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Grab and Go Kids Planner: Dance, Learn, Party!

Free dance class, a PYT play, college application review process and a festival for pre-schoolers are all part of the weekend's agenda.

This is our weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children and, yes, even teens! The idea is to offer you suggestions about things you can do as a family!

Each week, we give you the info on five of the best family activities or events for the week.

You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.

Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips—just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!

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Where/When: Head to the Lucie Stern Community Center (Fireside Room) at the , 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Why Go: If you are the parent of a high school student with college on the horizon in the next year or so, this session on the college application process could be very helpful to you and your teenager. Get insights into what you as the parent and your child as the applicant need to know about the process

Pricing:  Free

2. 

Where/When:  , S Rengstorff Ave. & Central Expy., Friday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Why Go:  It's the last middle school dance of the school year, so your middle schooler should be there to hang out and have a good time with friends and classmates. Socialize, dance and have a good time with other Mountain View Middle School students.

Pricing:  $3 in advance with VIP card, $5 at the door

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Where/When: , 500 Castro St. Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Why Go: Great way to introduce your child to the world of theater with these abridged versions of entertaining plays. The Owl and the Pussycat is a favorite that everyone can enjoy.

Pricing:  $8

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Where/When: Bayer Ballet Academy, 2028 W Middlefield Rd., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Why Go:  To celebrate Dance Week, occurring throughout the Bay Area, Bayer Ballet Academy is offering free trial classes in ballet, gym stretch, pointe and character for children and youth. This is a good chance to find out if this may be right for your child. Sign up for the classes on the website.

Pricing:  Free

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Where/When: , 1667 Miramonte Ave., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Why Go:  It's a party and festival for the little ones at Little Acorn School. There will be children's games, face-painting, bouncy house, bake sale and more. And whatever you spend will go to a good cause, supporting the educational programs at this non-profit private school.

Pricing:  Check with the school.

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