This weekend in San Diego is all about creepy crawlies, slimy reptiles and canine companions. Head to Liberty Station for the Doggie Street Festival or see Fido catch a wave at the Surf Dog Competition at the Silver Strand Beach. If insects are your kiddo’s favorite, make sure to visit the San Diego Botanic Gardens for the annual Insect Festival. Or go downtown to the Reptile Super Show to check out thousands (yes, we said thousands) of lizards, frogs, turtles and other critters. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

ILLUSIONS: Nothing is as it Seems
Take the family to the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center for a mind-bending exhibition that combines science and art to deceive the visitor through optical, perceptual and audio illusions. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, Free with admission. 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.

Open Cockpit Days
Climb aboard historic aircraft and feel like a real pilot! Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, Marine Corps Air Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Reptile Super Show
Kids can check out thousands of lizards, frogs, turtles and other cool critters at this animal show. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., San Diego Concourse/Civic Center, $9 – $14/person. All ages. Event details.

North County

Insect Festival
Featuring thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Kids can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and more. Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain children and adults alike. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

KPBS Kids Workshop: Peg + Cat
Find out why eating healthy adds up as you explore an organic vegetable garden. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, $6/person. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Float ‘n Flic Movie Series
Bring your air mattress and watch a movie in the pool. Tonight’s feature is Finding Nemo. Sat., 7 – 10 p.m., Alga Norte Aquatic Center, $8/person, free/ages 3 and under. All ages. Event details.

Carlsbad Lifestyle and Fitness Festival
Come out and enjoy 50 vendors, booths and activities that will get you and your family moving towards health and fitness. The Family Fitness Zone includes a dodge ball arena, giant soccer, tight rope walking, “wipeout” area and lots more fun! Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pine Community Park, All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Surf Dog Competition
See Fido and his friends surf the waves at this annual competition. The day includes sandcastle sculpting, dog adoptions, food trucks, treats for dogs and their owners, and a dog wash station. Sun., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Silver Strand Beach, Free (entry fee for surfing dogs). All ages. Event details.

East County

Movies by the Santee Lakes
What’s more summer than enjoying a movie under the stars? Sit your kiddos in front of the giant screen for a movie. The night also includes games and contests for kiddos. Tonight’s movie is Monster’s University. Fri., 7 – 10 p.m., Santee Lakes, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Way to Play Day at Pretend City
Join Pretend City Children’s Museum for a fun Way To Play Day, which is specially designed to assist parents in finding answers to questions about their kid’s development. Fri., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pretend City, $12.50/person. Ages 0 – 8 years. Event details. 

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden Facebook page