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Family and Kids

Spring Fling at Hope Technology School
Hope Technology School will host a Spring Fling event for preschool and kindergarten-aged students with games, a bounce castle, food and more. March 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Hope Technology School, 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto .
 

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Family Movie Night: 'The Muppets Most Wanted'
The Atherton Library will hold a family movie night, where the newest Muppets film, "The Muppets Most Wanted," will be screened. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. March 27, 7-9 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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'Frozen' coding party
For this Kids Night Out event, children can learn the principles of coding through "Frozen"-themed activities, as well as enjoy cake and a sing-along. Children are welcome to come in costume. March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Escondido Elementary School, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford.
 

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Fusion Academy Coffee Chat
Fusion Academy Palo Alto will hold an informational event with complimentary coffee, where the head of school, Christiana Martinez, will answer questions about the private school serving grades six through 12. March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Bumble, 145 1st St., Los Altos.

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Tiny Tots Diaper School 101
This free one-hour workshop, sponsored by Tiny Tots Diaper Service and taught by expert instructors, will cover various cloth diapering technique, provide hands-on diapering practice and review different diaper covers. March 28, 9-10 a.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

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Waldorf high school March open house
At this open house, students and parents can learn about the Waldorf School 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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Family Storytime
This Portola Valley Library event will include stories, songs and activities suitable for all ages. March 28, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Portola Valley Library Lego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host a meeting of its Lego club, where participants of all ages can use their imaginations in constructing with Legos. Duplo building blocks are available for younger builders. March 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Family Fun Night
The Palo Alto Family YMCA and the City of Palo Alto will host a this free family event with info and fun activities about nutrition, cooking and reducing food waste. There will be a cooking demo by chef Laura Stec, arts and crafts, games, a bounce house and food. No registration is required. March 28, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.

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Build a Birdfeeder workshop
Environmental Volunteers will hold a day of crafts at the EcoCenter, where participants can build a birdfeeder to attract widlife to home yards. Each family will be limited to one of each craft. March 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Spring Eggs: Cascarones & Cooking
In this Hidden Villa workshop celebrating spring, children ages 7 to 11 will make cascarones (confetti eggs), visit the hens and gather fresh ingredients to make Mexican omelets, and then weave a basket to take the eggs home in. March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Spring Family Day
At the Palo Alto Art Center's Spring Family Day, children and adults can enjoy drawing activities inspired by the exhibit "Hear This," as well as a performance by School of Rock student musicians at 4 p.m. Children must have an accompanying adult to participate. March 29, 2-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Caring Bunny at Stanford Shopping Center
Caring Bunny will provide a welcoming and calm venue for children with special needs and their families to visit with the Easter Bunny. Space is limited, and RSVP is required. March 29, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, Center Pavilion, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

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Introduction to Baby Sign
This workshop will provide an introduction to baby sign language, which gives babies an opportunity to communicate before they can verbalize their desires. Twenty signs based on American Sign Language will be presented. The event is designed for expecting parents or those with babies up to 18 months old. March 30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Menlo Park family movie series
Organized by City of Menlo Park Community Services Department, this series will include screenings of "Up" (March 30), "Wreck-It Ralph" (March 31) and "Mary Poppins" (April 1). Costumes are encouraged. March 30-April 1, 6-8 p.m. $3. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Children's concert with Vered
Vered Benhorin will perform a set of songs about being a parent and a baby, and the love between them, in this program best suited for babies to preschool-age children. All ages are welcome. April 2, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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April Free First Friday Program
The San Mateo County History Museum will hold its next Free First Friday Program with kids and adults. At 11 a.m., preschool-age children can learn about aquatic life by making an octopus out of paper and hearing the story "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a tour for adults. April 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Steve and Kate's Portable Animation Studio
Held during Los Altos First Friday festivities, this Linden Tree Books event will offer a free demo -- best suited for ages 6 to 12 -- of Steve and Kate's Portable Animation Studio. Attendees can also enter to win a three-day camp with Steve and Kate's Camp in Los Altos. Those interested should call to RSVP. April 3, 6-8 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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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 features a hunt for children ages 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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'Pat the Bunny' Story Time
Linden Tree Books will celebrate spring, Easter and the 75th anniversary of the "touch and feel" children's classic "Pat the Bunny" with a reading and visit from the fuzzy character. The event is best suited for babies and toddlers. Those interested should RSVP by phone or email. April 4, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Menlo Park Egg Hunt
The City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighter's Association and the Menlo Park Fire District will hold their annual Egg Hunt at Burgess Park. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures, and the Easter egg hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will also be bounce houses, crafts and a jelly bean guess. April 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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Music Monday
The Portola Valley Library will hold one of its Music Monday events with singing and dancing for young children. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with at the end of the session. April 6, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Family Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will offer a story-time event for all ages with stories, songs and other activities. April 11, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Ships Gallery Reopening Celebration
The San Mateo County History Museum will hold a reopening celebration for its gallery, which is undergoing a $58,000 upgrade with interactive activities, video presentations, graphics and murals. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m., and children's crafts will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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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 meets 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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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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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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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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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.