It may be nearing the end of August, but summer is still in full swing in San Diego. Grab the kids and furry friends and head to Liberty Station for the annual Doggie Street Festival. Spend the day in Balboa Park for The Impossible Science Festival at The Fleet and then head to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for their Centennial Family Day event. Enjoy some pure summer fun at the Catamaran Luau, or take in an outdoor movie at the beautiful Hotel Irvine. Have a great weekend!

San Diego

Catamaran Summer Luau
This summer tradition is a festive celebration of Polynesian food, music, and dances perfect for family and friends…without having to travel all the way to Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, or the Cook Islands! Enjoy a true luau experience that includes a lei, Mai Tai, all-you-can-eat buffet, and entertainment. Local luau specialist Pride of Polynesia provides the authentic island music and dance, featuring hula and fiery torch dancers. Fri., 6 – 9 p.m., Catamaran Hotel, $32-$69/person (prices vary by age). All ages. Event details.

Doggie Street Festival
It’s a day of fun for your furry kiddos and the walking/talking ones too! The Annual Doggie Street Festival will feature music, speakers, pet products, valuable pet information & services, food, special guests and lots more. Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., NTC Park at Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Centennial Family Day
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum along with Balboa Park celebrates 100 years of innovation, culture and natural beauty with our Centennial Family Day. Celebrate the arts, architecture and new technology that the Panama-California exposition brought to San Diego. Join us as we transport your family back in time to Balboa Park as it appeared in the early 1900s.  Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., San Diego Model Railroad Museum, $5/person (free for kids under 5). All ages. Event details.

Impossible Science Festival
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge. Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Reuben H Fleet Science Center, $18.95 – $21.95/person. All ages. Event details.

North County

Writing With Pictures
Writing With Pictures is a multi-media exhibition that tells the story behind the creation of the picture book: why we love them, and their widening audience and role in the 21st century. This exhibition features original published artwork from local illustrators, and from artists working with local writers. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  California Center for the Arts, Escondido, $8/person. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Homeschool Field Experience Day
A field experience to Pretend City offers your students a learning experience through hands-on educational play. The Pretend City environment allows you to create a plethora of curriculum and activities to surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pretend City, $9/person. All ages. Event details.

Movie Night at Hotel Irvine
Friends, family and neighbors should grab their blankets and beach chairs to spend nights under the stars for Movie Nights in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine. Tonight’s feature is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”For dining enjoyment, a picnic from The Marketplace can be pre-ordered, or the gang can feast on chef’s outdoor BBQ with tri-tip sandwiches, bratwurst, hot dogs and hamburgers and munch on staple movie snacks like popcorn and candy. Fri., 6:30 p.m., Hotel Irvine, $5/person; free for kids under five. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Facebook page