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SF Arts and Xplory-ations for Children

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We are all born with love for beauty, creativity and innovation, and there aren't more thirty for discovery minds then the ones of the children. Here are a few of our choice of current happenings that are guaranteed to keep your dinner conversations engaged. There is something for someone , no matter the age.

If you are in a naturalistic state of mind, then come by this fun exhibition on your way from the playground.

The Conservatory of Flowers' popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns, transforming the San Francisco landmark into a swampy paradise for meat-eating plants. Visitors get a bug's eye view of a few of these peckish plants to learn why these plants have adapted to attract, capture and, eat prey, as well as how they have perfected and honed their hunting skills. Large models of several species throughout the exhibit also give visitors a taste of what it might be like to be a tiny insect in a world of towering meat eaters waiting for their next meal.  Extraordinary beauty and diversity of species on display will dazzle even the most squeamish.

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Join San Francisco symphony for a thrilling performance of Disney's groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia.

Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and Nutcracker Suite, will be performed while Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. Experience iconic moments and childhood favorites as you never have before and imagine the thrill of excitement on your little one's faces! An outing that the any family would enjoy.

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And then make a stop by the Walt Disney Family Museum for the Little Open Studio time, the Museum's newest program for families with children ages 7 and under. This is a place where little ones and their big friends can hear stories, be inspired and create. Join in storytime and an open ended art activity all inspired by the magic, color and flair of Mary Blair and makes your fairy tales come alive on paper. What can be more magical?

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If you are in the mood for more serious animation, then find your way into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to experience the retrospective of some of the greatest and most influential films of all time from the legendary Japanese animation team at Studio Ghibli. Praised for their originality, stunning animation, and ambitious storytelling, the films are a beloved part of Japanese culture and have received worldwide acclaim from both audiences and critics. Don’t miss this chance to see these beautiful films on the big screen, almost all presented in 35mm film prints.

Please note: Most films will be presented in their original form with English subtitles, but the first film shown on each Sunday will be shown in an English-language version to make the work more accessible to younger viewers. From our personal experience, our 8 year old and 10 year old enjoyed reading the subtitles, but the younger ones definitely needed an English-language version.

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Randall Museum will make your Saturday fun with the Afternoon Art program. Just drop in Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to create all kinds of art and science projects. Kids under 8 must be with a paying, participating adult. Go ahead and be your little one's superhero when you go elbow deep into finger pain or get clay all over your face.

The extraordinary beauty and diversity of species on display will dazzle even the most squeamish. The natural born killers include the Venus flytrap (

Dionaea

), equipped with highly sensitive hairs that detect the moment when a “meal” has landed in its clutches; the pitcher plants (

Sarracenia and Nepenthes

), with a deceptive beauty that is often the last thing insects see as they plummet to their deaths, drown, and are consumed; the sticky sundew (

Drosera

), with leaves covered in mucusy tentacles that slowly wrap over prey; and the seemingly harmless looking butterwort (

Pinguicula

), its gluey leaves, however, often covered in small insect corpses. - See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/special-exhibits#sthash.aJrgS3Ln.dpuf