Autumn is in full swing this weekend! Kids will like getting some warm indoor playtime during a Kindergym Sunday Play Day, and then playing in the cold at the Marin on Ice Skating Rink. Cookies will be decorated at the San Mateo Harvest Festival, while adorable Thanksgiving desserts will be created at the Pie-in-a-Jar Cooking Class.

San Francisco

Little Author, Big Story

This event will open with a story from author Ulash Thakore-Dunlap. Then each kid will be able to tell their own story to professional illustrator Jordy, who will transcribe each story for each little author to take home. Fri., 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm. San Francisco. Free. Age 2 ½ – 5. Event details.

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover

Families can experience their own night at the museum with the wildest sleepover ever! They can explore the birds of the rainforest, stargaze at the planetarium and chat with a Penguin Specialist. Milk and cookies will be served before bedtime! Fri. – Sat., 6:00 pm – 8:00 am. San Francisco. $99 per non-member. $79 per member. Age 5-17. Event details.

East Bay

African Drumming & Dancing

Instructor Catherine Ndungu-Case, of the Kikuyu tribe, started her non-profit Cheza Nami to teach her twins the songs and dances of her native Kenya. Kids and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of songs, games, music, drumming and stories. Sat., 10:00 am – 10:30 am. Berkeley. $12 per family. Ages 5 & under. Event details.

Kindergym Sunday Play Day

Kids will end this fun play time with graham crackers, parachute time and bubbles with Teacher Dawn. Beforehand there will be toy horses and cars to ride, a play kitchen, play dough, a ball pit and a mat full of toys to play with! Sun., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Oakland. $10 per family. Age 0-3. Event details.


Marin on Ice Skating Rink

This outdoor ice skating rink features real ice, special events and daily ice skating! Marin On Ice features almost 5,000 square feet of real ice, and is centrally located in San Rafael for daytime and night skating throughout the holiday season! Sat., 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sun., 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm. San Rafael. $15 per person. All ages. Event details.

Introduction to the Terwilliger Trail

Families can join Ranger Kirk Schroeder for a hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Trail at Stafford Lake Park. They will enjoy beautiful views and discuss the plants that grow in the various habitats along the way. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.


San Mateo Harvest Festival

Everyone will enjoy shopping, delicious food and live entertainment. There will be a special area for kids with hands-on crafting activities and gingerbread cookie decorating. Fri., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Mateo. $4-$9 per person. All ages. Event details.

Pie-in-a-Jar Cooking Class

Parents and kids will learn how to make simple fruit fillings, pie dough and lattice tops. Then they will assemble three adorable and delicious mini pies-in-a-jar, just in time for Thanksgiving! Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Menlo Park. $85 per non-resident pair. $64 per resident pair. Age 5-10. Event details.

How does your family plan on spending this 3 day weekend?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Marin on Ice