Check out these great opportunities for family fun for the weekend of December 15-17.
Enjoy children’s theater, family concerts, art workshops, science explorations, nature adventures and more!
Friday, December 15
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ San Francisco
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!
IlluminOdyssey – A Winter Light Experience for Kids ~ San Mateo
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.
The Nutcracker by Berkeley Ballet Theater – Berkeley
Holiday Movie Series – Burlingame
Family Night at OMCA – Oakland
Madeline’s Christmas in a Play by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto
SPCA Puppy Movie Night – San Francisco
Lighted Boat Parade – San Francisco
The Biggest Gift – Walnut Creek
Saturday, December 16
Celebrate the Holidays – December at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito
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!
Willy Wonka by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley
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.
Planetarium Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium – Cupertino
Solstice Family Fun at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills
Fairy Winterland – Oakland
The Amazing Bubble Show – Palo Alto
The Nutcracker by Peninsula Ballet Theater – Redwood City
Family Jazz Matinee – San Francisco
The Art of Magic – San Jose
Brickshow 2017 – San Leandro
Victorian Card Making – San Ramon
Kids Night at the Museum – Santa Rosa
Sunday, December 17
The Night Fairy by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ Berkeley
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
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.
The Nutcracker by Santa Cruz City Ballet – Aptos
Hanukkah Celebration for Families with Young Children – Berkeley
Christmas in Oz – Castro Valley
Around the World in 80 Days – Mountain View
Once Upon Your Mind Family Improv – Oakland
The Gingerbread Boy by Palo Alto Children’s Theatre – Palo Alto
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Pleasanton
Aladdin at the Orpheum – San Francisco
Santa Run – San Jose
A Christmas Carol by West Coast Performing Arts – Walnut Creek