March – Things To Do With Kids 11 & up

Get Your Kid to Get Out and Give Back!

Many of us want our kids to recognize the importance of giving back to our communities, but don’t know where to start. This month I’m highlighting just some of the many volunteer organizations and training programs that help kids to become more involved with their communities and help develop their sense of volunteerism. Many of the programs are geared for summer so start researching organizations now. Some applications are due in the spring. Your adolescent may not be excited about any of the opportunities, but most will walk away from their stints feeling good about what they’ve contributed! View Volunteer Opportunites.

EVENTS CALENDAR – MARCH 2011

How to use this list: Please review this list to at least see what’s coming since many of the events require reservations in advance. I’ve provided a link to the site so please confirm that the dates and times have not changed.

As you might know, the older the kids get, the more they just want to hang out, so finding activities that they think are fun becomes more of a challenge. Ronnie and I have come up with this list, but we’re sure there’s plenty more out there. Feel free to comment at the end of the list if you have anything to add! Thank you.

-Marjorie

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Movie Recommendation: National Geographic’s “The Last Lions.” Embarcadero Theater and Shattuck (Berkeley) for a limited time opening on March 11. Check the theater for times. Follow a lioness through her journey as she and her cubs fight for survival in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. In the last 50 years lion populations have plummeted from 450,000 to as few as 20,000. Will this courageous mother and her cubs be among the last lions, or will we as humans be moved to make a difference. Watch this video and National Geographic will donate a dime to the lion and big cat conservation in Botswana (up to $100,000). Please send the link to your friends or post on your facebook page. Thank you!

 

Tues. 3/1

Exhibit – 29th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Hours, 10am – 5pm. Check out the science projects made by SF students.

Parent Talk – Tune into Your Middle Schooler Before They Tune You Out. 7:00 – 8:30 PM, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Guest Speaker Terrance Owens, PhD helps parents understand the emotional development of early adolescents. R.S.V.P. preferred.

Weds 3/2

Exhibit – 29th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Hours, 10am – 5pm. See the science projects produced by SF students.

Show – Disney On Ice, Oakland

Thurs 3/3

Exhibit – 29th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Hours, 10am – 5pm. Get out of your zip code and check out what other kids are doing.

Exhibit – Natural Wonders, the 59th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition.  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.   See over 150,000 orchids from across the globe

Show – Disney On Ice, Oakland

Theater –  Conservatory Theater Ensemble “A Flea In Her Ear”

C.T.E. is made up of Tam High students.

Fri 3/4

Contest Deadline! – Lark Theater Youth Film Festival (Ages 10-13 years & 14-18 years) Does your child like to make short films? Submissions for the Lark Film Festival are due. Running time of films are 11 mins. Categories are narrative, documentary, music and green theme. Winners will be shown in the Youth Film Festival on April 3.

Exhibit – 29th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Hours, 10am – 5pm. See science projects by students in San Francisco.

Exhibit – Natural Wonders, the 59th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition.  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.   See over 150,000 orchids from across the globe.

Show –  Disney On Ice, Oakland

Theater - “Les Miserables” performed by the 142 Throckmorton Youth Performers. Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 7:30 PM.  Kids ages 6 -18 showcase their talents in this play directed by Adam Saville. Kids not only make up the acting cast, but are also involved with the orchestra, sets and technical support.

Theater – Conservatory Theater Ensemble “A Flea In Her Ear”

C.T.E. is made up of Tam High students.
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Sat 3/5

Conference – Marin Teen Girls Conference. Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Presented by the Marin’s Women’s Commission, this conference will offer workshops for Marin teen girls including how to deal with being stressed, developing healthy relationships with food and self image.

Exhibit – Natural Wonders, the 59th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition.  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.   See over 150,000 orchids from across the globe

Museum – Free Admission to the Zeum Museum to Bank of America credit/debit card holders. 221 Fourth Street (at Howard) SF.

Show – Disney On Ice, Oakland

Show – The Five Browns Brother And Sister Quintet, Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 8PM.  This isn’t your grandfather’s piano concert.  To get a taste of their concert, click here.

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Sun 3/6

Art – Fine Art Make-It Take It, Michaels San Rafael, 400 Las Gallinas Ave.  1-3 PM. Ages 12& up.

Exhibit - Natural Wonders, the 59th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition.  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.   See over 150,000 orchids from across the globe.

Museum – Free Admission to the Zeum Museum to Bank of America credit/debit card holders. 221 Fourth Street (at Howard) SF.

Race – “Run for the Seals 2 & 4 Mile Run in the Marin Headlands to benefit the Marine Mammal Center.  After the race, participants are invited to the “Family Fun Day.”

Theater – Conservatory Theater Ensemble “A Flea In Her Ear”

C.T.E. is made up of Tam High students.

Workshop – Find the Right College Fit (10th & 11th Grade Students and Their Parents) The Osher Marin JCC, Noon – 2PM. It’s not about the best school, it’s about the best match for you.

Wow That’s EngineeringOne day workshop for high school girls and their parents to learn about engineering. SJSU College of Engineering, S 7th St & E San Fernando St, San Jose.  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Mon 3/7

Tues 3/8

Weds 3/9

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Film Festival – 8th Annual Ocean Film Festival, Pier 39. Opening Night Film Program, followed by a Meet the Filmmakers Reception at Aquarium of the Bay  – view films including “Sex Under the Sea,” then party with the sharks at Aquarium of the Bay, while enjoying hosted sips and nibbles

Thurs 3/10

Dance – Bharatanatyam Dance Performance, Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 7-8:30 PM. To celebrate their One Book One Marin selection, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, the Kalanjali Dance School of Berkeley will perform the Bharatanatyam.

Event – Tempo: Teen Purim Party, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., SF.  6-8 PM.  Experience the Purim holiday through food, theater and community.

Sat 3/11

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Event – Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at the Academy of Sciences, Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.  Ever wonder what happens when the lights go out at a museum? Find out for yourselves. Ages 6-17 (children must be accompanied by an adult).  Reservations Required.

Film Festival – 8th Annual Ocean Film Festival, Pier 39 Theater. Surf Film program including SF premier of “The Westsiders.”

Theater – Teen Wave Production “Juvie” Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Rd, Novato. 7:00 PM. Adults $7. Students/Seniors $5. Children 12 & Under $2. 899-8290 or 899-8279 Theater - “Les Miserables” performed by the 142 Throckmorton Youth Performers. Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 7:30 PM.  Kids ages 6 -18 showcase their talents in this play directed by Adam Saville. Kids not only make up the acting cast, but are also involved with the orchestra, sets and technical support.

Sat 3/12

Cooking – Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera Village. Sauce up your steaks (7 & up); 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM cooking demonstration for adults. Free. Call for reservations: 924- 6799.

Film Festival – 8th Annual Ocean Film Festival. Pier 39 Theater, 10 am. Family Day. Family Program tickets (Sat and Sun at 10am): Adults: $10; Children: 5 All family program tickets include free admission to Aquarium of the Bay.

Opening Night.Parade – SF St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. Parade begins at the corner of Second & Market St, and continues on to City Hall. Festival is at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza and on Grove St, from Polk to Larkin St. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (parade at 11:30 AM)

Parent Event – Kiddo! Spring Gala & Auction, Mill Valley Community Center, 5:30PM – Midnight. Feel like a night on the town? Attend the event of the year and support education at the same time. Proceeds benefit the art programs in the Mill Valley School District.

Theater – Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Theater – Teen Wave Production “Juvie” Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Rd, Novato. 7:00 PM. Adults $7. Students/Seniors $5. Children 12 & Under $2. 899-8290 or 899-8279
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Sun 3/13

Art Project – Intro to Altered Books, Liquid Marin, 709 5th St., San Rafael. 1-4 PM. Learn the techniques for making your own altered book using a hard cover novel as the base of your collage.

Cooking – Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera Village. Cooking demonstration, 10 – 11am and 1-2pm. Free. Call for reservations: 924- 6799.

Film Festival – 8th Annual Ocean Film Festival. Pier 39 Theater, 10 am. Family Day. Family Program tickets (Sat and Sun at 10am): Adults: $10; Children: 5 All family program tickets include free admission to Aquarium of the Bay.

Theater –  Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am, 3:30 pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Walking Tour – Teen Led Architecture Tour for Teens, Jewish Community Center, SF. 736 Mission Street (btwn. 3rd and 4th Streets) 2-3 PM. On this 30-minute teen-led architecture tour you’ll discover how renowned architect Daniel Libeskind brought the landmark PG&E Power Substation back “to life” as a museum.

Workshop - Egyptian Perfume Workshop, Egyptian Museum, 1664 Park Ave. San Jose, 12:30 – 1:15 PM.

Weds 3/16

Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Night at the Warriors. Join the Type 1 Diabetes Community at Oracle Arena on Wednesday March 16 to watch the Warriors take on the Dallas Mavericks. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit JDRF. The first 100 purchasers are invited to attend the Courtside Shootaround! $5 of every ticket purchased through the link below will be donated to JDRF to assist in their dedication to find a cure for type 1 diabetes!

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Thurs 3/17

Fri 3/18

Dance - 6th Grade Only Rec Night, Teen Center, 950 7th St. Novato 7 – 9:30 PM.

THEATRE Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Sat 3/19

Amusement Park - Six Flags Marine World. Opening Day.

Basketball – Golden State Warriors “Bollywood Night.” First 19,000 fans will receive a free commemorative T-shirt.

Career Night - Wildlife Career Night, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland. 5:30 – 9:30 PM.  9777 Golf Links Rd.

Fashion ShowMarin Catholic High School Fashion Show, Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall.  See what’s “in” for 2011 while supporting education. Lunch showing Noon – 2pm, Dinner show 5-9 pm.

Festival – Fort Bragg Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

Hike- Full Moon Night Hike, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Interested in the night life in Richardson Bay? Check out our sanctuary after the sun goes down! Learn how animals have adapted to live in the dark, take a hike under a full moon, and look at the spring constellations.  Advanced registration required: 388-3534.

Hike – Family Hike & Campfire, Marin Headlands 6-8:30PM. Registration Required.

Film Festival8th Annual Ocean Film Festival.  5 Days, 50 Films, 1 Ocean.  Opening Night.

Theater – Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Walking TourMuir Woods After Hours, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Muir Woods National Monument.  Age: Family.

Live Event14TH Annual Youth Speaks Slam Poetry Semifinals, SF MOMA, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  http://www.sfmoma.org/events/1630. To learn more about the Youth Speaks organization click here.

3/19

Art – Cartoon Art Museum presents “Pearls Before Swine“, an evening with Stephan Pastis, Cartoon Art Museum 6-8 PM. An unusual rat and pig take center stage in Pearls Before Swine, a daily and Sunday comic strip from United Feature Syndicate.

Volunteer – Restoration Work Day at RBAC, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. We may be removing trash, invasive plants, or helping with restoration projects. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, Wendy Dalia, wdalia@audubon.org, (415)388-2524.

Volunteer –  Stream Team, Point Reyes National Seashore, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Assist park staff in improving fish habitat for federally listed coho salmon and steelhead trout through streamside restoration. Age 6 and above are encouraged to attend, however, children under 14 will need adult supervision. 76 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, Jesse Wiesenfeld, jesse_wiesenfeld@partner.nps.gov, 415-464-5206.

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Sun 3/20

Live Event - 14TH Annual Youth Speaks Slam Poetry Semifinals, SF MOMA, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.

Live Event – The City of San Francisco presents “Sunday Streets,” Embarcadero, 11am – 4pm. Sunday Streets is a series of events put on by the City of San Francisco to encourage health, community and fun, inspired by similar events in cities throughout the world. A Sunday Streets event creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on a predetermined Sunday.

Theater- Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am; 3:30 pm, Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

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Mon 3/21

Tues 3/22

Concert - Lady GaGa, Oracle Arena, 8:00 PM.   So maybe Lady GaGa is a little strange and her themes can be a little mature for some, but if you take your teen to a Lady GaGa concert she/he will never forget it.

Film – Every 15 Minutes. Tam High Students along with Mill Valley and parents stage a drunk driving accident complete with body bags and a helicopter transport to the hospital to illustrate how someone is killed every fifteen minutes by a drunk driver.Watch this.

Film Screening – “Out of Silence”, Mill Valley Public Library. The Mill Valley Public Library is inviting teens to attend a free community screening of “Out in the Silence,” followed by a Q & A session with filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer. “A stunning documentary” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Out in the Silence” chronicles the harrowing, ultimately successful battle of a gay teen and his mother against recalcitrant school authorities when the teen is brutally attacked for coming out in his small western Pennsylvania high school.

Parent Talk – Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd. Tiburon Sponsored by Marin Interfaith Council. Speakers include: Mr. Don Carney, Marin Youth Court and YMCA Mr Todd Sarner, MFT, Director of Transformative Parenting Ms. Torri Chappell, Marin County Schools Volunteers $10-$20 donation at the door. Please bring a hearty appetizer to share. RSVP to programs@marinifc.org

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Weds 3/23

Concert - Lady GaGa, Sacramento Arco Arena, 8:00 PM Thurs 3/24

Show - Cirque de Soleil Quidam, San Jose. If you’ve ever seen a Cirque de Soleil performance you KNOW that your kid won’t be disappointed.  While the tix can be pricey, they won’t be bored watching the performance.

Show - Rocky Horror Picture Show, San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo. 7:30 PM.

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Sun 3/24

Theater – Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe,7:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Theater - “The Changer,” Alternative Theater Ensemble, 888 4th St. (at Lootens) San Rafael. 8pm.

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Fri 3/25

DanceSeventh and Eight Grade Dance, Novato Teen Center, 950 7th St. Novato  7 – 9:30 PM.

Show - Rocky Horror Picture Show, San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo. 7:30 PM.

Theater - Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Theater – “Oklahoma” by San Marin High School Students, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato, Emily Gates Student Center, 8pm. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” may be purchased in advance for $8 in the San Marin High School office or BrownPaperTickets.com.  Purchase tickets early – this is a fun show for the whole family and sure to be a sell-out.  If tickets are still available at the door, the price will be $10.

Theater - “The Changer,” Alternative Theater Ensemble, 888 4th St. (at Lootens) San Rafael. 8pm.

VolunteerTeens on Trails Volunteer Day 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. These days are just for teens so come with your friends, classmates or school clubs and help do trail maintenance and habitat restoration while having fun.

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Sat 3/26 – Earth Hour 8:30 PM! Read below

ActionEarth Hour 2011, 8:30 PM. At 8.30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour. This year, when the lights go back on, we want you to think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet. Together our actions add up. Sponsored by the WWF (World Wildlife Federation).

Event – Novato Youth Soccer Presents “Play Soccer,” Hill Gym, 1560 Hill Road, 9am-12pm. Games, activities. Register for the fall soccer league U6-U19.

Show - Cirque de Soleil Quidam, San Jose. If you’ve ever seen a Cirque de Soleil performance you KNOW that your kid won’t be disappointed.  While the tix can be pricey, they won’t be bored watching the performance.

Show - Rocky Horror Picture Show, San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo. 7:30 PM.

Theater - “The Changer,” Alternative Theater Ensemble, 888 4th St. (at Lootens) San Rafael. 8pm.

Theater – “Oklahoma” by San Marin High School Students, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato, Emily Gates Student Center, 8pm. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” may be purchased in advance for $8 in the San Marin High School office or BrownPaperTickets.com.  Purchase tickets early – this is a fun show for the whole family and sure to be a sell-out.  If tickets are still available at the door, the price will be $10.

Theater - Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

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Sun 3/27

Event – American Girl Fashion Show, Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Cir., Danville.  10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls! Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Enjoy tea party refreshments, enter to win door prizes, and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls’ individual styles.

Event – Bowl for Kids’ Sake to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay. Double Decker Lanes, 300 Golf Course Dr. 10AM – 2PM. Start a team, join a team, bowl as an individual. See site for registration.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Event –  Write On Film Screening, Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF. 2 PM. Meet the local teens participating in the Write On For Israel fellowship and watch a selection of their documents filmed in Israel.

Show - Cirque de Soleil Quidam, San Jose. If you’ve ever seen a Cirque de Soleil performance you KNOW that your kid won’t be disappointed.  While the tix can be pricey, they won’t be bored watching the performance.

Theater - “The Changer,” Alternative Theater Ensemble, 888 4th St. (at Lootens) San Rafael. 4pm

Theater – Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am, 3:30 pm,  Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Theater – “Oklahoma” by San Marin High School Students, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato, Emily Gates Student Center, 2pm. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” may be purchased in advance for $8 in the San Marin High School office or BrownPaperTickets.com.  Purchase tickets early – this is a fun show for the whole family and sure to be a sell-out.  If tickets are still available at the door, the price will be $10.

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Tues 3/29

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.
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Weds 3/30
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(Mature subject) Film – “Daddy I Do,” Documentary film about abstinence and sex among teens. Presented by Huckleberry Youth Programs, Smith Rafael Film Center.

Writing – Creative Writing Workshop (for high school students only), Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Free. Registration required.

Thurs 3/31

Theater – Mill Valley Middle School Drama Club presents “Guys and Dolls.” Showcase Theater, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. 7:30 PM. Tickets $16. Download Form.

Camp – Marin Camp Fair, Dominican University Conlon Center Gym, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Middle School & High School programs will be represented. Meet the people behind most of the top summer day camps in Marin County and hear about their great camp programs. In addition, several popular residential (sleep-away) camps will also be on hand to showcase their offerings.  The Marin Camp Fair is a community event managed by the Dominican University Athletic Department as a service to Marin County families and camps.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Theater - Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

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Future Events you Should Know About Now:
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Tues 5/25

Concert – Glee Live, HP Pavillion, San Jose  7PM.  Glee is fast becoming one of the most popular shows among teens. Quirky kids, a psycho teaching staff and great music…how can you go wrong? If you’ve got a “Gleek” in your house and are feeling in the mood to splurge on something fun, check out these concert tickets. However, like many fun things in life, it’ll cost you!

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4 Responses to March – Things To Do With Kids 11 & up

  1. Pingback: March 2011 – Events | marinhood

  2. Judy says:

    This is great! Thanks so much for doing this – it’s a lot of work to find things to do but now I can spend more time doing all the fun things with the family!

  3. joanne says:

    Love the idea of teaching kids to give back to their communities. Better than watching t.v. all day! Thanks!

  4. Marjorie says:

    Just got back from “Sunday Streets.” Was lots of fun with the street artists, etc., but didn’t see anything special going on. Maybe it was more towards the Embarcadero (since I parked toward Fisherman’s Wharf). Was still awesome. So glad the rain stopped.

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