Let’s celebrate the great outdoors this weekend with a hike in the Presidio or a spin around one of the local ice rinks that are opening up for the season. It’s also a great time to book your Christmas train rides or a theater performance that will get you in the holiday spirit. Get out there and play!

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San Francisco

National Take a Hike Day in the Presidio
Head to the Presidio for a family-friendly hike in your national park to celebrate National Take a Hike Day! National Take a Hike Day is an annual event designed to get you outdoors for some fresh air, scenery and exercise. Sun. Event details

Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum
Explore the special exhibition Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan and write a letter to a friend. Sun. Event details

East Bay

Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Rink Grand Opening
The 4,100-square-foot ice rink is named after the beloved 1992 Olympic gold medal winner in women’s figure skating and East Bay native, Kristi Yamaguchi, who will kick off the grand opening with a few words. The event will continue with a choreographed holiday skating performance called, “An Icy Christmas” by Polina Edmunds, the 2016 US Silver Champion, with young up-and-coming local skaters. Fri. Event details

BEYOND THE RING  is a contemporary circus performance about lost things, an epic journey and the antics of clowns. Follow the aerial adventures and physical theater journeys of eight unlikely people who lose something precious and the bumps along the way to finding it. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Construction Site on Christmas Night
Down in the big construction site, Bulldozer, Excavator, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck and Crane Truck are giving their all to build a big new home for the fire trucks before Christmas. Will they make it? And what surprises are in store before they bid each other goodnight once more? Sat.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Downtown Ice
Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice will be front and center among downtown San Jose holiday attractions from Nov. 15-Jan. 12. As usual, the palms of the Circle of Palms will be lit with thousands of color-changing LED lights for skaters who pay one fee for unlimited skating time and skate rental. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Peppa Pig Live!
Peppa Pig Live! is here with the all new action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life-size puppets and costumed characters in her new live show. Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Music of Queen for Kids
Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age 10 and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. Sat. Event details

Give Thanks for Food Family Farm Day
Celebrate the glory and gift of food with a special day connecting with where our food comes from at Slide Ranch. Prepare and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch including Slide Ranch turkey, cranberry-rhubarb sauce, cornbread made with cornmeal you grind yourselves, garden greens and winter squash pie. In addition to harvesting, cooking and feasting, you will milk our goats, visit the chickens, ducks and turkeys and hike spectacular coastal trails. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth