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Where/When: , 3990 Ventura Ct., Palo Alto. This Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Why Go: Health experts recommend that kids get in 60 minutes of active play every day—yet studies show this is not always the case, especially in ages 5-10. Therefore, more than 1,600 YMCAs across the country will celebrate Healthy Kids Day this Saturday, with fun activities the whole family can “get active” in together.
Where/When: , 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Three party times: 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Why Go: Celebrate Easter in one of Palo Alto’s most beautiful locations! Each of the three party times will feature a puppet show and egg hunt among the gardens’ beautiful flower displays.
Pricing: Members: $20 per child and $10 per adult. Nonmembers: $25 per child and $15 per adult.
Where/When: , 700 Welch Rd., Palo Alto. Easter Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Why Go: Looking for a nice place to take the whole family for an Easter brunch that’s kid-friendly? Back by popular demand, California Café will host its Easter Sunday Brunch, with more delicious food items than you could ever imagine. For the grown-ups, there is a cold food station with everything from smoked salmon and bagels to fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted pastries and muffins. The hot food station will have omelets made to order, roasted potatoes, bacon and sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, grilled mahi mahi and much more. There is also a roast beef carving station, and a dessert buffet with bread pudding, chocolate truffle cake, fruit tarts and panna cotta. Your brunch ticket also includes a drink such as a mimosa or sangria, as well. For the kids, California Café will pull out its famous “knee-high buffet” with favorite breakfast foods. Sounds like a truly delicious way to celebrate Easter! To view a complete list of foods on the brunch menu, click on the link above.
Pricing: $38 per adult, $12.50 per child.
Where/When: , 1451 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: This exhibit introduces young children and their families to different kinds of renewal energy and the science behind it. Hands-on machines help visitors investigate wind, solar, water and kid-power, creating connections between the choices we make and the health of our environment. “Clean Green Energy Machines” encourages us all to work together to make a difference—a timely topic that is guaranteed to generate a lot of energy!
Pricing: Admission is free! Donations are accepted.
Where/When: Gateway Facility, 1530 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto. Weekly on Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m.
Why Go: It’s a little bit of gardening, but a lot of good for the Earth! Bring the kids and get out into nature, pulling weeds with the folks from Acterra at the Gateway Facility, just down the trail from the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve parking lot on Arastradero Road, just north of Page Mill Road. Pulling weeds goes a long way toward restoring the natural habitat of this natural preserve—plus, Acterra's earth-friendly events have also been known for being a great way to meet new friends with common interests. No registration is necessary! For more information, visit the Web link above.