By Jackie Burrell
Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 4:02 pm in Family Outings.
I Think I Can: â€śThe Little Engine That Couldâ€ť choo-choos onto Oaklandâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Fairyland stage this weekend in a musical Bay Area Childrenâ€™s Theatre production directed by circus performer Doyle Ott, from Lunatique Fantastique. Show time is 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. every weekend, now through August 8. $14, including Fairyland admission; www.bactheatre.org.
Canâ€™t Stop the Beat: Woodminsterâ€™s summer season is off in a pouf of glorious â€śHairsprayâ€ť at Oaklandâ€™s Joaquin Miller Park Amphitheater. The Tony award winning musical, with such irresistible songs as â€śCanâ€™t Stop the Beatâ€ť and â€śGood Morning Baltimore,â€ť runs July 9-18. Tickets $23-$40, or $10 for preview night on July 8. Visit www.woodminster.com for ticket information and details on the â€śkids come freeâ€ť program.
Gold Rush Dough: Got a young baker at home? Check out â€śBreakfast with the Bakersâ€ť every Thursday morning at Boudinâ€™s at the Wharf on Pier 43Â˝ in San Francisco. The fun includes a tasty breakfast of hot, fresh pastries, a docent-led tour of Boudinâ€™s intriguing little museum and bakery, and a private baking lesson that uses Isidore Boudinâ€™s original recipe and a little original â€śMother Dough,â€ť the yeasty starter that dates back to 1849, to bake up a loaf of sourdough. The breakfast tour starts at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday from now through Sept. 2. Tickets $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Geometry Playground: Climb inside giant 3-D cubes, slither through spirals and play hopscotch while watching your reflection in a giant curved mirror at the Exploratoriumâ€™s newest exhibit, Geometry Playground, which opens June 25 in San Francisco. This fun-filled, mathematically-oriented play space includes 20 exhibits and itâ€™s open for play from June 25 through Sept. 6, when it will embark on a national tour. Free with admission; www.exploratorium.edu.
Clowns and Acrobats: Join Circus Bella for â€śGotcha!â€ť â€“ a free 60-minute, one-ring circus act featuring live music, acrobatics, juggling and more at Oaklandâ€™s DeFremery Park at 2 p.m. July 10. Itâ€™s all part of the parkâ€™s 100th anniversary celebration, a community fest that runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. GOTCHA!, a free 60-minute, one ring circus featuring live original music, trapeze, balancing feats on slack rope and rola-bola, contortion, juggling, clowning, and more. Free. www.circusbella.com.