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Monday, December 14, 2009

One (Baker's) Dozen Things to do in the San Francisco area over the holiday break

Now that the holidays are near, and kids are getting out school for break, you’re probably thinking: “what am I going to do with the kids during the holiday break?” Well, Frisco Kids to the rescue! Here's my baker's dozen of ideas.

1. Visit the Golden Gate Express Train Exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

2. Check out the SF Library’s Holiday Train Exhibit – it’s free!

3. Waste some gas looking at holiday lights. Here’s a good one in Novato, from Frog Mom in California.
4. Go to the Oakland Zoo for Zoolights, through January 3rd. Using LED-lights (those are the efficient ones, by the way), you’ll see animals, candy canes and Santa Clause, shaped by lights. There’s a train ride (Snowball Express), Santa’s workshop, and light show in the meadow. Get half-priced tickets here, while they last. http

5. Make some gingerbread houses at Habitot in Berkeley.

6. Gilroy Gardens has nightly weekend light shows, ice skating and rides.

7. Make some crafts! A sock-snowman, an edible snowman , rock candy or chocolate dipped pretzels

8. Visit a museum you’ve never been to – look at my museum list on the right side and pick one! Favorites include Zeum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Lawrence Hall of Science, the Tech Museum of Innovation, the California Academy of Sciences , the SF Museum of Modern Art & the Randall Museum.

9. Go ice skating. Here are several options for ice skating in the Bay Area:

10. Kiddie Amusement parks! Try Children’s Fairyland in Oakland or , Pixieland in Concord

11. These Bay Area birthday party locations often have open hours – especially bounce house places like Bounce U and Pump it Up.

12. Go swimming – indoors at Silliman Aquatic Center. Their indoor play structure, slides and Jacuzzi are just thing for cold days. Pool reopens 12/18 after cleaning. Check out this discount coupon for a family-four pack at Silliman. Swim for $20!

13. See some classic holiday films at the San Jose Retrodome (It's a Wonderful Life, an Americal Tail, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Scrooged and more). Or check out the live mad-cap family-friendly theater production, Santastic.

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