We've done the research, we've done your homework and we're ready to give you our suggestions for ways you can get up and go with your family this week and heading into the weekend.
Stay local and watch a film about area cities, read your own book and listen to a storyteller and visit some museums, including one right here at home.
Where/When: , 801 California St., Mountain View, Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Why Go: This film might work best for older children to get a better idea of the world we live in. This is the first in a four-part series of free films about how cities and towns are being reconfigured to be more livable and sustainable. The series continues, same time, same place, for three more consecutive Fridays.
Where/When: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Why Go: Sometimes we don't see what's in our own backyard. So think about how many times you have driven past the Computer History Musuem since it opened and not paid a visit. Change that this weekend. Two of the current exhibits are a history of computer chess and the first 2,000 years of computing. Yes, that's right—2,000 years. Check it out!
Pricing: Varies; check with museum website
Where/When: , 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Saturday, 11 a.m.
Why Go: If your child is a reluctant reader, Reading Buddies might be a good program to try. It encourages reading for children from kindergarten to fourth grade by letting them read to a dog. The dogs are specially trained therapy dogs that come with volunteers, who work with kids.
Where/When: , 301 Castro St., Mountain View, Saturday, 5-5:30 p.m.
Why Go: Local author Madeleine Clements reads from her new book,Wally. Do you or your child ever wonder what cats do at night when we are sleeping. Come to the reading to find out!
Where/When: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market St., San Jose, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Why go: The Tech Museum gives free admission six times a year through ScholarShare to explore how technology and science affect the way we live, work, play and learn. For a family, that's quite a savings. See the Tech's new Challenge Gallery and explore fun, interactive exhibits. Ride the Earthquake Platform and play with Robots. These days do not include admission to IMAX or to special exhibitions.