Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Jurassic Quest. Nov. 16-18. Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs. Event features more than 80 true to life size dinosaurs, including interactive baby ones, museum, photo-opps, games, crafts, rides and more. $18-34. San Jose.

Castro Adobe Open House. Nov. 17. The two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis. FREE. Watsonville.

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Opening Day. Nov. 17. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk’s Main Plaza will sparkle with all the fun of a winter wonderland with ice skating and festive foods plus rides, games and more. $14.95 per hour. Santa Cruz.

Disney Junior’s Dance Party On Tour. Nov. 18. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster RacersSofia The FirstPuppy Dog PalsElena of AvalorDoc McStuffinsVampirinaThe Lion Guard and more. $33-55. San Jose.

Yuletide Breakfast With SantaNov. 18. Meet Santa himself and receive a special gift from him; take photos and do fun holiday crafting activities. A delicious pancake breakfast will be served, including fruit, juice, and all the fixings. For ages 5-8. Saratoga. $15.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony and Carnival. Nov. 16. Watch as four iconic buildings light up with 17,000 lights, fireworks burst in the sky and Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. San Francisco. FREE.

Cirque du Soleil’s Volta. Nov. 15-Jan. 6. Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them. $54-290. San Francisco.

Annual Holiday Craft Faire. Nov. 17. Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, food trucks and more. Belmont. FREE.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Nov. 17-Dec. 23. Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shops will be stocked with Christmas gifts. $30 adults, $14 ages 5-12, under 5 FREE. Daly City.

San Francisco Opera: It’s a Wonderful Life. Nov. 17-Dec. 9. This is the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s new and is based on Frank Capra’s beloved film starring Jimmy Stewart. $26-270. San Francisco.

East Bay

Holiday Trains. Nov. 16-18. Visit Diablo Valley Lines’ holiday show, featuring hundreds of model trains representing the mid-20th century through today. 8-10pm. Also Nov. 23-25. $3 adults, $2 children ages 6-12, under 6 FREE.  Walnut Creek. 

The Wizard of OzNov. 16-18. When a storm hits her farm, Dorothy and her dog are swept over the rainbow to a magical land. Through Dec. 23. 1pm, 2pm and 7pm. $20-40. Berkeley. 

Music From TreesNov. 17. Kids ages 4-12 and their grownups can learn to create musical instruments from natural and recycled materials. 10-11am. $10-15.  Berkeley.

 BABY RAVE. Nov. 18. Move and shake to lively music with your little one at this kid-friendly, hour-and-a-half dance party featuring the beats of DJ E.T. Hazzard. Get tickets early; this event sells out quickly. 10am. $7. Bay Area Children's Theatre Oakland. 

Dune Day RestorationNov. 18. Help restore a small piece of the dunes by dropping in to remove invasive weeds and re-establish native plants. 9-11am. FREE. Oakley.

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