Looking for a fun, educational, and—best of all—free outing for Mother's Day? Koret Museum Days may be what you're looking for! On Mother's Day, this Sunday, May 10, the Koret Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary by providing free general admission at nearly every museum in the Bay Area. Sounds like a great outing for mom and the whole family, and you can't beat the price. Seventeen museums will participate in the 2009 Koret Museum Day, so you'll definitely find something that everyone likes. From art to science to space to animals—it's all covered.
Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Zoo, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, Lawrence Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, the Asian Art Museum, and more.
For more information on Koret Museum days and a full list of participating museums, visit www.koretmuseumdays.org. There's even a free e-card you can send to invite your mom (or to send to your family members to give them a hint).
One of Marin County's most beloved unique events is the famous Mountain Play—an outdoor theater experience on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais that's been going strong for 96 years. 2009's Mountain Play production is the Tony Award-winning Man of La Mancha, a musical loosely based on both the 16th-century novel Don Quixote and the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes.
Man of La Mancha features some of Broadways most unforgettable songs, including The Impossible Dream, Dulcinea, and I Don Quixote. It's directed by Mountain Play veteran and long time College of Marin drama professor James Dunn.
Shows take place at 1 pm in Mt. Tam's Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on May 24 and 31, and June 7, 13, 14, and 21. There's pre-show entertainment beginning at 11 am, consisting of Spanish, European, and Latin American music performed by local talent, in keeping with the play's Spanish setting. There will also be family entertainment before each of the six performances, including puppet shows by Randel Metz and face painting by the Tam High drama department.
Advance tickets for this summer's King Tut exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum go on sale to the general public today! Tut last made an appearance at the de Young in 1979, and many of you out there probably saw the exhibition as children. The new exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, will be at the de Young from June 27, 2009 through March 28, 2010, and includes over 130 works from the tomb of King Tut and other auspicious ancient Egyptians.
Visit www.tutsanfrancisco.org for more information on ordering tickets and about the exhibition. You can also preview the artifacts on display and send a King Tut e-card.
King Tut is returning to San Francisco! The treasures of the famous Boy King return to the de Young Museum this summer. Tut last made an appearance at the de Young in 1979, and many of you out there probably saw the exhibition as children. The new exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, will be at the de Young from June 27, 2009 through March 28, 2010, and includes over 130 works from the tomb of King Tut and other auspicious ancient Egyptians.
While general admission tickets won't be on sale until April 6, school groups can reserve their tickets for the coming school year now. Schools can purchase tickets at the special discounted rate of $15 per student, and tickets for chaperones (one per ten students) are complimentary.
Teachers in California K–12 public schools can also enter a lottery to receive free or reduced price tickets for their group. Fill out the form on the King Tut website to enter the lottery. Ticket price will range from free to $10 per student, depending on corporate underwriting, and lottery results will be announced in September.
The beloved and classic story, The Wizard of OZ comes to life as Sharon Boucher brings Marin’s talented children and adults together to perform this lively production. Bring the entire family to watch Dorothy and Toto meet the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on their way to the beautiful Emerald City. The North Bay Rep and San Rafael Community Services Department presents The Wizard of Oz starting on March 6. The performance times and dates are listed below:
Fridays: March 6, 13 & 20 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays: March 7, 14 & 21 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday: March 22 at 3:00 pm
Ticket prices are $15 General Admission for 3 years and up. Tickets available at the San Rafael Community Center or by phone at (415) 485-3333 or online. The San Rafael Community Center is located at 618 B Street in San Rafael.
Masque Unit Junior Theater of Marin presents its 47th theater production, The Emperor's New Clothes. The Emperor's New Clothes, based on the classic fable by Hans Christian Anderson, is Masque Unit Junior Theater of Marin's annual musical production for young children. This production brings to life the hilarious story of an overly fashion-conscious emperor, and his royal court, and two clever swindlers posing as tailors. The catchy tunes and comedic dialogue will delight audiences both young and old alike.
The Emperor's New Clothes will be performed on March 7 and 8 at 1 and 3 pm at the Marin Center's Showcase Theater. Tickets are $8 per person, and can be purchased through the Marin Center Box Office at (415) 499-6800.
Masque Unit Junior Theater of Marin was established in 1961 by a group of women who saw a need to provide live theater experiences at a reasonable cost for the youth of Marin County. Masque Unit is a non-profit organization of volunteers who combine their talents in costuming, writing, choreography, set design, producing and on-stage performing.
Based on the popular series of children’s books by Jeff Brown, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is a whirlwind sixty-minute musical travelogue that will have parents and children scouring the globe with Stanley, meeting new and diverse friends from South Africa, Mexico and beyond!
Stanley Lambchop is a normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill kid. But one night while he’s sleeping, the bulletin board on the wall above his head comes loose and falls right on top of Stanley. The next morning he wakes up flat! Not just flat… but really flat! Stanley thinks it isn’t too bad at first because he can slide under doors, he’s the best at playing Hide-and-Seek, and his friends can fly him as a kite, but finally Stanley decides to do something about his unusual condition. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley will take the audience along with Stanley as he mails himself off in an envelope to travel the world in hopes of finding a solution to his very curious problem!
Join Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, Sir Topham Hat, and the other denizens of the Island of Sodor at the Marin Center for Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town. This 90-minute musical stage show extravaganza comes to San Rafael on Monday, March 9 at 7 pm and Tuesday, March 10 at 4 and 7 pm.
Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices range from $12.50 to $55. For more information and to order tickets go to the Marin Center's website or call (415) 499-6800. Marin Center Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm. You can also order tickets online via Ticketmaster.
Still looking for a great holiday gift for a special child? Want to find something out of the ordinary, with perhaps a touch of artiness? Look no further than your local museum store! Here in the Bay Area, we have a number of fine cultural institutions that not only can help enrich our lives with art, history, and science, but provide for great shopping as well. Museum stores carry great gift items for both children and adults that often are exclusive to the stores or inspired by and related to the museum's focus and collections.
Don't have time for a day at the museum? Don't fret—most of the time, you can shop at a museum store without having to pay museum admission. Better still, if you're a member of the museum, you usually receive a discount on your store purchases. Here are a few of our favorite local museum stores: