By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 5:22 am in Family Outings.
Once Upon a Time: Oaklandâ€™s Museum of Childrenâ€™s Art salutes some of the most prominent childrenâ€™s book illustrators with a special exhibit thatâ€™s sure to inspire the young artists in your life. The free exhibit, which runs now through May 2, pairs each illustratorâ€™s current workÂ with something they created as children. (The illustration at right is by Jane Wattenberg for “The Duck and the Kangaroo” by Edward Lear.)
Extreme Mammals: From a 15-foot tall rhino ancestor to the teeny, tiniest shrew, the new exhibit at San Franciscoâ€™s California Academy of Sciences showcases the most bizarre creatures. â€śExtreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Timeâ€ť runs April 3-September 12. Details: $14.95-$24.95.
Bunny Hop: Oaklandâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Fairyland will be celebrating â€śBunny Weekendâ€ť on April 3 with a slew of tap-dancing Easter bunnies, storytellers and puppet shows. Details: $7 per person, including rides and entertainment.
O-O-O-klahoma: Surreys with a fringe on top, girls who cainâ€™t say no, and winds that come racing down the plain? Catch â€śOklahomaâ€ť at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek now through April 25.
Teen Theater Fest: Applaud the newest generation of thespians at Berkeley Repâ€™s eighth annual Teen One-Acts Festival, featuring original plays written, performed and directed by Bay Area teens April 2-10. This yearâ€™s shows include â€śOff with His Headâ€ť â€” a dark comedy by Kelly Roderick about perfection, desperation and casseroles â€” and â€śThe Death of a Nut,â€ť an animal whodunit by Sierra Schoefer. Details: $8-$13 at the door.