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Family and Kids'Nourishing Picky Eaters ages 1-8'
In this talk given by Anna Miller, parents will learn how to avoid food battles and create nutritious, enjoyable meal times. The presentation will include time for a Q&A. April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsGuided night hike
The event provides a rare opportunity to enjoy Hidden Villa and its backcountry trails after hours. Visitors will be led by an experienced naturalist guide. April 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $10/person. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Family and KidsFamily movie night
The Atherton Library will host a screening of "Despicable Me 2." The library shows a family-friendly film the last Friday of each month. Popcorn will be provided by the Friends of the Library. April 25, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and Kids'Healthy Kids Day'
For Healthy Kids Day®, the Palo Alto YMCA will host an event in Lytton Plaza with youth and family games, a health and resource fair, and activities and information about healthy eating and nutrition. April 26, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Lytton Plaza, University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids2nd Annual PlayFest
The Children's Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC) will hold its 2nd Annual PlayFest, with a theme of "Seeds of Imagination." The event will include engaging activities for children, time to explore CCSC’s play yards, and great food. The event supports the CCSC. April 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10/person; $30/family. Children's Center of the Stanford Community, 685 Pampas Lane, Stanford.
Family and KidsStory Time with Salina Yoon
Salina Yoon will read from her children's book "Found," which the tells the story of a bear who tries to return a lost stuffed bunny toy to its owner. Children can take home signed drawings of stuffed animals they bring to the event. April 27, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
At this event for newborns to children 18 months, there will be rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Mondays, March 3-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 include songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Crafts follow storytime. Tuesdays, March 4-April 29, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsFree Comic Book Day
Library visitors can drop by to pick up a free comic from an available selection. Graphic novels are also available to be checked out from the library's collection. May 3, 1:30-5 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Family and KidsMenlo Park Kite Day
The City of Menlo Park will host its annual Kite Day. Participants can bring their own kite or buy one. $6 will pay for a kite, hot dog, drink and chips or apple. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help assemble and fly kites. All ages are welcome. May 3, 12-3 p.m. Free. Bedwell-Bayfront Park, Marsh Road and Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsYoung Children's Spring Faire
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula will hold a spring celebration for nursery and kindergarten age children. The event will include games, crafts, singing, a puppet show and a petting zoo. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, enjoy the campus and meet the school's teachers. May 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
Family and KidsFratello Marionettes
The Fratello Marionettes will perform three classic fairy tales: "Three Little Pigs, "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Ugly Duckling." All are ages welcome. The program is funded by Friends of the Woodside Library. May 3, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Family and Kids92nd annual May Fete Children's Parade
A Palo Alto tradition, this year's May Fete parade will have marching bands, floats, and many children wearing costumes and parading down University Avenue on bikes, skates and foot. Following the parade, the May Fete Fair will be held in Heritage Park with children's activities, performances by local groups and food. May 3, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Downtown Palo Alto, University Avenue, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids2014 Summer Camp Fair
This fair will provide information on summer camps for kids ages 3 to 15 years. Some of the offerings include Sports Camps, Camp Menlo, Munchkin /Mini/Menlo Madness, Menlo Palooza, Sky's the Limit, Summer of Service and Specialty Camps. Also, attendees can enjoy family games, a jumpie, raffle, and free pizza. Register your child at the event to receive 10 percent off all city run camps. May 9, 6-8 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsStorytime with Andy Griffiths
One of Australia's most popular children's authors, Andy Griffiths will share the latest installment in his Treehouse series, "The 26-Story Treehouse." May 10, 4 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsBirth and Family Fair
In honor of Mother's Day, Blossom Birth will hold a Birth and Family Fair, with local birth and parenting professionals to attend. Henci Goer, an author and expert on maternity care, will be the featured speaker. May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Downtown Community Center, All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsCHARM IT! Design-a-charm contest
Cheeky Monkey Toys invites children ages 14 and younger to design a charm at the store for the "CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-a-Charm Contest." 12 winners nationwide will be announced in June on CHARM IT's website. April 26-May 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsMagic Dan performance
Atherton Library will host a performance by Magic Dan, suited for ages 5 and up. May 12, 4-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsKidical Mass Mountain View
Kidical Mass Mountain View will hold and organize another family bicycle ride, in celebration of Bike to Shop Day. May 17, 10 a.m. Free. In front of Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsCrafts from Many Cultures Children's Program
Children are invited to participate in craft activities from around the world. Activities will include making a Chinese dragon kite, creating an Irish wreath, stringing a Polynesian lei and designing an Italian mask. May 17, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and Kids'Paws for Tales' Kids Program
Atherton Library hosts a program -- in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- 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.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsAn Old Fashioned Fourth of July
At this event, children will be invited to hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream and then take a taste. They can also make traditional Independence Day crafts to take home. Activities will coincide with the famous Redwood City Independence Day parade. July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2.50 adults; $1.50 student/senior. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
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.