It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, but don’t spend all your time prepping the kitchen for all that cooking. There are things to do and people to see, and the young ones are tugging on your coattails to get out. It’s a good weekend to hit up the Golden Gate Park, with the Garden Railway Exhibition opening at the Conservatory of Flowers on Friday, in celebration of the park’s 140th anniversary. If you’re feeling ticklish, catch a Ticklish performance by comedienne Marga Gomez at La Peña in Berkeley. And, of course, holiday fairs are in full swing, with the likes of the 2010 Holiday Bazaar at the Mountain View Senior Center in Mountain View offering live entertainment, shopping, and an ornament contest. Here’s more on what’s doing around the Bay this weekend:
San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair
New and expecting parents, this Fort Mason Center fair is calling your name! There’ll be free workshops on things like baby sign language and sleep techniques, and local designers will have the baby clothes you need to stock up for the year. The babies and tots have access to a play area, and parents can relax in the Spa Lounge. Come early to receive a goody bag! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 each, kids free. Event details.
Yo Gabba Gabba Tour
The kids will relate to multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams, who sings about “sitting in a carseat, with a smile,” along with many other fun topics. Catch him on the Yo Gabba Gabba tour in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, singing tunes from his new album, Kids.
Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $35.50-$45.40. Event details.
Peter Pan Weekend at Playland
Not only can you relive all the magic moments of the children’s classic, you can also come dressed like one of your favorite characters, from Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, or Peter Pan himself. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children under 14 and seniors. Event details.
Get Inspired with Freedom Songs
The social justice gospel choir, Vukani Mawethu, will sing South African freedom songs, gospel, spirituals and other inspiring music at this Richmond Art Center fundraiser for AIDS and youth-related projects. Sat., 2-3:30 p.m., $17 adults, $10 kids. Event details.
Alphabet Rockers: Hip Kids Music at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Rockers still learning the alphabet – this is for you. Every song will help you learn something new, from the ABC’s to the 123’s and more. Bring mom and dad, too.
Sat., 11 a.m.-12 p.m., for ages 1 and up, members, $5, general child, $10, general adult, $12 (includes museum admission). Event details.
Tamalpais Valley Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
The finest arts and crafts to choose from, delicious food, music, crafts for the kids to make, and ample parking. What more could you ask for? Oh, it’s free, too!
Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free. Event details.
Got a kid that is crazy for two wheeled vehicles? Put them into overdrive with some of the hottest rides on two wheels at the International Motorcycle Show at the San Mateo County Event Center. Live Supermoto racing all day Saturday and Sunday, interactive family activities, high-energy entertainment including death defying stunt shows.
Fri., 9:30am-8pm Sat., Sat. & Sun 9:30am-5pm $6-$30, 5 and under FreeEvent details.
Barns & Noble Fire Recovery Book Fair
The San Bruno Library and Barnes & Noble team up to host a book fair supporting the Glenview Fire Recovery fund. Face-painting, art projects, games, story time and fun local community entertainment all afternoon. A percentage of all purchases made on this one day will be donated to help those affected by the explosion and fire in San Bruno.
Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Event details.