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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 5:31 am in Family Outings.

Golden Gate Garden Railway
Eco-Choo Choo: San Francisco’s mini-Golden Gate Express Garden Railway was such a holiday hit last year, it’s back for an encore. Starting tomorrow, tiny trains, cable cars and streetcars will wind their way through the miniature cityscape built inside the Conservatory of Flowers. Look for the Ferry Building Marketplace, constructed from corks, forks and cheese graters, and a Transamerica Pyramid featuring computer bits. It’s a celebration of recycling creativity, with cool new visual and aural effects too. Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 19-April 18; $2-$7.

Ride the Trains: Watching tiny choo-choos is fun. Riding them is even better. Board the steam trains at Tilden Park’s Redwood Valley Railway and go for a jaunt through the Berkeley hills. Open weekends; $2.

Puppet Fun: The Snow Queen, the North Wind and a flying reindeer star in the puppet production of “The Snow Queen” at Children’s Fairyland this weekend at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.; $7, includes all rides and attractions.

Blast Off: Head off to Berkeley and prep for a trip to Mars at the Lawrence Hall of Science’s new exhibit, “Facing Mars: Would You Survive the Journey?” Open daily; $6-$12.

Hip Hop: Some 22 hip hop dance companies from around the world are congregating at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre this weekend for the 11th annual San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest. Nov. 20-22; $35.

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