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Discover & Go

If you haven’t checked out Discover and Go, yet, now is the perfect time to take advantage of free passes to local museums and parks. Plan yourself a fun weekend staycation with the fam to hold you over till summertime.


Below is a handful of current, or upcoming events for the month of May and June from museums or attractions that are also listed on Alameda County’s Discover and Go.


Bugs in Berkeley 

UC Botanical Garden and Bug Day: June 15th, 10am-4pm 




“Join Garden docents and entomologists for a weekend of fun and exciting insect related programs. From tours of the Garden in search of pollinators to hands on demonstrations and interactions with live specimens this is sure to “bee” a great event. ” 


Lawrence Hall of Science and Xtreme BUGS: Now till September 1st

“Xtreme BUGS are marching, flying, and crawling into the Hall! Get up close to these massive, moving, and buzzing insect and arthropod models. Come experience the wonder (and sometimes the creepiness!) of getting up close and personal to the bugs that are usually hidden from view.” 


Comics and Cartoon Fanatics 

Take the BART to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Cartoon Art Museum:  Now till September 14


“The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition will include all of the original artwork from the historic first issue from 1984, other early covers and interior artwork from series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and their associates from Mirage Studios, storyboards and animation cells from the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and material from the popular TMNT Adventures comic book originally published by Archie Comics.”





The Cartoon Art Museum is located near many museums that are also listed on our Discover and Go!, including Children’s Creativity Museum,  whose historic carousel will reopen  this Saturday, May 17th 



If you’re taking BART home, get off at Lake Merritt stop and visit OMCA’s Sunshine and Superheroes: San Diego’s Comic-Con: May 23rd to May 31st. This special exhibit will include a photo booth where kids can take pictures of themselves in costumes. If your adventures are on a Friday, OMCA also hosts a special night of music, food trucks, and kids art progams that begin at 5pm.


Outdoorsy Type?

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point is hosting a Birds of Prey Day Monday, May 26th from 10am to 5pm

“What makes a bird a bird of prey? And how do they hunt and survive? This Memorial Day, learn about these amazing avians during our feather-filled family event. Get up close to roving birds of prey and attend special programming.”


So what are you waiting for? Summer is quickly approaching, and passes get booked fast!  Log on to Discover and Go and browse these and many more offerings.

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What do you think of when  you read the following: Hidden Valley, Horse Heaven, Peak Meadow.  Book titles?  City names?  Race Tracks?   If you said hiking trails then I know you are a true fan of the East Bay Regional Park District.  The trails  I mentioned just happen to be in nearby Mission Peak.   I’m a big fan of this park district and try to get out  to a park at least once a week.  It’s not hard to do since the East Bay Regional Park District is composed of more than 140,000 acres, 65 parks and 1,200 miles of trails and they offer activities all year long.

If you’re a fan of the Regional Park District or new to the idea of outdoor activity, then consider registering for the East Bay Regional Park Trails Challenge and hike away.  If you’re not in the mood for hiking, then try another activity like  biking, fishing, archery or swimming.  We are so lucky  that so much open space has been set aside for us to enjoy.   Most are just minutes away from your home and many are available by public transportation.  If you’re in the mood to get out and play, or just want to relax and chill out, then step outside your door and onto a trail.  With trail names like Hidden Valley and Horse Heaven, you can’t go wrong.

Check out some of our books and get in the mood for a trip to one of the parks.  Also, don’t forget that with Discover and Go passes, available with your library card, you can get a family pass for the Ardenwood Historical Farm in Fremont.  Ardenwood is another  great East Bay Regional Park District venue just outside your door!

After the Storm Living Landscape Tri Valley Trails

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Thanks again to my library card, I will be visiting the Exploratorium in discoverandgoSan Francisco next week.  Make no mistake:  I made the reservation last November, and that was after months of checking almost daily the library’s Discover & Go site, where passes to the Exploratorium are snapped up almost as soon as dates are opened.  My lucky day came and I immediately made my reservation.  Now I won’t be able to make another reservation to the Exploratorium until next year, not able to even check available dates.  I understand on February 1 passes were released for April and all have been taken.  Anyway, the moral here is to keep on trying and to be ready and flexible with the date of your trip to any popular Discover and Go venue.  Just keep trying; free passes to Discover & Go venues are well worth the time and effort a qualified library card holder spends to get them.

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Thanks to my library card, I was able to visit the San Francisco Asian Art Museum without charge and to meet visiting terracotta warriors from China.  discoverandgoThe eight life-sized warriors and two horses there now are representative of the more than 7,000 clay warriors with horses and chariots that were designed to protect the First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, in the afterlife.  Qin Shihuang had ascended to the throne at 13, unified seven warring kingdoms and proclaimed himself First Emperor.  Discovered in 1974 in Shaanxi, China, by farmers digging a well, the First Emperor’s tomb complex is a parallel world meant to enable his rule after his death.  In addition to the clay warriors, ongoing archaeological excavations have revealed a replica of the imperial life as the First Emperor knew it, including terracotta musicians, acrobats, officials and water birds of bronze.Terracotta Warriors  Signing up at the Information Desk for a guided tour of the exhibit, scheduled at noon and 2 p.m., helped to bring displayed artifacts together and create a picture of what life was like during the First Emperor’s reign.

The video clip below shows the unpacking and installation of the current China Terracotta Warriors exhibit, which runs through May 27, 2013. A Discover & Go pass to the Asian Art Museum admits two adults and children under 12.  If you go, just remember to choose a date other than the first Sunday of the month, which is a free day at the Museum.  One daughter who made the mistake of picking this month’s first Sunday said she was glad she had her pass and did not have to stand in line with the many, many people awaiting admission, but it was truly crowded inside.  Have your library card ready and find out where else it may take you.  Start here.

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