Community Calendar: August 2020: Kids and Family

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8/1 Saturday and 8/2 Sunday
Theater: “A Kids’ Play About Racism”
The performance explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it and explores ideas for what you can do about it. Free. Streaming online. For more information:

8/4 Tuesday
Writing: Kids and Teen Writing Workshop 
What’s your story? Tell the world, in your own voice, as only you can. Open to fourth to eighth graders. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. City of San Rafael Public Library. For more information and to register for your Zoom link:

8/8 Saturday
Play: Bay Area Discovery Museum
This is an initial opening date for museum members. We look forward to welcoming all visitors including non-members on August 22. The museum is implementing a timed ticketing system for admission, so
that staff can monitor site capacity throughout the day. For more information on what to expect during a visit:

8/9 Sunday
Music: Stern Grove Virtual Season 2020
Stern Grove brings the festival to you with Best of the Fest, a series of video playlists featuring epic performances and archival footage, beautiful scenery, and special guests. 4:30 p.m. Free.

8/9 Sunday through 8/31 Monday
Festival: Virtual Japan Day
Part of a three-week summer festival celebrating the cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown. Join online with performances, craft demonstrations. Free. For more information and event schedule:

Cooking: YUM Chefs Online Camp 
In this camp we will go over proper hand washing, play fun culinary games, cook lunch with young chefs as well as a snack for later, and clean up with your YUM chef to make sure the kitchen goes back to the way it was before cooking. You will also receive all the recipes used. Each one-week session: $375, $425 w/ ingredient pick up, and $450 w/ ingredient drop off. For ages 4 and up. For more information:

Adventure: Geocaching
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt.

Adventure: Fairy House, Golden Gate Park
Walk along the paved pathway that runs alongside the Japanese Tea Garden for roughly 100 feet until you see a fallen eucalyptus log on the trail’s left side. At the end of the log is a fairy door! Knock and see if anyone is home. Leave a note, wish or small gift for the fairies that protect Golden Gate Park.

Athletics:  Soccer Training
College athlete and Wilderness First Responder-certified trainer available for individual and group coaching, up to six seven- to twelve-year-olds.  $20/75 minutes per budding athlete; discounts for groups. Sara, 415.872.2254.  

Cooking: The Nomster Recipe Library
Illustrated recipe picture books that get kid chefs excited about cooking.

Crafts: Terra Mia Ceramic Studio
Terra Mia offers in-house painting in its garden space, up to six participants, and at tables in front of the store, limited to four. To-go pottery kits available; order online and pickup or choose from a larger selection of bisque ware in person. Terra Mia vends paint, brushes, and the like to complete a home project, then bring the item back to the store to be fired. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. For more information:

Gardening: Plant Your First Garden
Help your kids plant their first garden with this University of Illinois Extension online guide:

Nature: Explore Tide Pools
With miles of coastline just a short drive away, it’s a great day to checkout nearby tide pools. Sea anemones, sea stars, crabs and more are visible in pools that’re created when the tide recedes. Find a tide pool here,; check the tide schedule and pick a time when the tides are the lowest for best viewing,

Nature: San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing more than 9,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Free for San Francisco residents. 1199 Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way. For more information on hours, tickets, safety measures:

Perambulate: San Francisco “Slow Streets” 
Minimized traffic make a number of San Francisco residential streets perfect for a stroll or bike ride. For more information:

Science: Access Mars
Mars’ surface, as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.