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Family and Kids

Kidgits Book Blast
Simon Kidgits Club will hold its 12th annual Kidgits Book Blast, where kids of all ages can enjoy reading a handful of children's books and take part in arts and crafts activities. Those who bring in a book to donate will receive a special gift. Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

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Puppet Art Theater Company: 'Hansel & Gretel'
This family event, sponsored by the Fatherhood Collaborative and the San Mateo County Library, will feature the Puppet Art Theater Company performing the classic "Hansel & Gretel." Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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'Carnival of the Animals' By Saint-Saens
Conductor Derek Tam will lead two family concerts of "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens, with each including a string ensemble, two grand pianos, images illustrating the suite and a ballet performance by Bay Pointe Ballet. March 1, 10 a.m. and noon. $18 general; $15 member, child age 3-12; $20 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Music Monday
The Portola Valley Library will offer a Music Monday event, where there will be singing and dancing for ages 3 and under. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with at the end of the session. March 2, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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March Free First Friday Program
The San Mateo County History Museum will hold its monthly Free First Friday Program, offering free admission and activities for all ages. At 11 a.m., preschool children can learn about California Native Americans and grizzly bears, make a plastic bear claw necklace and hear a reading of the story "Two Bear Cubs." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a tour for adults. March 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Menlo Park Summer Camp Fair
The Menlo Park Community Services Department will host its second annual summer camp fair to provide information about city-run and city-sponsored summer camps. There will be free activities for kids, pizza and a raffle. March 6, 6-8 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

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Get Crafty: Masks workshop
This workshop will guide participants of all ages in making superhero, animal or other kinds of masks. Adult assistance is required for younger children. March 7, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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African Folk Tale and Poetry Slam
Elementary school teacher Ellen Clark will lead an event with African folk tales and poetry to raise awareness for the 16th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair on March 22. March 7, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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WHOOOO: A Daytime Celebration of Owls
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold an event celebrating owls, where visitors can meet resident Western-Screech Owls, Olive and Scooter, and see owls from the San Francisco Zoo and Wildlife Associates. Club JMZ members will also be able to take advantage of breakfast and special activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8, 1-2 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Organ recital for children
Organist Margaret Kvamme and singer Kathy McKee will play a concert for school-age children, specifically those in elementary and middle schools. March 8, 6-7 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Christ Church Portola Valley, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Act!vated Story Theatre
The national touring theatrical troupe Act!vated Story Theatre will offer a show for all ages of multicultural folktales. Children ages 6 and up can stop by 30 minutes before the show to participate in the performance and a free workshop. Space is limited. March 9, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Wii Wednesday
The Portola Valley Library will host an event where video gamers ages 7 and older can challenge each other in Super Smash Brothers Brawl on the Nintendo Wii. Beginners are welcome. March 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Riekes Center open house and concert
The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement will hold an open house for community members to learn about its summer opportunities, where there will be activities, center tours and refreshments. There will also be a creative arts show at 7 p.m.. March 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way, North Fair Oaks.

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Chen and Goodman on 'Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles'
Author Shan-Shan Chen and illustrator Heidi Goodman will come to Linden Tree Books to share and sign their book "Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles" The event, which includes a story time and craft, is best suited for children ages 3 to 7. Those interested should call to RSVP. March 14, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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PAMP 2015 Rummage Sale
The Parent's Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park will hold its annual Rummage Sale, where community members can both recycle items and find deals -- particularly on gently-used children's clothing, toys, equipment and maternity items. Early admission at 8:30 a.m. is available to club members. March 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Free admission. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Babies & Books Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold story-time events for ages 3 and under, where there will be rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. Mondays, March 9 and 16, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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'The Magic Flute For Families' screening
The San Francisco Opera will hold offer a 60-minute screening of its family-friendly production in 2007 of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." March 22, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Junior Naturalist: 'Fins and Wings'
The Junior Naturalist series in March will combine live animal observation, talks by experts and interactive kits, allowing children to see closely the unique adaptations and features of birds and marine animals. Thursdays, March 5-26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $75. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Waldorf high school March open house
At this open house, students and parents can learn about the Waldorf of the Peninsula high school program by participating in sample lessons, meeting faculty and students, viewing student work, touring the campus and participating in a Q&A program. March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

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Toddler Storytime
Each Tuesday in March the Portola Valley Library will hold a Toddler Storytime event, where young children can enjoy songs, stories and movement activities that encourage reading and listening. 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, March 3-31, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Easter Egg Hunt
Sponsored by the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park, this annual Easter Egg Hunt feature a hunt for children age 10 and under, photos with the Easter Bunny, a magic show and breakfast treats. All proceeds will benefit the park. April 4, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 general. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

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Fratello Marionettes with 'The Frog Prince'
Fratello Marionettes, an experienced puppeteer group, will put on a performance of "The Frog Prince" for ages 4 and up. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. April 13, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Waldorf April high school tour
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer a tour of its high school, where interested families can visit and observe classes, meet faculty and students, view student work, see the facilities and ask questions about the school. April 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

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Wingding Family Fest
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will welcome community members to the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to explore nature during its "Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Spring and All Things Winged!" May 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, Skyline Boulevard, one mile south of Alpine Road / Page Mill Road intersection, Los Altos Hills.

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Paws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Human Society and SPCA, children ages 5 and older can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Participants must register in advance. Fourth Saturday of the month, Feb. 28-May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Art School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

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Marine 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. Registration begins on Feb. 2. See website for more info. June 15-Aug. 14. Prices start at $415. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.