Insects, concerts, and fairs … oh my! That’s just a small sampling of what’s happening around Southern California this weekend. Head to the OC Fair, which kicks off Friday. Travel to Europe with Michael’s Passport to Imagination day. See a variety of crazy creatures at the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival. Or check out the old west at Descanso Days. Whatever event you do, your kids won’t be complaining about boredom this weekend!


San Diego

Michael’s Passport to Imagination
Explore the 7 continents and their amazing landmarks and icons on a 7-week voyage around the globe! The crafting adventures take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and feature a different continent each week. This week, explorers will travel to Europe. Fri., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, County-wide Michael’s stores, $2 per kid. All ages. Event details.

Bird Park Summer Concert Series
Enjoy a family-friendly evening at Bird Park listening to local bands. This week’s concert features Todo Mundo. Sat., 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Bird Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Target Free Second Sunday
Enjoy The NEW Children’s Museum for free on the second Sunday of each month, thanks to Target! Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, The NEW Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

San Diego Blood Bank 5K Run/Walk
Participants will walk or run along a scenic route of San Diego’s Bayside to raise funds for the San Diego Blood Bank’s lifesaving programs and services. After the walk/run participants enjoy post-event festivities, free Subway sandwiches, awards, raffles and fun for the whole family! Prizes awarded for fundraising. Sun., 7:00 am – 11:00 am, Embarcadero Marina Park South, $25/adults, $10/kids 12 and under. 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. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, San Diego Botanic Garden, Free with admission/membership. All ages. Event details.

East County

Play for Parker
Play for Parker is a fundraiser event for six year old Parker Shaw, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The event will be catered by BJ’s Brewhouse with dessert provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Kids will get to mingle with their favorite characters, play on a giant playground and enjoys games and activities. There will also be a raffle. This is a ticket-only event! Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, FUNBelievable Play, $15/children; $10/adult; Under 2 are free but must have a ticket. All ages. Event details.

Descanso Days
Descanso Days features live music, kid’s activities, food, games, and a parade. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and follows Viejas Grade Road past Perkins Store to Descanso School. The theme this year is “Back to the Old West.” The fair, at Town Hall, will feature games throughout the day for kids in addition to country and bluegrass music. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Descanso Town Hall, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

OC Fair
The annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games. Begins Fri., 12:00 pm, OC Fair and Event Center, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Heading to the beach or going to an event?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of  Leah R. Singer