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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 5:22 am in Family Outings.

Museum of Children's Art, Oakland Once Upon a Time: Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art salutes some of the most prominent children’s book illustrators with a special exhibit that’s sure to inspire the young artists in your life. The free exhibit, which runs now through May 2, pairs each illustrator’s current work  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 Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences showcases the most bizarre creatures. “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time” runs April 3-September 12. Details: $14.95-$24.95.

Bunny Hop: Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland will be celebrating “Bunny Weekend” 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 cain’t say no, and winds that come racing down the plain? Catch “Oklahoma” 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 Rep’s eighth annual Teen One-Acts Festival, featuring original plays written, performed and directed by Bay Area teens April 2-10. This year’s shows include “Off with His Head” — a dark comedy by Kelly Roderick about perfection, desperation and casseroles — and “The Death of a Nut,” an animal whodunit by Sierra Schoefer. Details: $8-$13 at the door.

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One Response to “FAB Five for the Weekend”

  1. Adam Says:

    Here’s another great upcoming event:

    Oakland Museum of California

    Celebrate with OMCA! The newly transformed Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) opens Saturday, May 1, with 31 hours of continuous, round-the-clock free programs and events.

    The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, on the street in front of the new Oak Street entrance with a Native American Ohlone blessing, a marching band, Project Bandaloop performing a spectacular aerial dance, and more. And the non-stop celebration continues through 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2. “Only in California” Saturday afternoon activities highlight the innovative and creative spirit of California.

    Saturday evening and overnight activities take on a more adult flavor with dancing, food, a no-host bar, flashlight tours, and conversations on unique California topics—merging into early morning yoga.

    Sunday is especially for families with dancing, drumming, juggling, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and more. The new OMCA Store will be open the full 31 hours so visitors can shop throughout the event.

    And of course the highlight of the 31 hours will be the excitement of discovering the story of California, the story of you, in the new Galleries of California Art and History.

    Visit museumca.org for more information

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