The only trouble with this weekend of May is deciding which family-friendly activities to attend. Head to the Mira Mesa Library for a Japanese culture and book celebration. Celebrate 100 years of the San Diego Zoo. Fly a kite at the Ocean Beach Kite Festival. Or run with some Olympians at the Chula Vista Community Fun Run. Have a great weekend!


Photo: Ocean Beach Kiwanis Facebook Page

San Diego

“Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters” Book Celebration
Enjoy an afternoon celebrating Japanese culture and the new book, Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters, by best-selling author Margaret Dilloway. The event includes a conversation and book signing with Margaret, Japanese crafts and origami booths, giveaways, and lots more fun! Momotaro is published by Disney-Hyperion and is perfect for kids in grades 3 -7. Books will also be available for purchase (with a a portion of the proceeds donated to the Mira Mesa Public Library). Sat., 2 – 4 p.m., Mira Mesa Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

San Diego Zoo Centennial Community Event
The San Diego Zoo is turning 100, and we’re ready to celebrate. This is the Zoo’s way to say “thank you” to the community for a century of support! Join us for a spectacular evening filled with excitement and fun, including: family-fun crafts, food, face painting, hands-on activities…and an opportunity to set a Guinness World Record; live bands, dancers, and Dr. Zoolittle; animal presentations by Zookeeper Rick; and a magical, and a musical extravaganza featuring a live orchestra. Sat., 6 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Free. All ages. Event details.

Ocean Beach Kite Festival
The Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival marks a fun day of festivities including kite making, decorating, flying and judging, am arts and crafts fair, parade, food and live music. Free style kite flying follows later in the day at the beach. Food, music, and kite flying demonstrations throughout the day. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dusty Rhodes Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Discovery Table: Kumeyaay Games and Toys
Play the traditional games that amused generations of Native American kids and prepared them for life in San Diego. Sat. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Spring-in to Camping
Pitch a tent and marvel at the beauty of Lake Poway as you cruise the lake on a motorboat, go fishing, hike the trails and more. Fri. and Sat., times vary by day, Lake Poway, $25/groups of 5. All ages. Event details.

KPBS Kids Workshop Presents: Sid the Science Kid
Join San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for the KPBS Workshops featuring Sid the Science Kid. Learn about science of sound and be a part of our museum band. Special visit by a costume character. Sat., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Free for kids under the age of 12 months: Free Children and Adults: $6, All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Chula Vista Community Fun Run
Enjoy a 5K course through Olympic Village, meet Olympians and hopefuls, visit the community expo, and get a commemorative t-shirt too. Sat., 8 a.m., Olympic Training Center, $10-$20/person. All ages. Event details

International Migratory Bird Day
Celebrate 100 years of international bird conservation with the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Enjoy guided walks, crafts, a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities. Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tijuana Estuary, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

El Cajon Valley Jamboree
Enjoy live music, karaoke, food, an obstacle course, air bungee jump, carnival rides, and lots more fun for the entire family. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Holy Trinity Church, Free, All ages. Event details.

Butterfly Festival
Celebrate the Butterfly Pavilion by attending The Garden’s Butterfly Festival. Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities, including tours of the new enclosure, a Butterfly Discovery Lab (in partnership with the San Diego Natural History Museum), a Pollinator Parade (starring your little ones dressed up as their favorite pollinators: bees, bats, birds, butterflies, and beetles), food, crafts, story time, and more. Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Water Conservation Garden, $5/adults, $1/ages 3-17. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer