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Family and KidsOld-Fashioned Fourth of July
During this San Mateo County History Museum event, children can hand-crank ice cream and make traditional Independence Day crafts. At 1 p.m., adults can view vintage films of the Peninsula from the museum's archives. Admission to the museum will be half off. July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 adult; $2 senior, student; free for children age 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsChili Cook Off & Summer Festival
The City of Palo Alto will hold the 34th annual Chili Cook Off & Summer Festival on the Fourth of July, where teams from restaurants, work and group affiliations, and police and fire departments will compete for the Best Chili Award. There will also be live music, activities for children and a variety of other holiday food. July 4, noon. Free. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsYouth Claymation Camp
In this weeklong camp offered by KMVT 15, elementary school students will work in small groups to brainstorm ideas, create a storyboard and script, sculpt clay figures, build scenery, design special effects and shoot a short stop-motion animation movie. Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $335. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Family and KidsDidgeridoo Down Under
Didgeridoo Down Under - Aussie Funk Jam will visit the Portola Valley Library to give a concert with the Australian instrument that teaches audience members of all ages about geography, nature, culture and ecology. A later workshop will also offer instruction on how to play the didgeridoo. July 7, 11 a.m (concert) and 4 p.m. (workshop). Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsFratello Marionettes: 'Aladdin'
The Belle Haven Branch of the Menlo Park Library will welcome Fratello Marionettes, who will give a puppet performance of "Aladdin." July 10, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsDidgeridoo Down Under
The Atherton Library will host Didgeridoo Down Under for a family event that uses the Australian instrument to teach lessons about geography, nature, culture, diversity and ecology. The event is best suited for ages 5 and up. July 10, 1-1:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsFamily Storytime
This Portola Valley Library event will lead families in singing songs and reading books together. July 11, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPython Ron's Reptile Kingdom
The Belle Haven Branch of the Menlo Park Library will offer a wildlife program with Python Ron's Retile Kingdom that will share live snakes, reptiles and more. July 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsStoryteller John Weaver
The Belle Haven Branch of the Menlo Park Library will welcome storyteller John Weaver, who will tell funny stories for all ages from the oral tradition. July 21, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsJungle James Animal Adventures
This Atherton Library program will allow children ages 5 and up to learn about jungle creatures through hands-on interactions and a presentation. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. July 27, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsPortrait of the Bay Art Camp 2
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold a weeklong art camp for children ages 6 to 11 at the Palo Alto Baylands, during which participants can watch and sketch birds, climb and draw trees, paint landscapes and try new media each day. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $250 half day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsBe You: Yoga and Mindfulness Summer Camp
The Be You summer camp will lead children in recognizing their inherent wisdom, strength and kindness. Activities will include meditation, mindfulness, yoga, dancing, playing, singing and others that encourage self-discovery. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $350 child; $275 sibling. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way #110, Mountain View.
Family and KidsBaby Bounce & Rhyme Time
The Portola Valley Library will offer weekly events, specifically for babies up to 18 months old, that combine singing, dancing, reading and playing to help bond young children and their parents. Mondays, June 1-July 27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events for children 18 to 36 months old will incorporate songs, stories and movement activities that encourage listening and reading. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, June 2-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsFancy Nancy Storytime Party
This Books Inc. family event best suited for girls and boys ages 2 to 7 will include readings of bestselling "Fancy Nancy" titles, themed activities and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear fancy outfits. July 29, 10:30 a.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsMenlo Film Contest
The City of Menlo Park will celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a film contest asking families, nonprofits, businesses and social clubs to show how parks make life better in Menlo Park. Entries are due by July 31. An event screening the films and giving awards will take place on Aug. 19 at The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School. See website for more info. July 1-31. Free. , , Menlo Park.
Family and KidsSummer Learning Program
The Atherton Library's Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsEHP's Community Blockfest 2015
The Ecumenical Hunger Program will celebrate 40 years of service to the community at its annual Blockfest event. There will be a community resource fair, entertainment, children's activities, local vendor booths, a raffle and other festivities. Aug. 8. Free. Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMad Science of the Bay Area
At this event sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library, Mad Science will teach children ages 5 and up about how special effects in movies are made. Aug. 10, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute will offer summer camps through which children and teens can learn about the biology of the coast and bay through hands-on activities, viewing live animals and educational field trips. See website for more info. June 15-Aug. 14. Prices start at $415. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Family and KidsPuppet Art Theater: 'Cinderella'
Puppet Art Theater will present a special "Dad and Me" puppet show. The event is offered in partnership with the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. All are welcome. Aug. 17, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsLego Day
The Mountain View Public Library will hold one of its monthly events where community members can use their creativity to build things with Legos. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., adults only can enjoy building during lunch. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., everyone is welcome. No registration is required. Aug. 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.