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September 2016

Join Jelly Belly for a celebration of sweets with tasty samples, games, rides, food, arts and crafts and live performances on an outdoor stage. Don’t miss the candy company’s updated...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jelly Belly
1 Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Telephone: 800-953-5592
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Join us for the 4th Annual Candy Palooza, a family-friendly event where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Play games, experience multiple rides and eat delicious food. Those 21 and over can...

Cost: Event admission and parking are free, while some attractions will require fees

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center and Factory
1 Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 800 953 5592
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Children and adults ages 8 and up can hike high above the Carquinez Strait to see rivers, the coastal mountains and other rewarding views. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline
Nejedly Staging Area
Carquinez Scenic Drive
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 510-544-2750
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Rocks, jewels and gems of all sizes will be displayed at this annual festival. 

Cost: $3, kids 12 and under FREE

Where:
Community Activities Building
1400 Roosevelt Ave.
Redwood City, CA
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Explore social, economic and demographic changes in West Oakland through this exhibition featuring artwork co-created by artists and members of the neighborhood's community. ...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and ages 8 and under FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Pick your perfect pumpkin at this new, expanded location and frolic on gigantic inflatables, visit the petting zoo or go on a pony ride! Other locations with similar amenities are in...

Cost: FREE admission, $10-25 inflatables

Where:
5041 Blum Road
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 408-393-6303
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Learn about the animals that rule the ocean. Classroom programs at 12pm and 2pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-289-7325
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Come for amazing blues music on two stages, arts and crafts exhibits, food, a farmers market and chalk art. Purchase chalk to create your own design! This sixth annual event is a merger of two...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Martinez
Main Street
Alhambra to Court Streets
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 800-310-6563
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Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
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Enjoy food trucks and tents, kid friendly food like farm fresh produce, yoga and more. 11am-4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Presidio at the Main Parade Ground
Montgomery Street at Lincoln Street
San Francisco, CA
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Old Russian comes to Saratoga on Sept. 24th & 25th at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 14220 Elva Ave. Browse the booths of imported jewelry and lacquered gifts, savor traditional food, and sample...

Cost: Adults: $5; Children & Seniors: $3.

Where:
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
14220 Elva Avenue
Saratoga, CA  95070
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Sponsor: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Telephone: 408-821-3060
Contact Name: Rachael Muratore
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All ages are welcome at Berkeley's weekly mid-day dance with a blend of musical styles from all over the world. The music isn't too loud and shoes are optional.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ashkenaz Community Dance Center
1317 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94702
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Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to...

Cost: $5

Where:
NUMU | New Museum of Los Gatos
106 E. Main Street
In the Civic Center next to Friends of the Library
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December), for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA
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Telephone: (831) 459-3800
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Berkeley Playhouse Professional Season presents: Peter and the Starcatcher A swashbuckling, music-infused, laugh-out-loud adventure! September 22 - October 16 Adapted by Rick Elice....

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Come create and take home a fun marine-themed souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA
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Telephone: (831) 459-3800
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Bay Pointe Ballet presents Bruce Steivel's Peter Pan, featuring your favorite characters; Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, and of course the infamous Captain Hook! Be swept away to Neverland...

Cost: $20-$60

Where:
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA
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Learn about cougar, cheetah, fishing cat, black leopard, ocelot or Geoffroy’s cat at this live show for families. 

Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids under 12

Where:
Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Ave.
Multi-Use Room
Los Altos, CA
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Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
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September 16-25 , Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm The City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre presents a beloved classic...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Avenue
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
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Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
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In its first year, the Silicon Valley Dance Festival brings the best of contemporary dance to Silicon Valley. The festival provides an annual home for innovative contemporary dance, making the art...

Cost: $5-35 sliding scale

Where:
Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA  94027
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In its first year, the Silicon Valley Dance Festival brings the best of contemporary dance to Silicon Valley. The festival provides an annual home for innovative contemporary dance, making the art...

Cost: $5-35 sliding scale

Where:
Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA  94027
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Sponsor: ZiRu Dance
Telephone: 206-650-4735
Contact Name: Sarah Mann
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Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-6800
Website »

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Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
Website »

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Come to where a state fair meets a street food festival and block party to celebrate good times and fresh, local food. Visit food trucks galore -- no edible item will cost more than $8. Sept....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jack London Square
Broadway and Embarcadero
Oakland, CA  94607
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Sponsor: Food Craft Institute
Telephone: 510-842-1017
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Marvel at this flying ballet. Check times on the website.

Cost: $20-60

Where:
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N. Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-835-1035
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Learn about Pacifica, shop for arts and crafts, enjoy food and live music. 10am-5pm daily.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Palmetto Avenue
Pacifica, CA


Telephone: 650-355-8200
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See something furry or scaly during an exciting and educational Animal Encounters show at the Oakland Zoo! 11:45am and 12:30pm.

Cost: $17.75 adults, $13.75 ages 2-14, members and under 2 FREE

Where:
Oakland Zoo
Clorox WildLife Theater
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-632-9525
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Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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Website »

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See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
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Telephone: 415-464-5145
Website »

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A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-346-5550
Website »

More information

Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-340-7572
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Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must do all her chores, including the storytelling. Recommended for ages 4-8. 30 minutes long.10:30am, 12:30pm and 3pm Saturdays and 10:30am and...

Cost: $18-22

Where:
Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA
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Telephone: 415-388-5208
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Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
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Telephone: 866-999-8111
Website »

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This new exhibition features a large selection of never-before-shown photographs, Civil War cartes and federal currency from famed 19th century runaway slave Sojourner Truth.  July...

Cost: $12 general admission, UC Berkeley students and ages 18 and under FREE

Where:
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-642-0808
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Visit the opening of exhibit "Summer Trees Casting Shade: Chinese Painting at Berkeley, the First Fifty Years," featuring more than 50 celebrated works.  July 6- Sept. 25. ...

Cost: $12 general admission, UC Berkeley students and ages 18 and under FREE

Where:
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-642-0808
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Celebrate the annual Walnut Festival in Walnut Creek with arts, crafts, music and food, along with family-friendly entertainment and a carnival! 5-10pm Thu. and Fri., Sept. 22-23...

Cost: $7

Where:
Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Sponsor: The Walnut Festival Association
Telephone: 925-935-6766
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Encourage your young naturalist's curiosity at Mini Monday, a special day of animal encounters, activities and crafts for kids ages 2-5 and an adult.

Cost: $10-20 first child, $6 each additional child, under 2 FREE

Where:
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA  94597
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Telephone: 925-935-1978
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Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
Website »

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When kids play, the world smiles! We’re excited to invite you to Eastmont Library Playgroups that will have children laughing, exploring, and creating. At these weekly groups designed for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Eastmont Library
7200 Bancroft #211
Oak Room
Oakland, CA  94605
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Sponsor: BANANAS
Telephone: 510-658-7353 x140
Contact Name: Kamilah Usoro
Website »

More information

Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
View map »


Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
Website »

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You know Scott Westerfeld from the wonderful Uglies series. You followed him through the fantastic steampunk Leviathan series. ReadPeeps, So Yesterday, The Midnighters series, and Afterworlds....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Kepler's
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA  94025
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Sponsor: Peninsula Arts & Letters
Telephone: 650-324-4321
Contact Name: Pam Grange
Website »

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Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
View map »


Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
Website »

More information

See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-464-5145
Website »

More information

Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
View map »


Telephone: 650-340-7572
Website »

More information

Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Telephone: 866-999-8111
Website »

More information

Bring your bike to the zoo for a 90-minute riding tour. Docents will guide you to check out the animals ahead of the crowds. Finish off the event with a continental breakfast. Check website for...

Cost: $23 per person; children riding on parents' bikes are FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard at Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-8135
Website »

More information

Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-345-6800
Website »

More information

Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
View map »


Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
Website »

More information

A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-346-5550
Website »

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AGES: 18-36mo Come experience how much your tiny tot can actually do in the kitchen. Getting children involved in making meals or snacks will help them develop Independence and self-confidence....

Cost: $30 per class/$25 if you enroll in full series

Where:
Recess Urban Recreation
470 Carolina St
San Francisco, CA  94107
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Come and embrace the importance of play in our weekly playgroups designed for babies zero to 48 months! Playgroups expose parents to new ideas and increase their understanding of the importance of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
BANANAS
5232 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94618
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Sponsor: BANANAS
Telephone: 510-658-7353140
Contact Name: Kamilah Usoro
Website »

More information

Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
View map »


Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
Website »

More information

Young children will likely this lively and interactive program of original tunes that get everyone singing along.

Cost: FREE

Where:
North Beach Branch Library
850 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-355-5626
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AGES: 14MO-4YRS Kids Music SF is a fun, interactive music program designed to stimulate children’s minds, imagination and love of music. The program combines the appeal of a professional live...

Cost: $25/class, $20/class if you enroll in full series!

Where:
Recess Urban Recreation
470 Carolina St
San Francisco, CA  94107
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Learn about five simple practices you can easily incorporate into everyday routines that will develop your child’s early literacy skills and lay the foundation for reading achievement...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tully Community Branch Library
880 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA
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Website »

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Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
View map »


Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
Website »

More information

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand-new and fan-favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant...

Cost: $31-37

Where:
City National Civic
135 West San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Website »

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The Ohlone Humane Society Therapy Dog Unit will be ready to listen to stories at 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm and 7:15pm. Free tickets available at the Children's Information Desk at 6:30pm..

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA  94538
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Telephone: 510-745-1421
Website »

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Julie Schiffman, president of Marin Homeschoolers, will provide an overview of homeschooling as an alternative to public education, related legal aspects and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Novato Library
1720 Novato Blvd.
Novato, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-473-2050
Website »

More information

Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
View map »


Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
Website »

More information

CPR, or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is used on anybody who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. Choking, drowning, or other unforeseen events can cause this emergency...

Cost: $75/person (discounted per membership typ

Where:
Recess Urban Recreation
470 Carolina St
San Francisco, CA  94107
View map »

More information

Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
View map »


Telephone: 650-340-7572
Website »

More information

A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-346-5550
Website »

More information

Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-345-6800
Website »

More information

Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
View map »


Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
Website »

More information

See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-464-5145
Website »

More information

Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Telephone: 866-999-8111
Website »

More information

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Books Inc. in Mountain View proudly presents author and illustrator Jake Parker for a Wednesday Storytime reading of his critically-acclaimed picture book, Little Bot and Sparrow. When Little...

Cost: free

Where:
Books Inc. Mountain View
301 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
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Sponsor: Books Inc.
Telephone: 650-428-1234
Website »

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Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
View map »


Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
Website »

More information

For young children 0-5 years old and the grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, older brothers and sisters, friends, and others who take care of them. At these playgroups we’ll have lots of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
BANANAS
5232 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94618
View map »


Sponsor: BANANAS
Telephone: 510-658-7353, 140
Contact Name: Kamilah Usoro
Website »

More information

Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
View map »


Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
Website »

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Brian, aka “The Atomic Bear,” will provide all materials and guide teens ages 12-17 through basic cartooning. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martinez Library
740 Court St.
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 925-646-9900
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Join an afterschool farm adventure for ages 5-7 who may be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. 

Cost: $6-8

Where:
Tilden Nature Area
Environmental Education Center (EEC), North End of Central Park Drive
Berkeley, CA  94708
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Telephone: 510-544-2233
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Retailers at San Francisco Premium Outlets located at 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive in Livermore, CA, are looking to fill more than 200 part-time, seasonal and full-time jobs for which they...

Cost: Free

Where:
San Francisco Premium Outlets
2774 Livermore Outlets Dr.
Livermore, CA  94551
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Sponsor: The City of Livermore, Community & Economic Development Department
Telephone: 415-591-8453

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy a film screening A Better Life (PG-13), a story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA
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Preschool Preview Night 2016! Join Parents Place San Francisco for our 24th annual Preschool Preview Night, an all-in-one evening for parents of preschool and pre-kindergarten kids! Meet and talk...

Cost: $18/Advance - $20/At Door

Where:
Hall of Flowers-Golden Gate Park
1199 - 9th Avenue
Lincoln Avenue Entrance
San Francisco, CA  94122
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Sponsor: Parents Place San Francisco
Telephone: 415-359-2454
Contact Name: Katherine Brennan
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Join hundreds of other families in learning about options for your preschooler.

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Where:
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers)
Golden Gate Park
9th Avenue and Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-359-2454
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Join Books Inc. in Berkeley for a Launch Party celebration with local author Anne Nesbet and her brand new book Cloud and Wallfish! Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
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Sponsor: Books Inc.
Telephone: 510-525-7777
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David Arnold, critically-acclaimed author of the indie bestseller Mosquitoland, discusses his latest fantastic book Kids of Appetite. Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Books Inc. Palo Alto
74 Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Books Inc.
Telephone: 650-321-0600
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Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
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Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
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A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-346-5550
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This new exhibition features a large selection of never-before-shown photographs, Civil War cartes and federal currency from famed 19th century runaway slave Sojourner Truth.  July...

Cost: $12 general admission, UC Berkeley students and ages 18 and under FREE

Where:
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-642-0808
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Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
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Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-340-7572
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Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
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Telephone: 866-999-8111
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See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
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Telephone: 415-464-5145
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Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-6800
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Come join us at the ranch for a day specially tailored to preschool age children.  Take a self-guided tour, make a wooly craft, plant a seed,  visit the animals, and explore our gardens at your...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
UC Elkus Ranch
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
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Sponsor: UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center
Telephone: 650-712-3151
Contact Name: Leslie Jensen
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Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
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Come and embrace the importance of play in our weekly playgroups designed for babies zero to 48 months! Playgroups expose parents to new ideas and increase their understanding of the importance of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
BANANAS
5232 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94618
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Sponsor: BANANAS
Telephone: 510-658-7353140
Contact Name: Kamilah Usoro
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Berkeley Playhouse Professional Season presents: Peter and the Starcatcher A swashbuckling, music-infused, laugh-out-loud adventure! September 22 - October 16 Adapted by Rick Elice....

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
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Learn about folk art traditions and make a Nicho box. For teens age 12 and up.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bascom Branch Library
1000 S Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA
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Learn effective communication techniques and ways to connect.

Cost: $30

Where:
Koret Family Resource Center
1710 Scott St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-359-2454
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Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
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Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
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Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-340-7572
Website »

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See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
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Telephone: 415-464-5145
Website »

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This new exhibition features a large selection of never-before-shown photographs, Civil War cartes and federal currency from famed 19th century runaway slave Sojourner Truth.  July...

Cost: $12 general admission, UC Berkeley students and ages 18 and under FREE

Where:
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-642-0808
Website »

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A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-346-5550
Website »

More information

Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Telephone: 866-999-8111
Website »

More information

Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-6800
Website »

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Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
Website »

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There’s a huge corn maze here along with a variety of pumpkins, hay rides, a quicksand pit, fun zone and even an Indian village! Open mid-September though early November. ...

Cost: $12 corn maze, $5 fun zone, $3 hay ride

Where:
6585 Milk Farm Road
Dixon, CA  95620
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Telephone: 530-746-8725
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Come join us at the ranch for a day specially tailored to preschool age children.  Take a self-guided tour, make a wooly craft, plant a seed,  visit the animals, and explore our gardens at your...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
UC Elkus Ranch
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
View map »


Sponsor: UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center
Telephone: 650-712-3151
Contact Name: Leslie Jensen
Website »

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Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
View map »


Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
Website »

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Berkeley Playhouse Professional Season presents: Peter and the Starcatcher A swashbuckling, music-infused, laugh-out-loud adventure! September 22 - October 16 Adapted by Rick Elice....

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94704
View map »


Website »

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Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
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Join the Oakland Museum of California each Friday for its expanded festive night market with art workshops for the whole family, food trucks, music and half-price admission for adults....

Cost: $7.50 adults, ages 18 and under FREE.

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8459
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Take a night hike to visit the habitat where owls and other wildlife live. Wear dark, warm clothing and bring flashlights. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA  94619
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Telephone: 510-544-3187
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Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
View map »


Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
Website »

More information

Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
View map »


Telephone: 650-340-7572
Website »

More information

See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
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Telephone: 415-464-5145
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Camp out under the stars in the Marin Headlands, enjoy after-hours activities and wake to the sounds of barking sea lions.

Cost: $85 per person

Where:
Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-289-7330
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Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Telephone: 866-999-8111
Website »

More information

Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
View map »


Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
Website »

More information

Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-345-6800
Website »

More information

Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-346-5550
Website »

More information

This new exhibition features a large selection of never-before-shown photographs, Civil War cartes and federal currency from famed 19th century runaway slave Sojourner Truth.  July...

Cost: $12 general admission, UC Berkeley students and ages 18 and under FREE

Where:
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
View map »


Telephone: 510-642-0808
Website »

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There’s a huge corn maze here along with a variety of pumpkins, hay rides, a quicksand pit, fun zone and even an Indian village! Open mid-September though early November. ...

Cost: $12 corn maze, $5 fun zone, $3 hay ride

Where:
6585 Milk Farm Road
Dixon, CA  95620
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Telephone: 530-746-8725
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Ride the ghost train, visit the Scare Zone, tour a haunted house, enjoy a hay ride and more. Open daily.

Cost: FREE

Where:
12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92)
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-726-2342
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Learn how to build a fire truck, bug house and more at this hands-on workshop for ages 5-12 at the Home Depot. Kids get to keep their craft as well as a workshop apron, commemorative...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Home Depot
11939 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA  94530
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Telephone: 510-235-0800
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Take a train ride and play in the Plumpkin Playland and Little Carvers Barnyard after finding your perfect pumpkin. Oct. 1-31.  9am-8pm daily.

Cost: Train rides $3, Playland and Barnyard $7-9 each, combo $12-15

Where:
1060 Pine Lane
Clayton, CA  94517
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Telephone: 925-672-5198
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MuckFest® MS is the FUN mud run with the best obstacles. No special training or equipment required: just bring a pair of sneakers and your sense of humor. We run on a well-designed 5K course,...

Cost: Price begins at $60 and $55, increasing as the event date nears to $105.

Where:
Solano County Fairgrounds
900 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA  94589
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Telephone: 800-344-4867
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Take a gentle walk around the Marina’s flat dirt trails and enjoy the local weather and bayside wildlife. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Alviso Marina
1195 Hope St.
San Jose, CA
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Take a short history hike and learn about the first people to live on this land and how they were impacted by Europeans. Explore how the park’s namesake played a pivotal role in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stevens Creek County Park
11401 Stevens Creek Road
Cupertino, CA
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Telephone: (408) 867-3654
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Take the kids to search for the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin patch is open daily through Oct. 31.

Cost: FREE

Where:
1620 7th Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-2689
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This is opening day of this favorite pumpkin patch. Weekend children's activities include slides, trains, face painting, food vendors, music and more. Call for times

Cost: FREE

Where:
5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA
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Telephone: 415-662-9100
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Author and rock music historian Richie Unterberger will show and discuss film clips of Latino performers from the 1950s through the 1980s, including performances by such artists as Santana,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA
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This favorite community event features all aspects of Celtic culture and tradition. Highland athletics featuring the ever popular caber toss, bagpipe bands, Scottish highland and country dance,...

Cost: $15-20, kids 10 and under FRE

Where:
Roaring Camp Railroad
5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA  95018
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Inflatable fun for children ages 2-12 plus different varieties of pumpkins. Open daily through Oct. 31.

Cost: FREE

Where:
East El Camino Real between Arroyo and Britton avenues
San Carlos, CA


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Begin with service projects such as beach cleanup or landscape maintenance, then enjoy a 45-minute yoga class followed by a free healthy lunch.

Cost: FREE (park entrance fee waived for participants)

Where:
Snack Bar, McNears Beach Park
201 Cantera Way
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 415-763-2977
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Enjoy a weekend of free live music, fun activities and expanded entertainment area for children, arts & craft vendors, premium wine pavilion as well as a craft beer garden. Stay...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Pleasant Hill
60 Crescent Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
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Sponsor: Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 925-687-0070
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Sample fine chocolates at this 12th annual Suisun City waterfront celebration featuring food, wine, live music and dozens of artisans displaying handcrafted items. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Suisun City Waterfront District
Main and Solano Streets
Suisun City, CA  94585
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Telephone: 415-381-8793
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Explore social, economic and demographic changes in West Oakland through this exhibition featuring artwork co-created by artists and members of the neighborhood's community. ...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and ages 8 and under FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Between the three of them, they accomplish more in a day than most humans could claim to do in a month. There are roughly 1,500 acres of pasture and cropland to manage, cows to milk, calves to take...

Cost: Free

Where:
McClelland Dairy Farm
6475 Bodega Ave
Petaluma , CA  94952
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Sponsor: Organic Valley
Telephone: 141-528-38043
Contact Name: Sarah Henkin
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Food, square dancing, petting zoo, pumpkin bowling and more. 

Cost: Parking $6, admission FREE.

Where:
Martial Cottle Park
5283 Snell Road
San Jose, CA
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Local Bay Area charitable organization, Cheza Nami Foundation, is excited to present its 5th annual extravaganza, celebration and adventure into African culture by hosting a magical afternoon of...

Cost: $12-25, outdoor activities FREE

Where:
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Ave.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Explore science and meet native California animals

Cost: FREE

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Grand Opening July 9th! Kids Attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start re-writing the story using imagination...

Cost: Adult $12/Child $8

Where:
The Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Once Upon Your Mind
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
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Once Upon Your Mind Comedy for Children Grand Opening, Kids attend Free! Join us at Once Upon Your Mind, where kids vote on their favorite book. Then, with their help, we slowly start...

Cost: Adult$12/Child$8

Where:
Flight Deck
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
View map »


Sponsor: Flight Deck
Telephone: 773-791-0300
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
Website »

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See these animal during their mating season and ask docents questions. Check website for other viewing times.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Point
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes Station, CA
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Telephone: 415-464-5145
Website »

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Meet this award-winning author and artist.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-355-2800
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Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oaktoberfest with Oakland),...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dimond District
MacArthur Blvd. @ Fruitvale Blvd.
Oakland, CA
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Telephone: 510-339-1000
Contact Name: Daniel Swafford
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Enjoy this popular tale by the Grimm Brothers about a vain and childish Princess who has promised to kiss a frog! At first she refuses to keep her promise, but, in time, realizes the importance of...

Cost: $14 advance, $16 at door

Where:
Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre
550 East Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA  94087
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Sponsor: California Theatre Center
Telephone: 408-245-2978
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Saturday, October 1, 11am-6pm Lagoon Park, San Rafael, California 4TH CREOLE UNITED FESTIVAL Music * Culture * Food  * Dance General Admission $20 advance — $25 door — $8...

Cost: $20 advance $25 door $8 youth

Where:
Lagoon Park
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA  94903
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Sponsor: Andreen Productions, LLC
Telephone: 408-438-3990
Contact Name: dramirez
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Visit Lakeshore Learning every Saturday 11 a.m.—3 p.m. for a fun, free craft! Call our store for more details or visit: Bit.ly/freecraftsforkids  Lakeshore Learning - San Leandro1144 Montague...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
1144 Montague Ave.
San Leandro, CA  94577
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning
Telephone: 510-483-9750
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Come see what's in bloom in the gardens this month. Tour is free with paid admission of $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-17 and free for under 6. 

Cost: FREE with paid admission of $5 adults, $2 ages 6-17 and under 6 FREE

Where:
UCSC Arboretum
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Try free do-it-yourself classes and projects, shop handmade products, much on goodies from food trucks and listen to live musicians.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fort Mason
Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Enjoy this popular tale by the Grimm Brothers about a vain and childish Princess who has promised to kiss a frog! At first she refuses to keep her promise, but, in time, realizes the importance of...

Cost: $14 advance, $16 at door

Where:
Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre
550 East Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA  94087
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Sponsor: California Theatre Center
Telephone: 408-245-2978
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Experience a modern twist of a Japanese festival with new and traditional foods, a variety of entertainment and activities, and one-of-a-kind shopping.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. 5th Street
San Jose, CA
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For ages 5 and under. Relaxing, lighthearted, interactive, Shabbat program for tots. Includes songs, stories, puppets and more. Second Saturday.

Cost: Free

Where:
Congregation Beth David
19700 Prospect Road
Saratoga, CA  95070
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Sponsor: Congregation Beth David
Telephone: 408-257-3333
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Put on your cape, tights and mask and celebrate comics and culture.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Richmond Branch Library
351 9th Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-355-5600
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Join us for a festive day in Carneros as we celebrate this years grape harvest. We will have LIVE music and authentic German food in the party tent overlooking the vineyards of Carneros. We will...

Cost: $10 - $45 http://shop.schugwinery.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=MID&CATCODE=CLUBEXC

Where:
Schug Winery
602 Bonneau Road
Sonoma, CA  95476
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Sponsor: Spingo
Telephone: 707-939-9363
Contact Name: Renante Credo

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Spend an afternoon in the Farm’s replica Ohlone Village, the underground sweathouse, Tule shade and sleeping structures. Archery and fire-starting demonstrations. Face painting, music,...

Cost: $7, kids under 1 FREE.

Where:
Deer Hollow Farm
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Los Altos, CA
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Come for the 150th firework beach party on Main Beach. Listen to James Durbin and other local acts, enjoy children's activities and a firework show around 9pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Main Beach
108 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA
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Take this once-in-a-year opportunity to explore Deer Hollow Farm’s replica Ohlone Village! Learn about the Bay Area’s first people, try your hand at acorn grinding, shell drilling and...

Cost: $7/person, children under 1 free

Where:
Deer Hollow Farm
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
22500 Cristo Rey Dr
Los Altos, CA  94024
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Sponsor: Deer Hollow Farm
Telephone: (650)903-6430
Contact Name: Jessica Morgan
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Play this video game where you compete in teams or against each other while dancing to popular songs. For ages 13-18.

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Mix
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-557-4400
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Berkeley Playhouse Professional Season presents: Peter and the Starcatcher A swashbuckling, music-infused, laugh-out-loud adventure! September 22 - October 16 Adapted by Rick Elice....

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Luna Dance Institute’s FREE MPACT family dance classes are a fun and comfortable way for families to play and dance together. They facilitate the parent-child bond through relationship-based...

Cost: Free

Where:
81st Ave Library
1021 81st Ave
Oakland, CA  94710
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Sponsor: Luna Dance Institute
Telephone: 510-883-1118
Contact Name: Cherie Hill
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The New York Times-bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting tale of the origins of the rivalry between literature’s...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Kepler's
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA  94025
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Sponsor: Peninsula Arts & Letters
Telephone: 650-324-4321
Contact Name: Pam Grange
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Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat. From the creators of Beauty and...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater - 1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: Palo Alto Players
Telephone: 650-329-0891
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Join Books Inc. in Berkeley for a launch party celebrating former Books Inc. bookseller Maggie Tokuda-Hall's adorable debut picture book, Also an Octopus! Even the most "totally...

Cost: Free

Where:
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
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Sponsor: Books Inc.
Telephone: 510-525-7777
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Join dance instructor Deepa Menon and her students in celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Atherton Library
2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane
Atherton, CA
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Telephone: 650-328-2422
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Join Mount Diablo Interpretive Association naturalists Jim Holmes and Michael Marchiano for a talk about tarantulas followed by a 2.5 to 3 mile stroll to see male spiders looking for a mate....

Cost: $6 per car

Where:
Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area
96 Mitchell Canyon Road
Clayton, CA  94517
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Telephone: 925-927-7222
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PJ Shabbat The program is geared for children 6 and under. Older siblings welcome.  What could be more fun for your children than coming to Shabbat Services in their PJs? Join us for a...

Cost: Dinner for adults $10, children aged 3-12 $2

Where:
Congregation Beth David
19700 Prospect Road
Saratoga, CA  95070
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Sponsor: Congregation Beth David
Telephone: 408-257-3333
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Parents Working Together Parenting Skills for Happier, Healthier Families A monthly parent support group and education series presented by the Tri-Valley YMCA, lead by Susan Mancino, LMFT,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tri-Valley YMCA
Dublin, CA


Sponsor: Tri-Valley YMCA
Telephone: 925-354-1392
Contact Name: Susan Mancino
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Thursdays, Sept 15th to Oct 13th, 7:30pm start time Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening mid-September through mid-October in the heart of of...

Cost: FREE, but donations greatly appreciated.

Where:
Kasper's Plaza
Telegraph and Shattuck (cross is 46th)
Oakland, CA  94609
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Sponsor: Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District
Telephone: 415-272-2012
Contact Name: Tom Murphy
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Between the three of them, they accomplish more in a day than most humans could claim to do in a month. There are roughly 1,500 acres of pasture and cropland to manage, cows to milk, calves to take...

Cost: Free

Where:
McClelland Dairy Farm
6475 Bodega Ave
Petaluma , CA  94952
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Sponsor: Organic Valley
Telephone: 141-528-38043
Contact Name: Sarah Henkin
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Drop in for different crafts every week. Projects available for kids 3-5 and for kids 6 and up.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Half Moon Bay library
225 Cabrillo Highway South
Half Moon Bay, CA
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Telephone: 650-726-2316
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Meet Peter Pan before he knew the Darling family or Captain Hook in this music-infused prequel about imagination and hope. Sept. 22-Oct.16. 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. 

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students and ages 17 and under

Where:
Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
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A wooden puppet becomes a real boy.

Cost: $12

Where:
Young Performers Theatre
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-346-5550
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Chill out on the ice when you head to a public skating session, held daily throughout the month at varying times. Check website. 

Cost: $10-13 adults, $8-10 ages 12 and under

Where:
Vacaville Ice Sports
551 Davis St.
Vacaville, CA  95688
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Telephone: 707-455-0225
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Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun. 11am, Sat. and Sun. 2pm and 3pm.

Cost: $6-9

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 650-340-7572
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Enjoy this newly reinvented version of the classic story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. See website for dates and times. 

Cost: $38-113

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 S. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Roaring Camp Railroad
5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA
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Celebrate the City of Vallejo, Mare Island and Solano County with food, music, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Check website for specific events, times and locations. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Vallejo Waterfront
298 Mare Island Way
Vallejo, CA  94590
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Telephone: 707-642-3653
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Camp out under the stars in the Marin Headlands, enjoy after-hours activities and wake to the sounds of barking sea lions.

Cost: $85 per person

Where:
Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-289-7330
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Handmade arts and crafts, costumes, homemade preserves, candles, soaps, face painting, puppet shows and magic shows. 10am-6pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nicasio Valley Farms
5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA
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Telephone: 415-662-9100
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Handmade arts and crafts, costumes, homemade preserves, candles, soaps, face painting, puppet shows and magic shows. 10am-6pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nicasio Valley Farms
5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA
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Telephone: 415-662-9100
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See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes National Seashore
, CA
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Telephone: 415-464-5145
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Discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to see how this 1940 classic animated film was produced.

Cost: $15 stand-alone exhibit, $30 for general admission plus exhibit

Where:
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-6800
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Bring the kids out for nature crafts, garden care, outdoor games and exploration. Bring a lunch for a picnic. 12-3pm

Cost: Included with admission: FREE for San Francisco residents. Non-residents are $8

Where:
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Golden Gate Park
Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-661-1316
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Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and a real lake which magically appears for a...

Cost: $29.50-264.50

Where:
White Big Top
399 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA
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Telephone: 866-999-8111
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Come to a real working farm where pumpkins are grown and find a few to take home from the pumpkin patch.  12-7pm Mon.-Fri. 9am-7pm Sat. and Sun.  *Shares the grounds with...

Cost: $1 admission Sat. and Sun; Mon-Fri. FREE

Where:
J.E. Perry Farms
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.
Fremont, CA  94555
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    2016.09.17
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    There’s a huge corn maze here along with a variety of pumpkins, hay rides, a quicksand pit, fun zone and even an Indian village! Open...

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    2016.10.01
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Wesley United Methodist Church

    Experience a modern twist of a Japanese festival with new and traditional foods, a variety of entertainment and activities, and one-of-a-kind...

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    2016.10.01
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Lagoon Park

    Saturday, October 1, 11am-6pm Lagoon Park, San Rafael, California 4TH CREOLE UNITED FESTIVAL Music * Culture * Food  * Dance General...

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    2016.10.01
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Mission Branch Library

    Meet this award-winning author and artist.

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    Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as the Lucie Stern Theater is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a...

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    2016.10.01
    2:00 PM - 3:15 PM @ Atherton Library

    Join dance instructor Deepa Menon and her students in celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights.

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    2016.10.01
    All Day @ Roaring Camp Railroad

    Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp...

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    Watch CuriOdyssey's animal keepers as they do enriching activities with animals including walking them and doing training sessions. Tue.-Sun....

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    Immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. Features riders, acrobats, aerialists, giant video screen, three-story mountain and...

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    See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. 10:30am-4pm weekends.

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