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Saturday, October 25

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Turn Your Wiggle Worms into Book Worms

when: Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.

where: Fairfax, Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax , Ca

cost: Free

ages: 3-6

the scoop:

It’s preschool story time at the Fairfax Library. Bring the little literati to enjoy a… read more
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Octo-boom! Pier 39’s Fall Fireworks

when: Saturdays in October from 6-9 p.m.

where: The Embarcadero, Pier 39 , Pier 39 , San Francisco, CA

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Explore Pier 39 and enjoy a free fireworks display, live music and a host of activities… read more
Monster Mash

Howl at the Once-ler at a Monster Bash

when: Oct 25 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

where: Mountain View, Mountain View Community Center, 201 S, Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Celebrate Halloween with your family, friends and neighbors at the Mountain View Monster Bash! An… read more
San Francisco's Favorite Summer Camp for Gymnastics & Circus Arts

Ride a Zipline Wearing Bat Wings

when: Oct 25 at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Cole Valley, AcroSports , 639 Frederick St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $5/suggested donation

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

You can wear bat wings, or witch hats, or super hero capes, or anything you’d… read more
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Scare-Free Pumpkin Party

when: Varies by location

where: Classes vary by location. Find a location: gymboreeclasses.com

ages: 0-5 years

the scoop:

Add some spooktacular friends at Gymboree Play & Music this October. Their pumpkin bash is… read more
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Howl’oween Spooktacular for Kids and Pets

when: Oct 25 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Strawberry Village , Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Redwood Highway Frontage Rd. , Mill Valley, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Two hours of treats for the tots plus a costume contest for your pet! Wear… read more
Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this spring and summer. The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into a a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Walk amongst a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms, watching (and sometimes ducking!) as butterflies like magnificent monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and more fly from flower to flower drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. It’s a fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action. The Butterfly Bungalow in the middle of the gallery also allows you to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these winged beauties emerges. Visitors receive a free butterfly identification booklet, including tips on growing your own delightful butterfly garden plus insight into these wondrous, age-old symbiotic garden relationships. 

Water a Thirsty Plant at Bean Sprouts Family Days

when: Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.

where: Golden Gate Park, Children's Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $7/adults; $5/youth 12-17; $2/child 5-11; free for children 4 and under and all SF residents

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Get outside and play at Bean Sprouts Family Days in the Children’s Garden at the… read more
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Seals & Slippers: Sleepover at the Marine Mammal Center

when: Oct 25 at 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.

where: Marin Headlands , The Marine Mammal Center, Marin Headlands, 2000 Bunker Rd., Sausalito

cost: $85

ages: 6-12 + parents

the scoop:

Every wondered what those sea lions do at night? Grab your sleeping bags and head… read more
A cranky scientist buys a long-abandoned mansion, in hopes of finding solitude to perfect his brilliant new invention. But instead, he finds himself in the company of a flamboyant ghost, a soft-hearted zombie, and worst of all, an audience full of curious children -- your children. Find out what happens when "the lucky ones" are invited onstage to serve as subjects for a strange and untested device. This is a musical comedy featuring three songs and audience participation. It runs about 45 minutes. SHOWS: 10/18 3PM, 7:30 PM 10/19 3PM, 10/25 3PM, 7:30 PM 10/26 3PM,

Explore an Abandoned Mansion with the Kids (And a Zombie!)

when: Oct. 18 & 25, 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 19 & 26, 3 p.m.

where: South Berkeley, The Monkey House, 1638 University Ave., Berkeley, Ca

cost: $5/donation opening day; $10/donation remaining shows

ages: 6 and up

the scoop:

A cranky scientist, a secret invention, a long-abandoned mansion, a flamboyant ghost, and a soft-hearted… read more
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Go on a Scavenger Hunt at the Treasure Island Flea Market

when: Oct 25 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Treasure Island , Treasure Island , 1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $3/person; children 12 and under are free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Grab the kiddos and the pups and head over to Treasure Island for a flea… read more
Little girl fairy costume

Make a Fairy House With Your Own Wee People

when: Oct 25 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

where: North Berkeley, Berkeley Rose Waldorf School, 2138 Cedar St. , Berkeley, Ca

cost: $70 for up to 3 people per house

ages: 5 and up

the scoop:

Create a one-of-a-kind house out of all-natural materials for the little winged creatures of the… read more
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(Swap) Meet Cute at the Mart’s Costume Exchange

when: Oct 25 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

where: Larkspur, Marin Country Mart , 2257 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Head to the Big Tent at the Marin Country Mart’s Saturday Farmer’s Market and swap… read more
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Lions, and Salmon, and Birds, Oh My! Wildlife Discovery Day

when: Oct 25 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

where: San Rafael , Marin Civic Center, Civic Center Drive at Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael , Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Bring the kids out to learn about and celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in… read more
Culinary Dude-Kids

A Cooking Class So Cool They Won’t Notice You’ve Left

when: Oct 25 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Renaissance, 1115 3rd St., San Rafael, Ca

cost: $60/child; $100/2 children; $150/3 kids

ages: 4-14

the scoop:

The Culinary Dudes are three Bay area dads and they know how great it is… read more
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Peek Through the Cobwebs at this Iconic Victorian

when: Oct. 24, 25, & 31st, 7-10 p.m.; Nov. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

where: Pacific Heights , Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $15-$18/adult; $12/child 8-17; $8/child 2-8; children 23 mos. and under are free

ages: All Ages (see event listing)

the scoop:

The Haas-Lilienthal House’s Halloween events offer visitors a chance to tour this beautiful Queen Anne… read more
The "Eye Spy" Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park is a perfect treat for kids eight and under. Passengers will spy items in the woods as they ride through the park. Family Halloween movies are shown every evening.

Gather Your Goblins for a Haunted Train Ride

when: Oct. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26 from 7-9:30 p.m.

where: Fremont, Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. , Fremont , Ca

cost: $6/adults; $4/child 3-12; children 2 and under are free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Climb aboard the Haunted Halloween Train at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Take an evening ride through… read more
Sunday, October 12 12 – 3 pm Children's Exhibition Our simulated archaeological dig is open for families on the second Sunday of each month. Ages 3 – 10 ​Free with Museum Admission

Kids Will Dig this Archeological Site

when: Oct 25 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Presidio, Pershing Square at the corner of Arguello and Moraga, Arguello and Moraga, Presidio, San Francisco, CA

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Kids can witness archeology in action in the Presidio. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October… read more

Spend an Easy Crafternoon at Aldea Baby

when: Oct 25 at noon to 2 p.m.

where: Mission, Aldea Baby, 1017 Valencia St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 5 and up

the scoop:

Meet Lorena Siminovich, the mastermind behind Petit Collage, and get a copy of her new… read more
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends are once again chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum for five days in November. The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous engine and his railway friend Percy. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Superintendent of the Railroad. There will be a a wide range of fun activities perfect for children. For tickets and more information, call the Orange Empire Railway Museum office at (951) 943-3020 or visit www.thomasperrisca.oerm.org

Come In Costume for a Day out with Thomas (and Percy!)

when: October 18, 19, 25, 26, and November 1 & 2, 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

where: Felton, Roaring Camp Railroad, 5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton, Ca

cost: $24; children under 2 are free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

The Day Out With Thomas™ event returns to Felton this fall, with a special treat… read more
PreSchool Family and Young Fives hosts its 30th annual Family Fun Day on Sat, Oct. 25th, 2014 from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Fun for ALL Ages! Raffle, Train rides, Carnival games, Magic shows, Live music, Food and Bake sale, Used Book sale, and more! Free admission; Info: 650-856-0833. PreSchool Family Campus, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 94303. www.psf.pausd.org

Bring the Tots to Preschool Family Fun Day

when: Oct 25 at 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

where: Palo Alto, PreSchool Family Campus, 4120 Middlefield Rd. , Palo Alto , Ca

cost: Free. Rides are pay per ride.

ages: All Ages (geared toward 2-5)

the scoop:

PreSchool Family and Young Fives hosts its 30th annual Family Fun Day! Raffle, train rides,… read more
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It’s Naturally Spooky at the Randall Museum

when: Oct 25 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

where: Corona Heights, Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA

cost: Free; $3 suggested donation; some games cost .50

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Tailor-made for your little ones, this awesome nature museum offers a non-scary way to celebrate… read more
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Hallo-Screen at the Disney Family Museum

when: October 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, & 31 at 1:30 and 4 p.m.

where: The Presidio , The Walt Disney Family Museum , 104 Montgomery St., San Francisco, Ca 94129

cost: Free with admission: $20/Adults; $12 kids 6-17; free for kids under 6

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Celebrate Halloween with a special selection of haunted cartoon shorts such as The Skeleton Dance, The… read more
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A Bewitching Night at the Museum

when: Oct 25 at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m,.

where: Downtown San Jose, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose , 180 Woz Way, San Jose, Ca

cost: $17; infants under 12 mos. are free ($5/members)

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is hosting a Family Night at the Museum. Bring… read more
A pumpkin patch for horse-lovers. Come support this non-profit organization by buying a pumpkin, plus have some fun decorating your pumpkin, decorating horse shoes, participating in our costume contests (for kids, dogs, and horses!) and our pumpkin dessert contest! There will also be a hot dog lunch, root beer floats, face painting, and pony petting! Visit website for event times and descriptions.

Ponies and Pumpkins in the Pasture

when: Oct 25 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Moraga, Moraga Horsemen's Association Pasture, 423 Canyon Rd. , Moraga, CA

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

A pumpkin patch for horse-lovers! Come support this non-profit organization by buying a pumpkin, plus… read more
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Party All Morning Like It’s Halloween Night

when: Oct 25 at 9 a.m.

where: Larkspur, Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

The Marin Country Mart is hosting a totally awesome Halloween party and all your little… read more
Flying thousands of miles at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and a mile high in the sky, Monarch butterflies return annually to the same trees at the San Leandro Marina and hunker down to spend the winter. For more than a decade, the City of San Leandro has sponsored the Monarch Butterfly Program to share this exceptional example of our natural environment with the community. Participants on the walks discover the life cycle and mysterious migrations of the Monarch butterfly from an expert. After a brief talk we take a short walk to see large clusters of butterflies on the Eucalyptus trees. This is one of the few places in Alameda County to witness this natural phenomenon! Wear comfortable shoes that can get a bit dirty. We’ll walk two blocks to the site on paved surfaces, then on grass to view the butterflies. Bring binoculars or borrow some of ours! Reservations are required. The site is only available to the public through these walks, the site is not open to the public. Adult fee: 10 resident/$12 non-resident. Youth fee: $4 resident/$6 non-resident. You must register in advance. To register online visit www.sanleandrorec.org or stop by the Marina Community Center at 15301 Wicks Blvd. or the Senior Community Center at 13901 E 14th Street When to see the butterflies – Public Walks Sun. Oct 19 10am-11:30am Class#33655(adults) #33731(youth) Sat. Oct 25 1pm-2:30pm Class#33656(adults) #33732(youth) Sat. Nov. 8 11am-12:30pm Class#33657(adults) #33733(youth) Sat. Nov. 15 11am-12:30pm Class#33658(adults) #33734(youth) Contact Adrienne De Ponte, Interpretive Naturalist at sanleandrobutterflies@earthlink.net with any questions. Thank you, Adrienne De Ponte

Migrate to the East Bay for a Monarch Butterfly Walk

when: Oct. 19, 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 & 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

where: San Leandro Marina, Monarch Bay Golf Course, 13800 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro, Ca

cost: $10-$12/adult; $4-$6/child

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Did you know that thousands of monarch butterflies return every year to the San Leandro… read more
An organic pumpkin patch located on a dairy farm. Pick your pumpkins straight off the vines, then learn & play on the farm. FREE petting farm, hay maze, "seed" sand box, watch cows being milked plus additional activities: Guided farm tours, Hay rides, Bounce House. There is food and a picnic area where you can reserve a private space for your group!

Mooove Over to McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch

when: Open Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m for the month of October

where: Petaluma, McClelland's Dairy Organic Farm & Pumpkin Patch, 6475 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma , CA

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

An organic pumpkin patch located on a dairy farm! Pick your pumpkins straight off the… read more
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Skeletonfest At The Richmond Art Center

when: Oct 25 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

where: Richmond, Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave. , Richmond, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 3 and up

the scoop:

It’s the perfect way to kick off Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities. Come… read more
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Beyond the Bean: Kids Fun at the Farmer’s Market

when: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

where: Larkspur, Marin Country Mart , 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Sure, you know they have and abundance of awesome, fresh, local produce, artisan cheeses, and… read more
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Make Real Social Connections for Your Child at Gymboree Play & Music

when: Oct 25 - Nov 22

where: Classes vary by location. Find location: gymboreeclasses.com

cost: Free Trial Class

ages: 0-5 years

the scoop:

Friendship found through play has never been more important for children. Your child’s real social… read more
Participate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room. Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE).

Happy Creepy Halloween at the Hall

when: Oct 25 - Oct 26 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: UC Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive #5200, Berkeley, Ca

cost: $12 /adult; $10/child 3-18; children 2 and under are free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Participate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Meet some of the slimiest,… read more
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Get Your Creature Fix at Boo at the Zoo

when: Oct 25 - Oct 26 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

where: Outer Sunset , SF Zoo, 1 Zoo Rd. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $17/adults; $11/child; children 3 and under are free. (includes zoo admission)

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Bring your family to Boo at the Zoo for some festive and safe Halloween fun!… read more
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Pumpkins & Trains! Western Railway Pumpkin Festival

when: Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 11-26; 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

where: Suisun, Western Railway Museum , 5848 State Highway 12 , Suisun, CA

cost: $12/adults; $9/child 2-14; children under 2 are free

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

Get your Halloween Jack-o-Lantern-to-be and enjoy a train ride too! Trains depart every thirty minutes… read more

Let the Dogs Out at ARF’s Halloween Party

when: Oct 25 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

where: Walnut Creek, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, Ca

cost: $5/child

ages: 3-12

the scoop:

Come in costume, play games, make crafts, and meet some of the ghoulish (and totally… read more

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