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Family Fun for the Weekend

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

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

Posted on Thursday, February 17th, 2011
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Family Fun for the Weekend

Lunch Love Community Documentary Project  (Pacific Film Archive)
There are plenty of children’s film fests are around, but Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive takes a different approach with its two-part “School Days” series, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday with the 13th annual Screenagers Bay Area Film and Video Festival. It’s an event that captures the Bay Area teenage experience through documentaries, narratives and experimental flicks — made by teens from local high schools and curated by Berkeley High students. Then on Feb. 13, the focus shifts to the Lunch Love Community Documentary Project (pictured), which isn’t so much a film as what they’re calling “a media social” — a little viewing and a whole lot of talking about food, kids and the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative. Filmmakers Helen De Michiel and Sophie Constantinou will be there along with the initiative’s executive chef, Bonnie Christensen, and other experts and advocates. Tickets are $6.50-$9.50. The PFA is at 2575 Bancroft Way. For details, visit

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Posted on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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Fab Five for the Weekend

Ballet_Afsaneh (Bay Area Discovery Museum)
Global Dance: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum is hosting an entire series of ethnic dance performances, showcasing the cultures of Polynesia, India, Ireland and more. This weekend’s performance by Ballet Afsaneh features the rich culture and dances of the Silk Road. The curtain rises at 11 a.m. Jan. 15. Tickets $7-$14;

Tasty treat: Danville’s Village Theatre is launching a new series of shows aimed squarely at the preschool audience, starting with a concert by Orange Sherbet — singers of songs about dinosaurs, monkeys and pesky little brothers — at 10 a.m. Jan. 14. Tickets $3; Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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Fab Five for the Weekend

Woody & Buzz (Courtesy Pixar)
Wall-E & More: Don’t miss the last weekend of the Oakland Museum of California’s Pixar exhibit, featuring Woody, Buzz, WALL-E and more. Little ones will enjoy the visuals, of course. Teen artists and parents will be drawn to Saturday’s panel discussion by Pixar artists and art history professor Heather Holian. Catch the Pixar talk from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8. The exhibit runs through Jan. 9. Tickets: $6-$12,

Youthful jazz: Groove to the beat when the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, ages 10-18, perform at Berkeley’s La Pena Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Tickets: $10, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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Fab Five for the Weekend

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; Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Curious George Exhibit (Photo courtesy Janet Williams,
Curious George: San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (pictured) will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys this Saturday, when Target hosts a free community day showcasing “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey.” Meet the irrepressible monkey himself, make a story boat, listen to your favorite Curious George tales and indulge in holiday treats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 25. Free admission.

‘Twas the Night: Join the singalong fun when the San Francisco Symphony chorus and brass carol the night away at Davies Symphony Hall, now through Dec. 24. Tickets $15-$67, half price for kids. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
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Fab 5 for the Weekend

Princess Plus Pea: Calling all fairy-tale lovers. Pleasanton’s Civic Arts Stage Company and San Francisco’s Shakespeare Festival are offering young theater fans a free sneak peek at their new production of “The Princess and The Pea” at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Pleasanton Public Library. Enjoy some classic scenes, performed by young cast members, then pepper the cast, costume and set designers with your questions afterward. And if you loved that, you can catch the full stage production at the Amador Theater Dec. 10-12 and 15-19.

Hanukkah Community Celebration: Join the Hanukkah celebration at Berkeley’s Jewish Community Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, for a community candle lighting, plus refreshments, dancing and live music by Veretski Pass. Details: $15; Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
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Fab 5 for the Weekend

Mr. Potato Head Pageant (MOCHA)
Tater Tiara: It’s time for the seventh annual Mr. Potato Head Beauty Pageant at Oakland’s MOCHA — Museum of Children’s Art. You too can create a glamorous spud and compete in this art workshop and wacky contest. The family fun runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27. Details: $8 per child;

Arctic Wonderland: San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences goes all polar this holiday season during its “’Tis the Season for Science” festivities, now through Jan. 2. Check out the reindeer, get the lowdown on mistletoe from a botanist, play Polar Jeopardy and enjoy the Arctic flurries. Did we mention the hot cocoa cart? Details: Activities included with general admission;

Nutcracker at Zeum (Photo courtesy Rob Kunkle) Nutcracker at the Zeum: San Francisco’s “Nutcracker at Zeum” is a particularly kid-friendly take on the classic tale with whimsical sets, fabulous costumes and music by the Magik*Magik Orchestra on stage. The 50-minute show by the Mark Foehringer Dance Project runs Nov. 27-Dec. 19. Details: $25;

Cinderella’s Slipper: Fairyland’s puppets take on the Cinderella fairy tale this weekend. Enjoy the Oakland children’s amusement park rides, then head over to the Children’s Fairyland stage for the saga of Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and those nasty sisters at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28. Details: Tickets $8;

Mummenschanz Pantomime: The beloved and bizarre Swiss pantomime group Mummenschanz returns to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall Nov. 26-28, but that 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 27 is tailor-made for little ones. And the whole run is part of Cal Performances’ family series, so tickets are half-off for kids under 16. Details: Tickets $22 and up;

Posted on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Fab 5 for the Weekend

Bellavente Quintet (Photo by Kathryn Hill)
Frogs, Friends, Music: Catch the kid-pleasing chamber music group, the Bellavente Wind Quintet, as they celebrate the release of their new CD, “Frogs and Friends with the Bellavente Wind Quintet, Music and Stories for Children.” They’ll be doing a children’s concert at Berkeley’s Crowden School at 11 a.m. Nov. 21. The show is free; cookies and juice are $1 each. Details:

Cool Capoeira: If you’ve never seen the Brazilian martial arts/performing arts hybrid known as capoeira, the next show on the Pleasanton Public Library’s “Dance and Sing Around the World” series offers a perfect opportunity. The ABADA-Capoeira ensemble will perform a free show at 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Details:
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Posted on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
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FAB 5 for the Weekend

Curious George art exhibit (Contemporary Jewish Museum)
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;

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, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
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