By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 5:13 am in Family Outings.
Curious George: Grab your yellow hat and indulge your inner monkey when the new “Curious George Saves the Day” exhibit opens this Sunday at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. The special exhibit explores the lives and art of Curious George creators Margret and H.A. Rey. Young museumgoers get free family ARTpacks — mini-suitcases with adventure journals and storytelling games — when they arrive. And museum members get to enjoy a bananas and bagels brunch on opening day. Details: Nov. 14-March 13; kids under 18 are free; www.thecjm.org.
Screaming Thrills: Explore the physics, biology, thrills and chills behind roller coasters at the new “Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters” exhibit at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Details: tickets $6-12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
Hip Kid’s Music: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum is hosting a “Hip Kid’s Music Series,” with Saturday morning shows featuring the likes of the Rubinoos, a Berkeley power pop group whose kid-friendly tunes include “The Peanut Butter Song.” Catch them at 11 a.m. Nov. 13. Details: Tickets $10-$12, www.baykidsmuseum.org.
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 here through Jan. 9. Details: Tickets $6-$12, kids under 9 are free; http://museumca.org.
Glass Art: San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design is doing a couple of very cool things this month, starting with a pop-up art museum of kinetic sound and glass exhibits — think glass harmonicas, whose haunting melodies are played with wet fingers — in a temporary gallery at 499 Castro St. And riffing off that concept, the museum is staging two children’s art workshops on bell jars, a considerably cooler diorama concept than ye olde shoebox. The first workshop, runs 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at San Francisco’s Eureka Valley Branch Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court. That one’s free. The second, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 20, costs $10 and will be at the Castro St. gallery. Details: http://sfmcd.org.