By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 5:26 am in Family Outings.
76 Trombones: Woodminsterâ€™s summer musical series moves into high gear this week with the opening of â€śThe Music Man,â€ť which runs August 6-15 at the Amphitheater in Oaklandâ€™s Joaquin Miller Park. Even better: kids 16 and younger are free when accompanied by paying grown-ups (tickets $25-$40). Swing by the box office on the day of to pick up a free kidâ€™s ticket, or visit www.woodminster.com for details.
Butterfly Tales: Butterfly lovers will flock to Oaklandâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Fairyland this weekend to see â€śMariposas,â€ť a play based on Latin American folk tales about why butterflies are silent, why they flutter and why they migrate each year. The fluttery fun is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. August 7 and 8. Tickets $7, including admission and all attractions; www.fairyland.org.
Mad Science: Join in the scientific fun this weekend when Berkeleyâ€™s North Branch Library hosts a â€śWhatâ€™s Matter? Science Festival.â€ť The fun, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., includes interactive activity stations and science kits, developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Free; www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
Screaming Thrills: Explore the physics, biology, thrills and chills behind roller coasters at the new â€śScream Machines: The Science of Roller Coastersâ€ť exhibit at Berkeleyâ€™s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Tickets $6-12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
African Expedition: Embark on a wild African trek at San Franciscoâ€™s Academy of Sciences every Saturday this summer at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet live animals, check out specimens and celebrate the continentâ€™s biodiversity with an expert guide. Free with museum admission; www.calacademy.org.