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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 4:02 pm in Family Outings.

Little Engine That Could (Bay Area Childrens Theater) I Think I Can: “The Little Engine That Could” choo-choos onto Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland stage this weekend in a musical Bay Area Children’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;

Can’t Stop the Beat: Woodminster’s summer season is off in a pouf of glorious “Hairspray” at Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park Amphitheater. The Tony award winning musical, with such irresistible songs as “Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Good Morning Baltimore,” runs July 9-18. Tickets $23-$40, or $10 for preview night on July 8. Visit for ticket information and details on the “kids come free” program.

Gold Rush Dough: Got a young baker at home? Check out “Breakfast with the Bakers” every Thursday morning at Boudin’s at the Wharf on Pier 43½ in San Francisco. The fun includes a tasty breakfast of hot, fresh pastries, a docent-led tour of Boudin’s intriguing little museum and bakery, and a private baking lesson that uses Isidore Boudin’s original recipe and a little original “Mother Dough,” 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 Exploratorium’s newest exhibit, Geometry Playground, 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 admission;

Clowns and Acrobats: Join Circus Bella for “Gotcha!” – a free 60-minute, one-ring circus act featuring live music, acrobatics, juggling and more at Oakland’s DeFremery Park at 2 p.m. July 10. It’s all part of the park’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.

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