May 4, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

My husband wants to take us to Gold Country this weekend to hunt for meteorite. No kidding.

Have you been following this story? It’s a fun one. From the LA Times:
"In the week since a fireball shot across the sky and exploded, scattering a rare type of meteorite over California's Gold Country, the hills have drawn a new rush of treasure seekers.

Once again there are lively saloons, fortune hunters jockeying for prime spots and astounding tales of luck — including that of Brenda Salveson, a local who found a valuable space rock while walking her dog Sheldon, named after the theoretical physicist on the TV show "The Big Bang Theory."

It started April 22, Earth Day, with a blazing streak across a morning sky and a sonic boom that the next day had the older women in the ‘Gentle Stretching to Beautiful Music’ class at Sierra Ballet comparing notes on how hard their windows shook."
I'm almost convinced.

But there’s also a ton of stuff happening closer to home, so I don't know. I think this weekend is going to be a busy one.

Festival of Colors
Micke Grove Zoo welcomes back the lorikeets with a Cinco de Mayo-themed family festival. The event starts at 11 a.m. and features crafts, games, Mexican folk dancing and, of course, the lorikeets. Interacting with the birds is free with admission, but a cup of nectar to feed them costs an extra dollar. We took our daughter last year when she was really just a baby. I was worried the birds would terrify her, but it turned out she sort of loved it. So there you go.  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Micke Grove Zoo. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for kids 3 to 17. Children 2 and younger are free. Parking is $5.

Free Admission Day at the Haggin
Admission to the Haggin Museum is free on the first Saturday of the month. A new exhibit opened this week and it sounds great: “Memories ofWorld War II, Photographs from the archives of the Associated Press.” It includes more than 100 photo reproductions, including Joe Rosenthal’s raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, and the iconic Times Square kiss between a sailor and a nurse captured by Victor Jorgensen. Noon to 5 p.m. at 1201 N. Pershing Ave. in Stockton.

Stockton Cinco de Mayo
The city’s annual Cinco de Mayo event is traditionally held on a Sunday so that people who have to work on Saturdays can join in the celebration. This year’s festivities begin with a parade at 11 a.m., starting at Weber Institute. The theme of the parade is “Paz en el Valle” (Peace in the Valley), and Grand Marshals are Sara Cazares, President of the Stockton Unified School Board, and Fr. Dean McFalls, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. After the parade, head to Weber Point Event Center where a Cinco de Mayo Festival will include food and entertainment, as well games, face painting and other kids activities. Find us at the petting zoo. Admission is $2 for adults and children 10 and older. Children younger than 10 are free. (Make some tissue paper flowers to take along!)

Olive Oil Festival
A celebration of San Joaquin Valley Agriculture, the third-annual Olive Oil Festival will feature bocce, a fruit and flower market, food and entertainment, a blessing of the olive trees – and an olive-pit spitting contest. Ha! Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students with an ID. Children 10 and younger are free. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the St. Mary’s High School campus.
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