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Fab Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 5:03 am in Family Outings.

Chabot Balloon Drop (Photo by Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune)
Balloons and Space: Ring in the New Year at Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center (pictured) with the museum’s annual midday balloon drop at 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $4, but space is limited so call 510-336-7373 before you go.

Bubbly Fun: Check out the World’s Funniest Bubble Show in Berkeley for shimmering bubbles, bubbly tunes and plenty of interactive, family fun, now through Jan. 30 at The Marsh. Tickets $8-$12; www.themarsh.org.

New Year, LHS-Style: The folks at the Lawrence Hall of Science figure it’s New Year’s Eve somewhere, every hour of the day on Dec. 31. So they’ll be ringing it in between noon and 2 p.m. with noisemakers, sparkling cider and a balloon drop. Free with museum admission ($6-$9).

Bell Ringing: Ring in the new year — literally — at the Asian Art Museum’s 25th annual bell-ringing ceremony in San Francisco. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31 with entertainment and art activities. Grab a ticket (one per family) at the admissions desk starting at 10 a.m. and you can help ring the museum’s 16th century, 2100-lb. bronze bell at 11 a.m. Free with admission, kids under 12 always free.

Confetti and Party Hats: Make your own noisemakers and party hats at the Bay Area Children’s Museum‘s Noon Year’s Eve party from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 31. The Sausalito museum opens at 9 a.m. for arts and crafts and all the usual fun, and the official countdown starts at noon. Free with museum admission ($8-$10).

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