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Family and Kidsbricks4kidz Lego summer camp
bricks4kids will offer a variety of Lego summer camps for ages 3 to 14 years old, which help to develop science and math skills through activities like building, testing, robotics and movie-making. Monday-Friday, June 23-August 1, 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m. $150 half-day week; $270 full-day week. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMath Discovery Summer Camp
In these weeklong camps, kids will engage in math activities and projects covering a number of subjects such as fractions, platonic solids, fractals and more. Hands-on projects, outdoor play and video games will be among the activities. Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $380. Synapse Middle School, 3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsYMCA summer camps
Summer programs at the Palo Alto YMCA are designed to keep kids physically active and mentally engaged with a variety of activities. See website for specific programs and dates. June 2-August 4, Prices vary (financial assistance available). Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Howtoons' Activity Day
Books Inc. will hold a day of inventive activities centered on the book "Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction." Book C\contributors Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta and Ingrid Dragotta will to lead a building session with a slideshow. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsScience Club
Portola Valley Library will hold a meeting of its science club, where participants ages 5 and up will build and test boats, bridges and things that fly. Please contact the library to register. Aug. 6, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsMake it @ the Market
The Portola Valley Library will have a booth at the local farmers' market, where children can re-purpose board books into book marks they can take home. Aug. 7, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsMusic 4 Life
This class will share music and movement with children from 6 months to 6 years old. Parents can bond with their child while they sing, dance and play instruments. Wednesdays, June 11-August 8, 1-1:45 p.m. $136 resident; $182 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsPuppet Art Theater
Puppet Art Theater will perform "Hansel and Gretel" at this event for fathers and children. It is co-sponsored by the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. The performance is recommended for children 4 and older. August 11, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsScience Club
The Portola Valley Library will hold a meeting of its science club, where children ages 5 and up will explore the science of sound through hands-on activities. Children can also can play a homemade French horn and guitar. Please contact the library to register. Aug. 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsSteve Chaney ventriloquist show
To end of the Atherton Library's Summer Learning Party, Steve Chaney will bring a zany cast in this comic ventriloquist show, and end our Summer Learning Party. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Aug. 15, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsOutdoor painting summer camp
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold an outdoor painting summer camp called "Nature's little gems" for beginning paintings ages 5 to 10. High-quality art materials will be provided. Monday-Friday, August 11-15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Palo Alto parks, various locations, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsHelix summer sessions
Helix will offer summer camp sessions for ages 5 to 14 where kids can learn about the world through investigation. Participants can explore exhibits and spend time learning in the workshop. Monday-Friday, July 7-Aug. 15, 1-4 p.m. $200 member; $250 nonmember. Helix by Exploratorium, 316 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsHeather Hill Riding Center Summer Camps
Heather Hill Camp is a fun-filled time with the HH Welsh Cobs and Ponies! Half or full day sessions. Ride every day. Riding, film making, art. June 16 to Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100-$650 Rancho Viejo Stables in Portola Valley, 45 Ansel Lane, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16ľAug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Family and KidsLego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host a meeting of its Lego Club, where all ages can play and build with Lego and Duplo blocks. The program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsImagination Playground Party
The Portola Valley Library will host an event with Imagination Playground blocks. All ages can play and build with these safe, oversized blocks. August 21, 5-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsOutdoor painting summer camp
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold an outdoor painting camp called "Portrait of the Bay" for intermediate students from age 7 to 13. High-quality art materials will be provided. August 18-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2775 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay summer camps
This summer the Art School of San Francisco Bay will offer art camps for all levels. They include Plein Air for beginners and advanced students, Portrait painting and Art History Applied. Participants will learn valuable artistic skills and enjoy the creative environment. Both half and full-day camps are offered. Monday-Friday, June 16-August 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
This weekly event for ages 3 and under will include rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. The first Monday of the month is Music on Monday, when there will be singing and dancing. Mondays, Aug. 4-25, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
Story time for children ages 18 months to 3 years will be held each Tuesday at the Portola Valley Library, with songs, stories and movement activities. On Aug. 19, a craft activity will follow story time. Tuesdays, Aug. 5-26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.