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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Coming Up: Family Fun at the Presidio Officers' Club

The Presidio Officers’ Club is hosting Family Fun, an afternoon of kid-friendly holiday craft-making. Make winter bird hand puppets, decorate cookies, learn about park wildlife at the Roving Ranger truck, and explore the Presidio Nature Lab, an all-ages, hands-on exhibition that makes the great outdoors come to life. Free snacks available for all – and the first 100 families will receive a special Presidio goodie bag. This event is hosted by Presidio Trust and Golden Gate Mothers’ Group.

When: Saturday, December 3 from 11-2
Where: Presidio Officers' Club

Monday, November 14, 2016

Coming Up: Butterflies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Butterflies! See 20 species at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Walk through part of the Conservatory's Victorian era greenhouse into a colorful cottage garden where they butterflies fly free. At the Butterfly Bungalow, you'll see them as they emerge from their chrysalis stage.

For an additional donation, you can become a member of the Butterfly Patrol and learn how to release a newly emerged butterfly into the exhibit.

When: November 17, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Where: Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park - San Francisco

Coming Up: Fall Chocolate Salon - SF

You can start drooling now. The fall holiday chocolate salon is coming up - and that means lots of gourmet chocolate eating. Plus demonstrations, celebrity chef and author talks and more.

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When: November 20, 2016 from 10-5
Where: Hotel Kabuki, Japantown SF
Tickets: $25/advanced purchase, $30/door. Children ages 6-12 are $10. Children 6 and under are free (maximum 2 kids per adult or they'll charge $10 for each additional child). Tickets include chocolate and wine tastings and demonstrations.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Coming Up: SF Bay Area Birth and Baby Fair


The SF Bay Area Birth and Baby Fair is coming up. At the fair, you'll find Bay Area resources plus locally made goods, workshops and demonstrations on popular parenting topics such as sleep techniques, baby sign language, potty training, etc. There's a play area for tots, and a pampering area for moms with complimentary threading and make-up consultations. They're partnering with Just Between Friends to offer a selection of new and nearly new consignment items for maternity, newborn and toddlers. There's a raffle to win a grand prize stroller and other prizes. The first 100 families receive a special goody bag!

What: SF Bay Area Birth and Baby Fair
Where: Presidio Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco
When: Sunday, November 13 from 10-4
Cost: $12 online or $15 at the door; ages 18 and under are free
Tickets: here

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Coming Up: Improv Night for Kids

Do your kids like improv? Drop them off for an improv workshop which will introduce it to them. Students are introduced to the basics of improvisation through games and exercises in a fun and friendly atmosphere. No prior experience necessary - watch or actively participate in improv games! Maximum of 15 students, so register soon.

Pizza, snacks and drinks are provided.
Ages: 8-18
When: Friday, November 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm (parent pickup at 8 pm)
Cost: $12 online/$15 at the door
Where: Hillbarn Theater in Foster City
RSVP: here

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bay Area Tree Lighting Ceremonies 2016

It's more exciting to watch a giant tree get lit up, than watch your own. So head to these tree lightings for some holiday fun.

SAN FRANCISCO
What: Rec and Park's 87th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
When: Thursday, December 1, 4-8
Where: McLaren Lodge, Golden Gate Park
Activities: Music performances, snow play, holiday train rides, carnival rides, cookies and Santa visits.

WhatUnion Square, Macy's 27th annual tree lighting
When: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. for the ceremony, actual tree lighting at 6:40
Where: Union Square
Activities: entertainment by Aloe Blacc; it gets crowded so arrive early

WhatGhirardelli Square Tree Lighting
When: Friday, November 25, 2016 (activities 4-9)
Where; Ghirardelli Square
Activities: live music, kids' entertainment, Santa visit, food and gifts to purchase

Thursday, October 27, 2016

More Fall Theater for Families

We recently posted some theater of interest to Bay Area families. We have more to add.

What: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Where: Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley
More info: "Based on the Oscar-winning animated film, celebrating its 25th anniversary this holiday season... the international smash-hit musical gets the Berkeley Playhouse makeover as Producing Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley helms this all new production featuring a diverse and multi-generational cast of more than thirty actors from across the Bay Area. Featuring some of Disney's most popular songs and characters, audiences young and old won't want to miss this magical musical adventure."
When: November 10 - December 23

What: Nutz Remixed
Where: Hammer Theater Center, San Jose
More info: The Nutcracker for the 21st century. "An exuberant re-staging of the treasured classic, The Nutcracker, this magical madcap retake features more than 30 world-class singers, dancers, and circus artists, ranging from Mexican Folklorico dancers to hip-hoppers, ballroom dancers, and gymnasts in a zany holiday spectacular."
When: November 18 - December 24