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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 6:34 am in Family Outings.

Reflections Exhibit (Courtesy Exploratorium) Ready for a little family fun?

1. Explore giant parabolic mirrors, strange reflections and other crazy funhouse-style optical illusions at the Exploratorium’s new Reflections exhibit in San Francisco. Tickets $9-14.

2. Berkeley’s La Pena hosts an Argentinean-flavored morning of music this Saturday, when Smithsonian recording artist Suni Paz unites with local fave Colibri for a toe-tapping family concert at 10:30 a.m. Tickets $5-$6.

3. Concert-in-the-park season has begun! Pack a picnic, sprawl on the grass and listen to wonderful music at parks throughout the Bay Area this summer. Check your local park and rec department for details, or head over to Orinda’s Community Park on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 to hear rhythm and blues performed by Juke Joint.

"Reverberations" (Courtesy Mills College) 4. Get inky at the Mills College Art Museum this weekend when they host a free family printmaking workshop on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The workshop is part of a new exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints from the massive 1923 Kanto Earthquake.

5. Go star gazing, pitch a tent and roast some s’mores this weekend. It’s the fifth annual Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. And Oakland’s Parks and Rec department is getting in on the fun too with a big family campout at Joaquin Miller Park. The cost is $8 per person, ages 4 and up, and includes dinner, camp snacks and breakfast. Sign up online by Friday.

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3 Responses to “FAB FIVE for the Weekend”

  1. Lorre Kirchoff Says:

    I don’t even drive through Oakland with the car doors locked and windows rolled up, why would I want to camp there? I’m sure you could come up with something better to do on the weekend.

  2. Jackie Burrell Says:

    Wow, Lorre – that’s quite a statement. Joaquin Miller Park is a gorgeous bit of wilderness up in the Oakland hills, and I find it charming that Oakland’s park and rec department is making it easy and affordable for city families to experience nature and try a little camping, in the easiest way possible.

  3. Brent Says:

    Are you joking Lorre? You need to learn a little about the area. JMP is a GREAT park (in a nice area). It’s the oldest second growth redwood in the state. It’s arguable one of the nicest urban parks you’ll find. Albeit farily small, only about 450 acres, JMP borders Redwood Regional Park which encompasses a large park of the Oakland Hills east of Hwy 13. It also connects to Anthony Chabot and Lake Chabot Regional Parks.

    Easy enough to look at a map http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=oakland,+ca&sll=37.509726,-95.712891&sspn=50.04549,59.501953&ie=UTF8&ll=37.800968,-122.167625&spn=0.09888,0.116215&z=13

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