Ronnie’s Awesome List – December 2011/January 2012

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • 12/10        Total Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon
  • 12/20-28 Hanukkah
  • 12/22       Winter Solstice
  • 12/24       Christmas Eve, New Moon
  • 12/26       Kwanzaa
  • 12/31        New Years Eve
  • 1/9            Full Moon
  • 1/16          Martin Luther King, Day of Service
  • 1/23          Chinese New Year (Dragon), New Moon

It’s winter and in the Marin that means the rainy season is here! Wondering where to go at a moments notice? Maybe you need to run an errand, go to a doctors appointment or your child is bored and wants to get out of the house. Fortunately, there are many drop-in opportunities available in Marin. Starting from southern Marin and heading north, here are some suggestions. 

* If you know other places that have a drop in program, please let us know.

Sausalito

  • Playland, weekdays 10am-5pm, ages 1-8, 610 Colma Street.
  • Bay Model, Tuesday through Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Tot Club, Sausalito Recreation Department, Mondays and Fridays 10:30 to 11:30 am, 420 Litho Street. The drop-in rate is $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents.
  • Adventure Club, Sausalito Recreation Department, Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am, MLK Gym, 610 Coloma Street.
  • The Bay Area Discovery Museum, many indoor activity areas perfect for a rainy day.

Mill Valley

  • Art Start, 45 Camino Alto, Suite 108, next to Starbucks, Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • JUMP Indoor Play, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $5.00 for 1 child or $7.00 for the family, Mill Valley Community Center, (415) 383-1370 or go to their website.
  • Jumping Jacks, Strawberry Recreation, Monday and Friday, 10:30 to noon, $5 per child or $8 per family, (415) 383-6494. No program on the following dates: 12/23-12/30, 1/16.
  • The Planet, 220 Redwood Hwy, ages 6+, wood working, sewing, beading and more.

Tiburon

San Rafael

  • Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.
  • San Rafael Gymnastics, 129 San Carlos Drive, drop-in play for ages 18 months-6 years on Saturday, 9:30-10:30 am. $8 for currently enrolled students and $10 for not currently enrolled. Friday’s 6+, 6:30-9:30pm.
  • Drop-In Playtime, Parents Place, 600 Fifth Avenue, 491-7959.
  • Country Club Lanes, 88 Vivian Way, off East Francisco Boulevard.

San Anselmo

  • Art A Bloom, drop-ins welcome when space is available, class fee + $10. drop-in fee
  • doodlebug, art studio is open 7 days a week.
  • Play-Well TEKnologies, 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, Weekdays: $9/hr per child, Weekends and Holidays: $10/hr per child, Pre-School Discount: $7/hr – weekdays, under age 5, before 1:00 pm (not applicable on school vacation days, including summer)

Fairfax

Novato

  • Studio 4 Art, $19.50/1st hour. 20% discount for each additional hour during the same visit, (415) 596-5546.

You will also find an amazing variety of events listed below. Don’t forget story times at the libraries and be sure to check my “every list” for more great ideas.

For inspiration on what to do with your family during the holiday’s, or any day of the year, come back and visit us again at Marinhood.

Wishing you all a very magical holiday! See you in 2012.

Ronnie


December 2011/January 2012 

Tree & Menorah Lighting | Holiday Teas | Breakfast with Santa
Ice Skating | Nutcracker | Christmas Houses | A Christmas Carol
Parades, Festivals and Other Holiday Fair
Theatre, Music and Other Performances | Other EventsWildlife Viewing


TREE AND MENORAH LIGHTING

12/2-12/4 Holiday Tree-Lighting EventJoin Snoopy, Charlie Brown and a cast of up-and-coming skaters for a mini Ice Show and marvel at the spectacle of our 20ft Christmas tree at center ice.

Sat. 12/3 Union Street Holiday Program, Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, a monkey, face painters and balloon artists, Union Street between Van Ness & Steiner, Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard, San Francisco, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

12/20 – 12/27 – Menorah Lighting, Union Square, First Candle Lighting, 5pm.

Sun. 12/25 Bill Graham Menorah Day, Union Square, festivities begin at 3pm.

HOLIDAY TEAS

Sat. 12/10 – Un Thé au Petit Jardin, Teddy Bear Tea à la française at the Robson Harrington House of San Anselmo.

Sat. 12/10 Pixie Park’s Teddy Bear Tea Party, Seatings at 11:00 am and 1:00pm, For ages 7 and under, Featuring Tea Fare, a special Craft, and a Holiday Sing-a-Long with Tim Cain!

Sat/Sun 12/10 – 12/11 Bookmarks Annual Teddy Bear TeaFounders Room, Seatings 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am for children ages 2 & up, wear your holiday finest, and enjoy refreshments, music, stories and crafts. RSVP 789-2662. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Sat/Sun 12/10-12/11 Magic Toy Box Tea, Falkirk Cultural Center.

11/26-1/1 Nutcracker Tea in the Laurel Court at the Fairmont Hotel, Saturdays and Sundays, reservations available 1:30 to 3:30pm.

12/9-12/10, 12/16-12/17, 12/19-23, Magical Holiday Tea with RJ Owens, the magician, and Sandra Lethley, the face painter. All children receive a complimentary gift to take home, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

12/16, 12/19, 12/23 Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon Gingerbread Tea, 4pm–6pm

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sat. 12/3 Breakfast with Santa, Sausalito, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Sat. 12/3 Breakfast with Santa, Village at Corte Madera, Cheesecake Factory.

Sun. 12/4 Breakfast with Santa, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato.

Sat. 12/10 Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30am, Belvedere Community Center.

Sat. 12/10 Breakfast with Santa, San Anselmo, 8am-12pm.

Sat. 12/10 Breakfast with Santa 9am & 11am, Tamalpais Community Center, Mill Valley.

Sat. 12/10 Breakfast with Santa, 8-10:30am, Corte Madera Rec Center.

Sat. 12/10 Breakfast with Santa, 9-10am, Applebee’s, Northgate, San Rafael.

Fri. 12/16 Santa Claus is coming to town, Stinson Beach Community Center.

ICE SKATING

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
San Francisco Zoo
Snoopy’s Home Ice
Yerba Buena Ice Skating
Union Square Holiday Ice Rink

NUTCRACKER

Sat. 12/3 The Nutcracker, abbreviated version, 12 Noon, 2 pm, 5 pm and 6:30 pm, Showcase Theater, San Rafael.

Thurs. 12/15 – The Puppet Company with “The Nutcracker”, 4pm, An annual favorite, the Nutcracker has been delighting children and families here for over 5 years. The show features large and colorful marionettes and lively music based on the ballet, Belevedere-Tiburon Library.

Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker, 1 pm and 5 pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael,

Marin Ballet The Nutcracker, 1 pm and 5 pm Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael,

Berkeley Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker. (© Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

San Francisco Youth Ballet, The Nutcracker

Smuin Ballet Nutcracker

Nutcracker Sweets, Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum)

The Dance-Along Nutcracker, Bring the kids to a daytime show or get with it and treat yourself to the Dance-Along’s Groovy Gala, and you’ll get down with one of San Francisco’s most far out holiday traditions. Even wallflowers dig it!

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CHRISTMAS HOUSES

Rombeiro’s Christmas House, 34 Devonshire Dr., Novato
Bear House, 383 Quietwood Drive, Marinwood
Mickey Mouse Christmas House, 417 Blackstone Drive, Marinwood
Oakland Zoo
Stitham House, 285 Adobestone Court in Marinwood
Tilden Park Christmas Fantasy in the Woods
West End Nursery, San Rafael

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

12/15-12/18 Stapleton A Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m. shows on Thu & Fri; 2:00 Matinees on Sat & Sun. Drake High Little Theater, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo

A Christmas Carol, In true-to-Dickens style! 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, ACT

A Christmas Carol, Novato Players

PARADES, FESTIVALS AND OTHER HOLIDAY FAIR

11/25 – 12/18 Dickens Christmas Fair

Sat/Sun 11/26-12/18 Gingerbread Architecture Fundraiser, Let your imagination run wild as you create the most delightful gingerbread house on the block, festooned with candy canes, gumdrops, frosting and other treats. Don’t miss the sweetest event of the holiday season, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

12/1-19 Letters to the North Pole, mail your letters to Santa to: 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Make sure to include your return address.

Thur. 12/1 Make It @ MOCFA, 6–8pm, Join us for a very special winter wonderland CRAFT BAR! This CRAFT BAR is all about winter gift-giving: create a penguin Woolbuddy and then make a unique holiday card.

Thur. 12/1 The Best Time of Year: A Christmas Special with the San Francisco Symphony, Enjoy the magnificent San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in a jubilant concert of classical Christmas music coupled with carols and more. Trees trimmed with lights in the windows, festive decorations, and the spirit of the season in the air—Davies Symphony Hall is the place to be during the most wonderful time of year. Start your season—and a new tradition—at the San Francisco Symphony. 8:00pm, Davies Symphony Hall.

Fri. 12/2 A Storybook HOLIDAY FESTIVAL in the almost perfect little town of Tiburon, 5:30, spend an evening in the enchanting storybook town reminiscent of idyllic small town Norman Rockwell holiday pictorials (but with a healthy dose of humor), the evening’s festivities will include: classic holiday carolers, costumed characters strolling along magical Main Street, yummy gingerbread house making, wonderful holiday treats, fun face painting, a Winterland Photo Shop for the kids and more!

Fri. 12/2 Holiday Tree Lighting and Evening Walk, 5:30-6:30pm, Join the magical tree-lighting ceremony, a decades-old Presidio tradition. Bring your singing voice and join our friends at the Presidio Trust for a fun evening! Live music will be provided by the Golden Gate Carolers. Light refreshments will follow at the Presidio Community YMCA. Meet at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue, Main Post. NEW! – Evening Forest Walk at 6:15 pm Following the tree lighting, join us for an enchanting, family-friendly, lantern-lit walk through the forest. Kids, bring your flashlights and experience the park in the dark on this 20-minute stroll.

Fri. 12/2 Dickens Family Victorian HolidayFalkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, Join Charles Dickens and his family for a joyous evening of Victorian revelry at the Falkirk Mansion in San Rafael. Partake in a holiday treat as you go back in time to Victorian England and meet Charles Dickens, listen to him read from his famous works, watch his characters come alive (look out for Scrooge), meet and greet the true Father Christmas, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing with our Victorian family and make traditional holiday crafts. Light food and drink will be served. A true family event.

Sat/Sun 12/2-3 The Snowman with the San Francisco Symphony, charming animated film tells a story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman.

Sat. 12/3 Ring Mountain Holiday & Habitat Restoration Event, Marin County Parks and Girl Scout Troops #31522 and #30729 are hosting a very special, one time only, Christmas tree harvest day on the Ring Mountain Preserve. Families are invited to select, cut down, and take home their very own Christmas tree from the preserve! Pine trees are invading the preserve and impacting native habitats. This event will serve as a habitat restoration project, as well as a fun holiday activity for the whole family. The Girl Scouts will also offer a holiday swag-making booth, and refreshments will be provided. Please note that these trees come in all shapes and sizes, and may not necessarily serve as a replacement for your traditional holiday tree … think Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Wear warm clothing and dress appropriately for hiking through scrub. Trees are growing across the preserve and are often difficult to access. Tools will be provided. Heavy rains may cancel: Call (415) 473-2128 on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled.

Sat. 12/3 Jingle and Jog, benefiting Strawberry Point School, 1-4 mile family run along the Strawberry Peninsula. Music, Rudolph, free face painting and more. 9:30am-11:30am. Registration due 12/1.

Sat. 12/3 Holiday Crafts Family Farm Day, 10a-2pm, Slide Ranch.

Sat. 12/3 Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids’ 3rd Anniversary & Holiday Party! 3pm – 6pm, 766 Valencia, Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids,feast on cupcakes from Mission Minis, our very own mulled cider, and family-friendly musical entertainment by Neil Aaron.

Sat. 12/3 Union Street Holiday Program, A month long celebration of holiday happenings Union Street between Van Ness & Steiner, Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard, San Francisco, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, a monkey, face painters and balloon artists.

Sat. 12/3 Holiday Crafts Day, 10am-3pm, Crafts include roll-your-own beeswax candles, handmade candle holders, scented soaps, candy houses, and more, fabulous live family entertainment. Randall Museum.

Sat. 12/3 Oakland Holiday Parade, downtown Oakland, It begins the holiday season.. a fun time of year. It makes children of all ages stand up and cheer! There are giant balloons that fly high in the sky. They are causing oohs and aahs as they pass by. We have dancing trees and floats on parade. There are marching bands, drill teams and clowns on that day! It’s fun to watch kids see their favorite stars. Hey there’s Snoopy, Miss Rosa, Clifford and Lars!

Sat. 12/3 Winter Faire, Greenwood School, Winter Wonderland for the whole family. Old fashioned games, crafts, holiday shopping with local artisan’s trade booths, amazing food and live music.

Sat/Sun 12/3-12/4 WinterFest, 11am-5 pm, 12/3: live holiday music all day by seven different groups. 12/4: Food and Beverages, tree lighting, FREE ICESKATING!!, and Santa Claus arrives, Depot Plaza, Downtown Mill Valley. For more information contact 686.5707 or kennethianbrooks@gmail.com.

Sat/Sun 12/3-4 Christmas at Ardenwood, Celebrate the holiday season in Victorian style! Visit the beautifully decorated Patterson House, sing Christmas carols, Listen to live holiday music performances and enter our home-made “Christmas Cookie” baking contest (bring your cookies & the recipe with you). The day also includes holiday crafts, music, and cooking demonstrations. Magician Brian Scott and his Wizard Training Show 12:30 & 3:00pm.

Sun. 12/4 Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto, play in the snow in Andronico’s parking lot at 1550 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 10AM-3PM. (Rain date is Dec. 11.) Visit with the Snow Queen who will listen to all of your holiday wishes, make holiday crafts like greeting cards and dreidels, and warm up with hot cider and chewy cookies, find the ‘ice’ in a snowball – one has a ¼ carat diamond ring inside (1-4PM), holiday card-making party using specialty paper remnants (12-4PM.)

Sun. 12/4 Deck the Halls, Treat your children to this festive concert featuring the magical music of the season performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony and special guests. The whole family will enjoy a post-concert party with entertainment, arts and crafts activities, and refreshments.

Sun. 12/4 – Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade, Vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights roll down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the season and the city’s agricultural heritage in a uniquely fun way.

Wed. 12/7 Winter Wednesday Craft Drop-in – Holiday Greeting Cards, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, FREE, Make laminated holiday ornaments to deck your halls and customized bookmarks for everyone on your gift list. Sip warm apple cider and enjoy seasonal music while you create your masterpieces, Mill Valley Public Library.

Thurs. 12/8 & 12/15 Handmade GiftsTake advantage of this great opportunity to stitch up some unique gifts for the holidays. The wonderfully creative teaching team, Redwood Thimble, will brainstorm with those who sign up – to come up with a few special projects to be completed over the course of the 2-week series. 3:15 – 4:45 pm, $65 plus $15 materials fee, Once Around, Mill Valley.

Sat. 12/10 Home for the Holidays Open House, Marine Mammal Center, 10am-5pm, educational games and activities such as a Scavenger Hunt, Marine Mammal Rescue Demos, and more! Free.

Sat. 12/10 Winter Magic Festivities and Snow Days, 3-8pm, Snow slide and play area, Tam Valley, Mill Valley.

Sat. 12/10 Winter Celebration, Homestead Valley Community Center, 6-8pm.

Sat. 12/10 Family Game Day with Blue Orange Games, 2pm – 4pm, Join us for a day of fun and games! Xavier from Blue Orange Games of San Francisco hosts a play-day featuring some of our favorite kids games like Spot It! 766 Valencia, Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids

Sat. 12/10 Pixie Park’s 2011 Holiday Bake Sale & Photos with Santa! offering delicious and beautifully presented homemade baked goods for sale. These festively wrapped sweets make terrific gifts for a variety of events, and each of our members is involved in the creation of the cookies, cakes, brownies, candies and gingerbread houses for sale. 10AM – 4PM, The Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake, Ross.

Sat. 12/10 Parol Lantern Festival, 5-9pm, San Francisco.

Sat. 12/10 Frosting the Conservatory of Flowers, 11 am – 3 pm, Family Fun Gingerbread House Workshop.

Sat/Sun 12/10-12/11 Make-it-Yourself Holiday Workshop! 10am-2pm, Skip the crowds, the lines, and all the extra spending at the mall this year… bring your kids to GROW for a holiday themed workshop! Children will hand-make their own holiday gifts from re-used and re-purposed materials. Six fun-filled stations will be set up throughout the space, where kids will get their hands dirty and express their creativity. GROW, 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, 888-8471.

Sun. 12/11 Simply Hanukkah! and Festival of Lights! 9:30am-3pm, For families with children ages Birth-3 and their siblings – Free! Learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Come nosh and schmooze with new friends! Marin JCC.

Sun. 12/11 Hanukah Festival of Light and Isaac Zones Family Concert, 10 AM – 2 PM, storytelling, Family Hanukah Concert with Isaac Zones and Band, plus latkes, Hanukah-themed art & craft projects, and more! Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, 510-410-0622.

Sun. 12/11 Horse & Buggy Rides, Meet at the Beachhouse Style shop at 779 Center Blvd 11 am – 1 pm, Ride will drop you off at Bolinas Park.

Tues. 12/13 Winter Holidays Concerts and Sing-Along with Dream Circle, Join favorite Marin children’s recording artists Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Cindy Cohen Levy, Christopher Smith, Peter Penhallow and the Dream Circle Band to share songs about Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other joys of the season. Recommended for Pre-K to Grade 2, Marin Civic Center.

Wed. 12/14 Santa is coming to Miller! 3-6pm, pictures with Santa, goodie bags, decorate an ornament and more. Whole Foods, Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

Wed. 12/14 Winter Wednesday Craft Drop-in – Holiday Ornaments & Gifts, Make laminated holiday ornaments to deck your halls and customized bookmarks for everyone on your gift list. Sip warm apple cider and enjoy seasonal music while you create your masterpieces., Mill Valley Public Library.

12/15 – 12/18 Holiday Treat with The Ross Valley Players.

12/16-12/23 Fairy Winterland, noon – 7pm, Arts & crafts from 2pm – 4pm, puppet show at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm, Santa Claus from 5pm – 6pm, Festival of Lights Parade at 6:15pm, Special Appearances: 12/16: Pacific Boychoir (4:30pm), A Time To Be Jolly (Marionette Show, 5:30pm), Fairyland Tree Lighting Ceremony (6:30pm) 12/17: Storyteller John Weaver (2:30pm), The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees (5:30pm) 12/18: Buki the Clown (2:30pm), Snowflake the Elf magic show (5:30pm) 12/19 The Snow Queen Storyteller (5:30pm) 12/20 Storyteller Kirk Waller (5:30pm) 12/21 Holiday Treats puppet show (5:30pm) 12/22 Juggler & fire eater Owen Baker Flynn (5:30pm) 12/23 The Nutcracker presented by The Puppet Company (5:30pm), Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sat. 12/17 Holiday Celebration, Marin County Mart, Larkspur, 9:15-10am Christopher Smith, 10-10:40am Scott the Storyteller, 11-12pm Santa Sing Along, 12-2pm Jubilee Klessmer Music, 9am-4pm pictures with Santa and his live reindeer. Complimentary cookie decorating and hot chocolate.

Sat. 12/17 Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in WalesExploratorium’s annual screening of the classic 1963 film, A Child’s Christmas in Wales that follows a boy’s Christmas time memories in Wales.

Sat. 12/17 – Dream Circle Holiday Concert, Tim Cain, Judy Nee (Miss Kitty), Cindy Cohen and Christopher Smith, 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Join us for a delightful and uplifting seasonal celebration featuring songs for a wide range of winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year. Dream Circle is indeed a dream lineup of Marin’s best loved children’s entertainers. Share in the true meaning of the holidays at this heart filled performance and then spend a wonderful day at the Discovery Museum.

Sat. 12/17 Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop, Marin Dance Theatre, a kindly toymaker enters with his mischievous alley cats, he observes little Sophie, and being touched by her generous kind spirit, rewards her with an amazing journey to a beautiful Snow Kingdom, 1 pm and 5 pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael. Meet the Dancers at the Teddy Bear Tea Party following the 1:00pm performance and enjoy lots of goodies to eat and drink ($5.00 per person.)

Sat. 12/17 – Dance with Sherry Studio’s Tapcracker©, funny, quirky and hilarious original take on that old standard, Nutcracker, will keep you entertained. 2 pm and 5:30 pm, Showcase Theater, San Rafael.

Sat. 12/17 Lighted Boat Parade, San Rafael, 6pm.

Sat. 12/17 Canine Holiday Potluck, 12 – 2pm, Take a break from the festivities and give your furry friend something to celebrate! Rangers will provide hot chocolate and apple cider if you bring light lunchtime or holiday treats to share with humans and dogs alike. Meet at McInnis Park, in the Hillside picnic area (310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael), 446-4423.

Sat/Sun 12/17 – 12/18 Gingerbread Doghouse Workshops, Assemble and decorate Snoopy’s doghouse out of gingerbread—complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top! Schultz Museum.

Sat/Sun 12/10-12/11 Make-it-Yourself Holiday Workshop! 10am-2pm, Skip the crowds, the lines, and all the extra spending at the mall this year… bring your kids to GROW for a holiday themed workshop! Children will hand-make their own holiday gifts from re-used and re-purposed materials. Six fun-filled stations will be set up throughout the space, where kids will get their hands dirty and express their creativity. GROW, 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, 888-8471.

Sun. 12/18 – Tim Cain’s Family Christmas Sing Along, Rancho Nicasio.

Sun. 12/18 Holiday Concert, ‘Tis the Season…a Winter Fantasy”,  sing-along carols throughout the show, while special visuals and lighting effects create an enchanting holiday concert, not to be missed, Singers Marin.

Sun. 12/18 Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Celebrate the holidays with your entire family with the sounds of these superlative mariachi performers whose annual concert has become a favorite event at Davies Symphony Hall. Hear holiday favorites from the US and Mexico, traditional Mexican music, and more in this celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions, San Francisco Symphony.

Tues. 12/20 Nick Barone’s Puppets presents”Holiday Treats,” 11:00am, open to all ages, but reservations are required. Larkspur Library, 927-5005.

Wed. 12/21 Gingerbread Person Party Age 5 and up – advance sign-up required, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, FREE, Listen to a story to find out what makes the Gingerbread Boy run and then decorate your very own delicious gingerbread person. Call 415-389-4292 x106 to register, Mill Valley Public Library.

Thur. 12/22 Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, 10:30am. RSVP by email to library@cityoflarkspur.org or call 927-5005.

12/22 – 12/24 – ‘Twas the Night, In the days just before Christmas, take time out of your frenzied schedule for a cozy Holiday concert at Davies Symphony Hall, cheerfully decorated for the season. Delight in a warm and intimate program, and sing along with your favorite holiday tunes, all performed by members of the Symphony’s brass section and singers from the SFS Chorus, and accompanied by the gorgeous Ruffatti organ.

12/26-12/30 Holiday Animation Film Festival, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, The Exploratorium’s cinematic holiday festivities invites you to a round up of animated shorts utilizes computers, stop-motion and other animation techniques to capture the hilarity in several playful scenarios. Among the films to be screened are these engaging shorts: Sour Death Balls, White Out, and Western Spaghetti.

Mon. 12/26 Kwanzaa Celebration9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free Museum admission and performances, The African Roots of Jazz, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Experience the rich traditions of Kwanzaa, featuring a celebration of African-American culture through hands-on art activities, and performances. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 12/31 Noon Year’s Eve9 a.m. – noon, Count down to noon with us as we watch the ball drop in Festival Plaza. Dance along to our DJ and create your own party hat and noise maker to celebrate the Noon Year. Please note that the Museum is open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 12/31 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! Celebrate the New Year with hands-on crafts for kids, a balloon drop, and a root beer toast! 10am–3pm, Schultz Museum.

Sun. 12/31 New Year’s Eve Day Party, Celebrate the dawn of 2012! Count down the New Year around the world on our Science on a Sphere®, and celebrate with an apple cider toast. Create your own noisemaker to ring the new year in with a bang, and be there for our big balloon drop at 2pm, Lawrence Hall of Science.

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THEATRE, MUSIC AND OTHER PERFORMANCES

10/29-12/4 Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

11/25 – 12/11 Velveteen Rabbit, Novellus Theater, celebrating the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

12/3 – 12/20 Cinderella, Fort Mason Center Building C – San Francisco.

12/3-12/28 Cinderella, African-American Shakespeare Company, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco.

12/21 How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Golden Gate Theatre

OTHER EVENTS

Thur. 12/1 Ask the Experts, Are you wondering whether your child’s language development is on track? Do you wonder if he or she is hitting appropriate developmental milestones? Whatever your question, we are here to help you problem-solve and take home practical strategies for addressing your concerns. $35. With Janina Nadaner, MFT, and Casey Heckman, MA., 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Parents Place.

Fri. 12/2 Special Storytime, 11:30 a.m., Join KQED and the Bay Area Discovery Museum and meet PBS Kids Mr. Steve and Miss Rosa for a special singing and storytime appearance. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Fri. 12/2 Spaghetti Bingo, 6:15pm, $7 (includes dinner and 9 bingo cards), great family event. Tam Community Center, Mill Valley.

Sat. 12/3 ‘Til Dawn will be performing at noon for the Corte Madera Library 40th Birthday celebration.

Sat. 12/3 Rubinoos, that power pop group, whose hit song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” rocketed them to the top of the pop charts. Dance to clever originals loaded with kid appeal, including “The Peanut Butter Song” as well as classics like “Witch Doctor,” Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 12/3 Making Snowman Napkin HoldersStart the holiday season with a fun, family project. Children can build and paint a Snowman Napkin Holder, 9am-Noon, any Home Depot store.

Sat. 12/3 Art Explorers’ Maharaja Family Tour, Join a docent on a search for power symbols in the special exhibition Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts and engage your kids in looking at and talking about art. Suggested for families with children ages 5-7. Asian Art Museum.

Sat. 12/3 Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony, Each concert includes great symphonic music, informative talks, musical demonstrations, and free musical materials for use at home. Child-friendly start and end times make it easy for children to experience and enjoy classical music!

Sat. 12/3 Lollipop 5K Run, Golden Gate Park.

Sat. 12/3 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

Sat. 12/3 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Please Sit Down! (Chairs and Decorative Arts), 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

Sat. 12/3 Broom Bust at Old St. Hillary’s, 9-1pm, Once again the Broom Busters of Old St. Hilary’s host this annual party. After the work, volunteers will be served lunch while Naturalist David Herlocker describes the wildlife that benefits from our habitat restoration work. Meet at the Tiburon Peninsula Club parking lot (1600 Mar West St, Tiburon).

Sat. 12/3 Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Night Tree” by Ted Rand. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am, 661-1316.

Sat/Sun 12/3-12/4 Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 12:30pm & 3pm, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

Sun. Carmen for Families, two-hour version of this season’s exciting production, telling the classic story of love, jealousy, betrayal and death. Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and her brave bullfighter who wins her heart. This opera is recommended for ages 10 and up due to the mature nature of the characters and story of Carmen. Also included is a Pre-Opera Talk and workshop after. San Francisco Opera.

Sun. 12/4 Presidio Nature Play Days, Flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of spontaneous collaborative artistic expression. Join in, get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. Bring snacks or a picnic lunch! Meet at Rob Hill Campground. RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Sun. 12/4 Winter Wonderland, 9am-noon, Discover the wonder of an old-growth redwood forest in winter on this leisurely walk on the Fern Creek and Alice Eastwood trails. Look for salmon, mushroom displays, winter wildflowers, waterfalls, and more! Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as the trails are steep and may be muddy. Bring water and a snack. Entry fees apply. Muir Woods. For information and reservations, call (415) 388-2596.

Sun. 12/4 Family Gallery Tours, 12:30-1:15pm, Experience the magic of Houdini as a family during interactive gallery tours specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on, experiential activities woven throughout, Houdini and his legacy will come to life. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 12/4 Daniel DaVinci Juggling Genius and his famous Comedy Juggling show, Osher Marin, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 1 pm – 2 pm.

Sun. 12/4 Magician Timothy James, Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF All Shows Sundays 11 am – Noon.

Sun. 12/4 Le Jazz Hot, 11am, Herbst Theatre, $10 Children/$15 Adults Le Jazz Hot is the new quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, still continuing their tradition of fine French Gypsy Swing played on stringed instruments. They will join San Francisco Performances for a special holiday concert of the songs of 1930s Paris—a festive foray into jazz for the whole family!

Sun. 12/4 Fred Anderson, Fringe Festival Winner! Prop Comic and Juggler, The Berkeley JCC Theater, 1414 Walnut Street (between Vine and Rose), 1 pm – 2 pm.

Sun. 12/4 Drop-In Art-Making: Magic Boxes, 1-3pm, Houdini used trunks, both to store his magic possessions and as a prop for performances. Take a peek at the original trunk he used for his metamorphosis act in Houdini: Art and Magic then create your own multi-compartment box as a special keepsake. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 12/4 Read to Bumps – Have you ever read to a dog? Call 485-3322 to schedule your appointment with Bumps the Reading Education Assistance Dog today, 2-4pm, San Rafael Public Library.

Mon 12/5 Museum Mondays, enjoy stories, movement games, crafts and more. Schultz Museum.

Mon. 12/5 Feisty 3’s & 4’s, This workshop, presenting a developmental approach to understanding your child, includes discipline strategies appropriate to his or her development. $35, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Parents Place.

Tues. 12/6 A Family Quiltmaking Workshop with Victoria Gonzalez will be held in the meeting room Tuesday, December 6 from 3:30 to 5:00. For school-age children. Call 924-6382 to sign up. Corte Madera Library

Tues. 12/6 Tyke Explorers Workshop, DINOSAUR DAYS, Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years, Look Who’s Roaring, 10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm, The word dinosaur comes from the Greek “terrible lizard.” But were they really so terrible? Explore some of the most famous creatures that ever roamed the Earth, and learn about few of the many species of dinosaurs that we know. Chabot Space & Science Center.

Fri. 12/9 Raise the Youth holiday celebration and fundraiser benefitting Marin Youth Performers. This family-friendly event will feature youth performance showcase including highlights from this past year’s musical theatre productions and advanced teen musical ensembles, 7-10pm, $60 General Admission, $15 Students, 383.960, 142 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley.

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Sat. 12/10 Total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the North America.

Sat. 12/10 Nature for Kids at Verissimo Hills Open Space, 10am – 1pm, This walk will take us up an oak covered hill that overlooks Stafford Lake. We’ll look for interesting mushrooms, salamanders and lots of creatures that live among the new green grass and the wet leaves that cover the forest floor. Call (415) 893-9508 or e-mail dherlocker@marincounty.org.

Sat. 12/10 Manga Drawing Workshop with Chiyoko Wong, 2:00, age 9 to 13. Corte Madera Library.

Sat. 12/10 Alphabet RockersShout it out with the Alphabet Rockers. Featuring hip grooves, rocking guitar lines and tight rhymes, this is music that you can enjoy no matter what your age. Every catchy and clever song in this genre-hopping show introduces preschool concepts from counting money to naming the colors of the rainbow, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 12/10 Greening of the Headlands, 12:30-3 pm, For centuries, people listened to music and decorated their homes with greenery during winter’s dark days. Join us and return to those simpler days by making ornaments in an atmosphere laced with music and friendship. Materials provided. Meet artist Katrina Wagner at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Reservations required, phone (415) 331-1540.

Sat. 12/10 Make It @ MOCFA, 2-4pm, Get your hands dirty! Inspired by the ceramic artwork in the exhibition we will create one-of-a-kind sculptural cubes and bricks using texturing tools and clay. Your works of art will be perfect as paperweights, bookends, and for holiday gift giving. $5 for admission and all materials, ages 5 and up.

Sat. 12/10 Drop-In Science, Discover the amazing dynamics of bee communities here at the Randall!  Get hands-on in extracting honey from our own combs and even take some home to enjoy!, 10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

Sat. 12/10 Chipper Cheer this holiday season. Let’s Go Chipper author, Stephanie Rach, will read stories from the eco-educational series which playfully teaches good character and a love for nature. Continue the fun with crafts and activities that celebrate the environment and animals – like Bruce the banana slug! REI San Francisco, 840 Brannan St.

Sat. 12/10 Exploring Devil’s Gulch, 10:00 am, Walk along a creek, step inside an old growth redwood tree, discover ancient trap door spiders, hike to a waterfall, and perhaps even spy a bobcat. All these natural wonders and more are right in our backyard and can be found in Devil’s Gulch. Join WildCare naturalists on an easy four mile round trip hike. The trailhead is located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, one mile past the picnic area in Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

Sat. 12/10 Peter and the Wolf Delight your children with our annual presentation of Peter and the Wolf including festive holiday songs- perfect for music lovers of all ages. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is joined by a special guest narrator, who narrates Prokofiev’s charming tale. 1 & 4pm, Davies Symphony Hall.

Sat. 12/10 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Good Enough to Eat (A Look at Food in Art), 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

Sat. 12/10 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Please Sit Down! (Chairs and Decorative Arts), 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

Sat/Sun 12/10-12/22 Emil of Lonneberga, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, 2 pm, Once you meet Emil you’ll never forget him. Puppets add to the delight of this laugh-filled world premiere about a clever, five-year-old Swedish lad who just can’t keep out of trouble. Bay Area Children’s Theatre is thrilled to bring the beloved Emil stories by the author of Pippi Longstocking to the English-speaking stage.

Sat/Sun 12/10-12/11 Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 12:30pm & 3pm, Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Sat/Sun 12/10-12/11 The DC Dancers, ranging in age between 3 and 21, will dance to holiday favorites, ballet and jazz tunes. 1:30pm, Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sun. 12/11 Comedy Illusionist Brian Scott and his amazing sleight-of-hand! The Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF, 11 am – Noon

Sun. 12/11 Preschool Gallery Tour: The World of Light, 9-11am, Featuring the music of Charity Kahn (of Charity and the JAMband) Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 12/11 Magic Class, Each class covers different tricks and skills with San Francisco’s very own Chin-Chin who has been performing magic since the age of 7. 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sat. 12/11 Drop-In Art-Making: Magic Boxes, 1-3pm, Houdini used trunks, both to store his magic possessions and as a prop for performances. Take a peek at the original trunk he used for his metamorphosis act in Houdini: Art and Magic then create your own multi-compartment box as a special keepsake. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 12/11 Preschool Gallery Hour: The World of Light, 9-11am, If it’s the second Sunday of the month, it’s Preschool Gallery Hour when the Museum opens early just for preschoolers and their families. Explore the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magicwith loads of interactive activities, make magical shadow puppets, and move to the musical groove with Charity Kahn, of the JAMband! Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Mon. 12/12 Museum Mondays, enjoy stories, movement games, crafts and more. Schultz Museum.

Tues. 12/13 Toddler Treks – Penguins, This is a caregiver/child participatory program, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. California Academy of Science.

Tues. 12/13 Tyke Explorers Workshop, DINOSAUR DAYS, Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years, Paleontologist Puzzle, 10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm, There are special scientists who study dinosaurs and the remains we find of those early animals. Practice some tricks of the trade and prepare for a paleontology adventure. Not only will our Tykes work with some fossils of dinosaurs, but also other prehistoric creatures. Chabot Space & Science Center.

Sat. 12/17 Winter Solstace Night Walk, What is Winter Solstice? Come and find out on this family-friendly storytelling evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with a campfire in the Rob Hill Campground. You’ll hear stories from many cultures about the ways people have welcomed back the sun. Meet at Rob Hill Campground, Presidio, Free. All ages. Space is limited, registration required at (415) 561-4323.

Sat. 12/17 Explorables: Science You Can Play With, 11am – 2 pm, activities focus on experimenting with everyday materials, discovery and toy-making, Exploratorium.

Sat. 12/17 Afternoon Art, Make a wish that your wish doll will carry throughout the year. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Sat. 12/17 Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Night Tree” by Ted Rand. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am, 661-1316.

Sat. 12/17 Drop-In Science, Let’s make snow for San Francisco!  Learn about crystal formation and make your own crystal covered snowflake decoration just in time for winter!, 10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

Sat. 12/17 Paper Fun with the Toy-Maker, 10am–12noon for parents and children, Marilyn Scott-Waters will take simple paper and show how cutting, pasting, and folding creates simply delightful toys. Join Marilyn as she teaches you how to make a koi kite, paper butterfly, miniature fairy book, cornucopia, and a coupon folder holder! She demonstrates tips, tricks, and more.

Sat. 12/17 Dancing the Diaspora with Ayodele Kinchen, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, new interactive program series for children and their families of storytelling, performance and crafts from Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD.)

Sat. 12/17 Afternoon Art, Transform a small plain box into a beautiful keepsake perfect for holding jewelry or other precious items. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Sun. 12/18 Tam Jam X-Fest, 2-10pm, music and more fun in this all day rock & roll festival featuring local student bands from around Marin. Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave.at Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, Tickets call 388-6393.

Sun. 12/18 Family Gallery Tours, 12:30-1:15pm, Experience the magic of Houdini as a family during interactive gallery tours specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on, experiential activities woven throughout, Houdini and his legacy will come to life. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 12/18 Drop-In Art-Making: Magic Boxes, 1-3pm, Houdini used trunks, both to store his magic possessions and as a prop for performances. Take a peek at the original trunk he used for his metamorphosis act in Houdini: Art and Magic then create your own multi-compartment box as a special keepsake. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Mon. 12/19 Museum Mondays, enjoy stories, movement games, crafts and more. Schultz Museum.

Mon. 12/19 Winter Break Film Festival, Cars 2, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

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Tues. 12/20 Winter Break Film Festival, Balto, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Tues. 12/20 Sing Along with Pierina Dell’Avo (Ages 3-7) – Small and tall are invited to come and sing delightful and original songs by Pierina Dell’Avo. Feel shy about singing?  You can join in with the fun movements, 3:30pm, San Rafael Public Library.

Tues. 12/20 Tyke Explorers Workshop, DINOSAUR DAYS, Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years, What happened to the dinosaurs? Learn about one of the leading theories that was discovered by scientists from right here the Bay Area. By taking part in a dramatic play, our little Tyke explorers will discover why scientists think the dinosaurs went extinct. Chabot Space & Science Center.

Tues. 12/20 Ghirardelli Day, 9:30am – 5:00pm Celebrate the sights, smells, and tastes of the holiday season with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company! Meet Steve Genzoli, VP of Chocolate Development at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and learn about the art and science of chocolate – from bean to bar. Savor complimentary samples from Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop. Visit the Naturalist Center for more sweet science! Explore a cocoa pod up close, test your knowledge with the Chocolate Mystery Box, and browse chocolate-themed books. Check out the activity tables with chocolate-themed crafts for kids! Explore the Academy’s spice forest, and learn more about the ingredients in your favorite holiday treats. Academy of Science.

12/20-12/23 Winter Break Explorer Days, Come and explore the science of the world around you in an interactive and distinctive drop-in program. Spin your own handmade top, light up the room with circuits, and more! Activities will change daily, so there’s something new to learn about science each day, CuriOdyssey.

Wed. 12/21 Winter Craft for Tweens (Grades 6-8) – Come make a set of marble magnets for yourself or to give as a gift. Bring your own images to personalize your magnets. After the craft, we will enjoy cupcakes and hot cider! No reservations, free,  2:30pm, San Rafael Public Library.

Wed. 12/21 Winter Solstice in Muir Woods, Celebrate the longest night of the year and a full moon with the tallest trees on earth! This outdoor program is suitable for all ages and will begin at the Muir Woods Visitor Center. Activities and events include the making of solstice crowns; a stage performance of songs, stories, and puppetry; and walking the trails of Muir Woods lit by luminary. No reservations required. Free. Daytime activities between 3–5 pm, evening 5:30–8 pm. This evening can be dark and chilly; we ask visitors to bring a flashlight and to dress warmly (layers/blankets).

Wed. 12/21 Nature for Kids at Devil’s Gulch, 10am – 2pm, We’ll start this walk looking for salmon in the rushing creek. Afterwards, we might head up to Stairstep Falls, or we could decide to follow the main canyon through forests and open meadows looking for winter wildlife. Call 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Meet at the parking area across from Devil’s Gulch: Follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west 1 mile past the entrance to Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

Thur. 12/22 Winter Break Film Festival, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Fri. 12/23 Winter Break Film Festival, How the Grinch Stole Christmas & Frosty the Snowman, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Fri. 12/23 Pine Cone Bird Feeders, Noon – 2pm, Bring nature a little closer to home with your own handmade pinecone bird feeder. These make wonderful gifts, especially for winter birds. When the pinecones run out the program is over, so come early! Meet Ranger Linda in front of the Bay Model Classroom.

Sat. 12/24 Afternoon Art, Join our annual holiday tradition of free-form painting to music.  Paint large!  Paint wild!  Paint free! 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Sun. 12/25 Drop-In Art-Making: Magical Spinning Tops, 11am-4pm, In honor of Chanakuh and Houdini: Art and Magic, create spinning tops that display magical colors as they spin. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Mon. 12/26 Museum Mondays, enjoy stories, movement games, crafts and more. Schultz Museum.

12/26, 12/27 & 12/30 Drop-In Art-Making: Pocket-Sized Amazements, 1pm-3pm, Create small-scale magical objects that will surprise and amuse. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

12/26-1/1 Grandparents’ Week, 10a-4p, For this week only, when grandparents visit Fairyland with their grandchildren, grandparents get in for free.

12/26-27, 12/29-30 School’s Out Family Magic Show, Dan Chan the Magic Man, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Tues. 12/27 Winter Break Film Festival, Kung Fu Panda 2, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

12/27-12/30 Winter Break Explorer Days, Come and explore the science of the world around you in an interactive and distinctive drop-in program. Spin your own handmade top, light up the room with circuits, and more! Activities will change daily, so there’s something new to learn about science each day, CuriOdyssey.

Wed. 12/28 Poetry Palooza (Grades 2-4) – Join us for an afternoon of creative fun.  We provide journals , pencils, writing games, cookies and apple cider. No experience necessary!  No reservations.  Free, 2:30pm, San Rafael Public Library.

Wed. 12/28 Game & Puzzle Day! Family fun for everyone. (All ages, no-sign-up needed, Creekside Room.) Put away your Wii and come to the cozy Creekside Room for old fashioned board and card games, big puzzles, and family fun. Sip warm apple cider and listen to seasonal tunes while you play. Families welcome! Mill Valley Library.

Wed. 12/28 Toddler Treks – Penguins, This is a caregiver/child participatory program, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. California Academy of Science.

Thur. 12/29 Winter Break Film Festival, The Muppet Movie (1979), 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Thur. 12/29 Family Fun Activity: Dance, 1:00–3:00 pm; suggested for families with children ages 11-15. Hip hop, funk, and reggae songs are the soundtracks for Bhangra, a type of popular dance combining Punjabi folk traditions with Western pop music. Learn to dance like a Bollywood star in this workshop for tweens. Asian Art Museum.

Thur/Fri 12/29-30 Mochitsuki Workshops, watch Mr. Yamada transform hot cooked rice into mochi.  Participants will then have the opportunity to make their own mochi balls to take home, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m., Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

Fri. 12/30 Winter Break Film Festival, Cartoon Day, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Free family movies and fresh popcorn. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Fri/Sat 12/30-12/31 Children’s Fairyland, Snow Queen performs “Tales from Winter Wonderland”, a magical music and storytelling performance, 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Sat. 12/31 Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Enjoy brunch and a full array of children’s entertainment this New Year’s Eve. Shop for local organic produce, meats and sweets for your last dinner of 2011. End the year right with music, art, ponies and puppets! Children’s Art Activities by Scrap: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Wed. 1/4 Toddler Treks, This is a caregiver/child participatory program, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. California Academy of Science.

Sat. 1/7 Chinyakare Ensemble, 11am, an incredibly varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance. Harmonically weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 1/7 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

Sat. 1/7 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

Sat. 1/7, 1/21, 1/28 Rumpelstiltskin, 10:30am & 1:00pm, The kingdom of King Wipple is in big trouble. Inflation has destroyed the economy and there is no more gold! An ambitious miller claims that his “miraculosis” daughter can actually weave straw into gold, which she is ordered to do immediately on pain of death. She is saved from this cruel fate by the mysterious arrival of a funny little man who can perform this miracle, but for a high price. The miller’s daughter makes a promise to the little man, and she is helped in her quest by colorful and zany members of the court, as well as the audience itself. There are charming songs, lots of laughs, and a happy ending for everyone. “A promise is a promise.” Presented by the Children’s Theater Association.

Sat/Sun 1/7-1/8 Ice Skating in Fairfax, The Pavilion, synthetic ice rink is set up for young & old alike! Minimum age to skate is 5 years old. The event runs from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Sat/Sun 1/7-1/8 Children’s Fairyland, Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Sun. 1/8 Sunday Sampler, enjoy a wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, including acting, improvisation, stage combat and clowning, sample four different classes from a menu of options at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm and 2:30pm, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley

Sun. 1/8 Magic Class, Each class covers different tricks and skills with San Francisco’s very own Chin-Chin who has been performing magic since the age of 7. 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/8 Family Gallery Tours, 12:30-1:15pm, Experience the magic of Houdini as a family during interactive gallery tours specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on, experiential activities woven throughout, Houdini and his legacy will come to life. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/8 Boswick the Clown and his Circus of Comedy! 1 pm – 2 pm, Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Sun. 1/8 – Mochitsuki! Mochi Pounding Ceremony, Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai! Join this venerable San Francisco institution as they present the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi (sweet delectable rice cakes) pounding with music, dance, and costumes. Afterwards, listen to Japanese New Year stories told by the museum’s animated storytellers, and finally, drawomikuji, written fortunes about the upcoming year, or make a rabbit carrying pouch (inro) modeled after the cuddly creatures found in the galleries, Asian Art Museum.

Sun. 1/8 Nature for Kids at Mount Burdell, 10am – 2pm, Mount Burdell Preserve, We’ll take a winter walk at this beautiful preserve looking for cold weather critters. If we’re feeling adventurous, we might even head up to Hidden Lake to see if we can find newts and frogs. 893-9508 or e-mail dherlocker@marincounty.org.

Sun. 1/8 Drop-In Art-Making: Muniz-Inspired Collages, 1-3pm, hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the art on display in the galleries, architecture, holidays and traditions. Celebrate the art of everyday objects and the genius of Vik Muniz—a featured artist in the Houdini exhibition —as you create truly uncommon collages composed of thoroughly common materials. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/8 Preschool Gallery Hour, 10am-11:30am, f it’s the second Sunday of the month, it’s Preschool Gallery Hour when the Museum opens early just for preschoolers and their families. Explore the exhibition Houdini with loads of interactive activities, get hands on with art, and enjoy a show by musical guest Alison Faith Levy. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/8 Ace Miles, The Comedy Pirate Returns! stars as hilarious Captain Jack Spareribs! Berkeley JCC Theater, 1 pm – 2 pm.

Tues. 1/10 Tyke Explorers Workshop, World of Physics, Lumos, Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years, Shadow puppets are great… but how do they work? Unravel the mysteries behind day and night – light and dark. Also, discover the magic behind rainbows and their connection to the light that we see. Chabot Space & Science Center.

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Sat. 1/14 Youth Winter Bird Count, give aspiring young birders an opportunity to work in small teams with experienced birders while participating in real citizen science. Richardson Bay Center and Sanctuary.

Sat. 1/14 Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, 11am, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno will perform dances from across Mexico. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico through dance, music, and fabulous costumes ranging from the tropical port of Veracruz to the rancheros of Jalisco. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 1/14 Manga Drawing Workshop with Chiyoko Wong, 2:00, age 9 to 13. Corte Madera Library.

Sat. 1/14 Youth Winter Bird Count, Children of all ages and their families are invited to participate FREE, give aspiring young birders an opportunity to work in small teams with experienced birders while participating in real citizen science. Participants will learn to use binoculars and scopes, record scientific data, identify a variety of local birds with the help of expert birders, enter data into a shared database, present bird data to other participating teams. Richardson Bay Audubon Center.

Sat. 1/14 Free Tulip Grove Classes, 11am-2pm, Mill Valley Baby & Kids.

Sat. 1/14 Mochitsuki! Mochi Pounding Ceremony, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, Samsung Hall, Hands–on activity, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai! Join this venerable San Francisco institution as they present the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi (delectably sweet rice cakes) pounding with music, dance and costumes. Afterward, stick around and make an art project inspired by the New Year, listen to storytelling or join an Art Explorers’ Family Tour. Asian Art Museum.

Sat/Sun 1/14-1/15 Children’s Fairyland, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Cheryl Traendly, Photography

Sun. 1/15 Meet tennis star and legend, Billie Jean King, who won a record 20 titles at Wimbledon during her tennis career. Ms. King was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Ms. King will answer questions and sign books.

Sun. 1/15 Drop-In Art-Making: Muniz-Inspired Collages, 1-3pm, hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the art on display in the galleries, architecture, holidays and traditions. Celebrate the art of everyday objects and the genius of Vik Muniz—a featured artist in the Houdini exhibition —as you create truly uncommon collages composed of thoroughly common materials. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/15 Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday (FREE), 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, Contemporary African American Quilts. Drop in to the Education Center where families will silk screen images of jazz greats and Dr. King using screens burned with black and white photos, paint, and paper. There will also be blank paper for anyone who wants to create their own image for printing or for embellishing one of the burned screens. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).

Mon. 1/16 MLK Day of Service with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Mon. 1/16 SoVoSó – From the Soul to the Voice to the Song, 11am & 12:30pm, Be uplifted by this amazing a cappella ensemble’s unique, rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R & B music sung in their trademark improvisational style. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Mon. 1/16 Drop-In Art-Making: Dream Jars, 1-3pm, hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the art on display in the galleries, architecture, holidays and traditions. During this special holiday drop-in, honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating your own dream jar, the perfect space to hold your dreams, hopes, and New Year wishes. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Tues. 1/17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 9am-4pm, Create a self-portrait to add to our Freedom Bus. Listen to a special storytime with books about Dr. King’s life and the values he advocated. Quotes from his writing and speeches will be mounted throughout the Museum to help your family think about how to celebrate this important holiday. Come honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with SoVoSó. Be uplifted by this amazing a cappella ensemble’s unique, rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R & B music. Discovery Museum.

Tues. 1/17 Tyke Explorers Workshop, World of Physics, Start Your Engines, Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years, Tykes will get an early introduction to the laws of motion through directed “play” with toy cars and marble tracks. Learn about the basics of gravity, motion and friction, as well as some building basics. Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wed. 1/18 Toddler Treks, This is a caregiver/child participatory program, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. California Academy of Science.

Tues. 1/19-22 Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival at PIER 39, 11am-4pm, The sea lions anniversary is always a special event for PIER 39 as these playful mammals entertain and delight both our guests and the PIER 39 staff year-round.

Sat. 1/21 ABADA Capoeira, 11am, Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, fuses acrobatics, dance, percussion, and song. African slaves in Portuguese-colonized Brazil developed this rigorous form of self-defense. ABADA shows how they camouflaged the art with music, song, and dance so they could practice it undetected. Bay Are Discovery Museum.

Sat. 1/21 BAEER Fair (Bay Area Environmental Education Resource), Marin Civic Center located in San Rafael, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sat. 1/21 Winter/Spring Bird Walk8:30-10:30 a.m. Join us for a bird walk, view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit our site during winter and spring. Birders of all levels and families welcome. Cost: $7/participant. RSVP: 388-2524. Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Sat. 1/21 Farmers Market Entertainment, Plant Dye Workshop for Kids with Molly DeVries will be instructing a mini dye workshop for kids at the market from 9:00-2:00. Using local textiles and Coreopsis flowers, children will see first hand the power of nature in making vibrant hues of yellows, oranges and browns. Christopher Smith (9:15-10:00), Scott the Storyteller (10:00-10:45) and more. Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Sat. 1/21 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

Sat. 1/21 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

Sat. 1/21 Family Bingo, 7-8:30pm, Belvedere Community Center.

Sat. 1/21 Chinese New Year, Ring in the Year of the Dragon with crafts and hands-on traditional Chinese activities. 11 am – 5 pm, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Sat/Sun 1/21-22 Peking Acrobats, gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists, and tumblers transform 2,000-year-old athletic disciplines into a family-friendly kaleidoscope of eye-popping wonder, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley.

Sat/Sun 1/21-1/22 Children’s Fairyland, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Sun. 1/22 Drop-In Art-Making: Stained Glass Explorations, 1-3pm, hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the art on display in the galleries, architecture, holidays and traditions. Be inspired by the majesty of Congregation Sherith Israel’s stained glass window featured in the exhibition, California Dreaming: Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present, and create your own color-saturated works of art. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/22 RoCo Dance On Stage, Children’s Program, 6:30 pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.

Sun. 1/22 The Greg Frisbee Show, Escape Artistry, Magic and Juggling, Randall Museum Theatre, 11 am – Noon.

Sun. 1/22 The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Stupid Fairy Tales, Poor Jack. He’s got to save himself from the terrible Giant, but a host of familiar fairy tale characters – and one very annoying Stinky Cheese Man – keep messing up his plans. Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, this show for kids four years and up is delightfully deconstructive. With Cinderella rebuffing Rumpelstiltskin and Goldilocks meeting the Three Elephants, nothing is quite the same as you remember it. 11am & 2pm. JCCSF, 3200 California St. San Francisco.

Tues. 1/24 Tyke Explorers Workshop, World of Physics, Magnet Mayhem, Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years, Why do magnets attract some things and not others? Our Tyke explorers will explore different types of magnets to observe and understand why magnets work they way they do. Hands-on exploration will help to demystify the magic of magnets. Chabot Space & Science Center.

Thur. 1/26 Daffy Dave, Ages 5+, 4pm, Laugh till it aches with Daffy Dave and his comedy magic.

Fri. 1/27 Nature for Kids at Cascade Canyon, 10am – 2pm, By now the creek should be rushing, and the waterfall might be going full blast. We’ll search for insects, amphibians and anything else we can find in this beautiful canyon. 893-9508 or e-mail dherlocker@marincounty.org.

Fri. 1/27 Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike and Campfire, 5:30-8:00PM, Join us for a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand. Gather ’round the campfire with friends and family, sing songs, and roast s’mores by moonlight, Nature Bridge, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito

Fri. 1/27 Movie Night for Kids, grades 3-5, UP, Registration Required, 5:30-7:30pm, Suggested Donation $10, Pizza and popcorn provided. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Sat. 1/28 Murphy Irish Dancers, 11am, Performing a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, combined with impressive leaps, this amazing group of young dancers will connect you with age-old Irish traditions and joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sat. 1/28 San Anselmo Storytelling Festival, Come to an afternoon of old-fashioned storytelling. For more information or to sign up for a 5-10 minute slot, call the library at 258-4656 Admission is free but space is limited.

Sat. 1/28 Muir Woods Earth Day Celebration, 8:30am-1pm, Enjoy the majestic redwoods while helping to restore and preserve this spectacular national park. Projects include planting, habitat restoration and weed removal, mulching, tending the forest floor, and trail maintenance throughout the Redwood Creek Watershed. All participants are invited to stay for lunch at the end of the event. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding day!

Sat. 1/28 Restoration Work Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. We may be removing trash, invasive plants, or helping with restoration projects. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. FREE program; RSVP: 388-2524. Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Sat. 1/28 Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony, Each concert includes great symphonic music, informative talks, musical demonstrations, and free musical materials for use at home. Child-friendly start and end times make it easy for children to experience and enjoy classical music!

Sat. 1/28 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

Sat. 1/28 Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

Sat. 1/28 Civil War Re-enactors at Fort Point, Join the American Civil War Association, as part of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War 2011-2015 commemoration, as they bring Fort Point to life with music, marching and the colorful uniforms of Civil War soldiers. Talks and demonstrations are held throughout the day. For information, call 556-1693. Next event is January 28, 2012; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat/Sun 1/28-1/29 Fourth Annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, a Playdate for the Imagination at the beautiful art deco theater, Michaan’s Auctions, in Alameda. Doors open at 9:30am and show starts at 10:30am both days.

Sat/Sun 1/28-1/29 Children’s Fairyland, Snow Queen performs “Tales from Winter Wonderland”, a magical music and storytelling performance. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Sun. 1/29 Mill Valley/Sausalito Path Cleanup, 10am – 12pm, Join us to clean a litter hot spot and remove invasive weeds from the sensitive tidal wetlands surrounding this very popular multi-use path. The area is home to endangered species, which are threatened by accumulations of trash and weeds that crowd out native vegetation. The work involves easy to moderate activity on flat ground and is suitable for all ages. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Rain may cancel. Meet at the parking lot underneath Hwy 101 in Mill Valley, next to the offices at 100 Shoreline Hwy.

Sun. 1/29 Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, UC Berkeley campus from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Join us in the Pauley Ballroom in the MLK Student Union where we will feature dozens of exciting mathematical activities designed to inspire, delight and challenge young mathematicians, 6th grade and up.

Sun. 1/29 Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz, 3pm, The Lark.

Sun. 1/29 Family Comedy and Magic Revue, a benefit for the PTA for Arts and Enrichment Programming at Hamilton School in Novato. Marin Civic Center, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael, 2pm and 5pm. For tickets 499-6800.

Sun. 1/29 Drop-In Art-Making: Stained Glass Explorations, 1-3pm, hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the art on display in the galleries, architecture, holidays and traditions. Be inspired by the majesty of Congregation Sherith Israel’s stained glass window featured in the exhibition, California Dreaming: Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present, and create your own color-saturated works of art. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sun. 1/30 Amy Liz, 6:00-7:30, celebrated Marin County children’s musician, is performing, Ghiringhellis Pizzeria Grill & Bar.

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WILDLIFE VIEWING:

Salmon
Elephant Seals – December 15 through March 31
Whales – mid-January through mid-March. Late April and early May to see moms and calfs.
Birds
Butterflies
Tule Elk

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  3. Jody Branham says:

    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF OPENS MARCH 2!!!
    presented by Marin Youth Performers

    Tickets are on sale now!
    Purchase them on our website http://142throckmortontheatre.org/tickets.php
    or call 415-383-9600

    PERFORMANCES:
    Fridays, March 2 and 9, at 7:30pm
    Saturdays, March 3 and 10, at 2:00pm
    Sundays, March 4 and 11, at 2:00pm

    Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Matchmaker,” to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.

  4. Jody Branham says:

    SUMMER CAMP 2012 “BROADWAY ROCKS!!!” with Marin Youth Performers
    142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley

    2nd-5th graders will go from 6/18 to 7/6.
    6th-9th graders will go from 7/9-7/20

    Join us for a fun-filled summer of theatre magic at the historic 142 Throckmorton Theatre! Marin Youth Performers’ summer camp offers an engaging and enriching theatrical experience for young performers of all backgrounds and abilities. Campers will be immersed in various aspects of theatre and performance, while also creating a production around a theme to be performed at the end of the session for family and friends. This year’s theme: BROADWAY ROCKS! Campers will spend part of their day in small age-based groups receiving training in music, movement, acting, and stage craft and the other part of their day rehearsing for the production (see below). Marin Youth Performers’ summer camp staff is led by teachers and artists who hold degrees in theatre arts and education.

    For more information:
    Call (415) 383-9613
    or email Director of Youth Programs, Steven Hess, at
    stevenh@142ThrockmortonTheatre.org

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