Using her love of folk music, Gayle Schmitt gives young audiences a window on history. She serenades tykes with songs "written so long ago nobody knows for sure who first wrote them," as she explains on her Web site. Schmitt's talking about classics like "Ain't No Bugs on Me" and "How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?," which may belong to the past, but still make short stacks giggle and want to sing along at her Bluegrass Concert for Kids. Choose from two shows at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F. Admission is $4-6; call 252-9822.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
A Giants opportunity to make your own commercial
Both advertising executives and baseball coaches will tell you -- it's all about how you pitch. The Zeum is taking that adage to heart when it kicks off its Giants Pitch Your Idea Contest, a competition that gives kids the chance to create their own commercials about why they love San Francisco Giants baseball.
Whether visitors aspire to a corner office on Madison Avenue or a pitching mound in Pac Bell Park, they can take advantage of the museum's animation studio and production lab to sculpt their own clay characters and then shoot a 30-second spot using stop-motion photography. (Kids can take their finished commercials home on CD-ROM for an extra $5.) Contest winners will be announced in August, when the best young ad exec will get to throw the first pitch at a home game. The contest starts today at the Zeum, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 777-2800 or visit www.zeum.org.
-- Jack Karp
Sesame Street's Ernie summed it up best: "Rubber Duckie, you're the one/ You make bath time lots of fun." At the Rubber Ducky Derby, you can express your fondness for the little yellow fellas when more than 20,000 of them take to the waters of the Boat Pond at Children's Fairyland. The race isn't all fun and games; it's also the main fund-raiser for Children's Hospital Oakland, and it has raised over a million dollars for the facility since its inception in 1991. For a minimum fee of $10, participants can sponsor a duck and get a chance to win prizes like a trip to Hawaii. Visitors can take part in games and activities starting at 10 a.m. (the race begins at 4 p.m.) at Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (off Grand), Oakland. Admission to the park is free-$5; call (510) 869-3770 or visit www.rubberduckyderby.org.
-- Lisa Hom