Grab-and-Go Kids Planner: Theater, Smart Food, Outdoor Fun & More!

Show your child the magic of school theater productions, learn about healthy diets for diabetic children, enjoy a hike and picnic at a local park, score great deals on children’s items and learn all about the healthy foods found in nature.


Where/When: Kiss Me, Kate! at , 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto. Wednesday through March 26, 8-10 p.m. Visit gunntheatre.org. My Fair Lady at , 50 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday at 2 p.m. E-mail palyboxoffice@gmail.com.

Why Go: If your child has an interest in theater and is considering joining the school drama department, why not take them to a show that can show them all that their local high schools have to offer? Both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools are putting on incredible musical theater productions right now. Buy yourself a couple of tickets and take your child to see one (or both!) of these talented productions, and not only can you inspire your child with some dramatic culture, but you can also feel good that you’re supporting arts in our local schools at the same time.

Pricing: Kiss Me, Kate! tickets are $8-10. My Fair Lady tickets are $10-12.



Where/When: , 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, in the Stanford Health Library Room #G106. Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Why Go: Do you have a child with Type I diabetes? If so, finding the right, balanced diet for your child can be a real challenge. This Saturday, join Lisa McGann, certified nutritionist, as she simplifies food and explains why your child needs fat, protein and carbohydrates to grow and thrive. She will demystify the glycemic index and explain how you can provide your child with healthy food choices that will help balance the blood sugars. Your child is welcome to join you at this event so he or she can become an integral part of choosing the right diet, and learning about his or her condition.

Pricing: Free!



Where/When: , 2375 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Monday at 11 a.m.

Why Go: Get a little exercise with your child in the fresh air, in the company of other local parents, with this free event organized by the group, Stroller Hikes. Hike the crushed oyster shell paths around the artistic installments to Byxbee Park. Then hike over to Baylands Park, stopping to check out the duck pond and artists trying to capture the beautiful landscape.

Pricing: Free!



Where/When: This weekend. Friday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Why Go: Named a Bay Area Parent Family Favorite Event in 2009, Outrageous Outgrowns is the largest resale event for children’s items in the Bay Area. More than 50,000 gently used children’s items are on sale in a wide variety of booths, open for your perusing. Shop for children’s clothes, toys, cribs and children’s beds, strollers, highchairs and more. All items are carefully checked to ensure they are of the highest quality. This event is attended by thousands of Bay Area parents each year!

Pricing: New this year—free admission and free on-site parking!



Where/When: Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Why Go: Get into nature with your child this weekend, and learn all about what plants are OK to eat and what ones aren’t. Many of the plants that grow all around us are nutritious, and actually quite delicious! Join ethnobotanist Jolie Egert for a fun and educational, guided walk that explores the edible plants of nearby Hidden Villa. You will learn how to safely identify and prepare wild plants for food. Then, at the end of the walk, cook and share a yummy light lunch with acorn snacks, wild salad greens and bay tree capers! This class is for children, ages 12 and up, and at least one parent or guardian. Register in advance, as most of the events at Hidden Villa sell out!

Pricing: $20 per person.


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