The Grab-and-Go Kids Planner

Visit local invertebrates, enjoy bilingual storytime, get up-close and personal with sharks and bats, train your aspiring babysitter and check out a local preschool for your little one.

We’re glad you clicked on our new Grab & Go Kids Planner!

We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.

Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events that we found for the following week.

You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable driving distance.

Look for the 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: Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: The Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education welcomes more than 80,000 visitors each year with a variety of hands-on programs, science exhibits, wildlife encounters, gardens and more. Check out one of the museum's latest exhibits, “Invertebrate Corner.” Get up close to a tarantula, black widow spider, a family of beatles and much more.

Pricing: Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and older or students 13-17 years old, and $4 for children 2-12 years old. Children 2 and under are free.


Where/When: Menlo Park’s Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Dr., Menlo Park. Every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and every Friday at 3 p.m.

Why Go: Whether you desire your children to grow up bilingual or just want them to be exposed to other cultures, Bilingual Storytime at the library is sure to be a fun outing. Enjoy stories and songs in both languages, appropriate for all children 5 years old and younger.

Pricing: Free!


Where/When: The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Rd. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: At the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, children are encouraged to think, create and play. In the "Gizmos and Gadgets” exhibit, kids can explore simple machines and see how they make hard work easier. Lift someone bigger than you or test your strength in this hands-on exhibit. In the “Sharks” exhibit, you'll see the newest additions to the zoo—two baby swell sharks and two leopard sharks—in the new 500-gallon saltwater tank, which houses other fish from the Bay and open ocean. "Bat Habitat" is home to three African fruit bats and three new Egyptian fruit bats. Fun for the whole family!

Pricing: Free admission, but tax-deductible donations are appreciated.



Where/When: Red Cross’ Palo Alto Office, 400 Mitchell Lane. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why Go: Help turn your teen or 'tween into the most in-demand babysitter on the block with the Silicon Valley Red Cross’ “Babysitter Training Course.” In this 6.5-hour course for ages 11-15, students will learn how to interview for jobs, make responsible decisions and supervise children. Skills taught include rescue breathing, first aid for choking and bleeding, and basic care for infants and small children such as diapering, holding, feeding and more. For more information or to register your child, call the Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter at 877-727-6771 or visit siliconvalley-redcross.org.

Pricing: $70



Where/When: Milestones Preschool, 3864 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why Go: Milestones Preschool, a developmental program, provides children ages 2-5 years old with a fun and educational environment that promotes their development of the social skills, independent thinking, intellectual growth and positive self-image they need to succeed in kindergarten and later in life. This Saturday, potential families are invited to tour the school, meet with teachers and staff and ask questions.

Pricing: Free.


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