bowling, root beer floats and more. Scroll down to check out our ideas for getting in the spirit of late summer.

photo: Kim via flickr

August 1: Spider-Man Day

This summer’s blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming has just been released, but with a PG-13 rating it might not be appropriate for everyone in the fam. Check out some graphic novels or age-appropriate superhero cartoons from the library, or visit one of Things from Another World’s three locations to introduce your little one to this literary art form. TFAW has a huge selection of comics and super helpful staff members who can help you find just the right comic for any reader, from the youngest My Little Pony fan to the teenager looking for the zombie apocalypse.

4390 SW Lloyd Ave., Beaverton, 503-643-4222
10977 SE Main St., Milwaukie, 503-652-2752
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, 503-284-4693

photo: kirstin eastman via flickr

August 6: Root Beer Float Day

Fairley’s Pharmacy has been around since 1913 and still operates one of the last working soda fountains in Oregon. Drink in the old-timey atmosphere along with a rich root beer float for an old-fashioned summer experience that will have you longing for drive-in movies and longboards.

7206 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Or

photo: Leighann S. via Yelp

August 8: Date to Create Day

Today is a great day to head to S.C.R.A.P. Creative Reuse Center. Teach your littles about Creative Reuse (described by our friends at S.C.R.A.P. as upcycling or repurposing) and get to work putting everyday items together to create bird feeders, storage containers, rugs and more.

2915 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Or


photo: Fort George G. Meade via flickr

August 9: Bowling Day

Have you heard of Kids Bowl Free yet? This annual discount lasts all summer, but there is no better time to use it than a scorching summer day when it’s too hot to play outside. Celebrate locally at Nicoli’s Grill and Sports Bar, an upscale, 12-lane bowling alley in Lake Oswego. After bowling, Nicoli’s has an arcade and a full-service restaurant with yummy food for the whole fam (think burgers, nachos and other bowling essentials).

17880 SW McEwan Rd.
Lake Oswego, Or

photo: Stuart Seeger via flickr

August 10: World Elephant Day

Celebrate one of nature’s largest and smartest creatures with a trip to the Oregon Zoo. Go check in on our local herd with a visit to Elephant Lands. While there, chill in the air-conditioned Elephant Building and download the Elephant Lands app (available for iPhone and Android) so you can get the full educational experience. If you’re lucky, you might get to witness a summertime splash in the pool.

4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, Or

photo: Mustafa Sayed via flickr

August 16: World Homeless Pets Day

Visit the Oregon Humane Society and pet some puppies, kittens and Guinea pigs. Have a plan in place for the inevitable falling in love with animals so everyone is on the same page (i.e. Are we going home with a pet today or not?). Once expectations are clear, stop by during visiting hours to spread a little love and perhaps make a donation of old pillows or sign up to sponsor a pet.

Oregon Humane Society
1067 N Columbia Ave.
Portland, Or

photo: Walter L. via Yelp

August 31: Eat Outside Day

As August winds down and the conversation turns to school-readiness, why not take one more opportunity to lunch under the sun? You could pack a picnic basket and head to the waterfront, or stop by the food trucks at Rose City Food Park for local flavor. We love the rolls at Smak Dab’s, but the great part about the food park is that there is absolutely something for every palate.

Rose City Food Park
5221 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Or

What does your crew celebrate in August? Let us know in the comments below!

–Marianne Walters