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Don't let the end of summer blues stop your fam from having fun!

By Trish Sanderson and edited by Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013  |  Updated 10:03 AM PDT
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Bring the family to Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla before school starts!

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With all that school supply shopping you might forget that we still have a bit of summer left! Let Yelp help you, your family and friends snag a few more minutes in the sunshine before the classroom takes over with this end of summer to do list. 

A Trip to Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

Take teaching into your own hands and give your offspring an experience with oceanography! This local find has a hall of fishy friends (“Nemo” included!), an incredible seahorse exhibit and a hands-on learning center. The outdoor tide pool with ocean views will have imaginations soaring: Much like the Manta Rays!

Make a Moonlight Beach Day Memory
400 B St., Bottom of Encinitas Boulevard
The recent remodel is complete and this is the perfect place to have your last summer sand soiree. Grab the family, friends and your picnic gear and check out the playground, concessions and restrooms: All sparkly new! Volleyball anyone? The courts are upgraded and good to go. Lifeguards and free parking are a-plenty!

Take a Panda-Monium Hot Air Balloon Flight

By Appointment, Del Mar and Temecula
A Panda? That’s right! Soar through the beautiful North County coastline in a giant panda hot air balloon. Your kids will be delighted with the oversized animal experience and the pictures will be priceless. Panda-Monium offers private family flights and the view from up there is wild: There’s no better way to say farewell to summer!

Dive Into Lessons With Surf Camp USA
212 S The Strand, Oceanside
There are a few summer sessions left, get your kids on a board before they buckle down to study for the rest of the season. No need to invest in gear, the knowledgeable instructors come with wetsuits, boards and all the bells and whistles. They’ve been a North County favorite for 18 years and will help you wave goodbye to the break… literally.

Do a FrogQuest Photo Scavenger Hunt
San Diego County
For those of us who are only adventurous kids at heart! Grab a team, dress up and get your smart phone ready: You’ll get a secret photo quest to complete with specific checkpoints and challenges! Post up after the event is over at predetermined end game location with drink discounts, food specials and a slide show of the competition.

Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.

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