Day Gigglers 

Fun plus self-esteem at girls' day camp

6/23-8/22

For many of us, the very mention of summer camp conjures up fond memories of gooey s'mores, friendship bracelets, and singing songs about the end of school and world peace. The Giggling Girls summer day camp, which runs through August 22, promises all that and much more. The cotton-candy name might be a bit misleading, though. According to camp director Jill Fox, who created Giggling Girls for her twelve-year-old daughter, not only will her campers laugh themselves silly, but gain a stronger sense of self and a better body image to boot. In addition to usual camp activities like hiking, swimming, and arts and crafts, girls between nine and twelve can expect a superhero-sized dose of girl power in the way of martial arts, meditation, yoga, journal writing, and self-esteem workshops. Field trips and family cookouts are also on the agenda, but there's a good chance that instead of "Kumbaya," your daughter could come home singing "I'm Every Woman." Weekdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tilden Park. $180 per week, sliding scale. 510-472-6269. -- Joy White

WED 7/9

Get Your Dairy On

What do you know about ice cream? Well, from our own personal research we know that if you eat it before bed, you're guaranteed some crazy dreams. We also know that by 1921, it had become so identified with American culture that the Commissioner of Ellis Island included ice cream in all arriving immigrants' meals, and that 80 percent of the world's vanilla bean used for ice cream is grown in Madagascar. If you want to learn more, head to the Lawrence Hall of Science (on Centennial Drive, above the UC Berkeley campus) between noon and 2 p.m. today. During Ice Cream Day, you can explore everyone's favorite summertime treat, make your own ice cream and compare it to national brands, and just get your dairy on in general. Call 510-642-5132 for admission prices and other info. -- Stefanie Kalem

SAT 7/12

Sing-Along

Animal house

Have you ever seen a bear with coconut hair? Bonnie Lockhart has. And she's coming to El Cerrito Library to sing about that bear and other funny animals. The Oakland singer-songwriter-teacher-activist, whose CD Dreams, Drums, and Green Thumbs is full of "sing-along, clap-along, move-along songs" for kids in grades K-6, drops in with her guitar at 11 a.m. Saturday. Children are also invited to pick up reading records or prizes that morning for the library's summer reading program, "Wild About Reading." El Cerrito Library is at 6510 Stockton Ave. 510-526-7512 or BonnieLockhart.com -- Kelly Vance

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