Did you survive Halloween? Did the kids? Are they still bartering around their candies? Here are some events to get you out of the house (and sugar comas!). Having nightmares about sending your kids to public school? Questions about the new placement system? Get thee to the public school enrollment fair and get some answers post haste. The Banana Slug String Band brings its friendly, eco-conscious stylings to the BADM stage; bring the kids for a listen and a lesson. The East Bay Baby and Kids Fair has a lineup of vendors that will have your tots geared and fitted for anything. Get the kids eating something other than snack-size Snickers with an ITK Culinary class on seasonal foods: beet soup, baked artichoke, and mushroom walnut paté. Maybe you can get them to cater Thanksgiving…unless they’re already booked!

East Bay:

EXPLORE: UC Scavenger HuntBerkeleyBears
Kids love a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt, though as any parent who’s put one together knows, they are a ton of work. But if you bring the clan to the U.C. Berkeley campus, they’ve done the work for you, and you can set the kiddies loose on their own adventure. It’s filled with historic buildings, wooden bridges, trickling streams, and colorful characters – things you couldn’t set up in your own backyard. And the university’s Visitor Services has a map listing all 27 bear images on campus. Most of them are statues, scattered from one end of the campus to the other, and even into the surrounding area. Read more

‘Toon Time in ‘Toon Town

The 3rd Annual Bay Street Animation Festival happens this Saturday in Emeryville, home of Pixar Studios. Check out work from local middle and high schoolers and see who goes home with the big prizes. Maybe your kids will get some ideas for those in-class doodles. Sat., Nov. 7, 12:00 p.m., AMC Theatres, Emeryville. Read more

San Francisco:

Tugging at Your Heart Strings
The California Chocolate Drops will fiddle their way into your heart Sunday at the SF Jazz family matinee. A fun time will be had by the whole family as the Drops make some beautiful, “old timey” music.
Sun., Nov. 8, 3:00 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, $10/adult with child, $5/child, $15/general admission Read more

It’s a Party!
The Exploratorium, though now officially middle-aged, manages to maintain its youthful exuberance. Come celebrate this Bay Area institution with some great science party tricks (dissections, some motorcycle ice cutting, and bubbles!), and the best part—it’s free; the Exploratorium is paying your way to their party! What a great host!
Sat. and Sun., Nov. 7 – 8, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Exploratorium, Free! Read more


Bay Area Ridge Trail Cleanup
Gear up for the 2nd Annual REI Ridge Trail Service Day. Local REIs are each taking a different section of the Ridge Trail to tidy and they’d like your help. The Bay Area Ridge Trail provides access to some of the most beautiful spaces and landscapes in our area. Come help take care of this valuable resource while taking in some awesome views.
Sat., Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., various Bay Area locations, see website for details. Read more

The Hobbit, Puppet-style
Catch this lead-in to the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Theatre Sans Fil, a Montreal-based puppet company. While Tolkien can be kind of involved for a lot of littles, giant talking puppets are sure winners!
Sun., Nov. 8, 3:00 p.m., San Rafael, $30/adult, $20/student, $15/18 and under; Read more