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Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: Handmade Science, Drones and Stars

Water Science Saturday! The Tuolumne River Trust and Tap the Sky want to show families where water comes and goes...you know, when we have water. How does water get from nature to your tap and what happens once it flows down the drain? In addition to lessons, there will be games, and demonstrations of greywater and rainwater catch systems. Water Science Saturday is free, aimed at families and will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park in San Francisco. 

Maker Saturdays continues! This is the second-to-last week of Maker Saturdays at the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae. Drop by anytime between noon and 3 p.m. for various crafts and science activities. The all ages event is free. 

Handmade Science! This Saturday, the Exploratorium is hosting Explorables, which is an afternoon of drop-in science activities, including chromatography, spectroscopes and light boxes. Every day materials will be provided to make some of the tools you'll see, and everything you make can be taken home. The activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is included with admission. If you're an Exploratorium member, there is a special Bike Science event on Saturday that features lessons like how to fix a flat and includes a ride to the Wave Organ (a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay). All ages are included. Registration is required. 

Day of the Drones! Learn a little more about drones and possibly get a chance to fly one this Saturday at a special event at the South San Francisco Public Library. Drone enthusiast Eddie Codel will give a basic introduction to drones and quadcopters, discussing topics of aerial photography and video, and sharing tips for making your own drone. The free event begins at 11 a.m.

A night hike for all ages! Head to Novato on Saturday night for a family hike at Stafford Park under the stars. The short, ranger-led hike by Marin County Parks will help you identify constellations and the legends behind them. The free outing runs from 8:30 - 11 p.m. Bring snacks and dress in layers!