Santa’s on the roof, he’s unloading his sleigh, he’s doing the shimmy down your chimney, he’s here, he’s here! Is it coal or kudos? Grief or gifts? What’d ya get? What’d ya get? Happy holidays all; hope to see you tooling ‘round the cul-de-sac on your new bikes Christmas morning. When the dust dies down, we’ve got some activities for you and places to stash those out-of-school kidlets. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is celebrating the holidays with the traditional “Black Nativity,” a joyful experience in gospel song and uplifting dance. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is open free of charge Christmas day. Haven’t reached your “Nutcracker” quota? Catch up with the Oakland Ballet at the Paramount Theatre for a beautiful ballet in a beautiful theatre. (Punch up the party with a Sweet Dreams ticket and meet the principal dancers after the weekend matinees.) Or if you’re looking for that post-holiday “veg” or trying to unload extraneous relatives, head over to the Retro Dome for their post-holiday “Home Alone” matinees and “It’s a Wonderful Life” evenings, or take on their three-night specials of “The Godfather” or “Back to the Future.” Ho-ho-away-you-go!
Exploratorium’s holiday animation festival will titillate little film palates. Come by for some fun film shorts and explorations in the Exploratorium or hide-and-seek around the pond. Sat., 12:00 p.m., Exploratorium, San Francisco, free with admission. Read more.
Trek with this Troop
Tell the kids to take a hike this holiday. With Tree Frog Treks Winter Camp, they’ll love adventuring outdoors, seeking out critters, and learning odds and ends about our beautiful Bay Area. Dec. 27 – 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, $295 (K – 4th Grade). Read more.
Keep the Holidays Humming
Christmas and Hanukkah may be wrapped up, but the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Kwanzaa celebration today keeps the holiday spirit alive. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about this seven-day holiday, here’s a chance for both you and the tots to learn, as well as enjoying a music program tracing the African roots of jazz music. Dec. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sausalito, free admission and programs. Read more.
If your little is little (1st or 2nd grade) and into animals, WildCare camp is just for them. They’ll learn about our animal neighbors and their winter plans (Spoiler: they’re not hitting the beaches in Cabo.). Dec. 28 – 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., San Rafael, $150, Read more.
Good Time Gardening
After all this holiday eating, maybe your kids would like to give something back to the plant world. The Tilden Heirloom Garden is in need of a little TLC this weekend. Put on your gardening best and join in for some root-righting fun. Sun., 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley, free. Read more.
One More Wonderland
Playland-not-at-the-Beach puts the needle on the holiday record one more time for their Winter Wonderland weekend. Join them for twinkly lights, reindeer games and candy cane delights. Dec. 26 – 27, El Cerrito, free with admission. Read more.
Want to get out for a walk but can’t pry the littles loose from the video games? Everyone wins at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where you can take in the fresh air and waves, and they can twiddle ‘til their thumbs hurt at the casino arcade. Bonus: Through Dec. 31, if you buy $20 in tokens, you get $20 tokens free! Rides open: Dec. 26 – 31, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., arcade open until 10:00 p.m., Santa Cruz, free admission. Read more.
Bicycle Built for 2
Make the most of the drought and enjoy these rain-free winter days. Cañada Road from Filoli to HWY 280 is closed to cars all day Sunday to give you some good bike riding space. Great place for little riders to spin their wheels. Time it right and you can hit Filoli for afternoon tea. Sundays, Cañada Road, San Mateo, free