By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 6:17 am in Family Entertainment.
1. Second star to the right … Oaklandâ€™s outdoor Woodminster Amphitheater hosts those famous pirates, fairies, mermaids and, of course, the star of them all, â€śPeter Pan,â€ť 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 Universityâ€™s Cantor Arts Center on July 17 at 8:30 p.m. Theyâ€™re screening that Disney classic â€śSwiss Family Robinsonâ€ť 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? Concordâ€™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 â€śOctober Sky.â€ť (Free)
5. And the Castro Valley Center for the Arts hosts Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Riceâ€™s famous â€śJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (pictured, right). Itâ€™s a musical with a little bit of everything, from Caribbean tunes to a little Elvis. Now through July 26. (Tickets $20-$29)