Picking our way towards winter, venues move indoors but the rocking is out of this world. The Brian Waite Band brings their favorite sea creatures to life in “20,000 Volts Under the Sea” at the Randall Museum. The SF Symphony Music for Families series celebrates Franz Haydn and his symphonies (starring a bear, hen, and a clock). Tree Frog Treks brings their amps (that’s “amphibians”) to Paxton’s Gate. And Mimi the Sardine, a local manufacturer of waterproof items that give easy clean up to life’s little messes, is holding their annual warehouse sale. So strap on the rain gear and get ready for some good times!

Marin/North Bay

EXPLORE: Safari WestSafariWestPic

The zoo is fun, but watching cute and fuzzy critters through the bars of their cages sometimes makes for a serious case of the guilties. And you can’t help but wonder if the lions and elephants feel cramped, dreaming of freedom in the wild.

For a whole different experience, try packing up your herd for a day trip to Safari West, which has been called the Sonoma Serengeti and Africa in Santa Rosa. Nestled in 400 acres of wine country, this wildlife preserve is unlike any zoo your little monkeys have ever been to. Read more


Trim Up the Tree

Sonoma State Historic Park is holding an ornament-making workshop for littles this weekend at Vallejo Home. Come by and get a head-start on the holiday season. Free admission and refreshments! Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Vallejo Home, Sonoma, free! Read more

San Francisco

It’s a Small World After All

Come see San Francisco in miniature at the 2nd Annual Golden Gate Express Garden Railway at the Conservatory of Flowers. A teeny, tiny exhibit with perfectly placed trees and building, the railway will capture the interest and imagination of your little engineers. Nov. 19 – Apr. 18, Conservatory of Flowers, SF; see website for time and prices. Read more.


Burn Baby Burn

If you haven’t been to Baby Loves Disco, there’s no time like the present. This go-around features a pajama party so break out the flannel and houseshoes (your favorite outfit!) and come shake your groove thing! PS – We’ll be there. Stop by and say hello. We’ll have tricycle tattoos and free Babylegs – woohoo!  Sat., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ruby Skye, SF, $15/walking human (in advance; $18 at the door) Read more.

East Bay

Off to See the Wizard

Bring your little munchkins to see the monkeys, witches, and wizards that abound in this classic tale about finding your way home. Take a trip over the rainbow to Berkeley Playhouse’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,” and be sure to wear your ruby slippers! Sat., 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sun., 11:00 and 4:00 p.m., Julia Morgan Center, Berkeley; see website for pricing. Read more.


Turkey, turkey, turkey!

Wondering what to do with your leftover bird? Maybe your kids have some good ideas. Shuttle ‘em by the Little Spoons’ Café’s organic cooking class for a how-to in turkey chili and coconut cornbread, and have a few more chefs in the kitchen this holiday. Sun., 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Amanda’s Restaurant, Berkeley, $10. Read more.