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Thursday, March 26

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Splash Into Spring at the Rompin’ River

when: Mar 26 - Apr 19 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Included with price of admission, locals discount available online

ages: All ages

Art Loft at Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose

Explore the Wonder Cabinet at the CDM San Jose

when: Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

cost: $12; infants 1 and under are free

ages: All ages

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Celebrate National Bubble Week with Gymboree Play & Music 

when: Mar 26 - Mar 31 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Find a local site near you at gymboreeclasses.com

cost: Varies by location

ages: 0-5

Family Fun Days at SF Asian Art Museum

Discover the Animals at the Asian Art Museum

when: Thursdays, during regular hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

where: Civic Center, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $15/adults; $10/child 13-18; children 12 and under are free

ages: All Ages

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, California

An Overnight with a Giant Octopus (and Otters!)

when: Sat., Mar. 28, 7 p.m.- Sun., Mar. 29, 8:30 a.m.

where: Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium , 886 Cannery Row , Monterey, Ca

cost: $90

ages: 5 and up

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Get a Walking (and Tasting) Tour of the Ghourmet Ghetto

when: Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

where: Berkeley , Ghourmet Ghetto , Shattuck Ave. , Berkely , Ca

cost: $92/person

ages: All Ages

In this course, young students enter the world of computer science by learning how to create animations, computer games, and interactive projects. Using Scratch, a graphical programming language developed at MIT, students learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, conditional statements, and event handling. As they teach a mischievous cat to dance, explore a maze, or play games, students learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively. The course will show students how to make and import objects, create audio recordings, and use them to develop interactive projects. At the end of the course, students create their own computer game and share it with their LA Makerspace instructor and classmates. This is a special workshop: For Kids and By Kids!  This hands-on, interactive experience is for kids ages 5-12 year olds and their families, and will be taught by Scratch Instructor Chris Mosier and his team of 6th Grade Scratch Experts. Requirements * No previous programming skills are required, but students should be comfortable using a computer and browser, and managing files. * Please bring a laptop to play along, as we won't have extras on hand.  * Scratch is a free program and can be installed prior to class here.   About the Instructor Chris Mosier is the Director of Educational Technology at Archer School in West LA, and has spent last fall working with the Scratch team at the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab. He has been a technology coordinator at two schools for the last ten years (training teachers how to use technology in their classrooms, blending tech into lessons, and supporting teachers and students.) He has experience presenting, and has led a workshop on Scratch last year at CUE Conference-- California's annual teaching/tech conference.  He grew up in Central Wisconsin, but has spent the last ten years here in sunny Los Angeles.

Thinker Thursday (With Snacks!) at the SFPL

when: every Thursday at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Civic Center, Main Library, Children's Center, 100 Larkin St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 4 and up

The Reading Bug, San Carlos

Bring Your Bookworms to the Reading Bug for Story Time

when: Every Thursday at 11 a.m.

where: San Carlos, The Reading Bug, 785 Laurel St., San Carlos, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 3-5

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Add to Your Lullaby Repertoire at this Music Class

when: Thursday from 11-11:45 a.m.

where: Walnut Creek , Small Talk Family Cafe , 1536 Newell Ave. , Walnut Creek, Ca

cost: $16/child; $14/infants; $10 members

ages: 0-5

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Vive le livre! French Storytime in San Anselmo

when: every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

where: San Anselmo, San Anselmo Library Council Chambers, 110 Turnstead Ave. , San Anselmo , Ca

cost: Free

ages: 0-5

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Take It to the Str “eat” at this Bazaar

when: Every Thursday from 5-10 p.m.

where: SoMa, SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages

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Magical Magnolia Family Adventure

when: Mar 26 - Mar 31

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

cost: Free with garden admission

ages: All Ages

Have Story Time

Bring Your Gozlings to Hear Nursery Rhymes

when: Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

where: San Rafael, Civic Center Library , 3501 Civic Center Drive # 427 , San Rafael , Ca

cost: Free

ages: 0-3

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Step On Board a Pirate Ship

when: Weekdays, except Mondays, 4-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a..m.-1 p.m., Mar. 13-29

where: Sausaltio, Bay Model , Bay Model, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $3 donation per scallywag

ages: All Ages

Friday, March 27

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Hear It All with OperaPops

when: Mar 27 at 7:30 p.m.

where: San Jose, Silver Creek High School Concert Hall , 3434 Silver Creek Rd., San Jose, Ca

cost: $15

ages: All ages

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Join the Circus McGurkus with Seussical

when: Mar. 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7 pm. and Mar. 22 & 29, 2 p.m.

where: Santa Clara, Mission City Center for Performing Arts Wilcox High School , 3250 Monroe St., Santa Clara, Ca

cost: $10/adult; $5/child

ages: All Ages

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Step On Board a Pirate Ship

when: Weekdays, except Mondays, 4-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a..m.-1 p.m., Mar. 13-29

where: Sausaltio, Bay Model , Bay Model, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $3 donation per scallywag

ages: All Ages

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Splash Into Spring at the Rompin’ River

when: Mar 27 - Apr 19 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Included with price of admission, locals discount available online

ages: All ages

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Magical Magnolia Family Adventure

when: Mar 27 - Mar 31

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

cost: Free with garden admission

ages: All Ages

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Celebrate National Bubble Week with Gymboree Play & Music 

when: Mar 27 - Mar 31 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Find a local site near you at gymboreeclasses.com

cost: Varies by location

ages: 0-5

Seeing, Smelling, Touching, Hearing and Tasting will all be examined this month. Each week we will focus on one of our senses and have some fun while we are at it. There are only four Fridays this month so we’ll just have to taste the pickleweed each week on the trail. NOTE TO EDITOR: This event occurs every Friday in March.

Come to Your Senses on a Toddler Ramble

when: every Friday at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

where: Hayward, Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward, Ca

cost: $5/child

ages: 1-3

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, California

An Overnight with a Giant Octopus (and Otters!)

when: Sat., Mar. 28, 7 p.m.- Sun., Mar. 29, 8:30 a.m.

where: Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium , 886 Cannery Row , Monterey, Ca

cost: $90

ages: 5 and up

Fairyland Theatre

See a Story Book Come to Life

when: Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.

where: Oakland, Fairyland: Emerald City Stage, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, Ca

cost: $8

ages: 0-3

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Celebrate the 1915 World’s Fair in Saratoga

when: Friday, 1-4 p.m.

where: Saratoga, Saratoga History Museum, 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd., Saratoga, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

Fall 2015 Preschool Admissions

Get Inquisitive at the Novato Library’s Preschool Discovery Lab

when: Every Friday from 4-4:30 p.m.

where: Novato, South Novato Library, 6 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140A , Novato, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 3-6

Just Between Friends is the Peninsula's largest baby, children's and maternity consignment sale and is returning to the San Mateo Event Center March 27-29, 2015! Shoppers can find over 35,000 items including baby gear, clothing, shoes, toys, furniture and more at 50-90% off of retail prices. Sunday is our half-price sale when many items go 50% off! Sellers earn 60% automatically or 65% if they help at the sale and they get to shop the sale early, before it's open to the public. All unsold, donated items benefit local charities. Join us. Hours: Friday, March 27: 12-9pm; Saturday, March 28: 9am-5pm, Sunday, March 29: 9am-2pm. Print a free admission pass online!

Score Big at the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale

when: Fri., noon-9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

where: Peninsula, San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr. , San Mateo, Ca

cost: $3 admission on Friday only. Saturday-Sunday free admission.

ages: All Ages

Saturday, March 28

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Take It Over-Easy at this Easter Bunny Breakfast

when: Mar 28 at 9 a.m. to noon

where: The Village at Corte Madera, Cheesecake Factory, 1618 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera, Ca

cost: $8 per person suggested donation

ages: All Ages

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Befriend a Bunny at the Albany Preschool Spring Fair

when: Mar 28 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

where: Albany, Memorial Park , 1325 Portland Ave. , Albany , Ca

cost: Free; small fee for tickets for games.

ages: All Ages

The Prescott Circus Theatre, now in its 31st year, will again present their annual Student Showcase on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at Oakland Technical High School. Over 100 talented Oakland youth will demonstrate their skills in two shows at 11:00am and 1:30pm. The 3rd-5th grade students will perform juggling, stilting, acrobatics, unicycle, hambone body percussion, hip-hop dance, and balancing acts. Performances will feature the Prescott Circus Performance Company from Prescott Elementary School in West Oakland and students from PCT’s after school programs at Lafayette, Laurel, Manzanita SEED/Community, Parker, Korematsu, and Piedmont Avenue Elementary Schools. Following the success of last year's partnership, Prescott Circus students will again collaborate with the Oakland Spirit Orchestra (OSO). OSO is a youth orchestra featuring elementary and middle school students from 5 West Oakland public schools. Shows are free to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.prescottcircus.org or email info@prescottcircus.org.

Marvel at the Wonders of the Prescott Circus Spring Showcase

when: Sat., March 28 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

where: Oakland, Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages

CLASS ONE MENU-Indian Tofu w/ Spinach, 3 Grain Pancakes, Broccoli Casserole, Fruit Smoothies In this class, The Culinary Dude will introduce the kids to meal options without meat which will include, Split Pea Fritters, Apple Burgers, Spinach Tofu Dip, Pita & Corn Chips. Children will learn a variety of cooking styles and techniques during this class -- sauté, simmer, slice, bake and blend. All participants will be able to eat the food they make at the end of class.

Let the Kids Make Dinner! Meat-Free Cooking Class with Culinary Dude

when: Mar 28 at 10 a.m. to noon

where: Outer Richmond, St. Thomas the Apostle School, 3801 Balboa St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $40

ages: 5-14

Otter Talks at Aquarium of the Bay

You Otter Know: Predators of the Bay

when: Mar 28 - Apr 1 at 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

where: Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free with Aquarium admission

ages: All Ages