The countdown is on. Who’s taking bets on how many more days of sunshine we’ll have? Make the most of these final days of summer with virtual and in-person events that capitalize on warm weather. We’re eyeing: baking with a local kid chef, an event that builds fort-itude and a touch-a-truck replacement your tots will love.

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Bake up fun
Join Seattle kid-chef Ash as she walks kids through how to make chocolate chip banana bread during this free online class. Sun. Event details.

Dive in
Find H2O-mazing fun at this natural waterslide or bring the kids to socially distance at a nearby swimming beach.

Catch a flick
It’s a good night for a drive-in and we’ve got two that are worth a view this weekend. First up, Shrek is part of this weekend’s Burien Drive-In Movies series on Friday. Followed by A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at the LeMay Museum in Tacoma on Saturday.

Spend time on science
Powerful potatoes, sinking (or swimming) Nerds (candy, of course) and marble runs are what these easy-to-set-up science experiments are all about.

Frolic through the forest
Catch the end of Frolic Week with SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve virtually with kids activities or in-person with a self-guided scavenger hunt through the bog. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Touch a truck…sort of
Who else is missing the summer Touch-a-Truck events? Get your “fill” of big diggers and other construction vehicles at this virtual truck tour. Sat. Event details.

Make recycled art
Got paper? Then you’ve got what it takes to make one of these 32 crafts with the kids.

Look ahead
Reinvent your back-to-school traditions with these creative suggestions to get kids off on the right foot for an usual school year. Then peruse these distance learning tips to give yourself a leg up.

Hammer it out
Join Fort Nisqually Volunteer Blacksmith, Paul, as he demonstrates how to make steel strikers at the Fort’s forge and shares insight into historical blacksmithing. Sat. Event details.

Experience flower power
It’s the last weekend for sunflower fests. If you haven’t been yet, you’ll find berries, blooms and butterflies here, gorgeous sunflowers at Maris Farms and bonfires plus flowers at Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm.

—Allison Sutcliffe