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Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: Science Festival!

It's time for the Bay Area Science Festival, which brings various science activities and talks around the Bay Area over the next two weeks. Many of the events are family-friendly and are often low cost or free. This weekend's highlights are listed, but the full schedule is available at the Bay Area Science Festival's website

The science of fall colors! Many leaves change into brilliant warm colors during the fall. Learn why some leaves change colors, why others do not, and what chemistry has to do with the color change. The free talk is this Friday at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 1999 Walnut Ave, in Fremont. The class is aimed at ages 7 - adult. 

Tested: The Show! See Adam Savage, one of everyone's favorite mythbusters, and his team from Tested.com during a live show this Friday night in San Francisco. Enjoy an evening of fantastic homebrew projects, demonstrations of exciting new technologies, and conversations with makers about new frontiers of innovation. The show will also include a live recording of Adam Savage’s interview series The Talking Room featuring this week's guest, Dr. Dava Newman, deputy administrator, of NASA. Orchestra and balcony tickets were still available as of this publication. 

Explore! DIscover! Create! The name says it all. This Saturday, take part in a hands-on discovery day at the Cal State East Bay Concord campus from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be science and engineering-based  activities for kids ages 5-14 years old. Not only is the event free, including parking, but some local schools will be providing bus service. 

Discovery Day North Bay! The Sonoma County Fairgrounds will again host the 5th annual North Bay Discovery Day this Saturday. There will be over 100 groups ranging from LEGO robotics to HP showcasing the latest in tech will be showcasing hands-on activities, with many offered in English and Spanish. Make liquid nitrogen cooled ice cream, dissect a squid, launch a rocket, or make a world record paper airplane for free between 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Discovery Day East Bay! Cal State East Bay is hosting a Discovery Day at their main campus in Hayward (not to be confused with the event in Concord). There will be approximately 50 activities, including demonstrations, experiments, hands-on-activities, exhibits, lectures and more, designed to appeal to all ages. The event this Saturday is rain or shine and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Geology at the beach! Explore geology at New Brighton State Beach with the help of Stanford geologists. Learn more about the rocks forming these dramatic cliffs are part of the Purisima Formation, which is exposed along the California Coast from Point Reyes to southern Santa Cruz County, while discussing the formation of marine sedimentary rocks, and examining the Purisima Formation fossils. Also, discuss the processes responsible for preserving fossils, and learn about the ancient seafloor environment in which these fossils are preserved. You are guaranteed to see fossils of ancient clams, snails, and whales. Space is limited to 30 participants. To reserve a spot, email Noel Heim at naheim@stanford.edu. The exploration is Sunday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.