Join Blue Star Families for a meet and greet with light refreshments during this fun event at the San Diego Botanic Garden.  You will find us set up on the Lawn House Patio with some light refreshments, and an opportunity for you to meet other military families in and around San Diego!  Admission to this event is FREE, and parking is only $2.00.

This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva (in various flavors such as mesquite, teriyaki, and barbeque!). Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain children and adults alike.

This year, Sam the giant Galapagos Tortoise will make a special guest appearance! Come and visit Sam at the Insect Festival on Saturday Morning from 10 – 11:30 am.