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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 5:47 am in Family Outings.

Pirates of Penzance
Arrrr, Matey: Forget Jack Sparrow. Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” playing at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center July 29-31, offers a funny, musical twist on the pirate theme with sweet swashbucklers, dopey lovers and a quirky military man , whose famous song about being “the very model of a modern Major-General” will leave your tweens singing about calculus and animalculous too. Tickets $20-$48.

The Peekadoodle Kidsclub is hosting a summer fete at Ghirardelli Square from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. July 31 that includes live music, jumping in the bouncy house and train rides through the famous square. $10 per child, tickets at the door; details at

Hotel for Dogs Movies in the Park: Pack a picnic, and catch a screening of “Hotel for Dogs” at dusk on July 29 at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Park, 4301 Black Ave. Free. Call Pleasanton’s parks department for details, 925-931-5340.

Camping Safety: Planning a backwoods outing? Certified search and rescue pro Leah Waarvick is teaching a basic outdoor safety class for families from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at Chabot Space and Science Center. Free with museum admission. Reservations required: 510-336-7373.

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;

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