November is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area. Enjoy family concerts, children’s theater, art workshops, outdoor activities and more!
Have a wonderful December in the Bay Area!
First Friday Family Nights at Curiodyssey ~ San Mateo, December 1
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to live music and enjoy a cash bar while the kids play with seriously fun science exhibits. Dinner can be purchased onsite. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. First Friday Family Night admission is free for members and included with admission to CuriOdyssey. First Friday of Every Month: Dec 1, Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, May 4, Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3, Sep 7.
San Francisco Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker ~ San Francisco, December 2 & 3
Join us as SFYBT celebrate its 17th annual performance of “The Nutcracker”. This magical, full-length version features Bay Area guest artists and the wonderful talents from the San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy. The dance tells the story of young Clara, who dreams that her gift of a toy nutcracker soldier comes to life. This 2-hour production is geared toward families and is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to this holiday ballet tradition. As always, there will be photo opportunities with different characters after all performances. Four shows ONLY!
Live Nativity at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church ~ Moraga, December 2
See the Christmas story come to life at the annual viewing of the Live Nativity at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church (MVPC). Come by anytime from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, 12/2/17, when the MVPC Courtyard will be transformed into a Bethlehem manger. Additional activities, music and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Sanctuary open for prayer and reflection. No cost to attend. MVPC is located in Moraga at 10 Moraga Valley Lane.
IlluminOdyssey – A Winter Light Experience for Kids ~ San Mateo, November 10 – January 7
Electrify your child’s imagination at CuriOdyssey’s spectacular light exhibition. Be amazed and thrilled by fascinating works of interactive luminosity and kid-friendly, glowing art. Explore our radiant sculpted forest, alive with roaming beams of brilliance. Move and stack gleaming objects, play with projections, make filtered light and shadow art. Admission to IlluminOdyssey is free for members and included with admission to CuriOdyssey.
Willy Wonka by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley and San Francisco, November 10 – January 21
Bay Area Children’s Theatre celebrates the holidays with a musical treat for the whole family, a version of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka specially written for young audiences, based on Dahl’s timeless book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and featuring tunes from the original Gene Wilder movie. Follow the adventures of Charlie Bucket, as he finds a winning ticket to tour the chocolate factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
The Night Fairy by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ Berkeley, October 27-December 30
In its first play of the season for older children (age 8 and up), Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents The Night Fairy, the story of feisty young Flory, who faces dangers in the garden by using her wits, summoning her courage, and learning to give and take with the fascinating but often forbidding creatures she meets. By John Glore from the book of the same name by Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz.
Measurement Rules – Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, through January 7
Bring the family to Measurement Rules, our newest exhibit at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Going beyond traditional measuring tapes and vessels, Measurement Rules is an interactive exhibit that uses new units such as apples and pennies to measure height and brings measurement to life with balancing scales, odometers, 3-D imaging, foot rulers, and more. Explore math in a whole new way, now until January 7, 2018. Measurement Rules was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ San Francisco and Sunnyvale, November 24 – January 14
Expect happy high jinks galore—and a wonderful time, with music and rhyme—as Mo Willems’ two most unlikely pals cavort through the joys and trials of friendship in Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” Back by popular demand at BACT for the holidays! Just announced: coming to Sunnyvale in January, too.
Celebrate the Holidays – December at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, December 1-31
Visit live reindeer, meet Santa, explore winter-themed projects, like building ice castles, all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum this winter. Each week in December, BADM has something new for kids and families to explore. Buy general admission tickets online for our holiday events or purchase a membership and visit each weekend in December – 3 visits pay for a Family Membership!
The Amazing Bubble Show at Rhythmix ~ Alameda, December 10
Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles. Combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep both kids and adults alike mesmerized, this show is fun for all ages. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement.
Full Circle Art Event at MOCHA ~ Oakland, December 9
Help us curate our upcoming, community driven exhibition! Join us for a day of circle inspired art making as we collaborate to create art for our next show. It will be a full circle day as we start with materials and end up with hundreds of artworks to display in our space. MOCHA Teaching Artists will lead several art activities inspired by circles. All artwork needs to remain at MOCHA for display from December 13 – February 11. Open to all ages! 10 AM to 1 PM. Free Admission.
Family Concerts & Performances
Preschool Performance Series – Danville, December 1
Beauty and the Beast Sing-along – San Francisco, December 1
Music for Families – San Francisco, December 2
Once Upon Your Mind Family Improv – Oakland, December 3, 10, 17
Opera for Families – Palo Alto, December 9
Family Jazz Matinee – San Francisco, December 16
Aladdin at the Orpheum – San Francisco, November 1-January 7
Annie by Berkeley Rep – Berkeley, November 10-December 23
James and the Giant Peach by Cinnabar Youth Rep – Petaluma, November 17-December 3
Around the World in 80 Days – Mountain View, November 29 – December 31
Madeline’s Christmas in a Play by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, November 30 – December 17
Arts & Crafts
Free First Friday at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History – Santa Cruz, December 1
Family ArtBash at CJM – San Francisco, December 10
Family Program at UC Botanical Garden: Holiday Nature Crafts – Berkeley, December 9
DIY Art – San Jose, December 9
Family Night at OMCA – Oakland, December 15
Victorian Card Making – San Ramon, December 16
Sports & Fitness
Girls on the Run 5K – San Francisco, December 3
Animals & Nature
2nd Saturday on the Farm – Watsonville, December 9
Family Night Hike and Campfire – Sausalito, December 9
SPCA Puppy Movie Night – San Francisco, December 15
Solstice Family Fun at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, December 16
Science & Technology
Planetarium Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium – Cupertino, December 2, 9, 16
Marine Science Sunday at The Marine Mammal Center – Sausalito, December 10 & 24
Community Day at Curiodyssey – San Mateo, December 13
Full Spectrum Science at the Exploratorium – San Francisco, December 24