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Kamishibai: Japanese story card theater
This event will include a performance of Japanese paper card story theater, or Kamishibai. In addition to hearing Japanese folktales in English, there will be a craft activity and Japanese cookies to snack on. April 18, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

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Friends Nursery School Fiesta
The 59th annual Palo Alto Friends Nursery School Fiesta will have games, prizes, music, food, a silent auction and more. There will be activities for all ages at the fundraiser. 100 percent of proceeds go to the Friends Scholarship Fund. April 19, 11-2 p.m. Free admission; food and ticket prices vary. Palo Alto Friends Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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Easter Crafts at Cheeky Monkey
During this pre-Easter event, children can decorate plastic Easter eggs and make their own bunny ears. April 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Oran Etkin: 'Wake Up, Clarinet!'
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 family concert, which brings instruments to life as they become characters in the story. April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

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Easter Egg Hunt and 'The Puppet Circus!'
Sat, April 19, 11:00 am or 12:30 pm. Join us for arts and crafts on the Carriage House Patio for 15 minutes, then move into the Carriage House for the fabulous 'The Puppet Circus!' 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20 child, $10 adult for members;,$25 child, $15 adult for nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Menlo Park Egg Hunt
The City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighters' Association and the Menlo Park Fire District will hold its annual Egg Hunt at Burgess Park. The Easter bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures; the egg hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. Other attractions will include bounce houses, crafts and a jelly bean guess. April 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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Menlo 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/player. Burgess Park Tennis Courts, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

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Earth Day celebration
For Earth Day, Linden Tree Books will host an event to launch of Sara Hunter's book "Every Turtle Counts," as well to hold a Save the Sea Turtle contest. Children can enter the contest by writing down their ideas for how to save endangered sea turtles. April 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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Easter Egg Hunt at Mountain View Farmers' Market
This Easter, children can participate in an Easter egg hunt at the Mountain View Certified Farmers' Market. The hunt will lead them through the market to find Bunny money and prizes hidden in eggs they can use to claim farm fresh produce at farmers' stalls. April 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon Free. Mountain View Certified Farmers' Market, 600 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.

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'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 friendship with an equally disoriented shooting star. April 20, noon-3 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

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NYMBC Meeting with Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Not Your Mother's - Actual - Book Club welcomes special guest author Kristin Elizabeth Clark to discuss her book "Freakboy." April 21, 6 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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'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.

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Guided 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.

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'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.
 

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2nd 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.

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Story 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.
 

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Babies 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. April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler 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.
 

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Free 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.

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Menlo 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, hotdog, 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 ($6 for Kite and Lunch). Bedwell-Bayfront Park, Marsh Road and Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park.
 

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Young 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.
 

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Fratello 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.
 

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Old Woodside Store Day
Woodside Store invites visitors to experience life in the 1880s. This family day will focus on the history of the store and Redwood logging in the area. Children will enjoy cutting a log with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles with a mallet and froe and other activities. April 4, 12-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside.
 

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Crafts 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.
 

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'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.
 

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Heather 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.
 

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Marine 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.