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Freebies for October

Free crafts, carpentry, chemistry and legos for fun in October.

Fall has come and the festivities will begin to pile up as we approach Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays. It’s time, once again, for some fun free activities around the Tri-Valley.

Lakeshore Learning’s free crafts for October are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your budding artist can make a door hanger on Oct. 6 and an owl decoration on Oct. 15.

On Oct. 6, your budding carpenter can head to Home Depot in San Ramon or Pleasanton from 9 a.m. to noon. This month’s featured project is a fire truck your child will build either by himself or herself or with your help — a fun parent and child project for the younger set and independent activity for more savvy apprentices!  Get there early to ensure they do not run out. Your child can also get a free Home Depot apron and a pin after completing the project.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the San Ramon Library features family storytime, where the librarian reads a selection of books and participants make a free craft. This occurs the first Saturday of each moth from 11:15 a.m. and noon. Later in the day, head to the Dougherty Station Library for “Crazy Chemistry” brought to you by Mad Science from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Is your child a Lego enthusiast?  If so, the Dublin Library has a cool Lego building club on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teen volunteers will assist children as they build. You must call the Dublin Library ahead of time to register, and they need a signed permission slip for those who participate. Call 925-803-7252 to make sure your 7- to 10-year-old gets a spot.

How about some local gems that are always free?

Barnes and Noble in Dublin or Walnut Creek always has a great selection of books and a reading area for children to enjoy browsing. Plus, they have a train table for your little engineers! Games Unlimited in the Danville Livery is another great spot to head for some browsing fun. They have a train table and plenty of games out for children to test out.

No matter what you choose, the price is right. Having fun as a family or making projects doesn’t have to cost anything.

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