June 22, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

My childhood summers were filled with fun camping trips that rarely lasted longer than a long weekend, and often included lots of cousins and aunts and uncles and friends. I'm really looking forward to taking Alice camping, and I think she might be just about old enough to sort of enjoy it.

In the meantime I love that the Great American Backyard Campout is happening this weekend. Local families are invited to spend the night at Oak Grove Regional Park to get a little taste of what camping is like. Activities begin at noon on Saturday. The campout is free, and dinner - as well as tents, if you need one - are provided.

Astronomy in the Park
If you can't sleepover, but still want to enjoy some family time outdoors, Oak Grove Nature Center and Stockton Astronomical Society are co-hosting an evening of astronomy-themed activities to coincide with the campout. From 8:30 to 11 p.m., there will be free crafts and stargazing opportunities. (The parking fee is $5.) At 4520 W. 8 Mile Road in Stockton.

Obon Odori
The annual celebration of Japanese and Buddhist heritage will take place at Buddhist Church of Lodi on Saturday and Sunday. Starting at 3 p.m. each day, festivities include a bazaar with cultural demonstrations, such as a tea ceremony and Japanese orchestra. Taiko drummers and folk dancers will perform, and a variety of Japanese foods will be available. At 23 N. Stockton Street in Lodi.

Paws 4 Reading
Therapy dogs are on hand at the Manteca Branch Library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Kids are invited to choose a book and spend some one-on-one time reading with a canine friend. 320 W. Center Street in Manteca.

Brian Scott Magic
Magician Brian Scott will perform at the Linden Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. His shows promise a mix of magic, fun and comedy, and are designed to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. 19059 E. Main Street in Linden.
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