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Bay Area Discovery Museum. "Your House, My House": Take a journey into the homes of people around the world in this international, hands-on traveling exhibition. Through Jan. 7, 2007. free-$8.50. 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 339-3944, www.baykidsmuseum.org.

Berkeley Art Museum. First Impressions: Free First Thursdays: Check out a world of art and film with free entry to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive each month. Thursdays, 11 a.m. Free. 2626 Bancroft (at Telegraph), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. "Between Science & Art: Work in Botanical Illustration": A collection of art created in the San Francisco Botanical Garden's botanical illustration courses taught by Mary Harden. Through Dec. 30. free. Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (Golden Gate Park, Lincoln & Ninth Ave.), 661-1316, ext. 303.

Cable Car Museum. Permanent Exhibit: Located in a historic cable car powerhouse, the museum displays a variety of cable car gear, historic photographs, installations explaining how the cars work, and several antique vehicles. Daily. Free. 1201 Mason (at Washington), 474-1887.

California Academy of Sciences. "Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme": A permanent exhibition that explores the types of environments in the universe that could support life. Daily. Docent Highlight Tours: Tours given by Academy docents highlight the HOTSPOT exhibit and Steinhart Aquarium. Ask the Information Desk for meeting place and times. Wednesdays-Fridays. "Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries": An exhibition that shatters many preconceived notions by presenting some of the most recent dino discoveries in the fields of paleontology, biomechanical engineering, and paleobotany. Daily. "Illustrating the Sierra's Wildlife: The Artist's Studio Live": See first-hand the process of creating a field guide to more than 1,200 species of plants, fungi, and animals of the Sierra Nevada. Naturalist Jack Laws creates scientific illustrations inside a specially designed studio within the HOTSPOT exhibit. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m. African Penguin Feedings: Watch an Academy biologist enter the penguin tank to toss vitamin-stuffed fish to the African penguins. Visitors can ask questions and talk to the birds' caretakers during the feeding shows. Daily, 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Snake Feeding: Watch whip snakes feed on fish. Fridays, 2 p.m. free with museum admission. "Hands-on Science": Visitors of all ages can examine microscopic aquatic life or study adaptations of marine animals with Academy docents and interns. Wednesdays-Fridays, 4 p.m. 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org.

California Historical Society Museum. "Theodore Wores in the Southwest": Wores' paintings and photographs created between 1915 and 1917. These works depict images of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International exhibition in San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, the Southwest Indians, along with a few landscapes of the old Pueblo and Taos Mountain. Through Jan. 27, 2007. 678 Mission (at Third St.), 357-1848.

Cartoon Art Museum. "The Rejection Collection: Not in The New Yorker Cartoons": Through March 18, 2007. Monthly Cartooning Classes for Adults: An intensive monthly workshop for aspiring comic artists, writers, and fans of the medium, taught by a professional cartoonist focusing on an area of his or her expertise. Fourth Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. $40-$50. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.

Chabot Space & Science Center. "Skywise — Astronomy Cartoon Exhibit": Help your child understand that vastness and majesty of space with this exhibit of astronomy comic strips. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-$13. "Destination Universe": Take a virtual journey from the sun to the end of the cosmos with exhibits on nebulae, space travel, black holes, and moving galaxies. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-$13. "Mars Encounter": The National Aeronautics and Space Administration sponsors this exhibit on travel to Mars, which includes data on current and past missions, a giant tactile Mars globe, and Martian meteorites. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-$13. "One Giant Leap: A Moon Odyssey": Take a simulated moonwalk, try on a space helmet, climb into a space capsule, and virtually land a lunar module in this exhibit. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-$13. "Astronomy in California 1850-1950: Telescope Makers, Telescopes, and Artifacts": Take a look at California's rich history in astronomy with this display of telescopes, astronomy history documents, and other ephemera. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-$13. Discovery Lab: Intended for kids aged 3-7, the Discovery Lab contains hands-on science experiments that illustrate scientific phenomena like wind and moving machines. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.; Sundays, noon. free with museum admission, $9-$13. "Garden Days in the EnviroGarden": Explore the mysteries of planet Earth with hands-on activities, including worm composting, hiking in the forest, or building mini volcanoes. Saturdays, noon. "Escape From the Red Planet!": The hour-long simulated mission on Mars casts kids as the crew on a struggling space shuttle. Saturdays, 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. free with museum admission, $9-$13. 10000 Skyline (at Joaquin Miller, in Joaquin Miller Park), Oakland, 510-336-7300.

de Young Museum. "Since 2001: Recent Prints by Ed Ruscha": The approximately 25 prints featured in this exhibition are recent additions to the Edward Ruscha Graphic Arts Archive, a body of work that was acquired by the Fine Arts Museums in 2000. Through March 4, 2007. "Armando Rascon: Naco Nocturnes": Rascon uses museum and other personal artifacts as a platform to engage individual memories that redefine cultural perspectives. Through Nov. 5. "The Quilts of Gee's Bend": The quilts of Gee's Bend make San Francisco the final stop in their widely acclaimed nationwide tour. Through Dec. 31. "Highlights of the Art and Architecture of the New de Young": Enjoy a 50-minute, docent-led tour. Through Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. "Introduction to the Masterworks of the New de Young Collections": Enjoy a 50-minute, docent-led tour. Through Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. "Friday Nights at the de Young": An art-focused happy hour, with special performances and hands-on activities plus cheap admission. Fridays, 5 p.m. $5. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.

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