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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 6:13 am in Family Entertainment, Family Outings.

Angel Island (Jane Tyska, Contra Costa Times)
1. Go on a little adventure – take the ferry (pictured above) to Angel Island and check out the newly renovated Immigration Station Barracks Museum for a slice of intriguing history at the Ellis Island of the West. Or if you have teens, take a short “Mystery Hike” hike with retired U. C. Berkeley professor Alan Miller and explore the island’s Civil War heritage and ecological wonders this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (The hikes last three to four hours and start at Ayala Cove, right after the ferries arrive. Wear layers, comfy shoes, bring water, a snack and the $5 hike fee)

2. The 3rd Annual San Francisco Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival opens this weekend with more than 150 short films, grouped by age-appropriateness, at WonderCon and Zeum, and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. (Feb. 27-March 15)

3. Got a teen or tween video game enthusiast at home? Then Saturday’s multi-media, live music extravaganza at Oakland’s just refurbished Fox Theatre may be just the ticket. Video Games Live features the music from Halo, World of Warcraft, Zelda and Tetris, performed live with visuals from the games – think symphony concert and video game rolled into one. (8 p.m., $39.50 and up)

4. Ring it, shake it and play it by ear at the Bay Area Discovery Museum‘s brand new musical sound exhibition, “Play It by Ear: Bing, Bang Bong!” at Fort Baker, Sausalito. ($8-$10)

5. Slime, dookies, or blood suckers, anyone? Check out amazing gross stuff at Lawrence Hall of Science‘s Animal Grossology exhibit, now through Sept. 6. ($6-$11)

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