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PlayFest fundraiser for CCSC
PlayFest, an event raising funds for the nonprofit preschool Children's Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC), will provide engaging, play-based activities for children, an UnAuction, and food and beverages for purchase. April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $35 family pack (five people); $10 individual. Children's Center of the Stanford Community, 685 Pampas Lane, Stanford.

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Fiesta at Friends Nursery School
Celebrating 60 years of community service, Friends Nursery School will hold its annual children's carnival and fundraiser, which will include games, crafts, music, entertainment, a bake sale and auction. All proceeds support the school's scholarship fund. April 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Friends Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Find Your Edge! Sylvan Learning demo day
This free community event offered by Sylvan Learning Mountain View will allow kids to participate in fun STEM-related activities that explore robotics, coding and accelerated math. April 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Sylvan Learning Mountain View, 2025 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

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Author Dev Petty on 'I Don't Want to Be a Frog'
Dev Petty will visit Linden Tree Books to sign and hold a story time with her debut picture book "I Don't Want to Be a Frog," which focuses on a willful young frog with an identity crisis. The event is best suited to ages 3 to 6. Those interested should RSVP by phone. April 25, 2-3 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Super Family Sunday
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold one of its appreciation days for families who have children with disabilities. Visitors can meet some animals up close and enjoy a hands-on science activity. Grandparents and siblings are welcome. Reservations are required. April 26, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Look In A Book'
The Music School will present an original musical comedy called "Look In A Book," during which 140 children will bring storybook characters to life through singing, dancing and a little mischief. April 25, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; April 26, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. $12 adult; $10 senior; $5 child; $2 ages 2 and under. Mountain View High School, Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
 

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Babies & Books Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will continue its story-time events for the very young, which include rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with at the end of each session. Mondays, April 13-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly Toddler Storytime events with songs, stories and movement activities to encourage young children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow the event on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, March 24-April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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April Waldorf 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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May Free First Friday Program
For its Free First Friday Program in May, the San Mateo County History Museum will hold activities for children and adults. At 11 a.m., preschool-age children can learn about Mexican traditions while making paper flowers and listening to the story "Marco's Cinco de Mayo." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a museum tour for adults. May 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Story Time with Dan Gutman
Dan Gutman will visit Kepler's Books to share his new children's book "Rappy the Raptor" about a velociraptor who constantly speaks in rhymes. May 2, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Menlo Park Kite Day
The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department will host its annual Kite Day at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Community members of all ages can bring their own kites, or purchase one and a hot dog for $6 at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring extra water and sunblock. May 2, noon-3 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road, Menlo Park.
 

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YMCA Summer Camp Fair
During this event, families can learn about the YMCA's summer camps while playing camp games, playing in bounce houses and running obstacle courses. Attendees can meet camp directors and summer staff. Camp T-shirts will be distributed. May 2, 1-3 p.m. Free. El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.
 

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Old Woodside Store Day
This family event will share the history of the Old Woodside Store and the area during the 1880s. Children's activities will include cutting logs with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles, making dolls and other activities. 27strings will play live bluegrass music. May 3, noon-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside.

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Blossom Mother's Day Open House
Blossom Birth Services will hold a Mother's Day Open House, where visitors can learn about its classes, yoga offerings, library, community resources and retail/resale boutique, the Beanstalk. There will door prizes, info sessions, demos and special discounts. Registration is available online for demos. May 3, noon-5 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.

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Boswick the Clown
In this comedic program funded by the Friends of the Library, Boswick the Clown will transform himself from an ordinary man into a circus clown and lead the audience on a trip to the Reading Circus. May 4, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Lucy Jo Pallandino on 'Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers'
Lucy Jo Pallandino, Ph.D., a psychologist in practice for 35 years who specializes in the study of attention, will discuss her practical book "Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child's Use of Technology." May 5, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

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Storytime with Dev Petty
As part of Children's Book Week, local author Dev Petty will read from her debut picture book "I Don't Want to Be a Frog," a silly story about identity and accepting oneself. May 5, 4-5 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Preparing children for kindergarten talk
Dr. Annye Rothenberg, a child/parent psychologist, will give a talk addressing how parents can prepare their children for kindergarten, as well as general parenting questions. The talk is open to the community, but for parents only. May 5, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. The Roberts School, 641 Coleman Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Saturday Storytime with Bob Barner
For this Children's Book Week event, award-winning author and illustrator Bob Barner will give a Saturday Storytime reading of his latest vivid picture book "Sea Bones." May 9, 2-4 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

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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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Curious George Costume Party
To celebrate Children's Book Week, Books Inc. will hold a Curious George Costume Party where the inquisitive monkey will hang around and children can participate in themed activities and giveaways. May 9, 2-4 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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AYSO Menlo Park & Atherton registration
AYSO Menlo Park & Atherton Region 109 will hold walk-in registration days at Hillview Middle School for the coming fall soccer season. Boys and girls new to AYSO or the region are required to attend. Others can register online beginning on May 1. Registration is $150 for the season, or $100 for a kinderleague season. AYSO does not hold tryouts and all are welcome to participate, regardless of ability. May 2 and 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free to attend. Hillview Middle School Library, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park.

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Paws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society & 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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Lego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly meetings of its Lego Club, where all ages can use their imagination in making Lego constructions. Duplo blocks are available for younger builders. Saturdays, April 11-June 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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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.