Whether you are looking for things to do indoors with the kids or you are planning a neighborhood scavenger hunt with your family, we’ve got loads of ideas to keep the kids busy. Scroll through and plan your last weekend of August with us!

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Visit a Botanical Garden
We know you are searching for all the things you can do outside with the kids these days. We get it. Good news: the local botanical gardens are open for visitors so you can swing by and smell the roses. From native California landscapes to trees from around the world, there’s loads to explore at our local botanical gardens.

Try a New Spot in SF with Outdoor Dining
With COVID-19 changing the dining landscape across the country, outdoor dining has been more popular than ever. Lucky for us, we are just now heading into prime outdoor dining season in San Francisco. Enjoy sunshine, fresh air and maybe a beautiful view or two while you nosh on seafood, pizza and French toast at these SF spots with outdoor dining.

Order Up Dinner, Delivered
If the current state of affairs or back-to-school chaos has to searching for something new to feed your family, we’ve got you covered. There are a ton of meal delivery services in the Bay Area that will bring something new for your family to eat this week. From meal kits that have all the ingredients ready to go, to heat-and-eat options for super busy nights, there’s something for your family.

Sea Critter Story Time
Listen to stories, sing songs and then join the MaST Center of Highline College to learn about Puget Sound sea stars, snails, hermit crabs and more! Fri. Event details

Amaze Your Brain at Home With the Perot Museum
Have no fear, the Perot Museum is still here! Amaze Your Brain at Home and watch your favorite concepts from the Museum come to life. The museum staff will share fun ways to explore nature and science at home and in your backyard – all while using the most common household objects and supplies. Daily. Event details

Fun Animal Friday
Fly high with Living Coast Discovery Center to learn about kestrels live on Facebook for Fun Animal Friday! You’ll get to view a mighty kestrel up close and learn about their cousins in Italy. Be sure to get your questions ready for this interactive event, they might just answer them during the presentation. Be sure to follow San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum to be notified when this event goes live. Fri. Event details

Baking Class for Kids & Teens
Treats By Ash is hosting a Live Zoom Baking Session for Teens & Kids. Watch Ashleen and her helper Taran (age 6) as they make delish goodies, incorporating jokes, trivia, music and more along the way. Register online for each free class. Sun. Event details

Learn to Draw with Elsa
Join Elsa live from Arendelle and learn to draw the Snow Queen herself! Elsa will host this whimsical art class and give step-by-step instructions to draw your own Elsa (or self-portrait in her case). You’ll need: a large sheet of blank paper, a pencil, your imagination and a positive attitude. Elsa will end the class with a story and grand finale Frozen sing-along.  Sat. Event details

REI Family Summer Bicycle Challenge
REI Co-op, the specialty outdoor retailer with over a dozen locations in the Bay-Sierra region, is helping families this summer by launching a “Family Summer Bicycle Challenge” for parents and kids to explore their local areas by bicycle. The local REI team created a list of 28 things for families to find or do while out on their family cycling adventures. Daily. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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