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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 2:32 am in Family Outings.

Circus Spire (Kinetic Arts Center)
Five ideas for weekend family fun:
JOIN THE CIRCUS: Oakland’s brand new Kinetic Arts Center is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with circus classes for kids, plus Tai Chi and trapeze fun. Free; 785 7th St.

PAINT THE TOWN: Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art and the Kids Paint the Town group is hosting its biannual children’s art showcase, with kids’ art exhibitions in Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro. The whole thing kicks off this Saturday with a free Art Stroll on College Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Rockridge BART to pick up a map or visit

Museum of Craft+Design MAKE SOMETHING: San Francisco’s Museum of Craft+Design celebrates its fifth birthday this Saturday with a free MakeArt workshop for kids. Tour the museum’s wood sculptures for inspiration, then make your own creations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free for kids, $3 for adults, rsvp at

GET ELECTRIFIED: The Exploratorium celebrates its 40th birthday with performances by Dr. MegaVolt, who’ll be amping up the Tesla coils to 200,000 volts and jousting with 14-ft. electrical arcs tomorrow evening from 6 to 10 p.m. — a great outing for teens and grown-ups ($14). Then come back for more fun — all of it free, including wild bubble magic and ice stunts — this weekend.

JUGGLE: In Oakland, Children’s Fairyland hosts Jean Paul Valjean’s “Short Attention Span Circus” this Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Admission to the park $7, including all rides and special events.

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