The blasts of the 4th may have fizzled out, but there are still plenty of thrills to keep the good times rolling this weekend. From a superheroes night out and an unforgettable lake campout to a kids’ concert complete with face painting and gelato, read on for where to party as a family all weekend long.

photo: The New Children’s Museum

Ocean Beach

Morning-After Mess River Clean-Up
In partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, the San Diego River Park Foundation is hosting a cleanup site as part of the annual Morning After Mess Cleanup. Each year, 4th of July festivities leave local beaches and parks trashed. The Morning After Mess cleanup is the perfect opportunity for San Diegans to get that trash out of our environment before it causes serious damage to our local ecosystems. This event is open to volunteers of all ages, but volunteers under the age of 16 must come with an adult. Closed-toed shoes are required. Sun protection, water and a snack are highly recommended. Fri. Event details.


Superheroes Night Out
Calling all superheroes! The New Children’s Museum’s popular Superheroes’ Night Out is back! Dress up in your masks and capes and flaunt your super powers at this after-hours party with dinner, drinks, entertainment, a costume contest, access to the Museum’s art installations, superhero-themed activities and fun the entire family will enjoy! Sat. Event details.

Wonderspaces: in common
Wonderspaces is a pop-up art event launching in San Diego through Sept. 1, 2019. Visitors of all ages will enjoy over a dozen extraordinary art installation experiences. Playing on all the senses, Wonderspaces transports visitors outside of their everyday lives with the goal of bringing people together through shared experience. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Marcos

The CADO is the world’s first avocado pop-up museum experience, opening this summer at North City in North County, San Diego. Step into a world of the green fruit you love to ‘gram and emerge with more than a pretty picture (but you’ll get plenty of those, too!). You’re invited to feel the avocado-skinned walls and find the ripe spot, get schooled on the growing process by Jason Mraz (via cassette tape), meet the Hass Mother Tree of California, pause at The Pit Stop and enjoy the best of avocado culture. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

The Tale of Despereaux
The acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. returns to San Diego, bringing their one-of-a-kind theatrical and musical inventiveness to Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, Newbery Medal–winning modern fable. Despereaux is a courageous mouse who dreams of becoming a knight. He sets off on a noble quest that will take him down into dungeons and up to the heights of a castle tower to rescue a beautiful human princess—but the dark-hearted rat Roscuro has other ideas. The Boston Herald proclaims, “PigPen Theatre Co. is already a phenomenon,” while The New Yorker says, “It’s like watching child geniuses at play!” Full of gorgeous music, stunning stage effects, witty performances, and a message of optimism and community, The Tale of Despereaux is an inspiring and beguiling story for all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Movie in the Park: Ralph Breaks the Internet
The City of Poway presents free Summer Movies in the Park! Bring your innertubes and rafts or borrow one of ours and enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars. Movies will be shown on a giant, cinema-quality screen. Arrive early; guests will be allowed entrance to the pool until capacity is met. Bring your favorite snacks or a picnic dinner; food will not be available for purchase. Parking at Poway Community Park is free but can fill up fast. Pool will open at 6 p.m.; movie will begin 15 minutes after sunset. Arrive early; guests will be allowed entrance to the pool until capacity is met. Sat. Event details.

Lake Poway Family Campout
New to camping but want to see what sleeping under the stars in nature is all about? Then don’t miss the Lake Poway Family Campout, where you’ll get to bask in outdoor fun with other families, go on a guided evening hike, sit around a campfire with s’mores, watch a family-friendly magic and comedy show and enjoy the peace and calm of the surroundings in nature. Kiwanis club will be offering a pancake breakfast. Cost is $3 for kids 10 and younger and $5 for adults and kids 11 and older. Don’t forget your camping and grilling supplies. Camping costs: $52 for residents $62 for non-residents for up to five people. Sat. Event details.


Ruth and Emilia & Hullabaloo
Enjoy the second concert of the summer at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in the Discovery Garden. Join Ruth & Emilia in their mother-daughter musical show and Hullabaloo in their foot-stomping, uplifting music that’s fun for kids and parents alike! The event includes special crafts for kids, face painting, food truck, gelato by EscoGelato, wine and Jacked Up beer for adults and full access to the Museum’s hands-on exhibits. Sat. Event details.

––Beth Shea