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Magic Dan
Atherton Library will begin its Summer Learning Program with an event with Magic Dan, best suited for ages 4 and up. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. June 29, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Cascada de Flores music
The Belle Haven Branch of the Menlo Park Library will host a performance by the musical duo Cascada de Flores, which will include a story, dancing and audience participation. July 1, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
 

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Discovery Museum activity
This circle time activity led by a Discovery Museum educator will guide young scientists -- and their families -- in experimenting with causing and avoiding collisions, creating art and exploring their own powers of force. July 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
During this San Mateo County History Museum event, children can hand-crank ice cream and make traditional Independence Day crafts. At 1 p.m., adults can view vintage films of the Peninsula from the museum's archives. Admission to the museum will be half off. July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 adult; $2 senior, student; free for children age 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Chili Cook Off & Summer Festival
The City of Palo Alto will hold the 34th annual Chili Cook Off & Summer Festival on the Fourth of July, where teams from restaurants, work and group affiliations, and police and fire departments will compete for the Best Chili Award. There will also be live music, activities for children and a variety of other holiday food. July 4, noon. Free. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive., Palo Alto.
 

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Youth Claymation Camp
In this weeklong camp offered by KMVT 15, elementary school students will work in small groups to brainstorm ideas, create a storyboard and script, sculpt clay figures, build scenery, design special effects and shoot a short stop-motion animation movie. Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $335. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

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Fratello Marionettes: 'Aladdin'
The Belle Haven Branch of the Menlo Park Library will welcome Fratello Marionettes, who will give a puppet performance of "Aladdin." July 10, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
 

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Didgeridoo Down Under
The Atherton Library will host Didgeridoo Down Under for a family event that uses the Australian instrument to teach lessons about geography, nature, culture, diversity and ecology. The event is best suited for ages 5 and up. July 10, 1-1:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Jungle James Animal Adventures
This Atherton Library program will allow children ages 5 and up to learn about jungle creatures through hands-on interactions and a presentation. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. July 27, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Portrait of the Bay Art Camp 2
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold a weeklong art camp for children ages 6 to 11 at the Palo Alto Baylands, during which participants can watch and sketch birds, climb and draw trees, paint landscapes and try new media each day. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $250 half day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Be You: Yoga and Mindfulness Summer Camp
The Be You summer camp will lead children in recognizing their inherent wisdom, strength and kindness. Activities will include meditation, mindfulness, yoga, dancing, playing, singing and others that encourage self-discovery. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $350 child; $275 sibling. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way #110, Mountain View.
 

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Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time
The Portola Valley Library will offer weekly events, specifically for babies up to 18 months old, that combine singing, dancing, reading and playing to help bond young children and their parents. Mondays, June 1-July 27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events for children 18 to 36 months old will incorporate songs, stories and movement activities that encourage listening and reading. 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, June 2-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Fancy Nancy Storytime Party
This Books Inc. family event best suited for girls and boys ages 2 to 7 will include readings of bestselling "Fancy Nancy" titles, themed activities and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear fancy outfits. July 29, 10:30 a.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Summer Learning Program
The Atherton Library's Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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EHP's Community Blockfest 2015
The Ecumenical Hunger Program will celebrate 40 years of service to the community at its annual Blockfest event. There will be a community resource fair, entertainment, children's activities, local vendor booths, a raffle and other festivities. Aug. 8. Free. Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.
 

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Mad Science of the Bay Area
At this event sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library, Mad Science will teach children ages 5 and up about how special effects in movies are made. Aug. 10, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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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. See website for more info. June 15-Aug. 14. Prices start at $415. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.

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Puppet Art Theater: 'Cinderella'
Puppet Art Theater will present a special "Dad and Me" puppet show. The event is offered in partnership with the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. All are welcome. Aug. 17, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.