Summer Classes for Babies and Kids, a Festival, Free Kindermusik Classes, ‘Buzzzing’ with Insects and Spiders, and World Ocean Day!

Five fun, kid-friendly activities going on in Palo Alto and surrounding areas over the next week.

Look for the “Grab-and-Go Kids Planner” each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!


Where/When: , 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto. Various sessions between June and August.

Why Go: Blossom Birth, a nonprofit resource center for new and expecting parents, is holding a wealth of different summer classes this year, many of which start as early as this coming Monday, June 7! Blossom Birth’s class sizes are small and the facilities are air-conditioned. Class subjects include Creative Movement and Interpretive Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5), Rockin’ Kidz Fairytale Theater (ages 3-5), Rockin’ Kidz Acting Fun (6 months and older), Toddler Gym (ages 18-30 months), Preschooler Gym (ages 2 ½-4), and Crafty Camp (ages 3-8). Blossom Birth will also be holding many one-day camps including Ocean Wonders, Outer Space and Robots, Farm Animal Camp, Jungle Safari Camp and Kid Cooks Camp. For more information including dates and prices, or to register your child for any camps, visit www.blossombirth.org or call 650-321-2326.

Pricing: Camp fees range from $29 for one-day camps, up to $99 for six-week camps. Details are on the website.


Where/When: , 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. 

Why Go: The Junior Museum and Zoo’s newest exhibition, “Buzzzz,” explores the fascinating world of insects and spiders—and, with free admission for the whole family, what more reason do you need to go?

Pricing: Free!


Where/When: The home of Kindermusik instructor, Wendy Nelson, at 1404 Bonita Ave. in Mountain View. The next free demo class is for children entering either kindergarten or first grade in the fall, and will take place on June 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Why Go: Introduce your child to the wonders of making music with instruments, singing songs, and interacting with other children in their age group. Wendy Nelson, a Kindermusik instructor in Mountain View, is currently holding free demo classes, to give parents and their children the opportunity to try out Kindermusik, to see if you might like to register your child for regular classes. For more information, click on the link above or e-mail Wendy at wendymusikmom@aol.com. 

Pricing: Demo classes are free.


Where/When: St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City. June 3-5, 1-10 p.m. each day.

Why Go: A fun festival for the whole family, with rides, games, arts and crafts, entertainment and food.

Pricing: Admission is free.


Where/When: Marine Science Institute (MSI), 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. This Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: The Marine Science Institute will celebrate World Oceans Day, June 4, with fun activities for the whole family, including docent tours of the aquarium and classroom facilities. See all manner of ocean life, up close! Visitors can also take a two-hour trip on the Bay aboard the 90-foot R/V, the Robert G. Brownlee.

Pricing: Admission to MSI on World Oceans Day is free. Pricing for Bay tours is listed online, click the link above.


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