By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 6:12 am in Family Outings.
1. Cue the tuba. Bring on those foreign fellows, the French horns. The composer is dead and someone must investigate! That’s Lemony Snicket and composer Nathaniel Stookey contemplating their (upside down) score for “The Composer is Dead,” the hilarious composition they wrote for the San Francisco Symphony. Now they’ve got a new book out – complete with CD – and the Symphony is performing the piece at Davies Symphony Hall on March 29 and down at Flint Center on April 4. ($7.50-$55)
2. Join the spring fling crowd over at Pleasanton’s Museum On Main this Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for kid-friendly, hands-on activities.
3. We’re not normally into grand opening pizazz, but this one sounds like too much family-friendly fun to pass up and besides, it’s free. A new rock climbing place – the Bridges Rock Gym – is opening in El Cerrito this weekend with climbing and slacklining competitions, free classes, a performance by the Oakland-based dance/climb fusion company Ascendance Project a screening of the film “Elements, A Slackline Adventure.” And the place itself was hand-painted to look like a sandstone canyon by a “Lord of the Rings” scenic artist. (Free)
4. Grab your tot and head for Concord’s Pixieland, the amusement park designed for the small set. The park is open Friday through Sunday this week. (Ride tickets are $1.50 each)
5. Or, make snow and rainbows, be a hydroengineer and explore the A to Z of H2O at Lawrence Hall of Science‘s new Water Works exhibit. (Now through April 19, $6-$11)