By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 5:27 am in Family Outings.
Penguins & Pajamas: Having trouble sleeping? The California Academy of Sciences suggests you count geckos, sharks and penguins instead of sheep. Or better yet, camp out at the museum. The â€śPenguins and Pajamasâ€ť sleepover program runs June 18, July 16 and August 13. The overnight fun run starts at 6:30 p.m. with songs with rain forest birds, fish viewing in the Philippine Coral Reef tank, and a bedtime story about â€śPierre the Penguin.â€ť Tickets: $119 ($99 for members), including overnight parking, next-day admission, breakfast, snacks and a gift.
Robin Hoodesque: Robin and his merry men would be so jealous. Claytonâ€™s Diablo Bowmen Archery Club is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19, with archery lessons, tours and lunch for bow-and-arrow enthusiasts of every age. Admission is $10, including lunch.
Dad Day: Grab your dad and head over to Concordâ€™s Todos Santos Plaza for the â€śDad Day in the Plaza Chili Challengeâ€ť from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20. Among the featured attractions: local fire departments, a chili cook-off, a beer garden, and live Motown music.
More Dad Celebrations: Grab dad and his favorite hot rod or muscle car and head down to Danvilleâ€™s Blackhawk Automotive Museum for a special Fatherâ€™s Day version of the museumâ€™s â€śFamily Funâ€ť workshops. In addition to the usual fun in the exhibit hall, there will be live music, free Dreyerâ€™s ice cream samples and hands on kid activities. Free with museum admission.
Physics of Toys: The latest edition of the Exploratoriumâ€™s â€śPhysics of Toysâ€ť monthly workshop features all things shaky and bouncy. Stop by the San Francisco museum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 19 and you can make jitter critters, gee-haw sticks, and other bouncy toys. Free with museum admission, ages 6 and up.