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Grab and Go Kids Planner: It's the Annual Spring Parade Saturday!

Put on your calendar the Spring Parade, a movie, a dance recital and an outdoor adventure.

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—a double header of activities at the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose and more!

We think we've found a great mix—indoors and outdoors, fun and educational, while the kids are home from school.

1. 

Where/When: Castro St & Villa St., Mountain View. Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Why Go: It's our celebration of Mountain View and Mountain View's celebration of us.  It's the 33rd year of the spring parade and that's certainly enough time to make this a tradition. This year the theme is "Mountain View in Bloom" with a focus on nature and outdoor activities. The parade begins on Castro Street and continues into Pioneer Park where the outdoor festival will continue.

Pricing:  Free

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Where/When: , 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Why Go: Support Japan earthquake relief efforts and see young dancers from the Bay Area and the Peninsula perform. The young dancers represent all genres—ballet,  modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and break dance. All proceeds will go to Japan through Save the Children.  

Pricing: Suggested donation of $20 per person.  

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Where/When: , 201 Almond Ave. Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Why Go: As we finish up our celebrations of Earth Day, it's good to take another look at "Home" also known as Earth. This documentary on the impact we have on Earth won the Emmy. It should provoke some moments of reflection in us and in our kids, especially our high school students. 

Pricing:  Free

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Where/When: , 26800 W Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m. 

Why Go:  Pinewood presents the classic musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie." It's great for teens that are approaching that age. It's great for those of us who are older and remember those times. It's a musical that explores life and growing up from all perspectives.

Pricing: $12 adults, $7 students

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Where/When , 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos, Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Why Go: For your kids, especially if they have to follow a gluten-free diet, this is a great way for them to learn how to make some tasty gluten-free foods. The cooking class is hands-on and kids will leave here knowing what to do. Good for ages 4 to 14. They will make quinoa patties, crispy crackers and apple-cinnamon muffins.

Pricing: $20

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