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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 5:31 am in Family Outings.

Courtesy Academy of Sciences SuperNatural Masquerade: San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences hosts a Halloween masquerade party from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 with dozens of creepy crawly activity stations, a costumed aquarium dive show – with a scuba-diving Spiderman (pictured) – and Halloween scavenger hunt too. Tickets are pricey at $35-$50, but the proceeds benefit the museum’s education and research programs and are partly tax-deductible.

Rancho Ghosts: Join Pleasanton naturalist Eric Nichols on a spooky night hike through Alviso Adobe Community Park on Oct. 22 and 23. Look for nocturnal animals – and a ghost or two – and make Halloween crafts. The hikes are 20 minutes long, but the festivities run from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. Reserve a spot ($5-$8) by calling 925-931-5340.

Jack-O’Lantern Art: Turn a hefty pumpkin into a dazzling jack o’lantern at Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art this weekend, when MOCHA hosts a Halloween-themed family workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Bring your own pumpkin or use a museum squash and get creative. Tickets $8 per child. (Come back next weekend for a costume-making workshop too.) http://mocha.org.

Kid Lit: Beloved children’s book author Jan Brett is heading to town and it’s a red letter day for fans of her three dozen, whimsically illustrated, picture books. This time around, she’ll be signing copies of her “3 Little Dassies” – an African take on the famous saga about the piggies and their huffing, puffing visitor. Meet Brett at Pleasanton Middle School at 10 a.m. Oct. 23, in a Towne Center Books-sponsored event, or traipse down to Kepler’s in Menlo Park later that day between 5 and 7 p.m.

Calypso beats: You could sleep in on Saturday, but then you’d miss the fun at Berkeley’s La Peña. Its kid-friendly concert series runs every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and the Oct. 23 show features the ever-popular calypso singer Asheba. Tickets $4-$5. http://www.lapena.org.

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