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Oakland Art & Soul Fest 2006 (Dino Vournas/Oakland Tribune)
ART & SOUL: Enjoy live jazz, rock, gospel and R&B music, and kid-friendly rides and entertainment (one of those attractions from a previous year is pictured above!) at Oakland’s 10th annual Art & Soul Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Kids 12 and under are free, teens are $5 and grown-ups $10. Phone: 510-444-CITY; www.artandsouloakland.com.

SPACE PARTY: Got teens? Head over to Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 for “10000: A Skyline Party,” with music, “celestial beverages,” science flicks and more. Tickets $15-$20; 510-336-7373.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
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SF Museum of Craft+Design
Crafty Kids: The American Craft Council Show arrives at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center this weekend with a variety of crafty activities suitable for the whole family. But the MakeArt Children’s Workshop, a paper craft extravaganza  sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design, sounds like the most fun (and yep, it’s pictured above). Build 3-D paper sculptures and learn folding and curling techniques from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 14. Free with show admission; $12 general admission, kids 12 and under are free; www.craftcouncil.org/sf.

Movies in the Park: Pack a picnic, and catch a screening of “Hairspray” at dusk on August 12 at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Park, 4301 Black Ave. Free. Questions? Call the Pleasanton parks department at 925-931-5340. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Music Man at Woodminster
76 Trombones: Woodminster’s summer musical series moves into high gear this week with the opening of “The Music Man,” which runs August 6-15 at the Amphitheater in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. Even better: kids 16 and younger are free when accompanied by paying grown-ups (tickets $25-$40). Swing by the box office on the day of to pick up a free kid’s ticket, or visit www.woodminster.com for details.

Butterfly Tales: Butterfly lovers will flock to Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland this weekend to see “Mariposas,” a play based on Latin American folk tales about why butterflies are silent, why they flutter and why they migrate each year. The fluttery fun is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. August 7 and 8. Tickets $7, including admission and all attractions; www.fairyland.org.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Pirates of Penzance
Arrrr, Matey: Forget Jack Sparrow. Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” playing at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center July 29-31, offers a funny, musical twist on the pirate theme with sweet swashbucklers, dopey lovers and a quirky military man , whose famous song about being “the very model of a modern Major-General” will leave your tweens singing about calculus and animalculous too. Tickets $20-$48.

Peek-a-boo:
The Peekadoodle Kidsclub is hosting a summer fete at Ghirardelli Square from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. July 31 that includes live music, jumping in the bouncy house and train rides through the famous square. $10 per child, tickets at the door; details at www.Peekadoodlekidsclub.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Chevron Family Theatre Festival (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Family Fest: Cinderella, Toto and the Sippy Cups headline the fourth annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. The fun runs all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 24, with free activities and shows outside the theater, and $5 seats for the stage performances. Visit www.lesherartscenter.org/theatrefestival for details.

Zany Boat Races: Berkeley hosts its third annual Derby Day cardboard boat races — with prizes for funniest, most futuristic and, of course, fastest sinking ship — from 1 to 3 p.m. July 23 in the West Campus Pool, 2100 Browning St. at Addison. $5 per boat entry.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Pi Clowns at Yerba Buena Gardens (Photo by Charlie Mixson)
Free Fun: Some of San Francisco’s biggest museums have teamed up with Target for a free weekend of family fun July 16-18, which translates into free admission and plenty of hands-on art activities and kid-friendly entertainment – including the Pi Clowns, pictured above – at San Francisco’s Zeum, MoMA, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and Yerba Buena Gardens. Free hours and entertainment vary by museum. Get the lowdown at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target.

Teddies at the Zoo: Grab your teddy bear and head for the San Francisco Zoo this weekend. The annual Teddy Bear Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17, includes meet-and-greets with the Berenstain Bears, Corduroy and other ursine heroes, puppet shows and more. Free admission for kids, ages 4-14, who are accompanied by bears; www.sfzoo.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
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Little Engine That Could (Bay Area Childrens Theater) I Think I Can: “The Little Engine That Could” choo-choos onto Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland stage this weekend in a musical Bay Area Children’s Theatre production directed by circus performer Doyle Ott, from Lunatique Fantastique. Show time is 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. every weekend, now through August 8. $14, including Fairyland admission; www.bactheatre.org.

Can’t Stop the Beat: Woodminster’s summer season is off in a pouf of glorious “Hairspray” at Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park Amphitheater. The Tony award winning musical, with such irresistible songs as “Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Good Morning Baltimore,” runs July 9-18. Tickets $23-$40, or $10 for preview night on July 8. Visit www.woodminster.com for ticket information and details on the “kids come free” program. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, July 9th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Fourth of July (Specialist 1st Class Paul J. Phelps/U.S. Navy News Photo/MCT)
Fireworks & Fairs: Of course, Independence Day weekend is a time for frolic and fireworks. Among the many offerings, Livermore’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Robertson Park including carnival rides, ponies, a petting zoo, live music and more from 3 p.m. on . Tickets $5, but kids 10 and under are free; www.larpd.dst.ca.us/event_flyers/4th_of_July_2010.pdf.

Eagle-Eyed: Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Museum celebrates our national icon during “Eagle Days” on July 3 and 5. The festivities include special presentations and interactive displays on the impressive bird, as well as the usual array of cool wildlife exhibits and docent talks. Museum admission $5-$7; www.wildlife-museum.org.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Geometry PlaygroundGeometry Playground: Climb inside giant 3-D cubes, slither through spirals and play hopscotch while watching your reflection in a giant curved mirror at the Exploratorium’s newest exhibit, Geometry Playground (pictured, right) which opens June 25 in San Francisco. This fun-filled, mathematically-oriented play space includes 20 exhibits and it’s open for play from June 25 through Sept. 6, when it will embark on a national tour. Free with museum admission.

Farm Tunes: Farm animals and wannabe musicians star in this re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale of the Bremen Town Musicians at 12:30 and 3 p.m. June 26-27 at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland. Children’s Fairyland is $7 per person, including rides and entertainment.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Pierre the Penguin Penguins & Pajamas: Having trouble sleeping? The California Academy of Sciences suggests you count geckos, sharks and penguins instead of sheep. Or better yet, camp out at the museum. The “Penguins and Pajamas” sleepover program runs June 18, July 16 and August 13. The overnight fun run starts at 6:30 p.m. with songs with rain forest birds, fish viewing in the Philippine Coral Reef tank, and a bedtime story about “Pierre the Penguin.” Tickets: $119 ($99 for members), including overnight parking, next-day admission, breakfast, snacks and a gift.

Robin Hoodesque: Robin and his merry men would be so jealous. Clayton’s Diablo Bowmen Archery Club is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19, with archery lessons, tours and lunch for bow-and-arrow enthusiasts of every age. Admission is $10, including lunch.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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