Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area
Celebrate the beauty of Diwali this weekend.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Sing-Along. Nov. 22-24.
A sing-along complete with "Chocolate River" and Oompa Loompas. $17. San Jose.
Family Bollywood Workout. Nov. 22. A family-friendly program that combines the fun of dancing with fitness while moving to high-energy Bollywood music. FREE. San Jose.
Winter Ice Rink in Downtown Sunnyvale. Nov. 22-Jan. 20. This holiday-themed ice rink under the redwood trees offers proceeds to Sunnyvale Community Services, which is dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger in the local community. $13-18.
Pacific Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker. Nov. 22-24. The 29th annual production praised for its excellent choreography and dancers. $26-30. Mountain View.
Stunt Dog Experience. Nov. 23. Witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. $35-45. Palo Alto.
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‘Tis the Season for Science. Nov. 22-Jan.5. Celebrate the festive winter season with a scientific twist. There will be indoor snow flurries, the Snowman Theater, merry programs and performances and more. $24.50-$31.50. San Francisco.
5K Turkey Trot for Charity. Nov. 23. Burn some calories pre-Thanksgiving Day feast, provide assistance to those in need via a local nonprofit and get a chance to win prizes. $20 preregistration adults, $10 youth 7-17. Brisbane.
Danza Azteca Mixcoatl Anahuac. Nov. 23. Danza Azteca Mixcoatl Anahuac is a group of traditional Aztec dancers from the Valley of Tenochtitlan in Mexico. FREE. San Francisco.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Nov. 23-Dec. 22. Costumed players perform and interact with patrons in more than 120,000-square-feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. $10-32. Daly City.
Marin Barbershop Chorus: Sweet Dreamz. Nov. 24. Enjoy a variety of songs about dreaming sung in four-part harmony. $27 adults, $18 under 19. San Rafael.
Smuin Ballet: The Christmas Ballet. Nov. 22-23. Features classical selections set to cherished carols alongside contemporary numbers set to pop favorites. $59-85. Walnut Creek.
Holiday Train Show. Nov. 23. See a model railroad measuring 34 feet by 56 feet. Walnut Creek..
Native American Heritage: Paper Basket Making for Kids. Nov. 23. Kim Shuck, member of the Cherokee Nation and San Francisco's seventh Poet Laureate, brings her expertise as a weaver and artist to teach a workshop on paper basket weaving. Berkeley.
Turkey Time. Nov. 23. Trot down to the wilderness and discover the history and humor of the feathered friends we call turkeys. Fremont.
Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience. Nov. 24. High-energy excitement, including world-class high jumping and barrel racing, weaving around poles and catching flying discs. Livermore.