By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 6:17 am in Family Entertainment.
1. Second star to the right … Oakland’s outdoor Woodminster Amphitheater hosts those famous pirates, fairies, mermaids and, of course, the star of them all, “Peter Pan,” now through July 19 at Joaquin Miller Park. (Tickets $23-$40, but two kids get in free with each paid adult ticket)
2. Movies at the museum … Grab a blanket and head over to Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center on July 17 at 8:30 p.m. They’re screening that Disney classic “Swiss Family Robinson” on the South Lawn. Pack a picnic or buy a box dinner on the spot. (Free admission and parking; food for sale.)
3. Blast off during the Chabot Space Center’s 40th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo Moon Landing. The fun runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18. Tots can don astronaut costumes and enjoy space crafts. Older kids will enjoy hands-on space activities. And the Challenger Learning Center offers 60-minute moon flight simulations for grown-ups and kids, ages 8 and up. (Free with museum admission, $10 for Challenger missions.)
4. In the mood for more blasting off? Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza is the hot spot this Thursday, July 16 at 8:15 p.m. Grab a blanket and settle in for live music and a special Apollo 11-inspired screening of “October Sky.” (Free)
5. And the Castro Valley Center for the Arts hosts Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s famous “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (pictured, right). It’s a musical with a little bit of everything, from Caribbean tunes to a little Elvis. Now through July 26. (Tickets $20-$29)