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Philharmonic Baroque family concert

Viva Vivaldi: Grab your music-loving kids and head over to the Philharmonia Baroque family concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at Berkeley’s First Congregational Church, when they perform the Winter and Spring movements of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” The kid-friendly show includes plenty of Vivaldi lore and a chance to get up close and personal with the historical instruments (pictured, above). Tell your kids, in terms of sheer fame and artistry, Vivaldi was the Lady Gaga of the baroque period. Elton John would have killed to play with him. Tickets: $7.50 for kids, $15 for grown-ups; www.cityboxoffice.com.

Oh, Viola Swamp: When a sweet-tempered teacher goes AWOL and the worst substitute ever arrives in Harry Allard’s classic children’s book, it’s up to the rowdy schoolchildren to figure out what happened. Now “Miss Nelson is Missing” is going theatrical with a zany, musical at San Ramon’s Front Row Theater, staged by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre Nov. 2-14. Tickets $14-$20. www.bactheatre.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

Children's Fairyland (Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/Bay Area News Group) Fairyland Jamboree: Oakland’s beloved Children’s Fairyland (pictured) hosts a Jack O’Lantern Jamboree this weekend, Oct. 30-31, with parades, special entertainment, a pirate school and a spook-tacular Old West Junction Ghost Town. Tickets $10; www.fairyland.org.

Terrifying Tennis: There’s plenty of Halloween fun in Pleasanton this weekend when the Pleasant Tennis Complex hosts terrifying tennis matches and a Haunted Hallway of Horror — plus, yummy treats — from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Free; www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

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.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

An alpen horn at Oaktoberfest (Contra Costa Times)
Oaktoberfest: Oakland’s Dimond District joins the Oktoberfest festivities with its own Oak-town version (pictured), featuring German sausages, strudel and a children’s root biergarten, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 9; www.oaktoberfest.org.

Andean tunes: You could sleep in on weekends, but then you’d miss the fun at Berkeley’s La Peña. Its family-friendly concert series, designed for kids ages 2-6, runs every Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Oct. 9 show features Lydia Mills, director of Los Mapaches, an Andean youth ensemble, performing Latin American singing games. Tickets $4-$5.  www.lapena.org.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

Blackhawk Automotive Museum, Danville
Museum Day: Turn your tot, tween or teen into a culture vulture on Sept. 25 during Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day. This year’s round-up of participating organizations is an eclectic mix, including the Blackhawk Museum (pictured), the Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship, Chabot Space & Science Center, the Walt Disney Family Museum and more. Download tickets — 2 freebies per family — and details at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

Go Seussical: Do you like green eggs and ham with songs and theatrics, Sam-I-Am? “Seussical” lands at Alameda’s historic Koffman Auditorium in a Curtain Call Performing Arts production running now through Sept. 25. Tickets $12; www.curtaincallperformingarts.net.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

Railroad Society Open House (Sherry Lavars, Bay Area News Group)

Railroad heaven: Take a peek at one of the nation’s largest HO-scale model train layouts — 4,300 feet of railroad track (pictured) —
Railroad Society Open House (Sherry LaVars/Bay Area News Group) at the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society’s open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at the club headquarters in Larkey Park. Find details at www.wcmrs.org.
Fret fest: Livermore’s Bankhead Theater plays host to a two-day Guitar Player Live fest, Sept. 17 and 18, featuring free outdoor performances, music clinics and screenings of “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Wall” at the Vine Cinema and Alehouse. Ticket prices vary by event. Get the lowdown at www.guitarplayerlive.com.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
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Happy Birthday, Alligator Claude!

Crocodile Birthday!
San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences is celebrating a momentous occasion. The museum’s albino alligator, Claude, is turning 15 on Sept. 15 — a golden birthday, eh? — but the merriment runs for an entire week, from now through next Wednesday. That means gator-themed craft activities all week, and a party on the 15th at 9:30 a.m., complete with a “Happy Birthday” sing-along and fish-shaped “cupcakes” made from protein pellets and decorated, with children’s help, with fruit and flowers.

Posted on Thursday, September 9th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Ardenwood Shakespeare & Renaissance Festival (Photo by Anda Chu, Bay Area News Group)
The Bard in Fremont: The Ardenwood Shakesfeare Festival and Renaissance Faire (pictured above) brings its cast of 800 actors and assorted knights of the realm to Fremont’s favorite park this weekend. The fun, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12, includes a cappella singers, magicians, blacksmiths, archers and more. Tickets $8-$15; www.ardenwoodfaire.com.

Jedi Masters: San Francisco’s Zeum salutes all things “Star Wars” this weekend when costumed characters from the Clone Wars stroll the exhibits and pop into the animation and digital art studios to help kids and families create their own galactic adventures. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12. Museum admission $8-10; www.zeum.org.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Woodminster Summer Musical Theater
Gold Rush Tale: Woodminster’s summer musical season comes to a close with the Tony Award-winning musical “Paint Your Wagon,” which runs Sept. 2-12 in the amphitheater (pictured, above) at Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. It’s a Gold Rush tale, with such memorable songs as “They Call the Wind Mariah” and “I Talk to the Trees.” Tickets: $10-$40, and Woodminster’s “kids come free” offer is available for walk-up tickets.

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 coming home to the Bay Area for a run that last from now through Jan. 9. Tickets: $6-$12, kids under 9 are free.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Cascada de Flores at Freight & Salvage (Courtesy Cascada)
Freight & Salvage Open House: Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is hosting a free, family-friendly musical celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 28. The fun includes performances and workshops for kids and grown-ups, dancing in the aisles and more. Among the performers: kiddie-fave Octopretzel, Cascada de Flores (pictured above) and Michael Katz. Free.

Ribbit in the Park: Pack a picnic, and catch a screening of Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” at dusk on August 26 at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Park, 4301 Black Ave. Free. Questions? Call the Pleasanton parks department at 925-931-5340.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
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