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Family and KidsFuture Farmers
Kids who love animals can shadow Hidden Villa interns as they do their afternoon chores, seeing firsthand how cows, sheep, goats, chickens and pigs are cared for. This is a kids-only class, in a small group of four. March 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $35. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Family and KidsAuthor Oliver Chin
San Francisco author Oliver Chin will be at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos to read his book "Julie Black Belt." There will also be a martial arts demonstration. This book is most appropriate for girls ages 5-8. March 8, 1 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and Kids'Carmen for Families - The Movie'
As part of the San Francisco Opera's "Opera in an Hour" series, this Georges Bizet opera will be screened. In English. Recommended for ages 10+. March 8, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsThe Pop Ups
Grammy-nominated Pop Ups present "Radio Jungle," a new comedic adventure filled with magic and music. March 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $15 members; $18 non-members; $20 at the door. Seiler Family Gymnasium, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Sid The Science Kid'
"Sid the Science Kid," the popular PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company, comes to life in this stage performance. Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to their town to discover the world's excitement and curiosities. March 9, 2-4 p.m. $31-$40. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsMeet the Author: Todd Parr
Todd Parr is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of more than three dozen children's books. The first 40 families to arrive will receive a free copy of "Reading Makes You Feel Good," courtesy of FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County. Part of Silicon Valley Reads 2014. March 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsFriends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library is holding one of its monthly sales of thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9. Saturday sale hours: main sale room 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; children’s and bargain rooms 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsCreate Your Own Read Poster
Sixth to 12th grade students are invited to bring in a favorite book and create a poster using the design studio program. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. March 12, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsMeet the Author: Chris Grabenstein
In his New York Times bestseller for young readers, "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library," Chris Grabenstein created a technological marvel of a library--all in the service of books and the sharing of knowledge. Part of Silicon Valley Reads, 2014 - Books & Technology: Friends or Foes? March 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsTeen Open Block Play
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 12, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and Kids"Gustafer Yellowgold" Family Concert
Award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor performs a multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. March 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsLEGO Club at PV Library
The Portola Valley Library is hosting a LEGO club, providing the LEGOs as well as DUPLO building blocks for younger builders. Contact the library to register. The program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. March 15, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsBlock Play at the Library
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; March 11, 11 a.m.-noon; March 13, 5-6 p.m.; March 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPurim Family Etztravaganza
The Congregation Etz Chayrim will welcome children ages 2-12 and their grown-ups for a Purim Party in Palo Alto. Activities include riding a pony like Mordechai, baking hamantaschen, listening to Purim stories, making homemade groggers. Wearing costumes is encouraged. March 16, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsSt. Patrick's Day at Cheeky Monkey Toys
Cheeky Monkey will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with themed crafts activities for kids. March 16 and 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsPreschoolers on the Farm at Hidden Villa
In this three-part series, kids age 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers can bury their hands in sheep wool or throw corn to the chickens. March 21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Family and Kids'Tales of Magic and Blarney' with Ruth Halpern
Storyteller Ruth Halpern will be presenting “Tales of Magic & Blarney,” enchanting, surprising stories of the Emerald Isles for ages 5 to 105. The event is sponsored by the Menlo Park Library and the Menlo Park Historical Association. March 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsHidden Villa Spring Farm Fair
To mark the beginning of spring, drop-in activities will be hosted farm-wide all afternoon; no registration required. March 22, noon-3 p.m. $5 parking fee. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Family and Kids15th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair
The 15th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair will include 11 cross-country races and a series of one-mile races for grade school, high school and adult runners. There will also be children's game booths, an art exhibit, animal mascots and food from Zimbabwe. March 23, noon-4 p.m. $5 to run. Fair and children's art exhibit are free. St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
Family and KidsBilingual Storytime
This program is for newborns to children 18 months old and will feature stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. March 24, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsGardening with Children with Drew Harwell
Drew will speak about ways to engage children in learning about gardening and having fun in the garden. March 29, 9:30-11 a.m. $25 adult member; $35 adult nonmember; $15 per child Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsFirst Friday Free Program
At 11, preschool children will be invited to learn about farms. They will create toy cotton ball sheep to take home. The youngsters will also hear the story, Farmer Brown Shears his Sheep. At 2, museum docents will lead tours of the Museum for adults. April 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Family and KidsTom Chapin in Concert
Tom Chapin and Michael Mark will perform two "Green Concerts for Kids." April 6, 1 and 4p.m. $20/$15 in advance;$22/$17 at the door. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsOran Etkin and Timbalooloo: 'Wake Up, Clarinet!'
Acclaimed New York-based clarinet player Oran Ektin is the creator of the Timbalooloo method of teaching music to young children. His award-winning children's CD "Wake Up, Clarinet!" inspired this live concert for families, literally bringing instruments to life as they become characters in the story. April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsMenlo Park Tennis Festival
This festival will feature special demonstrations from tennis professionals, music, prizes and other activities for all levels. It is open to all players ages 6-12 and their family members. April 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 per player. Burgess Park Tennis Courts, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and Kids'Laura's Star' Film Screening
The Cantor Arts Center will be showing the German film "Laura's Star." In this animated 80-minute feature, 7-year-old Laura moves from the country to the city and begins a fantastic friendship with an equally disoriented shooting star. April 20, 12-3 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Dr. at Museum Way, Stanford.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
For ages birth to 18 months. Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the young. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will have songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Craft follows storytime. March 18, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and Kids'Paws for Tales' Kids Program
Atherton Library hosts a program in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA where children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month. Through June, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
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 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.