Summer’s not over yet! Once August hits, though, it feels that things are shifting toward fall well before the actual first day of Autumn arrives on Sept. 21. Many schools start in late August or early September, and families are scrambling to not only get prepared for the new year but also to salvage the last traces of summer with out-of-town vacations or daily activities closer to home.

Even though most schools resume as the sun is still blistering, there are plenty of opportunities left to enjoy the fruits of the season! There are outdoor events, arts and theatre programs, sports and plenty of other activities to pack the rest of the summer and early fall. You’ll find many of these events listed in our daily calendar, and more online at playdatemagazine.com.

But as helpful as the calendar is, it wouldn’t be Playdate if we only offered you a rundown of things to do. We are parents ourselves, so we know how important it is to look out for our children’s best interests. We also know how hard that can be, so don’t miss our feature, Being Your Child’s Best Advocate.

Our contributors offer fun and educational tips and ideas too, from Dr. Pommer’s advice on how to make breakfast time health to Juanita Farris’ scrapbooking idea that will get your young child ready to master those ABCs — even before school starts.

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Enjoy the rest of the summer!