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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 5:56 am in Family Outings.

Miniature Horse Show (Photo by Alan Myers)
MINIATURE HORSES: Grab the kids and head for Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm Park Equestrian Center for a miniature horse show featuring the world’s smallest breed — they’re just 34-inches high. This free family-friendly show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 and 23. Your kids can learn how to groom and lead a horse during special, hands-on workshops ($1 fee) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

STARGAZING: Come gaze at the heavens when Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center hauls out the telescopes for a peek at the night sky. Star gazing sessions are held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening, weather permitting, so check the website before you go.

FAMILY WII: Ready for some video gaming? The Hayward Library is hosting a Family Wii-fest at 2 p.m. May 22 at the Weekes Branch, 27300 Patrick Ave., Hayward. Free.

CHOMP 2: Like something straight out of a Hogwarts herbology lesson, the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers’ new “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants” exhibit showcases some dazzlingly wicked plants. Don’t miss the Flytrap Theater demonstrations at noon and 2 p.m. each day, and discovery stations that let kids get a bug’s perspective on plants. Tickets: $2-$7; Chomp field guide $3.

EXTREME MAMMALS: Check out the “Extreme Mammals” exhibit — the biggest, smallest and strangest creatures, including a 15-ft. tall rhino ancestor — at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The exhibit runs through summer. Tickets $14.95-$24.95.

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