CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education and organized each year by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer prog
As part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and staffed by clinicians, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals, the Balboa Teen Health Center offers free physicals for youths ages 12-18 years. Get your teen ready for the new s
Pay it forward by volunteering with Hands On Bay Area. HOBA is always in search of project leaders. If you would like to lead by example, contact email@example.com or visit hoba.org to see where your family can help.
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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 monthly theme by visiting the website. The studio is open 10am-1pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays for children ages 18 month
Looking to design a new dress or work on that Halloween costume? Wee Scotty teaches kids (and adults) to sew, creating one of a kind pieces in the process. For those that are multi-tasking during the school year, Wee Scotty has added drop-in class
The Mission Community Market (MCM) is an independent, weekly, nonprofit outdoor marketplace that celebrates the Mission District’s diversity. MCM is so much more than just a farmer's market. They also support local businesses, create a safe space
Play LAB provides a developmentally appropriate play experience as well as educates and supports families, enhancing awareness of how children play, learn and grow. Led by a speech-language patholoigist, play LAB speech children 1-4 years old are
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, Amaluna takes you to a mysterious island where goddesses walk the land and the rhythm of life is ruled by the cycles of the moon. Families will be amazed watching high-flying feats and stunning image
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.
Featuring over 100 original illustrations and works on paper highlighting Lobel's detailed illustration technique and warm, funny tales of love and friendship, mostly among animal friends. This exhibit runs through March 23.
This animated show, great for all ages, will take you on a journey through the galaxy searching for evidence of life as scientists explore the vast Universe asking the question that has sparked curiosity and inspired exploration for generations: "
Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into a a beautiful
Don’t miss your chance to toboggan down a winter hill, learn about daily life at the Nuweetooun Tribal School, and explore a natural cranberry bog on Martha’s Vineyard! Experience these activities and many more in the new exhibit Native Voices. Ex
Water to Paper, Paint to Sky features painter, kite maker, and Disney legend Tyrus Wong. Wong’s Eastern influenced paintings caught Disney's eye and became the inspiration for the animated feature Bambi, which changed the way animation a
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
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. Bring your family, bring your fr
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
Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen intricately balancing, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment December 11-15.
Watch Carole and her curmudgeonly boss learn the true meaning of holiday spirit, in this holiday classic set in crazy, modern San Francisco, now from December 12-22.
It's time for a beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the
Take a hay ride, listen to some Christmas carols, and stop in many stores for snacks, live music and more! There's something fun and holiday-spirited happening nearly every day this December in Noe Valley! Check the official website to see what is
Westfield’s iconic Dome will come to life each night with a brand-new 3D light show that will showcase the beloved holiday tradition of The Nutcracker in an innovative new format, promising to capture the imagination of young and old.
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
Lip synch-along with San Francisco's most glamorous personalities, as they compete on the ice at one of the city's most colorful holiday events. Don your most gay apparel and cozy up to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the photo booth. Mistr
A great idea to entertain those out-of-town guests! 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, November 29-Decembe
Bring 3 dozen of your favorite one holiday cookie and exchange with the other DIY Desserters to create your own beautiful cookie assortment. Bring your own tin or platter to transport your cookie bounty home.
Come make ornaments and holiday cards for your loved ones! All materials provided. Ages 5+
Create dazzling ornaments for your tree, to give as gifts, and as holiday decorations. All ages are welcome. Space is limited. Please contact Alice at (415)355-2848 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or reservations.
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 in the hotel's lobby, from Thanksgiving through Dec
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
Press your nose up against Macy’s Holiday Windows, featuring adoptable animals from the San Francisco SPCA this holiday season. Join the fun for the unveiling on November 22 or come see the furry kitties and pups in the Macy’s windows until Januar
Come and celebrate the season of giving with the Mission High School students and their community! Students will sell holiday gifts, hot cocoa and goodies on the front steps of the school...and all are welcome! Santa Claus will also be visiting th
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
Visit the library and create your very own holiday ornament! Space is limited. Please call or email ahead to reserve your spot!
Bundle up, grab a cocoa, and visit with Santa's favorite reindeers, Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet from November 24-January 1. Afterwards, head out to the newly re-opened, Elinor Friend Playground.
Climb aboard Santa's express train, sing songs with Santa's friends, and whisper your holiday wishes in Santa's ear! A magical way for the whole family to start the season, this event is sure to sell out. Dates are available daily Monday-Thursday,
Tis the season for photos with Santa! Most shopping centers in and around the city host Santa Claus as early as mid-November. Don’t miss the chance to capture the moment this holiday season.
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Twinkling lights, holiday songs, and festive feelings all around to share with your family on this cheery tour of the city's holiday lights and seasonal displays. So bundle up, bring good cheer, and wonder at the holiday beauty of your city. Speci
Smuin’s sleek and sassy The Christmas Ballet makes its annual return with a perfect gift for audience members of all ages. This enormously popular holiday celebration combines beautiful and classic ballet performances with charming, humor
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. Inspired by a French Chateau from Chef Houdre’s hometown of Bordeaux
Need a little boogie in your step or a moment to play? Charity and the JAMband is offering 2 chances, December 12 and 18, to rock your socks off at these interactive, playful, jammin mini-concerts for families!
No need to travel to Costa Rica to see beauty in bloom. Taking advantage of San Francisco's foggy weather, the SF Botanical Garden is home to hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world's misty cloud forests. See vibrant salvias, un
Witness butterflies with five-foot wingspans while four-foot long beetles stare you square in the eye. Giant sculptures, each showcasing the beauty hidden within the mini-beasts of the natural world, allow you to see intricate details not visible
Go behind the scenes to learn about the history of Steinhart Aquarium and how biologists care for the 38,000 animals—butterflies, fish, penguins, even an albino alligator—that live in the building on an hour-long exclusive aquarium tour. Tours are
Add a little extra fun to your visit to the California Academy of Sciences and check out these daily ongoing events: Penguin Feedings, Sssnake Encounters, Swamp Talks, and Coral Reef Dives! All programs are free with admission and take place every
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
Discover where sounds collide and create spontaneous compositions in the new Kanbar Forum. Designed by San Francisco composers, this exhibit is an interactive auditory experience for all ages.
In Comfort Zone, museum visitors will have an opportunity to step into a hyper real, virtual world where their actions and choices will affect their surroundings. It’s like stepping into a video game!
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
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,
These workshops provide families and professionals with the tools to understand IEP, along with resources and information relating to IDEA (Individuals with Disbilities Education Act) and the IEP process. Clinics are held at Support for Families w
Children and their caregivers create new friendships and reconnect, in a warm and supportive environment. Young children gain social, emotional, and cognitive skills, while caregivers get to know their neighbors and the resources available to help
Toddlers and preschoolers can tumble, bounce, roll, ride, climb, and play, as their parents participate and supervise this indoor program. Activities and games are designed for active minds, bodies and spirits, as well as building friendships and
Early Birdles is a hands-on play-based workshop designed to build creative confidence in children ages 5 and under. In addition to independent exploration, each hour-long workshop includes movement, live music, and collaborative storytelling. Ever
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.
Older school children practice reading with younger children in the library, 30 minutes per session. For ages 5 and older.
Explore the full range of collisions, from subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. Travel to the past, present, and future to witness the creation of our Moon, the meteorite impact that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, and the titanic merging of
Now through February 23, discover the science behind the Star Wars films and explore rare treasures from the Lucasfilm Archives including more than 80 authentic costumes and props from Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and other favorite
Learn to juggle, walk a tight rope, ride a unicycle and more at Circus Center's free circus days, most Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm-7:45pm. No experience is needed, just an open heart and a willingness to be a kid again! Arrive early,
Catch a terribly curious story hour at Paxon Gate's one-of-a-kind kid shop. The fun takes place each and every Thursday with rotating guest authors and performers. Arrive early to get a good spot.
Learn about the history of chocolate and challenge your buddies to a taste test. Ages 10-18. Questions? Contact Maricela at email@example.com or 415-355-2800.
Get a free book! Browse a selection of books for one that you'd like to keep, then swap out a review of the book by the end of the month. Ages 12-18.
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
Teen girls unwind from the hustle and bustle of daily activities with a calming, centering, and stimulating session of yoga. Meet new yoga friends and build your practice from the ground up in these classes exclusively for teens. Classes are held
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