We know you want to jump feet first into the upcoming holidays and we fully support that. The ice rink at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is opening this weekend and you can take the kids to see some drive-through dinos. What fun will you choose?

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Dinosaur Drive-Thru Has Arrived!
This weekend kicks off this fun event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Drive through and see dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes! Download the audio tour before you head over. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out “Venom” at the Cal Academy
Discover how often-feared yet biologically important animals like spiders, scorpions, jellyfish, and snakes sting, suck, bite, and stun while using venom to capture prey and provide deadly defense against predators. Plus, learn how scientists are studying venom to harness compounds that could hold the key to curing human diseases. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Skating Is On
Back again for 2020: ice skating at the beach! A covered rink is part of the fun this season at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and this year it’s bigger and better. Have a skate and then go enjoy games, snacks and holiday lights. Reservations are recommended. Sat.-Sun. Event details

The Golden Gate Park Observation Wheel Is Open
Book your 12-minute ride in one of the 36 fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, which each seat six people. Reservations are required. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Winter Fun at CuriOdyssey Zoo
Make this winter season special with a visit with family and friends to CuriOdyssey! Visit CuriOdyssey’s outdoor zoo during the day to watch bobcats cuddle, raccoons play, snakes slither and see our curious otter check you out! Explore Illusions and The Nature of Patterns rubbings exhibits in the new Bay View Grove. Fri.-Sun. Event details

The Walt Disney Family Museum Is Open
Come check out all the exhibits as the museum is back open! Reservations required. Fri. Event details

Bill’s Backyard Is Open at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose will open Bill’s Backyard, the museum’s half-acre outdoor play space, with a three-day a week schedule every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the foreseeable future. Reservations are required for the two play sessions per day: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., with an hour cleaning break between sessions. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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