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Grab and Go Kids Planner for March 30 to April 3

Free days at the art museum and the arboretum, a visit to a record store, a class in old-school tortilla making and a fundraiser on the beach are some Santa Cruz Patch suggestions for this week's Kids Planner.

We introduce our children to records, expose them to some art at our local museum, wait until Tuesday for a free day at the Arboretum and think about taking a drive to San Jose for a double whammy of celebrating Vietnamese culture and a kid's gardening day. All this and more are part of the agenda in this week's Santa Cruz Kids Planner.

Where/When: , 118 Coral St., Santa Cruz, Friday, 6-9 p.m. 

Why Go:  This is an advance commemoration of National Record Day. And if you are wondering why take the kids, don't you think it's good for them to get an idea of how things used to be? The way you used to listen to music? Records? Vinyl?  Friday night's event will have a display of old record covers, including some covers from days gone by in Santa Cruz. This could combine nicely with the free day at the museum we tell you about below. 

Pricing:  Free 

Where/When: Mission and Emmett streets, Santa Cruz (Mission State Historical Park), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Why Go: Spend some time in a historical park and learn how to prepare some food and eat historically. And do it with a staple that we all know and love—tortillas. You and your child will learn how to make tortillas the old-school way, including hot rock cooking. Now that's a far cry from the microwave.

Pricing: Free 

Where/When: , 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: OK, you can go this weekend and pay, if you like. But if you wait until Tuesday, it's Community Day at the Arboretum, and it's free. And with some of you having the kids home from school, wandering around the grounds of the arboretum (and perhaps packing a picnic lunch) can be a fun, family thing to do.

Pricing: Free 

Where/When: The Hook, at the end of 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why Go:  This is a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and those who were impacted closer to home in and around Santa Cruz. It's an all-day event on The Hook, with raffles, games, food and more.

Pricing:  Free (except what you donate)

When/Where: Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: We know it's a bit far, but as you read on, you have a chance at two events in one trip. Spend a delightful day at the museum with a special Vietnamese Community Celebration, Children of the Dragon. Members of the local Vietnamese community will be taking part in the event. Enjoy the music, dance and art—all highlighting Vietnamese culture.

Pricing: Museum admission, $10

When/Where: Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, Saturday, noon to 3:15 p.m.

Why Go: If you head out Saturday, you can really make a day of it by combining the gardening with the Vietnamese culture celebration we just told you about. The kids garden is officially back in business today. It is a real working garden and a place for kids to explore and learn about what grows.

Pricing: Museum admission, $10

Tina March 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM
The kid's garden sounds like a great place. I am growing TickleMe Plant with my student's that I will plant out side when the weather gets warmer. Kids like the TickleMe Plant and the way it reacts to being Tickled. Do you ever see a plant move when you Tickle it? http://www.ticklemeplant.com

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