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Introduction to Baby Sign
This workshop will provide an introduction to baby sign language, which gives babies an opportunity to communicate before they can verbalize their desires. Twenty signs based on American Sign Language will be presented. The event is designed for expecting parents or those with babies up to 18 months old. March 30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Menlo Park family movie series
Organized by City of Menlo Park Community Services Department, this series will include screenings of "Up" (March 30), "Wreck-It Ralph" (March 31) and "Mary Poppins" (April 1). Costumes are encouraged. March 30-April 1, 6-8 p.m. $3. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Children's concert with Vered
Vered Benhorin will perform a set of songs about being a parent and a baby, and the love between them, in this program best suited for babies to preschool-age children. All ages are welcome. April 2, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Vered: A Music Concert for Kids
Vered Benhorin, an award-winning Brooklyn-based musician, will perform a children's concert in celebration of the Month of the Young Child. April 2, 6-7 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside .
 

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April Free First Friday Program
The San Mateo County History Museum will hold its next Free First Friday Program with kids and adults. At 11 a.m., preschool-age children can learn about aquatic life by making an octopus out of paper and hearing the story "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a tour for adults. April 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Steve and Kate's Portable Animation Studio
Held during Los Altos First Friday festivities, this Linden Tree Books event will offer a free demo -- best suited for ages 6 to 12 -- of Steve and Kate's Portable Animation Studio. Attendees can also enter to win a three-day camp with Steve and Kate's Camp in Los Altos. Those interested should call to RSVP. April 3, 6-8 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Gamble Garden's Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo
Gamble Garden will hold a family Easter celebration, where children can visit a supervised petting zoo, participate in arts and crafts projects, receive temporary tattoos and search for Easter Eggs throughout the gardens. Light refreshments will be on hand. April 4, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $20 child, $10 adult member; $25 child, $15 adult nonmember. Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Easter Egg Hunt
Sponsored by the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park, this annual Easter Egg Hunt features a hunt for children ages 10 and under, photos with the Easter Bunny, a magic show and breakfast treats. All proceeds will benefit the park. April 4, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 general. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

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'Pat the Bunny' Story Time
Linden Tree Books will celebrate spring, Easter and the 75th anniversary of the "touch and feel" children's classic "Pat the Bunny" with a reading and visit from the fuzzy character. The event is best suited for babies and toddlers. Those interested should RSVP by phone or email. April 4, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Menlo Park Egg Hunt
The City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighter's Association and the Menlo Park Fire District will hold their annual Egg Hunt at Burgess Park. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures, and the Easter egg hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will also be bounce houses, crafts and a jelly bean guess. April 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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Music Monday
The Portola Valley Library will hold one of its Music Monday events with singing and dancing for young children. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with at the end of the session. April 6, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Children's music concert with Vered
Brooklyn-based children's musician Vered Benhorin will kick off the Month of the Young Child with a performance ideal for children 5 years and younger at the Portola Valley Library. April 6, 1-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Frederick's Follies
Camp W will present its 14th annual Frekerick's Follies, a high-energy performance by fourth through eighth grade Portola Valley students, who will impersonate The Bangles, Katie Perry and Queen, among other musical groups. April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 children; $10 adult; free for children age 5 and under. Corte Madera Elementary School, 4575 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Storytime Yoga
This story-time event at the Portola Valley Library will include puppets and songs and lead children in yoga poses to connect with their breathing, transform into animals and natural elements, and generally use movements for self-expression. The session for strong walkers to age 6. Children under age 2 must have an adult practice yoga with them. April 10, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Poetry workshop
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Portola Valley Library will hold a workshop for aspiring poets, where they can write sonnets and blank verse, eat some snacks and make their own writer's notebook. Poets can also submit their work to the Portola Valley Poetry Contest. The event is for those in fourth grade and older. April 11, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Family Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will offer a story-time event for all ages with stories, songs and other activities. April 11, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Ships Gallery Reopening Celebration
The San Mateo County History Museum will hold a reopening celebration for its gallery, which is undergoing a $58,000 upgrade with interactive activities, video presentations, graphics and murals. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m., and children's crafts will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Fratello Marionettes with 'The Frog Prince'
Fratello Marionettes, an experienced puppeteer group, will put on a performance of "The Frog Prince" for ages 4 and up. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. April 13, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Crazy 8's Math Club
This club for kids who enjoy math meets weekly -- at 3:30 p.m. for those in kindergarten to second grade, and at 4:30 p.m. for third- to fifth-graders. Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Free Community Earth Day Fair
The U.S. Army Reserve 63rd Regional Support Command invites community members to attend its Earth Day Fair and celebrate the Army Reserve's 107th anniversary. The free family event will include live music, vendors, food trucks, family activities, education booths, a free raffle, a free e-waste drop off and more. April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 63rd Regional Support Command, 230 R. T. Jones Road, Mountain View.
 

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Babies & Books Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will continue its story-time events for the very young, which include rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with at the end of each session. Mondays, April 13-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly Toddler Storytime events with songs, stories and movement activities to encourage young children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow the event on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, March 24-April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Waldorf April high school tour
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer a tour of its high school, where interested families can visit and observe classes, meet faculty and students, view student work, see the facilities and ask questions about the school. April 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

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Menlo Park Kite Day
The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department will host its annual Kite Day at Bedwell-Bayfront Park. Community members of all ages can bring their own kites, or purchase one and a hot dog for $6 at the event. Those interested are encouraged to bring extra water and sunblock. May 2, noon-3 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road, Menlo Park.

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Boswick the Clown
In this comedic program funded by the Friends of the Library, Boswick the Clown will transform himself from an ordinary man into a circus clown and lead the audience on a trip to the Reading Circus. May 4, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Wingding Family Fest
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will welcome community members to the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to explore nature during its "Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Spring and All Things Winged!" May 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, Skyline Boulevard, one mile south of Alpine Road / Page Mill Road intersection, Los Altos Hills.

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Paws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Human Society and SPCA, children ages 5 and older can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Participants must register in advance. Fourth Saturday of the month, Feb. 28-May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Art School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Lego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly meetings of its Lego Club, where all ages can use their imagination in making Lego constructions. Duplo building blocks are available for younger builders. Saturdays, April 11-June 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Marine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute will offer summer camps through which children and teens can learn about the biology of the coast and bay through hands-on activities, viewing live animals and educational field trips. Registration begins on Feb. 2. See website for more info. June 15-Aug. 14. Prices start at $415. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.