Cal Day on Saturday, April 13, is truly a family event, with plenty of activities and events planned for children.
Throughout the day--from10 a.m. to 4 p.m.--the campuswide open house offers things to see, do, explore and learn for all ages.
* "Humphrey Saves the Day," a lively dance work at Zellerbach Playhouse.
* "Come Fly With Me: The World of Butterflies," an introduction to butterflies.
* "Name That Soda," a chance to participate in a blind taste test.
* "Insects: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly," a hands-on introduction to some interesting live critters.
* "Fore! A Robot Takes a Swing at Pee-Wee Golf," in which a real robot will demonstrate its skills.
Children also can visit the Museum of Paleontology, see the T. rex model, meet paleontologists, find out what they do and even search for fossils. The Lawrence Hall of Science, featuring a giant Lego exhibit, will waive admission for the day, as will the other university museums.
The Celebration of Children's Literature, now in its sixth year, will feature the Bay Area's best authors, illustrators and storytellers signing books, reading poetry, telling stories--even singing. Cal athletes are getting into the act as well, reading stories to kids of all ages.
For the whole family, International House will host a celebration of cultures, crafts and cuisines throughout the afternoon.
Parents also will be interested in several health-related lectures and workshops, including a talk on children's vision problems.
Cal Day Web Page
A visit to the Cal Day web site offers a complete listing of activities and times for the events mentioned here, plus dozens and dozens of others--for kids and all ages. The address is http: //www.urel.berkeley.edu/calday.
Programs with the complete schedule will be available at the entrances on the day of the event. With the exception of some athletic events and performances, most of the activities are free.