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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 5:20 am in Family Outings.

Geometry PlaygroundGeometry Playground: Climb inside giant 3-D cubes, slither through spirals and play hopscotch while watching your reflection in a giant curved mirror at the Exploratorium’s newest exhibit, Geometry Playground (pictured, right) which opens June 25 in San Francisco. This fun-filled, mathematically-oriented play space includes 20 exhibits and it’s open for play from June 25 through Sept. 6, when it will embark on a national tour. Free with museum admission.

Farm Tunes: Farm animals and wannabe musicians star in this re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale of the Bremen Town Musicians at 12:30 and 3 p.m. June 26-27 at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland. Children’s Fairyland is $7 per person, including rides and entertainment.

Ooo La Via: Stroll Oakland’s big Oaklavia celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 when the city shuts down the streets from Lake Merritt to Jack London Square for a street fest that includes food carts, live music, “Thriller” dance lessons, a bicycle bunny hop, and free circus performances at Kinetic Arts Center. Visit www.oaklavia.org details, including a map.

Chomp 2: San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is hosting “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants” now through Oct. 31, and it’s like something straight out of a Hogwarts herbology lessons. Check out 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.

Pixie Play: Ride the toddler-sized tea cups, dragon coaster and other amusement park rides, sized just right for little ones at Concord’s Pixieland. Summer hours run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Ride tickets are $1.75 each, $14 for 10.

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