The candy bags are half-empty and the pumpkin smiles are sagging, but no worries, the kids are on to bigger and brighter fall adventures. From getting into the spirit of thanks to looking ahead to the holiday madness, families have a range of indoor arts activities and out-in-the-cooler-weather action to choose from.  In the U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley, learn how to make an organic, heirloom bean soup. Or get the turkey-making started at  Ardenwood’s Clay Pot Turkeys painting and decorating event. November’s first Sunday means free museum entrances in S.F.’s  Asian Art Museum and SF MOMA. And kids under 18 are admitted free to the  family-friendly San Francisco Green Festival. If you’re in the mood for some exercise in the spirit of giving, take part in the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council’s 3rd Annual REI Ridge Trail Service Day, taking place in open spaces throughout the Bay. Here’s more on the haps this weekend.

P.S. The Yo Gabba Gabba tour, featuring Keller Williams, is coming to San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, so be sure to grab your tickets early! Event info.

East Bay

Cozy with Stories
On Saturday, story time at Mocha features local children’s authors reading from their work. Susan Katz will read, ABC Baby and Me, followed by Debra Sartell’s naptime inspiration, Time for Bed, Baby Ted. Sat 1-2 p.m., $8 per child. Event details.

Cinderella, Enchanted
It’s opening night for one of our favorite stories of all, Cinderella, Enchanted, playing at the Berkeley Playhouse. Sat. & Sun., various showtimes, $15$33. Event details.

The Holiday Shopping Begins
Find arts and crafts goodies at the Orinda Community Center Holiday Bazaar while the creative littles make arts and crafts of their own. Sat 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., free. Event details.


More Theater
Make believe and merrymaking are the highlights of the weekend, with Alice in Wonderland making a wonder-filled debut in Redwood City. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m., $10-$15.  Event details.

Arts & Crafts
The 6th Annual Artistry Faire in Palo Alto getting youngsters excited about the season’s giving, as mom and dad get a head start on gifts. Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Event details.


Rock ‘n Roll and Magic
There’s magic in the air in Sausalito. At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the fun revolves around bopping and cooing with Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy with the Brian Waite Band. Sat, 11 a.m., $5-$12. Event details.

K-9 Carnival and BBQ
Always kids at heart, dogs love to have fun, too. So bring the leash and the family pooch to a Marin first – the Marin County Parks K-9 Carnival in San Rafael. Sat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Event details

San Francisco

thredUP Clothing Swap
Clear the closet and give unto others while grabbing some new free threads for your growing buds at thredUP Kids Clothing Swap Party near Union Square. Sat, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., free, Event info.

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Family Concert
Bring early music and dance lovers to a San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Family Concert, featuring the San Francisco Ballet School Training Program’s ballet stars of tomorrow.Sat, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., free but tickets required. Event info.

—Renee Rutledge