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Family and Kids

'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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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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Baby Language: Cognition and Bilingualism
This DayOne Baby class will cover how babies communicate, important language milestones during their first year, myths and facts about bilingualism and research-proven methods to help children learn and use two languages. March 7, 1:30-3 p.m. $40. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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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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Positive Discipline
This DayOne Baby class will address what toddlers' capabilities are, how to set realistic boundaries and respond to tantrums, using logical consequences effectively and other related topics. March 8, 2:30-4 p.m. $60. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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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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Zimbabwe Run Poetry Slam
Ellen Clark of The Sustainable Living Foundation will hold a child-friendly poetry slam entitled "Old Tagama had a farm" with her African animal mascots. The event will help to promote the 16th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair on March 22, which seeks to inspires kids to stay fit, create art and help others. March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Know Knew Books, 366 State St., Los Altos.
 

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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. There will be activities, center tours and refreshments, as well as 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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Sleep Solutions Group
DayOne Baby invites parents to attend a meeting of this ongoing support group, facilitated by a Certified Sleep Consultant , that allows attendees to help each other address common challenges with child sleep. March 13, 11 a.m.-noon. $20. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Family Day/Young Minds at the Museum
This Los Altos History Museum event will include hands-on learning about motion, living organisms and gravity; a visit from the Tech Museum's Social Robot; info on the history, technology and use of drones at 1 and 2:30 p.m.; and "Advice for Young Entrepreneurs" from 10-year-old Jamie Kurtzig and CEO Sandra Kurtzig at 3 p.m. March 14, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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Hindi language school open house
MBK will host an information session on its accredited four-year Hindi program, covering its options for all students to learn Hindi and earn high school credit. March 14. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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Hidden Villa kids hiking tour
Hidden Villa staff will lead a small group of kids ages 8 to 11 in a day of hiking trails and hands-on tour of the farm. March 14, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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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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Pi Day Celebration
The Computer History Museum will hold a family event celebrating the never-ending number Pi with themed activities, live music and food available for purchase in its Cloud Café. March 14, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Regular admission. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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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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'Froggy' story time and special appearance
Linden Tree Books will hold a special story-time event, best suited for ages 3 to 7, to celebrate the new picture book "Froggy's Birthday Wish" by Jonathan London. There will be birthday treats, and Froggy will make an appearance. Those interested should call to RSVP. March 19, 4 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Mad Science Saturday with Jon Scieszka
Kepler's Books will offer an afternoon of science and fun with Jon Scieszka, who will talk about the second book in his Frank Einstein series, "Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger." Prizes will be awarded to attendees with the best costumes. March 21, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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DezignKidz craft activity
DezignKidz will hold an event at Linden Tree books with art activities for ages 6 and up and information about its various fashion, toy and interior design summer camps. Those interested should call to RSVP. March 21, 2-4 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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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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Superfamily Sunday
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold a free event exclusively for families of children with disabilities. Children with all disabilities are welcome, as are there siblings and grandparents. Spots are limited, and reservations are required. March 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Bilingual Baby Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will offer a story-time event designed to introduce babies to Spanish through stories, songs and rhymes. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after the session. March 23, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Village Rhythms performance
The Portola Valley Library will welcome master drummer and performer Onye Onyemaechi, who will perform a show of drumming, dancing, singing and storytelling for all ages. March 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Author Jean Reagan on 'How to Surprise a Dad'
Children's book author Jean Reagan will make an appearance at Linden Tree Books for a story time and signing of her new book "How to Surprise a Dad." This event is recommended for ages 4 to 7. March 26, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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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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Gamble Garden's Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo
Gamble Garden will hold a family Easter celebration, where children can visit a supervised petting zoo, participate in arts and crafts projects, receive temporary tattoos and search for Easter Eggs throughout the gardens. Light refreshments will be on hand. April 4, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $20 child, $10 adult member; $25 child, $15 adult nonmember. Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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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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Crazy 8's Math Club
This club for kids who enjoy math will meet weekly -- at 3:30 p.m. for those in kindergarten to second grade, and at 4:30 p.m. for third- to fifth-graders. Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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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.