It’s the last weekend of 2014! We hope that your year was full of joy and lots of awesome memories. From hiking in Marin to dancing to some video game tunes in San Jose to having breakfast by some tide pools, we’ve rounded up a list of events so you can really make it count. All you have to do is show up!

fitzgerald marine reservePhoto: Rob Mahan via Flickr Creative Commons

San Francisco

Hot Chocolate Lab at the Ritz-Carlton
As you are out and about soaking up the lingering days of holiday lights, stop by the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton for their free Hot Chocolate Lab. You can see the lavish decor in the lobby and enjoy toppings like marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla candy, and freshly grated cinnamon. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 3-5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Alison Faith Levy at Glen Park Library
Formerly known as “Sippy Alison” of the beloved Bay Area band The Sippy Cups, Faith Levy performs a high-energy set of songs on guitar and accordion, with lots of singing, dancing and participation from kids and grown-ups alike. Sat., 2-3 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Boswick the Clown’s Variety Show
Kids will love the antics for this former Ringling Bros. clown who’s  been making children laugh for more than a twenty years! Juggling, story-telling and lots of laughs. And the festive locale–right near Union Square, will make this a great way to keep the holiday spirit going. Show is geared toward kids 4-8 but all are welcome. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 11 a.m.-noon. San Francisco. $15. All ages. Event details.

Kwanzaa Celebrations 2014
The seven days of Kwanzaa begin on Friday, Dec. 26 and in SF that means multiple festivities each day of the weekend and beyond. The inaugural ceremony is at City Hall at noon, followed by the reopening of the Museum of the African Diaspora at 2 p.m. and a two additional events. And that’s just Friday! Check out the website for the impressive list of amazing blues bands, jazz, reggae, gospel and more. Fri., Sat., & Sun., times vary. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Night Hike at Chabot Space Center
Get a great view of the night sky in the middle of winter on a guided night hike with the Chabot Space Center. Explore the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on an easy 1-2 mile hike to Redwood Peak. Stick around after the stroll for a view of the night sky through telescopes or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Rain or shine. Advance reservations recommended. Fri., 4-6 p.m. Oakland. $12. All ages. Event details.

Redwood Valley Railway
At the southern end of Tilden Park you can catch a ride all weekend on the Redwood Valley Railroad. This mini-steam train will take you and the kiddos on a sweet little ride through the forest. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or dusk). Orinda. $3; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

WCMRS Railroad Show
And speaking of trains, your little engineers might stay up a bit later this Friday night for the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society’s monthly show. Experience Diablo Valley Lines, a scaled down world of mountains, tunnels, and cities. Fri., 8-10 p.m. Walnut Creek. $3/adult; $2/child 6-12; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.


11th Annual LEGO-cy Exhibit at MOAH
The Museum of American Heritage is showing off their LEGOs for the 11th year in a row with the “Living LEGO-cy” exhibit, featuring a variety of LEGO creations and trains. Super close to Caltrain Palo Alto stop. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Palo Alto. $2. All ages. Event details.

Family Game Time at Brisbane Library
Drop by the library for family game time. Board games and card games galore to choose from. Play an old fave or try your luck at something new. Roll on! Sat., 1-4 p.m. Brisbane. Free. All ages. Event details.

Breakfast at Family Fun Day at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Before you explore this supercool intertidal zone, park rangers will be offering up coffee, OJ, fruit, and pastries. The tables are located at the top of the ramp. Sun., 9-11 a.m. Moss Beach. Free. All Ages. Event details 

South Bay

Super Soul Bros. Video Game Concert
Hear music from Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Brothers, Link, and more with the Super Soul Brothers. Come on, it’s time to go! Do the Mario! Fri., 7-9 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Jose Ballet’s Nutcracker
There’s enough holiday spirit in Ballet San Jose’s performance of The Nutcracker to get keep the Christmas spirit going through the weekend, starting with carolers in the lobby before the show and continuing on with magical sets and storytelling in this family friendly performance. The matinée performances are perfect for your early sleepers. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 1:30 p.m. San Jose. $25-$110. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Learn to Skate at McInnis Skate Park
Got a newbie skateboarder in your household but don’t quite know how to show them the tricks? Bring them to McInnis Skate Park where rangers will offer tips and techniques for newbie skateboarders and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Bring your board, helmet, and pads. Rain will cancel. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour
See Sausalito like you never have: this 3-hour walking tour takes you to historic houseboat communities, LibertyShip yards, art studios and the Wooden Boat Center. The tour ends at the boat lettering shack next to the WWII shipways. (Note: exact location of tour meeting site is given out upon booking). Sat. & Sun., 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sausalito. $50. 2 and up. Event details. 

Steam Saturday at San Rafael Public Library
The San Rafael Public Library presents STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences. Please wear comfy clothes that are okay to get messy! Sat., 11-11:45 a.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

King Mountain Family Hike
Get out and burn off those cookies on this 2 mile trek through the forest, exploring King Mountain Loop Trail. This easy to moderate hike will highlight the area’s rich history, natural resources, and in an interactive way. Be sure and wear sturdy shoes because the trails can get muddy and slippery, and pack your own water and snacks. Rain will not cancel. Sat., 9-11 a.m. Kentfield. Free. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier