Although we’re nearing the end of July (how did that happen?), there’s still plenty of summer fun in store in San Diego. This weekend’s activities include the Obon Festival where kids can learn about Japanese culture. Play with creepy crawlies at the Insect and Ladybug Festival. Get your game on at the Nintendo Summer Tour. Or camp out at Lake Poway. Have a great weekend!

outdoorsphoto: THX0477 via Flickr

San Diego

Play Nintendo Summer Tour
Nintendo’s classic characters and games are coming to life as part of the one-of-a-kind Play Nintendo Tour. Enjoy a unique experience bursting with color and imagination that offers parents and their kids the chance to play some of Nintendo’s best 3DS games, participate in exciting contests, win awesome prizes (while supplies last) and snap memorable photos. Fri. – Sun. Event details.

Odon Festival
Learn all about Japanese tradition at the annual Obon Festival. At this fun day, you’ll sample Japanese cuisine, watch taiko drumming groups, cultural demos, see a photo exhibit, and enjoy games and crafts. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

North County

Lake Poway Campout
Enjoy a family night under the stars at Lake Poway. The evening includes nighttime hikes, s’mores, campfire activities and pedal boating. Bring up to five people per family. Sat. Event details.

Little People Live
Get ready for a fun filled day when Eddie & Sofie share their favorite hobbies with their new friends! They will be singing and dancing in their live interactive performance that teaches kids that it is ok for friends to have different interests. The performance will include brand new songs that will get kids up and moving! Eddie & Sofie will also be available to pose with kids and families for photos. Sat. Event details.

Insect and Ladybug Festival
This one-of-a-kind event features 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 even taste cooked mealworm larva (in various flavors such as mesquite, teriyaki, and barbeque!). Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain kiddos and adults alike. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Orange County

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. Enjoy evenings filled with live music and nostalgic blockbuster favorites shown on the big outdoor screen. Tonight you can enjoy “Avengers, Age of Ultron.” Open seating on guests’ own blankets, low chairs, pillows or cushions. Fri. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer