If you’ve had your share of picnics, fireworks and the beach during the July 4th week, you’re not alone! So for those of you parents wanting a change of pace this coming weekend, there is no storage of fun. Bring the kids to Home Depot for a construction workshop. Spend the day at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center for GrossOlympics. Enjoy art in Spanish Village, or a concert at Lake Poway. There’s also events happening in Orange County for those of you OC residents, or San Diegans who want to take a quick trip north.

San Diego

Port of San Diego Festival
Adults and kids will love the huge assortment of inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce domes, train rides, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon artists, food vendors, music, and the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide at 175 ft long! The kids play area will be fully carpeted with artificial turf with plenty of tables and shaded areas. Fri., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, B Street Pier, $20. All ages. More info.

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Bring the family to any Home Depot for a workshop especially for kids. Young construction workers will make anything from toolboxes to fire trucks to a window birdhouse and bughouse. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. In addition to the newly constructed project, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, All Home Depot Locations, Free. Ages 5 – 12. More info.

Calling all kids who want to be gross! The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Global Association of Gross and Messy Education (GAG-ME) invites kids to participate in GrossOlympics in celebration of the newest hands-on science exhibition, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.” Contest includes loudest burp, spitting, smelly sneakers and more. Fun prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Sat., 10:00 am, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Free with admission. Ages 6 – 12. More info.

Art in Bloom
Visit the Spanish Village Art Center and join 37 working artists studios for a fun-filled day of art and flowers. The day includes walking tour of the Village Studios, live music, refreshments, and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Spanish Village Art Center, Free. All ages. More info.

North County

Summer Concert Series at Lake Poway
How about a quiet Sunday afternoon at Lake Poway with the Sharp Memorial Hospital Summer Concert Series? This Sunday’s concert features Stoney B Blues. Sun., 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Lake Poway, Free ($5 parking). All ages. More info.

Reptile Day
Reptiles, amphibians and crawling animals … oh my! Bring the family to Jack’s Pond Park to learn all about our reptile friends. Presentation by Susan Nowicke, educator and reptile specialist for the Escondido Humane Society. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Jack’s Pond Park, $3. Ages 5 and up. More info.

Orange County

Children’s Gardening Workshop 
Bring the kids to The Great Park for a fun-filled morning of garden-themed workshops specifically designed for young gardeners. These workshops teach kids about the food we eat, the importance of environmental stewardship, the history of agriculture in the community and what it takes to ensure a healthy and sustainable future. Sun., 11:00 am, Orange County Great Park; Free. All ages. More info.

The Sunflower Kids Koncert
Kids will love a morning of music, puppets and story-theater at it’s best. The Sunflowers will perform as part of the summer concert series with helpful fun messages for families. Sun., 11:00 am, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum; $9. All ages. More info.

— Leah R. Singer

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