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Freebies For Summer's End

Free books, family concerts, crafts and more.

As summer comes to an end for school aged children, here are some fun freebies for the end of August to keep them begging for more family adventures!

As always, in both Walnut Creek and San Leandro, offer free Saturday crafts for children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Aug. 18, the craft features a crawly caterpillar. Bookmark scratch art takes place on Aug. 25. Both are terrific for children ages 3 and up.

How about a freebie that keeps on giving? Drive to Pleasant Hill for this keeper! All Contra Costa Libraries are hosting their annual book giveaway from now until Aug. 31. Bring your own bag or box and stock up. Books are sorted into children and adults for your browsing pleasure. Who doesn’t love free books, and lots of them? Check them out at 75 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill. Visit here to learn more.

Get ready, get set, to attend the last “Book Bingo” of the summer at the . This time around, there are BIG prizes like baseball tickets and other items donated by local businesses for this celebration. Be there on Saturday, Aug 18 at 11:15 a.m.

How about some summer math that doesn’t even feel like your child is getting ready for the coming school year? The hosts a pajama math game party on Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the Oak Room and then head out together to Civic Park with games.

How about an outdoor summer movie to cap off the week? The shows “The Adventures of Tintin” on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket and great movie snacks, and settle down to this feature as a family.

Ready for some good, old-fashioned, rock and roll?  Head to Blackhawk Plaza in Danville for their last two summer concerts. A “Rolling Stones” tribute is on tap for Friday, Aug. 17 and “Evolution” rocks the house on Aug. 24. Seating opens up at 5 p.m., and no food or drink is allowed other than what is being sold at these free events.

Each Wednesday for the rest of summer, Blackhawk Plaza in Danville also hosts children’s events from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the playground. On Aug. 15, children can hear “Cotton Candy Express Music,” on Aug. 22 “The Blue Fairy Storyteller” will be featured and on Aug. 29 preschoolers can enjoy a ventriloquist’s show in action.

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