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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 5:27 am in Family Outings.

Pierre the Penguin 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 “Penguins and Pajamas” 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 “Pierre the Penguin.” 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. Clayton’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 Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza for the “Dad Day in the Plaza Chili Challenge” 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 Danville’s Blackhawk Automotive Museum for a special Father’s Day version of the museum’s “Family Fun” workshops. In addition to the usual fun in the exhibit hall, there will be live music, free Dreyer’s ice cream samples and hands on kid activities. Free with museum admission.

Physics of Toys: The latest edition of the Exploratorium’s “Physics of Toys” 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.

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