This weekend it’s time to be thankful for all of the fun things that are going on! After Turkey and Pumpkin Pie Day, families can get moving together at the South San Francisco Sign Hill Hike. And it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at the Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting and at the San Rafael Winter Wonderland!

San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting
The 48th annual lighting of the Ghirardelli Square tree will include a small gift for kids from Lola Toy Shop, and music by the Yuletide Carolers, City Opera SF and many other performers throughout the day. Fri., 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Velveteen Rabbit!
Families can join in this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Told through music and dance, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Fri., 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Sun., 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. San Francisco. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

In this surreal, wordless universe, common materials and everyday objects, such as wires, tubes and boxes, spring to life as fantastical characters. The end result is visually stunning family entertainment! Fri., 2:00 pm. Sat., 2:00 pm. Sun., 3:00 pm. Berkeley. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Happy Birds Show
During this show, parrots will ride a bike, a scooter and a skateboard! They will also play a shell game, and go bowling! And of course they will talk, sing and do impersonations, during this very impressive and entertaining performance! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Oakland. $9 per child. All ages. Event details.


San Rafael Winter Wonderland
This event will feature a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, activities for kids and free snow sledding! On Friday families can see one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area. Fri., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.


Wright Flight
Kids can explore the Museum’s accurate reproductions of aircrafts built by Wilbur and Orville Wright, and then  make a realistic flying model of the 1903 flyer. And everyone can recreate the first flight that changed the world, in flight simulators. Fri., 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. San Carlos. $12 per adult. $8 per child. Age 4 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

South San Francisco Sign Hill Hike
Families can hike around this large, and somewhat wild, city park, which is also a rare grassland habitat with endangered animals. This kid-friendly hike, led by Jessica of Hill Babies, will be a great experience for walkers of all ages. Sun., 10:00 am –12:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Hill Babies