Kids can spend the last weekend in 2012 in very creative ways! They can get inspired by what they see in a museum during Holiday Art Activities for Families, and paint their own ceramics at the Color Me Mine Kids Night Out. The Bubble Lady’s Celebration and New Year’s Countdown will get kids ready for their December 31st festivities!

San Francisco

Holiday Art Activities for Families
Kids can get inspired at the Asian Art Museum and then get creative! They will get to use traditional and not as traditional art materials to create an artwork to take home. Fri., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $12 per adult. $8 per child. Members & ages 12 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Mochi Making Workshop
Everyone will get to watch sweet rice being pounded with a mortar, and mixed by hand. Then they will get to work with the warm mochi to make mochi balls to take home for good luck in the new year! Sat., 11:00 am –  6:30 pm. San Francisco. $17 per non-member. $12 per member. Ages 5 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Color Me Mine Kids Night Out
Parents can go out for three hours while their kids paint ceramics, watch “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” and eat ice cream. They will also play Bingo! Sat., 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Alameda. $20 per child. All ages. Event details.

Winter Extravaganza
Kids will love getting artistic while celebrating winter! They can warm up to the new year, while making some new and creative artworks using unique materials. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oakland. $8 per child. Ages 18 months & up. Event details.


Bubble Lady’s Celebration
The Bubble Lady will create bubbles with a variety of wands, household items and bubble magic. Volunteers can help build bubble sculptures, and one brave volunteer will be put in a huge bubble! Sat., 11:00 am. Sausalito. $14 per non-member. $5 per member. Ages 1 & up. Event details.

Puppet Show for Preschoolers
Kids will enjoy this puppet show by master storyteller Rebecah Freeling. Her magical stories, original ones, as well as folk and fairy tales, are enhanced by handmade puppets and marionettes. Sat., 11:00 am. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.


Brave Movie Watching Event
This movie tells the story of Princess Merida who plays with magic and causes a rift in her family. Free popcorn will be served before the movie. Thu., 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm. San Mateo. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

New Year’s Countdown
Kids can get a head start on celebrating New Year’s Eve! There will be noisemakers, a balloon drop countdown, a sparkling cider toast and more! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Color Me Mine