By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 12:05 am in Family Outings.
Five ideas for weekend family fun:
A Good Witch: One of Tomie de Paolaâ€™s most popular characters, Strega Nona, springs to life at Berkeleyâ€™s Julia Morgan Theater this weekend in this Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences production for children. Sept. 19-Oct. 5 in Berkeley, Oct. 10-18 at San Ramonâ€™s Front Row Theater; $11-$17.
Opera in the Ballpark: An evil count, a vengeful gypsy and garlic fries? It doesnâ€™t get much more operatically exciting than watching Verdiâ€™s â€śIl Trovatoreâ€ť on the giant screen at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Opera production is this Saturday at 8 p.m. Free, but register at sfopera.com/simulcast for early admission and a chance at the best seats.
Nostalgia trip: Remember â€śBig,â€ť the movie about a boy who wishes he was, well, big? The movie was a charmer, and Tom Hanks has never been so loveable. This Saturday, you can relive the fun with your kids at El Cerritoâ€™s Movies in the Park night. Grab a blanket and a picnic. The movie starts at dusk at Cerrito Vista Park. Free.
Moo, Baa: Tilden Park hosts a Little Farm Fair this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The famous, pint-sized farm is celebrating the park districtâ€™s 75th anniversary with live music, old-fashioned games, sack races and a pie-eating contest. Free.
German Fun: Join the Bavarian festivities at Germanfest, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estateâ€™s take on Oktoberfest this Sunday. The event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., features German beer and food, and plenty of family-friendly entertainment. $5-$10.