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Genghis Khan exhibit (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
Genghis Khan Invasion: Trek down to the Tech Museum of San Jose for this special Genghis Khan exhibit (pictured, above), which explores the Mongolian leader’s life and times via interactive exhibits and live cultural performances. Tickets: $15-$22.

Choo-Choo: Relive the days of yesteryear, when train whistles echoed off the San Ramon Valley hills, and the Southern Pacific branch line was the main connection to San Francisco. Well, relive it in miniature when the Museum of the San Ramon Valley hosts its annual model train and railroad exhibit, now through July 17. Tickets $1-$5.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Aquarium of the Bay One Fish, Two Fish: San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ famous book with a “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” salute June 6-8, with naturalist-led demonstrations, scavenger hunts and other hands-on activities. Tickets: $8-$16.95.

Family Fun Fest: The Berkeley Farmers Markets are hosting their sixth annual Family Fun Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5, with hip hop and aerial dancers, live music by Caribbean singer Asheba and Earthcapades Environmental Vaudeville, and a DOOF — that’s F-o-o-D spelled backwards — healthy eating workshop for kids. Free. Civic Center Park, Berkeley.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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FAB 5 For the Weekend

Bay Area Discovery Museum PAN PACIFIC FEST: Join in the Asian-Pacific Heritage fun at Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum this Saturday for lion dancing, Hawaiian hula, Japanese drumming and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 29. It’s all free, but bring cash for the food carts.

SCREAMING THRILLS: Explore the physics, biology, thrills and chills behind amusement park rides 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. Tickets $6-12.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Miniature Horse Show (Photo by Alan Myers)
MINIATURE HORSES: Grab the kids and head for Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm Park Equestrian Center for a miniature horse show featuring the world’s smallest breed — they’re just 34-inches high. This free family-friendly show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 and 23. Your kids can learn how to groom and lead a horse during special, hands-on workshops ($1 fee) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

STARGAZING: Come gaze at the heavens when Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center hauls out the telescopes for a peek at the night sky. Star gazing sessions are held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening, weather permitting, so check the website before you go.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Exploratorium baseball exhibitEXPLORATORIUM HOME RUN: San Francisco’s Exploratorium is exploring the science of baseball this summer. Pick up an exhibit guide when you visit the Exploratorium from May 14 to September 6 and discover why ball players run on the balls of their feet, how it feels to have tens of thousands of cheering fans, why singers have to wear earplugs to sing the national anthem, and what’s inside a baseball. Free with regular museum admission.

GO GREEK: Imagine three straight days of Greek music, dancing, souvlakia and baklava. It’s Oakland’s annual Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, May 14-16. Tickets $6, kids under 12 are free.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
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Mt. Diablo Musicians Fest

Sheet music (Stock photo by Hiden84) More than 20 Mt. Diablo district schools are joining together for the first ever district-wide music festival May 15 at the Concord Pavilion (aka the Sleep Train Pavilion). Hear a choir of 500 elementary students, Concord High’s award-winning jazz ensemble, College Park’s incredible orchestra and more at this fundraiser to help save music programs at Mt. Diablo’s cash-strapped schools. The show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for kids, $12 for adults.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Lil Kahunas Waterworks at Waterworld California
SPLASHY PLAYGROUND: Concord’s Waterworld California reopens for the season on May 9 with a new attraction, Lil Kahuna’s Waterworks (pictured), a huge sprayground with giant waterfall arches, geysers, water-powered seesaws and more than a dozen other attractions for kids. Tickets $19.95-$31.95, season pass $39.99.

TOTALLY TIBET: Hear folk tales and immerse yourself in Tibetan culture when Naomi Rose, author of “Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World,” hosts family art and story workshops at Pleasanton’s Towne Center Books at 4 p.m. May 4, and at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch at 1 p.m. May 8. Free.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

FLUTE SWEET (Photo by Bruce Shippee)
Flute Sweet: Catch Flute Sweet and Tickletoon in free performances at libraries all over the Bay Area this week, including a special show for kids ages 2-8 at Berkeley’s West Branch library at 6 p.m. April 29, and a songwriting workshop for teens at the Alameda library at 3 p.m. May 1.

OMCA Opening: Everyone’s buzzing about the grand opening of the newly renovated Oakland Museum of California and its 31-hour marathon party that starts with live music, an aerial dance and plenty of hoopla at 11 a.m. May 1 and runs all the way to dinner time May 2. But the really kid-friendly stuff is all on Sunday with face painting, family art projects and talks with the Koi Pond guy from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and gospel music, rap and drumming all afternoon. Free.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
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Gary Paulsen  (Photo by Brian Adams, Getty Images) Paulsen Power: Beloved children’s book author Gary Paulsen (pictured), author of “Hatchet,” “Lawn Boy” and its sequel “Lawn Boy returns,” as well as the new Revolutionary War-era “Woods Runner,” is coming to town. Paulsen will be speaking at 7 p.m. April 23 at St. Isidore School in Danville. Calll Rakestraw Books, 925-837-7337, for ticket information.

Family Fair: First 5 Contra Costa and Pittsburg’s Small World Park hosts its ninth annual Children’s Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24, complete with arts and crafts, kid-friendly entertainment, a bounce house, rides and more. Hop on the shuttle at Brentwood’s Centro-Mart or Oakland’s O’Hara Park. Free.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Lego free play (Bay Area News Group photo)
Lego Fest: Join in the celebration of all things Lego at this weekend’s Bricks by the Bay Lego Convention at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley. Check out the Lego exhibits and lavish constructions on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $5 at the door, cash only.

Honest Abe: Danville’s Museum of the San Ramon Valley salutes one of our most beloved presidents with a new exhibit that opens April 9. “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” covers Lincoln’s life from his log cabin childhood to the Civil War, including seven learning stations with artifacts on loan from the Lincoln Presidential Library. Tickets $3 adults, $1 children, or $5 per family.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
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