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Thursday, 12/27/2012
Advocacy

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Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Arts & Crafts

Drop in at the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland for Art du Jour with a variety of materials and projects. Find out the weekly theme by visiting the website. The studio is open 10am-3pm on Wednesdays through Fridays for children ages 18 months t ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: $8 per child
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Arts & Crafts

Celebrate the end of the year with fun classes that will have adults and kids teaming up to create their own cartoons at the Cartoon Art Museum! These classes will take place over the winter holiday break on December 27, 2012 and January 3, 2013, ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
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Cost: $10-$15
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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Entertainment

Legos for architects, engineers and artists of the future. Monthly program for ages 5-12 years. Parents & caregivers are welcome to build with their child. 

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Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 4:00 PM -5:00 PM
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
North Beach/Telegraph Hill (94133)
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Entertainment

Enjoy a play and learning space for little ones. The Tree House has a safe and fun carpeted climbing structure, plus age-appropriate books and toys. The Tree House is open for drop-in play Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Ages: 0-5
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Castro/Eureka/Noe Valley (94114)
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Entertainment

Jugglers! Clowns! Pirates! Magicians! Entertain the kids without breaking the bank at one of the many free shows offered daily at Pier 39, weather permitting. Please check the website for a complete schedule.

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Memo: Center Stage
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
North Beach/Telegraph Hill (94133)
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Entertainment

MCM is a non-profit, outdoor marketplace with local businesses, a farmers market and after-school programs. Every Thursday MCM celebrates the Mission’s diversity with delicious street foods, local music, dance and crafts. Revenues and donations tr ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 4:00 PM -8:00 PM
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Mission/Bernal Heights (94110)
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Exhibits

Land ho! Get ready to jump ship into San Francisco’s rowdy past as the Conservatory of Flowers presents a garden railway display celebrating San Francisco’s gold rush Boomtown days and its infamous Barbary Coast neighborhood. In an enchanting disp ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Memo: Golden Gate Park
Cost: $7 adult, $5 12-17; $2 5-11; under 4 free
Neighborhood:
Sunset/Golden Gate Park (94122)
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Exhibits

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, the first major United States exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), whose beloved children’s bo ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: $12.00 adults, $10.00 students and senior citizens
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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Films

Treat the family to a classic Disney film this December! Screens daily in the month of December, except Tuesdays and December 5 and 8.

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Memo: In the Presidio
Cost: Free with museum admission.
Neighborhood:
Presidio (94129)
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Films

These animated shorts use pixilation, stop-motion, hand-drawn, and other animation techniques to capture many different playful situations. Screenings begin at Noon, 2pm, and 4pm; December 26-30.

Ages: 6-12, Teens
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 12:00 PM
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Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
Marina/Cow Hollow (94123)
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Films

Free movies at the library! Featuring the holiday family favorite, Elf!
 

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Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 3:00 PM -4:30 PM
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Sunset/Golden Gate Park (94122)
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Holiday Events

How do reindeer survive the Arctic winter? What animal produces its own version of antifreeze? And how far do monarch butterflies migrate every year? Find out this holiday season during 'Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Scie ...more»

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Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: Free with museum admission.
Neighborhood:
Sunset/Golden Gate Park (94122)
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Holiday Events

The Village Project and the Bayview Y present San Francisco’s 7th Annual Kwanzaa, featuring a special celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This year’s event will again highlight the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Ng ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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Holiday Events

Former Ringling Brothers Clown Boswick is famous for his antics, his playfulness and his hysterics which have delighted children for nearly two decades!  Join Boswick at the beautiful SF Playhouse in the heart of San Francisco's Theatre District! ...more»

Ages: 4-8
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: $19
Neighborhood:
Chinatown/Union Square (94108)
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Holiday Events

Frisco Fred's "Holiday Magic and More" features a madcap mix of clean entertainment for the entire family - magic, juggling & crazy stunts - up close and live, the way they should be. For this special Thanksgiving-to-New Years engagement, Fred has ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Memo: Suite 502
Cost: $30 - $50
Neighborhood:
Civic Center/Tenderloin (94102)
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Holiday Events

Be inspired at the Asian Art Museum and express your creative side. Use traditional and not-so-traditional art materials to create an artwork to take home! 

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
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Cost: Free for children; adults pay museum admission.
Neighborhood:
Civic Center/Tenderloin (94102)
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Holiday Events

Ice skating spells winter fun for the whole family. Here is a list of staff favorites for holiday season skating! Please confirm with the venue, as the rinks can sometimes be closed for private holiday events.

Union Square Holiday Ice R ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: Fees vary by venue
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Holiday Events

In the Bay Area, you can find a performance of the Nutcracker everywhere you turn. The editors at SFkids have compiled this list to help you sort through the holiday offerings. Take your pick, or catch more than one performance. Make reservations ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: Fees vary by venue
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Holiday Events

Santa is sending four favorite reindeer, Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet to spread holiday cheer to Bay Area children of all ages. Until January 1, these majestic animals will be on display at the Zoo to teach about how and where they live in ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
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Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
Lake Merced/Stonestown (94132)
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Holiday Events

'Tis the season to enjoy the San Francisco Zoo at night under magical holiday lights. Come take a moonlight meander through the Zoo as it sparkles with cheer: See the reindeer romp, enjoy hot apple cider and cocoa at the Leaping Lemur Cafe, party ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 4:30 PM -8:00 PM
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Cost: $5 for adults & kids over 3; free for members
Neighborhood:
Lake Merced/Stonestown (94132)
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Holiday Events

The 14th Annual Christmas Fantasy experience at Tilden Park features an
extensive array of outdoor holiday light displays and decorations covering the merry go round and surrounding grounds. See sparkling Christmas trees with themes ranging ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 5:30 PM -8:30 PM
Memo: Merry Go Round
Cost: $2 per ride; 7 rides for $10; free admission
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Ongoing Events

From afterschool homework help to chess clubs to preschool movie dates, your local library branch has a lot to offer. Check the SFPL website for your branch and browse their current offerings. These programs are always free, always fun, and often ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Ongoing Events

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks program offers something for wee ones almost every day! Check the website for a full listing of playgroups, tot classes, and toddler and baby-safe play gyms around the city. Play spaces and classes are open m ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: Fees vary; many classes are free
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Parent Resources

The first few months when a child enters your life are both exhausting and exhilarating, full of overwhelming joys and daunting challenges. This is an important time to connect with new mothers, share your thoughts and feelings, trade strategies, ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
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Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Neighborhood:
Mission/Bernal Heights (94110)
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PlayDates

Children can crawl, climb, creep, scoot, swing, and slide on mats and tunnels. No reservations needed. Just drop by every Tuesday and Thursday. 

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Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 1:00 PM -2:00 PM
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Cost: $5
Neighborhood:
Haight Ashbury/Panhandle/Hayes Valley (94117)
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PlayDates

Is the weather outside frightful? Take your shortie (kids must be under 48 inches tall to play) down the road to San Bruno. Drop-in play is available daily at this fab indoor playspace! Mondays through Saturdays, 10am-9pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm.

Ages: 0-5, 6-12
Date: 12/27/2012
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Memo: The Shops of Tanforan
Cost: $10 per child; $9 per sibling
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Science

Did you know that you can use the Golden Gate Bridge as a thermometer? Or that flags flying at different heights along the San Francisco skyline might double as a wind observatory? The Outdoor Exploratorium features a collection of 20 outdoor inte ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Memo: Pick up a map at Building A
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Marina/Cow Hollow (94123)
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Sports & Fitness

Stroller Strides meets daily except for Sundays in various parks around San Francisco. Please check the website for a complete schedule. SFkids Tip: The first class is free!

 

Ages: 0-5
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: $15 per class; package deals available
Neighborhood:
Presidio (94129)
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Teen Activities

Get a free book! Just swap the library a review! Here’s how it works: At the beginning of the month, the Teen Librarian will bring out several books (new titles, old titles, and titles that have not been published yet) and allow teens the chance ...more»

Ages: Teens
Date: 12/27/2012
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Teen Activities

This is a Graphic Novel/Comics/Manga program for teens to review new and upcoming titles that may (or may not) go on the library shelves. Drop in and give your two cents on the latest graphic novel titles nominated for the national "2013 Great Gra ...more»

Ages: Teens
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 3:30 PM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Parkside/Forest Hill (94116)
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Tours

Ever wanted to dive deep into the true history of North Beach? Or get a good workout on a guided San Francisco stairway walk? From the Sunset to the Embarcadero, San Francisco City Guides has a free tour for everyone! Tours are led by volunteers w ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/27/2012
Time: 
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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