Museum exhibits with a childlike spirit!
by Marc and Darlynne Menkin
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This is one of the fun costumes featured in the History Center’s “Dressing the Part,” which opens in Balboa Park on Oct 14. 
	Courtesy Photo
This is one of the fun costumes featured in the History Center’s “Dressing the Part,” which opens in Balboa Park on Oct 14. Courtesy Photo
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Contrary to an adult’s mind that’s constantly calculating wins and losses, a child’s mind takes things as they are and simply enjoys them. With Halloween just around the corner, this time of year is always a favorite for kids. Downtown is also brimming with lots of fun and unique activities that are sure to bring out the kid in you.

• At the New Children’s Museum, the emphasis will be on fun as it kicks off “The Odd Ball,” a unique artist-inspired mini-golf event on Saturday, Oct. 23. This “Putt for a Purpose” event is a clever and unconventional alternative to a golf fundraiser. Executive director Rachel Teague said guests will have a great time as they’ll be able to explore the museum’s architecture and contemporary art while weaving their way through an unexpected and creative collection of holes.

“I like to call it putt-putt challenges,” Teague said with a smile.

The event will take adults on a journey through the different levels of the museum, in a lively art and music-filled atmosphere. The nine-hole mini golf course offers unique hazards and scoring to create an experience that appeals to both amateurs and pros. There’s also a musical lineup that includes DJ Saul Q, San Diego’s award-winning band Rafter and indie favorite Smile Now Cry Later.

Funds raised at The Odd Ball will help keep kids creative with innovative studio projects and hands-on artist instruction.

• The Children’s Museum will also offer another unique day of fun on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Move and Groove Family Dance Jam” will feature a diverse group of dance companies that will perform throughout the day at the museum and it’s free with regular museum admission.

The day-long shows feature all types of dance genres including the Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, Studio FX, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and Olio, The Show. Organizers said they want to engage and inspire, so following the performances, families will be able to interact with the dancers and ask questions.

• And finally, the San Diego History Center is teaming up with The Old Globe Theater on an interactive exhibition called “Dressing The Part: Costume Design at the Old Globe.” It opens Oct. 14 and runs until April 2011.

Christianne Penunuri, media spokeswoman for the center, said the exhibit gives a peak behind the curtain of the legendary theater.

“You’ll get to see how a costume transforms an actor into a character,” Penunuri said. “There will be actual costumes you can try on and then take a photo in front of a mini recreation of the Globe’s stage. Another unique part of the exhibit is a video that takes you through the two-week process of how a wig is created.”

In addition, there will be a gala reception, hosted by The Costume Council of San Diego History Center, to raise funds to help support and promote the exhibition. This event is Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

— Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of Where You Want To Be Tours. Many of their tours and team building scavenger hunts feature secret downtown areas. www.wheretours.com

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Find the Mojo — Check out the Carousel Challenge in Seaport Village on Friday, Oct. 8. Find an act with “Mojo” in its name, get a creative photo featuring someone from the show and post it on the Where You Want To Be Tours Facebook page. The best picture wins a walking tour for up to four through the Hidden Canyons of Balboa Park and Bankers Hill.

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