Believe it or not, it’s the last weekend of 2013. We’ve got lots of ways to enjoy the final days of the year, both indoors and out. You can play king of the mountain on a day hike, or awesome astronomer at night. Spend an afternoon clowning around near Union Square, head into the Shark Tank for a wild night of family fun. Revisit your childhood and expose your kids to some classic opera. Whatever you choose to do, get out there with your family and make it count for this final countdown!
A Year with Frog and Toad, The Musical
The Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad at the Creativity Theater. Come celebrate friendship in glorious song as Frog and Toad, hop through a season of comic adventures with their animal friends. Nominated for three 2003 Tony awards including Best Musical, A Year with Frog and Toad is adapted from the beloved Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. San Francisco. $13-$20. 5 and up. Event details.
Boswick the Clown Variety Show
Kids will love the antics for this former Ringling Bros. clown whose been making children laugh for more than a twenty years! Juggling, story-telling and lots of laughs. And the festive locale–right near Union Square, will make this a great way to keep the holiday spirit going. Show is geared toward kids 4-8 but all are welcome. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., additional 2 p.m. show on Sunday only. San Francisco. $19. All Ages. Event details.
Night Hike at Chabot Center
Explore the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on an easy 1-2 mile hike to Redwood Peak. Stick around after the stroll for a view of the night sky through telescopes or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Fri., 4:30-6 p.m. Oakland. $10. All Ages. Event Details.
Champions of Magic, Live
Master magicians, one wild performance! Kids and grown-ups will be wowed with this all-star show, featuring animals, illusions, comedy, and audience participation. Guaranteed to be one of the most memorable and magical nights of the year! Sat. & Sun., 7:30 p.m. Sat show, 2 p.m. Sun show. Berkeley. $17-$60. All Ages. Event Details.
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Take it out on the ice and bring the kids to see the San Jose Sharks take on the Anaheim Ducks. The little sharks will love doing “the chomp” and the energetic atmosphere of a live hockey game. Sun., 7:30 p.m. San Jose. $67.25-$312.55. All Ages. Event Details.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
Head out to San Jose for a performance of Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, created and conducted by George Daugherty. Beloved Looney Tunes stars are projected onto the big screen–Bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fudd, and more–while the original scores are played live by Symphony Silicon Valley. Remember What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville? Your kids will love this (almost) as much as you will. A great way to introduce them to a live symphony, too. Sat. & Sun., 2:30 p.m., additional show Sat. at 7:30 p.m. San Jose. $35-$61. All Ages. Event details.
Hike King Mountain Loop Trail
Get out and burn off those cookies on this 2 mile trek through the forest, exploring King Mountain Loop Trail. This easy to moderate hike will highlight the area’s rich history, natural resources, and in an interactive way. Be sure and wear sturdy shoes because the trails can get muddy and slipper, and pack your own water and snacks. Sat., 9 – 11a.m. Kentfield. Free. All Ages. Event details.
The Bubble Lady at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bubble, bubbles, everywhere! Join the Bubble Lady for a New Year’s Celebration! Using wands, household items, and mad bubble skillz, she’ll make sculptures that will blow your mind! And kids get to help. Will yours become the boy (or girl) inside the bubble? Head to the Bay Area Discovery Museum and find out. Sat., 11 a.m. Sausalito. $16/includes museum admission. All Ages. Event Details.
Tell us what you’re up to this last weekend of 2013 in the comments section below!
Photo credit: Boswick the Clown