December – Things to Do With Marin Tweens & Teens

DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR TWEENS AND TEENS

‘Tis the Season to go Ice Skating!

If you grew up in Marin you may remember the Raydine’s Ice Rink that used to occupy the space that is now occupied by Golds Gym in Corte Madera. Now you may have to drive a bit, but there are still some indoor and outdoor rinks outside of Marin. Just opened for the season is the Holiday Ice Rink at the Embarcadero in San Francisco in Justin Herman Plaza. Take the Larkspur Ferry  and dine at one of the many restaurants at the Embarcadero or Ferry Building Marketplace. Not too far from this rink is the Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center (an indoor rink). Do some window or real shopping before or after skating at the Union Square ice rink. . If you feel like heading North, there’s the famous Snoopy Home Ice, The Redwood Empire Ice Arena  in Santa Rosa. While you’re up there, visit the Snoopy’s Gallery that showcases the chronology of the Peanuts comic strip. For a fleeting moment (on Friday, 12/2 only), Tiburon will also have its very own ice rink featured in the Tiburon Holiday Festival.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…So Get Into a Museum!

Here are some museums that are interesting enough, even for that discriminating tween or teen!

California Academy of Sciences – ‘Tis the Season for Science is a celebration of science including indoor snow flurries and live reindeer!  Get into the festive spirit with art and music from the Bay Area’s greatest talents, including carolers, musicians, dancers, theater troupes, and more.

The Cartoon Museum – 655 Mission St., SF, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Closed Monday and on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Not your typical still-life painting, this museum celebrates the humorous side of life. Beginning December 17th, the museum presents its latest exhibition, Black and White and Read All Over:  Comics of the New Millennium, a showcase featuring nine comic strips introduced between the years 2000 and 2010.  From talking animals to beleaguered cartoonists, childhood fears to childhood nightmares, the perils of adulthood to the trials of arrested development, the nonsensical to the political (which often goes right back around to nonsensical), the modern comic strip page really does include something for everyone.

The Exploratorium – Unlike most museums, this one offers a hands-on experience for kids of all ages. From artist’s exhibits, to film showings and special shopping days for members, this museum has a lot to offer. Be prepared to be exhausted by the end of the day!

Modern Museum of Art (MOMA), Located at 151 Third St. in San Francisco, The MOMA offers cool art that even teens will appreciate.

Ring in the Holidays with a Dance Performance

Chances are if you have a child in Marin, you know someone who is in one of the many ballet and dance performances this month in Marin. See the schedule below for dates and times.

Get Cooking!

I remember how my mom “forced” me to take a cooking class when I was in the eighth grade and I ended up loving it. It even led to my first job as a pantry cook when I was 16!   Some of the cooking classes are more appropriate for older teens so please check the website or call the company for more details:

  • Cavallo Point Cooking School, 601 Murray Circle, located at the lodge at the Golden Gate on the Sausalito side. 1-888-651-2003. Rated #1 Hotel Culinary School by Gayot.com, the Cavallo Point Cooking School is an intimate place to taste, create and explore. Filled with natural light and top-of-the line culinary equipment, the Cooking School offers an ever-changing roster of cooking classes and programs flavored by the bounty of organic offerings from the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Gingerbread Builders in Strawberry, next to Ideal Stationers. Open just for the holiday season, you can bring the kids and leave the mess behind! (415) 380-1731.
  • ITK Culinary, 300 Turney St., Sausalito. (415) 331-8766. In The Kitchen (ITK) has classes for adults as well as children ages 4 – 14. This month they’re also featuring gingerbread house making.  Click here to view the December schedule.
  • Operation C.H.E.F. 1385 North Hamilton Parkway, Novato.  is a nutrition-based cooking camp for kids and teens. Operation C.H.E.F. was created to get kids more comfortable in the kitchen, and to educate them about healthful, sustainable foods. Click here to view info. about their winter camp.

Exhibits

Play Land at the Conservatory of Flowers, SF now through April 15, 2012.

If your parents or grandparents grew up in or around San Francisco during the mid-1900s, they may have told you how they used to visit the Sutro baths and Play Land located near Ocean Beach. The Conservatory of SF presents a miniature replica of Play Land complete with sounds and memorabilia.

Some Events by Date in December:

As always, please check the website for more current information for changes, cancellations or updates. Please investigate the events on your own as we do not take responsibility for actions resulting from this list.

Fri 12/2

Festival – Tiburon Holiday Festival, Downtown Tiburon, Main Street, 5:30 PM. Tiburon Holiday Festival 2011 will feature an OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINK for families, couples, ice skating enthusiasts, and everyone to delight!

12/3

Art – Art & Film540 Alabama St, SF. On the first and third Saturday of each month (September through May 7), students tour downtown galleries and museums to take in the very latest in contemporary art before they are treated to a picnic lunch. After lunch we go see a new release film. Unless noted otherwise, we meet on the balcony outside Metreon overlooking Yerba Buena Park between 10:30 and 11am. Come join us.

Sat 12/3 

Audition – Gleeful Live! The San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater is will be holding auditions for youth (ages 5-17) to perform in “Gleeful Live!” The songs featured will be from the popular t.v. show Glee. The auditions will be held at the King George Hotel, 334 Mason St., SF. Check the website for specific times.  If selected there are registration and costume fees. The performances will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts in March.

Cooking Class – Chocolate Making at Cavallo Point, 1-4 PM. 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. Learn how to make chocolate with Michael Rechiuti. Classes $85 plus tax.

Craft Fair – Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, 10am – 5pm. Jewelry, hand-crafted gift items, ornaments and more! Free admission. (415) 383-1370.

Jingle Jog (1 mile or 4 mile run). Start the holiday season right with a festive 1 mile or 4 mile run along with the scenic shores of the Strawberry Peninsula. Fun for all members of the family.  Registration required. 4 mile race $40, 1 mile race $25 to benefit Strawberry Point Elementary School in Mill Valley.

Dance – Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker, Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, Civic Center, San Rafael. 1pm and 5pm. Adults $32, Seniors and Students $20.

Dance – Just Dance Academy presents the Nutcracker plus jazz and hip-hop numbers performed by the junior and senior members of the Just Dance Academy and other members of the Just Dance Academy.  Showcase Theater, 12pm, 2pm, 5pm & 6:30pm. Ticket prices: Adults $11, Seniors and Youth $9.

 Sun 12/4

Audition – Gleeful Live! The San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater is will be holding auditions for youth (ages 5-17) to perform in “Gleeful Live!” The songs featured will be from the popular t.v. show Glee. The auditions will be held at the King George Hotel, 334 Mason St., SF. Check the website for specific times.  If selected there are registration and costume fees. The performances will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts in March.

Dance – Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker, Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, Civic Center, San Rafael. 1pm and 5pm. Adults $32, Seniors and Students $20.

Fri 12/9

Dance – Spark Dance,  Proof Lab, 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. The Spark Dance is put on by highschoolers for middle-schoolers grades 6-8. Students must show their student I.D. to enter.  According to the website, online tickets are sold out, but may be purchased at the door for $20. This dance is NOT put on by Proof Lab so contact the promoters directly.

Performance – Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker, Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, San Rafael, 1pm and 5pm. Adults $39, Seniors and Youth (18 & Under) $24, Candy Cane Party $5 additional.

Performance – Raise The Youth, 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley.  Young performers will be performing favorite moments from Les Miserables, Singing in the Rain and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Marin Youth Performer’s fantastic teen  A Capella group will also be performing to raise money for the Marin Youth Performers.

Performance – Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker,Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, San Rafael, 1pm and 5pm. Adults $39, Seniors and Youth (18 & Under) $24, Candy Cane Party $5 additional.

 Sun 12/11


Performance – Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker, Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, San Rafael, 1pm and 5pm. Adults $39, Seniors and Youth (18 & Under) $24, Candy Cane Party $5 additional.

 Sat 12/17

Lighted Boat ParadeThe best viewing locations are the Pickleweed Community Center, Beach Park, along the Canal area at the Montecito Plaza, 6pm.  Each year, San Rafael unofficially celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with its annual lighted boat parade in the San Rafael Canal. Boaters throughout Marin County devote many hours and days preparing their vessels for what has become one of the largest lighted boat parades in the Bay Area.

Peformance – Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop, Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Civic Center, San Rafael, 1pm and 5pm. Adults: $35, seniors and students $25, Teddy Bear Tea Party $5 additional per person.

Do you know of an event or activity that tweens & teens would like? Please email your ideas to: Marjorie at marinhood4kids@gmail.com.

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3 Responses to December – Things to Do With Marin Tweens & Teens

  1. Pingback: Things to Do with Kids in Marin – December 2011/January 2012 | Marinhood

  2. Jody Branham says:

    SUMMER CAMP 2012 “BROADWAY ROCKS!!!” with Marin Youth Performers
    at 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

  3. Jody Branham says:

    “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”
    OPENS MARCH 2!!!
    presented by Marin Youth Perfomers
    142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley

    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.
    http://142throckmortontheatre.org/tickets.phpor

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