By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 5:41 am in Family Outings.
1. Set sail for the Oakland Estuary at the big Strictly Sail Pacific festivities April 15-19. It’s a boat show, so there’s definitely a commercial angle, but the family-friendly activities sound irresistible. Board a schooner for a free sail around the Estuary, check out the windsurfing and dinghy demos, and learn to tie knots. (Kids under 15 are free, adults $12-$15)
2. Got a budding Indiana Jones at home? Then check out this Friday’s “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” a “Kids Night Out” event at Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm. Treasure hunters will decode secret runes and explore secret passages, with supervision provided by the Walnut Creek Parks & Rec staff. ($23)
3. Check out “Wonderland: A Circus Adapation of Alice in Wonderland” at Berkeley’s Julia Morgan Center for the Arts every weekend from April 18 to May 3. The show moves to San Ramon’s Front Row Theater May 9-17. Created and directed by Cirque de Soleil master clown Jeff Raz and starring clowns from the San Francisco Circus Center’s clown conservatory, this Active Arts Theatre production promises quite the circus spectacle. ($14-$18)
4. Hear storytellers, dabble in Cal Day events and meet your favorite kit lit authors at UC Berkeley’s Celebration of Children’s Literature this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Free)
5. Or catch a little interactive, operatic theater made especially for families at the Oakland Museum’s James Moore Theater this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when Opera Piccola presents “Magic Journeys.” Volunteers, ages 2-102, can wear costumes and perform alongside the pros too. ($5-$25)
Do you have an ice cream lover or two at your house? Dreyer’s College Avenue Parlor is teaming up with the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay during National Volunteer Week, which runs April 19 to 25. Buy a junior scoop for $1.50 and half the money goes to Junior League’s community service programs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Swing by the historic ice cream parlor (5925 College Ave., Oakland) on the 25th and you can also buy a 75 cent raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize of 75 scoops of ice cream in celebration of the League’s upcoming anniversary.
Lamorinda is hosting an Earth Day Festival this Sunday at Stanley Middle School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five zones – eat local, shop local, power local, move local, and act local – plus live music, solar toys, a bicycle rodeo and more.