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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 6:01 am in Family Outings.

Woodminster Summer Musical Theater
Gold Rush Tale: Woodminster’s summer musical season comes to a close with the Tony Award-winning musical “Paint Your Wagon,” which runs Sept. 2-12 in the amphitheater (pictured, above) at Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. It’s a Gold Rush tale, with such memorable songs as “They Call the Wind Mariah” and “I Talk to the Trees.” Tickets: $10-$40, and Woodminster’s “kids come free” offer is available for walk-up tickets.

Wall-E & More: The Oakland Museum of California’s coolest new exhibit traces a quarter-century of Pixar animation, from Woody and Buzz to the robots of Wall-E. The exhibit, which debuted at New York’s MOMA and has toured the world for the last five years, is coming home to the Bay Area for a run that last from now through Jan. 9. Tickets: $6-$12, kids under 9 are free.

Second Star to the Right: Watch Peter Pan and the gang soar in the giant Three-Sixty Tent on San Francisco’s Embarcadero in this incredible show that uses video imagery, trapezes and a very clever stage to tell the famous tale. Hurry, because the show ends Sept. 5. Tickets: $45 and up.

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.

Genghis Khan Invasion: Trek down to the Tech Museum of San Jose for this special Genghis Khan exhibit, which explores the Mongolian leader’s life and times via interactive exhibits and live cultural performances. Tickets: $15-$22.

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