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Family and KidsOctober Free First Friday
The Free First Friday program at the San Mateo County History Museum will continue with free admission all day. At 11 a.m., preschool children can participate in a craft activity making paper pom poms and hear the story, "Play Ball With Me." Adults can enjoy a docent-led museum tour at 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsAnti-bullying workshop
Menlo Park will hold a free anti-bullying event to help children of all ages identify, avoid and stop bullying behavior. Oct. 3, 4-8:30 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsPlaza Palooza: 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'
For this Plaza Palooza event, the City of Mountain View will welcome the Puppet Art Theatre Co. to perform "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m. Free. Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsStorytime with 'The Diwali Gift'
This storytime event will feature the authors of "The Diwali Gift," the first story in a series, designed to make Indian culture accessible to kids, about three curious monkeys. Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsOhlone Day
Ohlone Day will return to the Los Altos History Museum, where four experienced educators will teach students in second to fourth grade about the first peoples of this area. Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Family and KidsStorytelling workshop with Enid Davis
Storyteller Enid Davis will teach children and parents how to tell simple folk tales to complement the upcoming Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival. The 40-minute workshop on how to select, learn and tell a story is recommended for children age 7 and up. Oct. 5, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and Kids'The Stinky Cheese Man' musical
Palo Alto High School students will put on two one-hour performances of the musical "The Stinky Cheese Man," a comical, irreverent fairytale story suited for both children and adults. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2 p.m. $5. Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMusic on Monday
The Portola Valley Library will hold a Music on Monday event for children ages 3 and under, a program which occurs the first Monday of each month. The event will include singing and dancing activities, as well as age-appropriate toys after the main program. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsLadybug Girl Story Time
This event for fans ages 2 to 6 of the Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy books will include a story time, photos with Ladybug Girl, mask-making and cupcakes. Visit the store or call to RSVP. Oct. 6, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsBook Swap and Ice Cream Social
The Friends of the Portola Valley Library will host a community event where children and adults can bring a book to swap for another and enjoy a treat. This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Oct. 8, 3-4 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsAuthor Katherine Roy on 'Neighborhood Sharks'
Books Inc. will hold a launch party with author and illustrator Katherine Roy, who will share her book, "Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands," about the famous ocean predator and the scientists who study the species. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsAuthor Ian Lendler on 'Macbeth' graphic novel
Ian Lendler will share his comical graphic novel entitled "The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth," in which zoo animals put on a performance of Shakespeare's classic. The novel will appeal most to kids in middle school. Oct. 9, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsRedwood NJB registration
The Redwood chapter of National Junior Basketball is now registering children in first to eighth grade in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and East Palo Alto for the winter basketball season (November to February). The program focuses on teaching skills, personal growth and fostering positive competition. Sept. 23-Oct. 10. See website for pricing. Various locations in Menlo Park, Redwood City and other cities, , .
Family and KidsOkee Dokee Brothers
To celebrate Woodside's Day of the Horse and San Mateo County Library's Tricycle Fest, the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers will perform a set of family-friendly music. A new tricycle will be given out at the event. Oct. 11, 1-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Town Center, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Family and KidsDown By The Bay 5k
This 5k run and tot trot event will help to fund Mountain View Parent Nursery School's School On The Move campaign. The 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the tot trot will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a Halloween costume contest and free kids activities. Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m. $30 5K entry; $10 tot trot entry. Shoreline Park, Kite Field, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Family and KidsFamily Storytime
This family story time at the Portola Valley Library will include stories, songs and activities for the whole family. Oct. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPlein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.
Family and KidsFamily Day at Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch
This event at Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch in Los Altos will allow visitors to explore its gardens and pumpkin patch and meet the chickens. There will also be garden workshops, children's activities by U.C. Master Gardeners, music, food from local restaurants, baked goods, a garden raffle and a silent auction. Sales from the event will benefit Living Classroom, a garden program in 16 schools in Mountain View and Los Altos. Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (donations encouraged). Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch, 160 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.
Family and KidsCalAve Trick or Treat and Halloween Carnival
The 20th annual CalAve Trick or Treat and Halloween Carnival, organized by Blossom Birth, will include trick-or-treating on California Avenue, carnival games, live music, activities for toddlers and more. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth, 299 S. California Ave, Suite 120, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsNorthern California Bats program
Northern California Bats will give a presentation for ages 5 and up to teach library visitors about the creatures. The group will bring live bats to the event. Oct. 27, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold its weekly story-time events for children 18 to 36 months old, where there will be songs, stories, movement activities and age-appropriate toys. A craft activity will follow the story time on Oct. 21. Tuesdays, Oct. 7-28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsStorytelling with John Weaver
John Weaver, Menlo Park Library's resident storyteller, will offer a monthly session of comical tales, told without a book for reference. The events are appropriate for children in elementary school and older. First Thursday of the month, Sept. 4-Dec.4, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsSaturday Story Time
Each Saturday at Linden Tree Books, booksellers will share picture-book classics and new favorites with children ages 2 to 6. Saturdays, year-round, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsToddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsPreschool Storytime
Weekly Preschool Storytime events will return to the Atherton Library, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Sept. 5-Dec. 19, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsArt 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.