Time to eat turkey, give thanks…and move on to the other holidays. We’ve started dusting off some carols…“Oh the weather outside is…” well, you know the rest. Whether or not the weather takes a turn for the worst, some of the Bay Area’s best events are yet to come. The Greatest Bubble Show on Earth pops up at the Marsh Theatre with tricks galore. And the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant holds its annual crafts fair showcasing unique holiday gifts from around the world. Bundle the kids in the car and head to Los Gatos for the shiny wonderland, Fantasy of Lights. And in San Jose you can ice skate and pretend you’re in the tropics at the downtown rink at the Circle of Palms. “Since we’ve no place to go”? Not this weekend!

BONUS: Due to popular demand, we’ve added events going on in the South Bay and on the Peninsula. Look for our picks in this region every Thursday.

San Francisco:

EXPLORE: Clement Street, Inner Richmond

Genki Crepe © Sindy Wan

Genki Crepe © Sindy Wan

Cute, bustling Clement Street is already known as a destination avenue for affordable international eats and it’s family-friendly atmosphere. Those in the know have already eaten pizza with the tots at Giorgio’s, perused music and kid lit at Green Apple Books, and devoured an ice cream sundae while junior rode the mechanical pony at Toy Boat Dessert Cafe. What now? Here’s a list of surprisingly kid-friendly hidden gems on Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard and Seventh Avenue that will indulge all five senses of both the young and the not-as-young. Read more

High Tea for Teddies

Teddies and tots meet for drinks at the Ritz… well, not drinks really, but tea. Dress the littles in their finery and bring the loveys in their fancy wear as the Ritz opens its very spiffy doors for Teddy Bear Tea. Part of ticket sales benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Nov. 27 – Dec. 24, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, SF, $80/participant, Read more



We Built This City

Bring your budding architects to the Bay Area Discovery Museum for the Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza and let them go nuts designing their own gingerbread apartments, lean-tos, and TICs. Psst: distract them while you nibble off the eaves; then tell them they’ve got a pest problem. Weekends from Nov. 27 – Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., BADM, $25/gingerbread kit (plus admission), Read more

Let It Snow

Do the kids want to sled but you want to skip the drive to Tahoe? Well, the snow is coming to you this weekend in San Rafael. The 30th Annual Parade of Lights brings all the good holiday bits right to your doorstep—snow, arts and crafts, food, trees, lights, and Santa! Bring on the snow forts! Fri., 12:00 p.m., 4th Street, San Rafael, Free! Read more

Peninsula/South Bay:

Fancy Up Filoli
Celebrate the holidays to the hilt and take the family by Filoli for lunch or dinner. The house at Filoli makes a beautiful backdrop for holiday memories and happenings. Visit the holiday boutique for unique gifts and caroling. Or check out the Children’s Party for lunch with the Clauses, a snow princess, and clowns and balloon animals. Tickets are going quick so act fast. Nov. 27 – Dec. 5, Filoli, Woodside, see website for tickets and times. Read more


No holiday season is complete with out a “Nutcracker” viewing and the Peninsula Youth Ballet provides. The littles will love their take on Clara, the soldiers, and the Rat King. Nov. 28 & 29, Dec. 5 & 6, 2:00 p.m., PYB, San Mateo, see website for prices. Read more


East Bay:


Swing Your Pardner Round and Round

Do-si-do and promenade don’t fall down! Bring the kids by for a good, old fashioned square dance with the Pork Pies and caller Evie Ladin. Easy to learn and fun to do, get the kids into the hoedown and have a great time. Sun., 2:30 p.m., Ashkenaz, Berkeley, $4/kids, $6/adults, Read more

Jammie Jam

Laurie Berkner brings her award-winning children’s rock to the Paramount in Oakland. But this is not just any show, it’s a pajama party show! Feel free to show up and jam in your ‘jams! And bring some ‘jams as well—donations for the Pajama Program are being taken at the show. Fri., 11:00 a.m., Paramount, Oakland, $25 and $35, Read more