Happy COW-lidays! Idea’s for holiday fun!

December 25, 2007

Standing around with nothing to do? Little ones under hoof until school starts up again? Or looking for something fun to do with your sweetie? Let us help out with your holiday plans, whether they’re close to home or around the Bay.

Outdoors
* Let your kids burn off some of their excess energy at Huddart Park, which is open every day of the year! The park closes at 5 o’clock during the winter, but during the day take advantage of a break in the rain to enjoy the hiking and riding trails, a playground, and beautiful meadows.
* It’s elephant seal breeding time again at Año Nuevo State Reserve! Check out the Reserve’s website to make reservations for a guided walk to see the seals, and to view the SealCam streaming video of the seals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
* If you want to start making good on your New Year’s Resolutions early, head over to the Dolphin South End Runner’s website and take part in their New Year’s Day ‘Hangover Run’ at 9 a.m. Just make sure you run quietly so you don’t disturb those who choose to sleep it off instead of run it off!
* We don’t have many chances to ice skate outdoors in California, so this time of year is your opportunity! Along with the temporary ice rink at the San Francisco Zoo mentioned below, there are also locations in San Francisco in Justin Herman Plaza and Market Street in San Jose where you can show off your blades of glory!

Shows and Events
* Nothing says the holidays like… dinosaurs, right? ‘Walking With Dinosaurs – the Live Experience’ at the HP Pavilion features life-size animatronic and puppeteer-controlled dinosaurs at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. The show runs through January 31st and promises to be amazing.
* If you haven’t heard enough Christmas music yet, you should definitely go see the Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller at the Post Street Theatre. You won’t regret it!
* Fans of David Sedaris will love his Santaland Diaries, the true story of his time as a Macy’s Christmas Elf. His Season’s Greetings also plays through December 30th at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco. Get your tickets here.
* The Little Fox Theatre in Redwood City is hosting Will Durst and six other comics on December 30th for The Big Fat Year End Kiss-Off Comedy Show XV.
* If you’re looking for a romantic but fun getaway, Hornblower Cruises has a brunch buffet with Santa Claus on December 29th and 30th.

Children and Families
* For older children who would enjoy the elegance, the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel is hosting a children’s tea service through the 29th of December, featuring a magic show and dessert buffet.
* The San Francisco Zoo has many wonderful animals and programs. Also, until New Year’s Day, children and adults will be able to see real reindeer at the zoo’s 3rd annual Reindeer Romp and ice skate on the zoo ice-skating rink. Check it out!
* Christmas in the Park in San Jose look at their website for all you can see and do go here. All events are FREE to the public. For more information, call the Christmas in the Park hotline at 408-995-NOEL (6635)
* The Exploratorium is a great place to take children any time of the year, and especially right now. The Holiday Animated Film Festival runs from December 26th through December 29th at noon and 2 p.m. each day in the McBean Theater. The Exploratorium’s special series on Antarctica, Ice Stories, continues on the 28th and 4th. If the holidays have left you a little pinched, take advantage of Wednesday, January 2nd, when the Exploratorium is free all day.
* Children’s Fairyland in Oakland is a ten acre park filled with storybook sets, puppet shows, rides, and live entertainment that is sure to enthrall the little ones. It reopens January 4th.

Keep An Eye Out For
* If you had one too many slices of pumpkin pie this season, you might want to take a winter exercise or yoga class at Woodside Park and Rec, starting up in January.
* Filoli is closed for the 2007 tour season, but it will reopen February 12th. On Saturday, January 19th, they will be holding a volunteer open house and coffee to encourage people to volunteer at Filoli in the coming year. You can read all about it here.

Have fun this COW-liday season! For hundreds of more events, check out these entertainment listings.

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