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. Learn the art of glass-blowing and fettuccini making at Stone and Glass in Escondido. Play with creepy crawlies at the Insect Festival. Or if you’re in Orange County, head to Pretend City to celebrate Parent’s Day. Because hey, don’t we deserve an appreciation day, too?! Have a great weekend!

Stone and Glass

San Diego

Obon 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. There’s also Bon Odori dances at 6:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., 12 – 8 p.m., Vista Buddhist Temple, Free. All ages. Event details.

Fire and Fettuccine
Redefine family time in the class designed for people that come in groups and pairs. One person will take a glass blowing class with Stone and Glass, one person will take a cooking class (usually the kiddo), and then everyone meets for lunch. During the glass blowing session, every student will design and create a handmade artwork in glass; while in the cooking session, Chef Charlie will lead you through making pasta and sauce from scratch, as well as a few additional treats. Sun., 10 a.m., Stone and Glass, $125/couple. Ages 5 and up. 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 kids and adults alike. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

La Jolla Recreation Center’s Centennial Celebration
Check out historical photos that show how the center has changed in 100 years. There’s also fun for the kiddos, including pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, gymnastics and dance shows, and a BBQ. Sat., 12 – 4 p.m., La Jolla Recreation Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Families Make History Together
Our July weekend craft is making Patriotic Pinwheels! Have fun with your kids and learn how old windmill pumps worked using harnessed wind for power. Fri. – Sun., 12 – 4 p.m., San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Free. Ages 3 – 12. Event details.

South Bay

SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super Powers
Discover the amazing world of animal super powers at the Living Coast Discovery Center’s new seasonal exhibit. Get up close and personal with creatures that walk on walls, possess super strength, are invisible to the naked eye, and can even regenerate limbs – all natural adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Living Coast Discovery Center, Free with admission. All ages. 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. 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. This week’s movie is Top Gun. Fri., 6:30 p.m., Hotel Irvine, $5/person; free for kids under five. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Parent’s Day
Parent’s Day is a special day to recognize, uplift, and support the role of parent’s in the rearing of kids. This is our day to say thank you to all the parent’s with fun grown-up and me activities throughout the day. Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pretend City, Free with admission (parents get $1 off). All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

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