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Saturday, 12/29/2012
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Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: Family, 4-12
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:30 AM
Memo: In Golden Gate Park
Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
Inner Richmond/Presidio Heights (94118)
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: 0-5, 6-12
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Bayview/Hunters Point (94124)
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: 0-5, 6-12, Teens
Date: 12/29/2012
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Memo: 
Cost: $12 per class; discounts available when buying class cards
Neighborhood:
Mission/Bernal Heights (94110)
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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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: 12/29/2012
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Memo: 
Cost: $8 per child
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 1:00 PM -4:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Mission/Bernal Heights (94110)
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: 6-12, Teens
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: Free with general admission
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: Free admission; workshops are $4-$6
Neighborhood:
Castro/Eureka/Noe Valley (94114)
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Arts & Crafts

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 ...more»

Ages: 
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 12:30 PM -1:30 PM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Western Addition/Pacific Heights (94115)
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Dance

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 ...more»

Ages: 0-5
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:30 AM -11:00 AM
Memo: 
Cost: Free with general admission
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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Entertainment

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 ...more»

Ages: Family, 7-18+
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 11:00 AM -4:00 PM
Memo: In the Berkeley Marina
Cost: Free for 4 or fewer children accompanied by adults
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Entertainment

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.

 

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 
Memo: 
Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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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: 12/29/2012
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: 12/29/2012
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Memo: Center Stage
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
North Beach/Telegraph Hill (94133)
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Entertainment

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 ...more»

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Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 11:00 AM -6:30 PM
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Cost: $12 members; $17 non-members; under 5 free
Neighborhood:
Western Addition/Pacific Heights (94115)
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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: 12/29/2012
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: 12/29/2012
Time: 
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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: 12/29/2012
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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: 12/29/2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
Marina/Cow Hollow (94123)
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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: 12/29/2012
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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: 12/29/2012
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Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
South of Market (94103)
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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: 12/29/2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Memo: Suite 502
Cost: $30 - $50
Neighborhood:
Civic Center/Tenderloin (94102)
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Holiday Events

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 4:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: $10-$30
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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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: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Memo: 
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: 12/29/2012
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Memo: 
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: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Memo: 
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: 12/29/2012
Time: 4:30 PM -8:00 PM
Memo: 
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: 12/29/2012
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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Nature & Animals

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Memo: 
Cost: $7 per person
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Nature & Animals
All ages are invited to African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. A spe ...more»
Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Memo: 
Cost: Free with paid admission
Neighborhood:
Sunset/Golden Gate Park (94122)
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Nature & Animals

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 
Memo: 
Cost: Free with paid 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: 12/29/2012
Time: 
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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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: 12/29/2012
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Memo: The Shops of Tanforan
Cost: $10 per child; $9 per sibling
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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PlayDates

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 ...more»

Ages: 4-10
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 5:30 PM -9:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: $30 per child; $25 per sibling
Neighborhood:
Haight Ashbury/Panhandle/Hayes Valley (94117)
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Science

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 7:30 PM -10:30 PM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
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: 12/29/2012
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

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 1:00 PM
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Cost:
Neighborhood:
Potrero Hill/China Basin (94107)
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Sports & Fitness

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Ingleside/Excelsior/Oceanview (94112)
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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: 12/29/2012
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Cost: $15 per class; package deals available
Neighborhood:
Presidio (94129)
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Tours

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.

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 6:30 PM -8:00 PM
Memo: At the end of Marine Drive, in the Presidio
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
Presidio (94129)
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Tours

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
Time: 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Memo: 
Cost: $18; $5 for 6-9, $12 for 10-17, under 5 free
Neighborhood:
Chinatown/Union Square (94108)
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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: 12/29/2012
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Cost: FREE
Neighborhood:
City Wide
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Tours

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 ...more»

Ages: Family
Date: 12/29/2012
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Cost: $15 general; $5 under 17
Neighborhood:
Mission/Bernal Heights (94110)
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