This is a different sort of August, right? The best we can do is cue up some back-to-school jokes and jump in feet first. Good news: the Bay Area Discovery Museum has its outdoor spaces open for visitors and apple picking season is just kicking off. Gear up for the weekend!

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The Bay Area Discovery Museum Is Open
Reserve a ticket online to check out BADM’s outdoor exhibits and new creative activities. The robust outdoor experience includes favorite exhibits like Lookout Cove and the transformed fishing boat, Faith. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Book Your Apple Picking Visit to Gabriel Farm
Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol is open for apple picking with reservations required. Purchase a season pass for $40 and you’ll get a case of Asian Pears and the opportunity to visit the farm to pick apples (at $2.50/lb.) after you have arranged an appointment time. Event details

Take the Kids Mini Golfing
From the SF-themed outdoor Stagecoach Greens to retro favorites in San Jose and Castro Valley, there are mini golf spots near you.

Head to This New Glamping Spot in Healdsburg
Looking to take the kids glamping this summer? It’s the perfect social distancing activity and you won’t even have to set up a tent. Wildhaven in Healdsburg is right on the Russian River and ready to welcome families.

Live Telescope Viewings from the Chabot
Join resident astronomers on Facebook Live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Sat. Event details

Watch King Lear from the SF Shakespeare Festival
King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of a king who bequeaths his power and land to two of his three daughters, after they declare their love for him in an extremely fawning and obsequious manner. Sat.-Sun. Event details

It’s the Perfect Day for a Picnic
Head to one of these 23 spots around the Bay Area that are perfect for snagging a corner of grass and spreading out your picnic blanket and lunch.

—Kate Loweth


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