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Family and KidsShabbat dinner for young families
This event will bring together young Jewish families from around the world for a laid-back and kid-friendly kosher Shabbat dinner. Prepared in a certified kosher kitchen, the food will be served buffet-style. High-school student volunteers will be on hand to help entertain children who attend. July 28, 5:30-8 p.m. $35 adult; $10 child; $5 toddler. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMagical Bridge Summer Entertainment Series
During this summer series at the Magical Bridge Playground, Bay Area artists will provide music and entertainment. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy with the shows. Fridays, July 10-Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. Free. Magical Bridge Playground, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMeet the Rabbi BBQ
Families with children through 8th grade are invited to attend a casual backyard BBQ where they can meet Rabbi Chaim from Congregation Etz Chayim. There will be hot dogs and veggie dogs, popsicles and schmoozing. Attendees are asked to bring a non-dairy salad or side dish to share. All are elcome. Aug. 29, 5-7 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsGreen Fest 2015
Green Fest will teach visitors simple things they can do to be more green in their daily lives through interactive activities and displays. There will be live music, free ice cream, a farmers' market, a scavenger hunt, relay races and prizes. Aug. 30, 2-5 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsSuper Family Sunday
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold one of its free events exclusively for families with children who have disabilities. Siblings and grandparents are also welcome. Spots are limited, and reservations are required. Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsBabies & Books Storytime
These event at the Portola Valley Library will include rhymes, songs, lap play activities and short stories for infants up to 18 months old. Age-appropriate toys will be available for play after each session. Mondays, Aug. 24 and 31, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPreschool Activity Hour
At this family event at the San Mateo County History Museum, preschool-age children will make vegetable collages for taking home and listen to the story "Up, Down and Around" in the "Nature's Bounty" exhibit gallery. Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Family and KidsStory Time with Don and Audrey Wood
Audrey and Don Wood -- creators of the bestseller "The Napping House," the Caldecott Honor-winning "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub and other children's books -- visit Kepler's to share their latest, "The Full Moon at the Napping House." Attendees are encouraged to wear their pajamas. 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsInternational Storytime
This weekly event at Blossom Birth Services for babies (pre-crawlers only) will expose them to international languages through stories read aloud. The event is also allows attendees to meet other families. Tuesdays, July 14-Sept. 26, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 nonmember; free for members. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsStoryteller John Weaver
The Menlo Park Library's storyteller John Weaver will share his comedic versions of fables and folklore, all told without a book. The events are recommended for those in grade school and older. First Thursday of the month, Sept. 3-Dec. 3, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsFamily Painting Workshop
This one-day workshop for families (ages 4 and up) will introduce basic painting techniques while participants create artwork to take home. All materials and instruction will be provided. Parent or caregiver attendance is required. Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. $75 one family. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Family and KidsYoga and Mindfulness Classes for Children
Held twice weekly in Mountain View, these classes for children will provide opportunities for quiet sitting meditation, movement and asana practice, music and play, and relaxation in a supportive environment. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 24-Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 drop in; class passes available. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #110, Mountain View.