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FAB EIGHT for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 6:09 am in Family Outings.

Alamo Block Party
We usually do a Fab Five round-up for the weekend, but this Saturday and Sunday have so darn many great family events, we couldn’t resist making it an Outstanding Octet. Read on for synchronized swimming shows, pirates, a Civil War encampment, yo-yo championships and more.

1. Whoop it up at the Alamo Block Party, with games, rock climbing, a YMCA play zone and plenty of live music. It’s this Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. at Alamo Plaza. (Benefit for school music programs)

2. The San Francisco Asian Art Museum hosts the “Adventures of the Treasure Fleet” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s the true tale of seven epic voyages and their larger-than-life commander, Admiral Zheng He, who battled pirates, befriended kings, charted unknown oceans and traveled the world. Stories, sing-alongs, instruments from around the world, big fun. (Target Free Admission Day)

3. Fancy a little old style fun? Some hopscotch, perhaps, or hoop and stick? Pack a picnic and come play old-fashioned games at Oakland’s Dunsmuir Estate this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($5 for adults and teens, kids are free)

4. Walnut Creek’s Aquanuts make a splash at their synchronized swimming show at Heather Farm, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ($10-$20)

5. Whip out your yo-yo, get a quick lesson and watch daredevil tricks at the 2008 State Yo-Yo Championships at San Francisco’s Exploratorium this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Free with Exploratorium admission, $9-$14)

6. Get a blast from the past at Benicia’s Historical Museum this weekend when the H.L. Hunley, a replica of the Confederate Civil War Submarine, arrives along with a Civil War Encampment, mountain men, live music and all sorts of kid-friendly, hands-on festivities. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday till 5 p.m. ($10, kids under 12 free, food for sale)

7. San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art hosts a Frida Kahlo-inspired family event Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Free with museum admission)

8. And finally, grab your grandparents and head off to Danville’s Blackhawk Automotive Museum Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m. for “Grandparent’s Day: Grazie, Grandma & Grandpa!” This hands-on, “family funshop” includes car tours, talks and calzones. (Free with museum admission, $7-$10)

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