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Fly high at the Zeum

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SAT 5/24

At "Whoosh," Zeum's new exhibit about wind, curious minds can explore what role the powerful force plays in flight. Better yet, they can find out for themselves. The show features two interactive installations -- Bird's Eye View and You're Flying -- which allow visitors to experience virtual flight. Kids of all ages can see what it's like to soar over projected landscapes of San Francisco and outer space or to fly through the clouds with birds as their companions. The exhibit opens today for a one-year run at Zeum, 221 Fourth St., S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 777-2800 or visit www.zeum.org. -- Lisa Hom

Ice, Ice, Baby
A new flavor at Fenton's Creamery needs a name

SAT-SUN 5/24-25

Are the kids starving for stimulation, or are their clothes too clean? Either way, you can't lose by taking them to Children's Fairyland for Fenton's Flavor Festival. The amusement park is hosting this ice cream-naming event, during which chocolate-chip connoisseurs and vanilla-fudge fanatics can dig into a 50-foot sundae and cast their votes to name a new flavor that's being added to the menu at Fenton's Creamery in Piedmont.

Once they've had their fill of treats, the little eating machines can work off the sugar high at the exhibits, rides, and shows that Fairyland uses to bring some of the world's most famous fairy tales to life. One suggestion, though: After sampling the enormous sundae, you might want to keep the tykes off Captain Hook's pirate ship. The festival starts at 10 a.m. at 699 Bellevue (off Grand), Oakland. Admission is free-$6; call (510) 452-2259 or visit www.fairyland.org. -- Jack Karp

The Kids Are All Right

FRI 5/23

High-quality children's theater is extremely rare, but the Event Players look really good. Far from the sequin-wielding tap dancers one might expect, the San Francisco Arts Education Project's performers have something few kids ever show onstage: dignity. Well-rehearsed (but not traumatized) and beautifully costumed, the group is made up of 9- to 14-year-old "triple threat" performers: They act. They dance. They sing. Do not mess with them. Dynamic duo Randy Craig and Danny Duncan have adapted an Isaac Bashevis Singer children's short story into One, an original musical. Though it's for kids, it's not fluff: The press release says the plot "represents the seminal break between paganism and monotheism that lays the cornerstone of the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths." Whew! The show starts at 7:30 tonight (and runs through June 1) at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson, S.F. Admission is $8-50; call 392-4400. -- Hiya Swanhuyser

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