Ronnie’s Awesome List – December 2013


WINTER WILDLIFE WATCH

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
CHRISTMAS CAROL & OTHER HOLIDAY THEATRE
CHRISTMAS HOUSES | HANUKKAH | HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
HOLIDAY TEA  ICE SKATING | MUSIC | NEW YEARS |
NUTCRACKER PARADES & FESTIVALS
PICTURES WITH SANTA THEATRE FOR FAMILIES | TRAIN RIDES

DECEMBER 2013 (non-holiday)


After months of being closed for restoration/construction, Muir Beach is scheduled to open December 14th according to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. A grand reopening celebration is planned for January.

Wishing you all a very magical December!


Winter Wildlife Watch

Winter is an amazing season to watch wildlife. Rain or shine, the weather should not stop you and your kids from enjoying the abundant wildlife in the Bay Area as they embrace the wet season. Fortunately for us, we live in a prime spot for discovering amazing mammals, insects, birds, reptiles and more who also call the Bay Area home.

  • sealWhales can be seen along the coast as they migrate to their winter breeding grounds in Baja California. There is an especially huge flurry of marine activity happening in Monterey Bay because of the unusually high number of anchovies attracting a variety of whales, dolphins and seals as well as other marine animals such as OrcasLeatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks. It’s an awesome marine safari!
  • Elephant Seals breeding season starts at Año Nuevo State Reserve. Register for the Elephant Seal Guided Walking Tours before the book up.
  • Salmon spawn along the creeks around Marin while herring spawn in the bay. Head to the Richardson Bay Audubon in Tiburon and look for the flocks of gulls and pelicans hovering and then crashing into the bay to feed as millions of herring eggs wash ashore.
  • Marine animals such as the giant green sea anemones, purple sea urchins, red abalone, purple and ochre sea stars and more decorate the tide pools. Look up the NOAA timetables for low tide.
  • Banana Slug will not be hard to stumble across. Marvel at these remarkable mollusks on your hike as they thrive in a moist environment.
  • Newts emerge across paths at Lake Lagunitas and other Marin reservoirs.
  • Ladybugs hibernate by the millions at Redwood Regional Park in the East Bay.
  • Monarch Butterflies are clustered in the tree groves at Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific Grove and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.
  • Tule Elk herds thrive at The Tomales Point Park in Point Reyes.

Or visit a nature facility for an up close look at our local wildlife. Hours vary and some have indoor space in case you want to avoid the rain….if we see any this winter. Be sure to confirm when they are open.

Just a few tips before venturing out. They say “There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” If it does rain, do not let the weather stop you, dress appropriately. Avoid disturbing wildlife by keeping a safe distance and using binoculars or camera lens. Make sure to pick a hike suited to your child’s skill and endurance level. Have fun observing the abundant wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make where we live unique in the world. Rain or shine, they are there waiting to meet you.

All events listed are subject to change without notice. Please confirm with event organizer.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

CHRISTMAS CAROL & OTHER HOLIDAY THEATRE

CHRISTMAS HOUSES

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HANUKKAH


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

HOLIDAY TEA

ICE SKATING

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MUSIC

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NEW YEARS

NUTCRACKER

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PARADES & FESTIVALS

THEATRE FOR FAMILIES


PICTURES WITH SANTA

TRAIN RIDES

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DECEMBER EVENTS (non-holiday related events) 

Friday, November 29

  • db_castle11Family Fun Weekend, 10am-5pm, Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos for live performances and cartoon workshops throughout the day! Schultz Museum.
  • How to Draw with Your Child, 10am-12pm, Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos to learn how to have fun drawing with your child. This class includes drawing games, instruction, and advice for engaging your budding artist. Advance reservations required by calling (707) 284-1263 or online, Schultz Museum.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Ponds, Use colorful clay and other materials to create your own miniature pond full of adventures, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Saturday, November 30

  • Learn to Saltwater Fish at McNears, 8:30–10:30am, rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing, limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first come, Rain will cancel this event. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Dan Sauter at 446-4424 or DSauter@marincounty.org, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.
  • How to choose great books for children, 4-5pm, children’s book expert Clare takes you on a tour of the kids and teen departments, and shares her pick of new books for kids of all ages this holiday season, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and complimentary latkes (4-6pm), topped with crème fraîche and applesauce or smoked salmon, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create an abstract art stick puzzle, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about bees and take some honey home, Randall Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Barber02-mediumExploration Workshops: All About the Barber of Seville, 11am & 12:30pm, ages 6+, $5/pp, experience Rossini’s delightful comedy in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music, Chorus Room, War Memorial Opera House, enter through North Stage Door at Franklin and Fulton Streets.
  • Barber of Seville for Families, 2pm, a special version of Rossini’s hilarious and beloved operatic tale, San Francisco Opera.
  • Family Fun Weekend, 10am-5pm, Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos for live performances and cartoon workshops throughout the day! Schultz Museum.

Sunday, 12/1


Monday, 12/2

  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.


Tuesday, 12/3

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    Circus Dreams, 6pm, heartwarming feature documentary that follows the adventures of a sweet, funny and extremely bendy group of 12-18 year olds who are living out their dreams within Circus Smirkus, one of the world’s best traveling youth circuses, Bay Model, Sausalito.

  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Mixing in the Kitchen, Practice your measurement and observation skills as you mix ingredients found in the kitchen. What sorts of creative concoctions can you create? Slime? Ooblek? Bouncy balls? Elephant toothpaste? Chabot Space and Science Museum
  • Toddler Time, Cows, 11-11:30am, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Angelina-160x300Wednesday, 12/4


Thursday, 12/5

  • TEENS Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament, 8:30-10:30pm, high school students, Will the Triwizard Tournament Champion be from Hogwarts, Durmstrang, or Beauxbatons? Only one thing is for sure, this very special after-hours event will be full of challenging tasks and delicious rewards, Mill Valley Library
  • Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Friday, 12/6, Full Moon

  • loMalinda_1TEEN Malinda Lo – Inheritance, 6:30pm, Reese and David are not normal teens–not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades, Book Passage, Corte Madera.
  • Blacksmith Demos, 10am-4pm, Wonderful Wool, 10:30am-12pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

Saturday, 12/7

  • Tic-Tac-Toe Game, 9am-12pm, Home Depot, San Rafael
  • McNears Family Fun Run, 10am-12pm, enjoy a beautiful morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, mile long, walk/hike/run with the family.
  • baltimoreExploring Baltimore Canyon, 10am, look for wildlife in various habitats including a redwood forest and chaparral. Meet at the Crown Road Trailhead (end of Crown Rd, Kentfield).
  • Share-a-Book, 11am-12pm, South Novato Library
  •  TEEN: Explore the Art of Henna, 2pm, grades 6-8, Artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will share the traditional and beautiful art of Henna. Each participant will receive a special henna design from Rachel-Anne, as well as henna paste to practice with in the library and take home, San Rafael Public Library.
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Music for Families, 2pm, San Francisco Symphony
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point
  • Blacksmith Demos, 10am-4pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • family_gala_01The Frog and Toad Ball, 5:30-8:30pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Holiday Crafts Day, 10am-2pm, Crafts include roll-your-own beeswax candles, handmade candle holders, scented soaps, candy houses, and more!, Randall Museum.
  • Girls on the Run, Golden Gate Park
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

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Sunday, 12/8


Monday, 12/9, Computer Science Education Week

  • Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm, Mill Valley Library
  • TEEN Learn How to DJ, 6-12th, graders, Learn the fundamentals of digital and analog DJ mixing and broadcasting, Marin Oaks High School, Novato
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.


Tuesday, 12/10Computer Science Education Week

  • Sketching Ducks and Shorebirds, 10-11:30am, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon
  • Sketching Ducks and Shorebirds, 12:30-2pm, building 989 Presidio, San Francisco
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, What’s Cookin’?, Today we’ll use our measuring skills to make edibles! We’ll “cook” using temperature changes, pH differences, and a little bit of patience, Chabot Space and Science Museum
  • Toddler Treks, 11am-12pm, Deer Trek: Investigate deer tracks and fur, listen to a story about woodland animals, make a reindeer craft, and trek together to see the live caribou visiting the Academy, California Academy of Science
  • Toddler Time, Sheep, 11-11:30am, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Wednesday, 12/11Computer Science Education Week

  • Little Naturalists: Children of the World, 9:45am, age 3-5, Winter in Russia: How do Russian children celebrate the Winter season? Listen to an old Russian tale, learn a Russian folk dance, and then make a Grandfather Frost craft, California Academy of Science


Thursday, 12/12Computer Science Education Week

  • Dance Around the World, 3:45pm, Sing, laugh, and dance your way around the world with Nikola Clay. Children and their families are invited to experience a variety holidays and cultures through the universal language of music and dance. We’ll learn favorites folk dances of children near and far and celebrate the holiday season together. All ages, Sausalito Library.
  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Friday, 12/13Computer Science Education Week,  Geminids Meteor Shower, considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. 

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Saturday, 12/14Computer Science Education WeekGeminids Meteor Shower, Muir Beach Opening Day

  • SHARE-A-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Winter Celebration: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 5:30pm, Celebrate the Winter Solstice and learn about traditional solstice celebrations from around the world. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight., NaturesBridge, Sausalito.
  • Restoration Work Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, free, Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adult and child liability release forms are available on our website. FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524.
  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Lithgow_583x336Peter and the Wolf, 1pm & 4pm, Delight your children with our annual presentation of Peter and the Wolf. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is joined by John Lithgow, who shares Prokofiev’s charming tale.
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Free Casting Lessons, 9:30-11:30am, instruction will concentrate on the use of a single handed rod during classes. Those without the single-handed fly casting equipment can use complimentary gear for lessons when arriving at least 15 minutes early, RSVP johnctill@comcast.net or (650) 348-1216.Angler’s Ponds, Golden Gate Park.
  • Marvelous Monarchs, 11-12, Monarch Walk, 1:30-2:30pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Weekend Workshop: Animal Enrichment, 10:15am-12pm, ages 6-12, Ever wondered why the coyote has a cereal box in her enclosure? It’s not trash; it’s what zoo keepers call “enrichment” and it helps stimulate and engage the senses of CuriOdyssey.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, bring a cork action figure and fairies to life, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, dip candles in beeswax, Randall Museum.
  • S2_article_edu_snicket_shelbyChildren’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Lemony Snicket, Marcus Shelby & the SFJAZZ High School Stars, 11am, Orff Instruments with Doug Goodkin will follow the 12/14 Matinee at 12:10pm, SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium


Sunday, 12/15Computer Science Education Week

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Monday, 12/16

  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland


Tuesday, 12/17

  • Nature for Kids: Salmon of Lagunitas Creek, 10am-1pm, take a quiet walk along a creek where we’ll look for and learn about the salmon that swim up from the ocean to mate and lay eggs in the same place where they were born
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Is it Magic or Science? Invisible ink, growing gummy bears, dancing raisins, and rubber eggs! Learn the science behind these magic kitchen tricks!, Chabot Space and Science Museum
  • Victorian Optical Illusion, 2-3pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Toddler Time, Goats, 11-11:30am, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland


Wednesday, 12/18

Thursday, 12/19


Friday, 12/20

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Saturday, 12/21 Winter Solstice

  • Winter Wonderland, 8am-5pm, Muir Woods
  • A Long Winter’s Night Hike, 5-6:30pm, family-friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with storytelling around the campfire in the Rob Hill Campground. You’ll hear tales from many cultures about the ways people have welcomed back the sun!
  • Kids Love to Cook! Hands-on Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30 am, enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation (appropriate for children of all ages), Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.
  • Junior Rangers: Focus on Creeks and Fish, 10am–12pm, ages 7-12 (though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend), walk along San Anselmo Creek and learn why protecting stream headwaters is important to our wildlife and communities. This will be a moderate 2 mile hike, Meet at the gate at the end of Cascade Dr.
  • Decorate Your Own Snoopy, 10am-12pm, Create your own Belle or Flying Ace, princess or pirate. Work with an artist to paint, clothe, and design a unique Snoopy to cuddle and treasure, Schultz Museum.
  • Marvelous Monarchs, 11-12, Monarch Walk, 1:30-2:30pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a snow globe, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, make your own unique moon print to celebrate the winter solstice, Randall Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland


Sunday, 12/22, New Moon

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Monday, 12/23


Tuesday, 12/24, Christmas Eve (www.noradsanta.org)


Wednesday, 12/25, Christmas


Thursday, 12/26 Kwanzaa & Boxing Day

  • Winter Break Film Fest – Planes, 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Learn To Ride, 11am, free, Scooter or skateboard, it doesn’t matter for this event. What is most important is that we learn to use the park together, as it is intended to be used, McInnis Skatepark, San Rafael.
  • Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Friday, 12/27

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Saturday, 12/28

  • Bubble Celebration with The Bubble Lady, 11am – 12pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Nature Walk at King Mountain9–11am, easy to moderate hike exploring the King Mountain Loop Trail. Join us in learning about the area’s unique natural resources and features through some fun, interactive activities. We will also discuss some of the area’s rich local history, as well as fascinating facts about its acquisition, Meet at the gate at the end of Ridgecrest Rd in Kentfield
  • TEEN Miyazaki Mini Movie Fest, 12:30-4:30pm, grades 6-12, Novato Library
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Mochitsuki Workshops, 11am-6:30pm – 1/2 hour shifts, learn to make your very own mochi, Japanese Culture and Community Center, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco
  • Champions of Magic, 7:30pm, featuring world-class magicians presenting their award-winning acts instilling the belief of magic into the hearts of families everywhere, Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Marvelous Monarchs, 11-12, Monarch Walk, 1:30-2:30pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, free-form painting to music, Randall Museum
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, create a crystal snowflake decoration, Randall Museum


Sunday, 12/29


Monday, 12/30


Tuesday, 12/31 New Years Eve

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One Response to Ronnie’s Awesome List – December 2013

  1. Hint Mama says:

    This truly is an “awesome list.” Thanks so much for sharing. And for those who want toddler-friendly Nutcracker options outside the Bay area, some more options here (I referenced your site in this post as well): http://hintmama.com/2013/12/17/todays-hint-the-nutcracker-for-the-toddler-set/

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