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Family Fun for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 3:15 pm in Family Outings.

Cardburg (Photo courtesy of the Cardboard Institute of Technology)
The Exploratorium is always a blast with kids, but for the next two weeks, the San Francisco science museum is hosting the Cardboard Institute of Technology and a series of hands-on, family-friendly events designed to turn the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio into “Cardburg.” (Yep, that’s it, above) You thought the cityscapes of “Inception” were cool? Check out this gigantic cardboard city, including subterranean pipe works, air movers, skyscrapers and secret dwellings. Then join in the fun. The folks from the institute will help kids make their own cardboard costumes in the studio from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and discuss their work in the museum’s McBean Theater from 1-2 p.m.. And they’re hosting a “Cardburg Sub-Terrain: Open Build Day” from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday.It’s all part of the Exploratorium’s Open MAKE program, a monthly series co-sponsored by Pixar Animation Studios and MAKE Magazine. Everything takes place at 3601 Lyon St., S.F. Museum admission is $10-$15 and includes activities. For details, visit http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu.

And if you’re looking to take the kids to their first concert, make plans to catch the Imagination Movers. The fun four-piece band, while geared for younger ears, should please music lovers of all ages. The group’s from New Orleans, and a veteran of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, plus, they boast some of the most clever album titles out there, such as 2008’s “Juice Box Heroes.” Catch them at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $22.50-$42.50 and are available at www.apeconcerts.com.

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