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Tours of permanent collections and current exhibitions are followed by studio workshops taught by professional artist-teachers. Children 4 to 6 attend Big Kids/Little Kids, and children 7 through 12 attend Doing and Viewing Art. Children under age
Build an ant house, make a goofy golf course, and more at Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics! The themes vary each week but clinics are offered on most Saturday mornings. Visit the website to find the latest offering and to reserve your spot! Younger k
Children from toddlers to teens are invited to drop in and explore their imaginations! Classes vary from small-scale projects for little artists to large murals for youth. Please visit the website for a complete schedule. Classes are offered Monda
Designed in partnership with TinkerLab, these hands-on workshops inspire children ages 3-12 to imagine, create, and share using a variety of materials and recycled objects. Workshop programming is designed to spark the imagination, introduce innov
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
The Family Art Program engages the Red Poppy Art House’s surrounding neighborhood, contributing to its vibrancy by offering free programming to the public every Saturday afternoon. An outdoor open forum, the Family Art Program uses the exterior so
The Children's Creativity Museum hosts claymation workshops for children ages 5+ every Saturday and Sunday in their Animation Studio. Once they’ve imagined a character and discovered the best techniques to create it, kids can learn basic elements
The Randall Museum offers popular drop-in, hands-on art and science workshops every Saturday! Family ceramics starts at 10am and the ongoing art and science workshops are available for drop-in visitors anytime between 10:30am and 4pm. All ages wel
Are you curious to try a sewing classes but not ready to take the plunge quite yet? Looking for a fun afternoon activity for your creative kid? Come bring your little ones in on Saturday afternoon. Wee Scotty will help them construct a fun and eas
Awaken your child’s imagination and promote freedom of expression in this creative movement workshop. “Color Me” uses sensory-based activities and visual aides to explore the dynamics of movement through interactive story time, theatrics, music an
Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as an "off-leash" play area for kids, the Adventure Playground offers children a chance to play and build creatively. Come climb on the many unusual kid-built forts, boats, and towers. Ride the zip l
Meet artists, designers, innovators, and entrepreneurs every Saturday at Children's Creativity Museum! Please confirm details with museum website as the start times vary according to the artists' schedules.
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.
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.
Ever want to make your very own mochi? Learn from one of Japantown’s manju makers, Mr. George Yamada, owner of the Yamada Seika manju-ya, which served the community for 36 years and closed its doors in 1999. Mr. Yamada not only generously donate
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
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
Treat the family to a classic Disney film this December! Screens daily in the month of December, except Tuesdays and December 5 and 8.
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.
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
Produced exclusively for the Museum, this special holiday screening includes classic cartoons, scenes from television Christmas specials, and rarely-seen home movies of Walt and his family. See how Walt celebrated Christmas at the studio, at Di
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
Each year, the two-acre Plaza De Cesar Chavez is transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Some of the original displays housed in one of the largest exh
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
Travel and taste the world in just one day! From November 23 through January 1, giant illuminated lanterns just off Great American in Santa Clara will represent some of the world's greatest architectural achievements. Visit the website for tickets
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!
Experience the lights and magic of San Francisco during the holidays aboard a Classic Cable Car. Tours depart from Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Limited tours available on December 24 & 25. Complimentary Santa hats p
Although it never snows in San Francisco, the Hyatt Regency is predicting snowfall in its dramatic atrium lobby. Complementing 300,000 cascading lights and a dramatic 30-foot tree, snow will fall three times a day in the hotel's lobby, from Novemb
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
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
'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
Visit the Landmark Lobby and see one of the country’s largest sugar castles! Created by Executive Pastry Chef, Jean-Francois Houdré, this marvelous, 12-foot rotating masterpiece grows larger and more spectacular each year. Inspired by a French Cha
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
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa’s farm and educational garden. Tours take place most Saturdays and Sundays 11am and 1pm, but please confirm direc
Enjoy a self-guided visit of The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital, research, and education center nestled in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito at any time during their open hours (no reservation is needed). Enjoy viewing seal and sea lion patients a
Are you an animal fanatic? Can't get enough facts on critters furry or feathered? Then come CuriOdyssey and learn facts about their non-releasable animals, endangered species, or majestic birds! Show themes will vary so you can learn something new
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
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.
Every Saturday is Kids Play Night at Tree Frog Treks! Drop off and pick up anytime between the hours of 5:30pm-9pm at the Frog Hall event pad for enriching evening childcare. Then go out and have an adults-only night on the town. Your kids will me
Come for spectacular night sky viewing and experience a Bay Area secret! The magnificent Chabot telescopes are open for free night viewings each Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, excluding major holidays. Please check the website for weathe
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
College football fans living in San Francisco and visiting the Bay Area won't want to miss the action in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. AT&T Park is transformed into a football field.
SFkids Tip: Several companies purchase tickets a
The Excelsior Youth Center offers something for every member of the family! Little ones can engage in peewee sports and craft projects, while older kids can play golf, basketball, or learn cooking and crafting. Visit the website for complete detai
The Mini Program features beginner gymnastics positions like pike, tuck and candlestick as well as obstacles, games and toys for ages 2-6 years old. Children will have fun with games, pre-gymnastics, beginning sports skills, strength and manipulat
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!
See Fort Point by the light of candles and stars on this evening tour. Reservations required. Please call ahead to save your spot. Tours take place on Saturdays, November through February. Recommended for older children.
Learn more about Chinatown on this unique, non-touristy tour! Chinatown Alleyway Tours is a not-for-profit, youth-run and youth-led program sponsored by the Adopt-An-Alleyway Youth Project, which is under the Chinatown Community Development Center
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
Explore the incredible Mission neighborhood murals on a cultural and historical walking tour. Tours launch from the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center each Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1:30pm. Please call ahead for reservations or to s