March 23, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

Didn't these past few afternoons of sunshine have you convinced that springtime weather had definitely arrived? I was ready to haul out the bicycles and the picnic basket.

Not so fast: If the forecasts are to be believed, it looks like more rain is on the way.

But no big deal, right? We're planning to spend a little time with friends and maybe check out some of the fun - indoor - events going on around town this weekend.

The World of Wonders Science Museum and All Seasons Carriage Company present a day of equine- and western-themed activities and learning. Hourly pony presentations will be offered from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Sweet Pea, a miniature donkey, will make an appearance on the exhibit floor. Tickets for the special event are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members, and include   a pony ride, art materials and western goodies to take home. 2 N. Sacramento Street in Lodi.

'50s Sock Hop and Costume Contest
(It's hard to explain why this sounds so appealing to me, but it totally does! I need a poodle skirt, obviously.) This fundraiser for Relay for Life of Tracy will feature costume and hula-hoop contests, dancing, raffles, games, food and prizes. The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Target Wing of the West Valley Mall. Tickets are $10 per person. (Purchase them at the mall office). Kids younger than 5 are free. 3200 N. Naglee Road in Tracy.

The Search for Life - Clever Planetarium
The recently refurbished Clever Planetarium at San Joaquin Delta College features a digital projector that can display images of the solar system, the galaxy and the sky as seen from anywhere on earth. It also can screen full-dome videos, and once a month, the planetarium hosts a public film and star show. This month's film, "The Search for Life: Are We Alone?" - narrated by actor Harrison Ford - ponders the existence of life elsewhere in the universe. Watch the trailer here. This month's star show, meanwhile, focuses on the skies of the southern hemisphere - you'll get to check out constellations never visible from Stockton. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for children, seniors and students. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. So cool, don't you think? My kiddo is still too young for this, but I'd seriously consider it for a date night. 5151 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. Park in lot C5.

Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion
Not really for kids, but for people looking to have them, the Delta Valley Childbirth Collective is hosting a free showing of "Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion". The event, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Central United Methodist Church will be followed by a "Meet our doulas" reception. There will be tea and homemade goodies. 3700 Pacific Ave. in Stockton.

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