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Christmas in the Park 2017

Once again Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose is transformed into Christmas in the Park from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

The free event includes more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more.

Special areas of Christmas in the Park include Reindeer Ranch, Snowflake Falls, North Pole Plaza, Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Row. There is also Adoption Alley where you can adopt a cat or dog to take home.

Christmas in the Park kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, November 24 with the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree. Christmas in the Park is then open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Christmas in the Park is expensive to produce and operate. Thus, they ask you to visit their food court. All of the proceeds go directly toward bringing this event free.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

From the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/2017) through New Years Day (1/1/2018).
From 11/25/2017 open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Parking

Closest facilities to Christmas in the Park are:
Fairmont Plaza Garage, 50 W. San Fernando St., under the ice rink
Pavilion Garage at Second and San Fernando streets
Central Place Garage and Lot between Second and Third streets at San Fernando
Surface lots at Second and San Fernando and San Carlos and South Market streets
CityView Plaza Garage, 115 S. Market St.
95 S. Market Garage

 

Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival


The free San Francisco Center for the Book’s 14th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is Sunday, September 17, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival includes public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, art gallery and studio tours, and more.
Steamroller Printing: relief printing — a process where a protruding surface is inked and brought into contact with paper — using a steamroller on the road surface of Rhode Island Street as a humongous makeshift printing press.
The resulting “Featured Artists Roadworks” prints are then sold for $500 (3’x3′) and $250 (18″x18″) and Roadworks “Roadworks ‘Personal Prints’ Artists'” prints are sold for $40 each.

SF Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, 94103
(415) 565-0545

Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission: free

Summer Reading Celebration For Kids at OMCA

Summer Reading Celebration: Explore, Connect, & Grow! is Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Held in the Oakland Museum of California Gardens. Many activities for kids including a magic show, games, a bounce house, and face painting. Also, 7-year-old author Sadiya Tyler-Laws reads from her book Princess Escape during story time.

Program schedule here (PDF).

Sunday, August 6 is a Free First Sunday at the Oakland Museum of California (Suggested donation: $5 per person — helps to provide access to other visitors in the community).

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
Oakland, 94607

Parking: a parking garage is on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $1 per hour for Museum visitors with validation and $2.50 per hour without validation. Get your ticket validated at the Ticketing booth on Level 2 any time during your visit.

Public Transit: AC Transit

20th Annual Bay Area Classic Yo Yo Contest

Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will compete in the 20th Annual Bay Area Classic Yo Yo Contest on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The free to view Contest will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.

Contest Schedule:
9:00 AM – 12:30: Prelims
12:30 – 1:00 PM: Break / On Stage Demo’s
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Finals, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 1A (in this order)
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Awards

Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest 2017
Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
San Jose, 95110

Admission to the contest is free

Admission to the museum is $15.00

Museum hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Public parking ($5-$7) available in lots on Woz Way, Auzerais Street, and Almaden Boulevard. Additional downtown parking information.

Public Transit information.

Bay Area Pet Expo 2017

The Bay Area Pet Expo at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is Saturday and Sunday, March 11 &12.
Admission to this indoor event is free (Parking $8.00) and non-aggressive, well-behaved pets are welcome — all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of appropriate vaccinations.
You will be required to sign a pet waiver at the entrance or you may fill your pet waiver form out in advance, waiver here (pdf).

The Expo features pet-friendly exhibitors, pet care tips, grooming, pet behavior & training, along with free nail trims, discounted vaccinations.
Don’t have a pet? Pets are available for adoption.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, 95111

Admission: Free
Parking is $8

Saturday, March 11 — 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 12 — 11:00am to 4:00pm

Free San Francisco Zoo Day for Roosters

zooIf you were born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) you will receive free Zoo admission on January 28-29 and February 4-5.

A Lunar New Year celebration at the San Francisco Zoo including traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances. Also, a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt within the Zoo to learn interesting facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar.

San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway
San Francisco, 94132
(415) 753-7080

Children ages 14 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking, weekdays — $10.00
Parking, weekends and holidays — $12.00

Non-Roosters —
Admission:
Adult (15-64) — $19.00
Seniors (65 and over) — $16.00
Children (4-14) — $13.00
Children (3 and under) — Free

SF Resident Admission (Proof of  SF residency required):
Adult (15-64) — $16.00
Seniors (65 and over) — $11.50
Children (4-14) — $9.50
Children (3 and under) — Free

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday

sealMarine Mammal Center Science Sunday is a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
Interactive classroom presentations hosted by the Center’s education team. Learn interesting facts about marine mammals. Presentations are 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM (45 minutes each).

Marine Science Sundays 2017:
January 22: Animals of the Arctic
February 12 and 26: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
March 12 and 26: The Big, The Small and The Weird
April 9 and 23: Magnificent Migrations
May 14 and 28: Back from the Brink: Saving Species
June 11 and 25: Marine Mammal Sounds
June 18 (3rd Sunday): Summer with the Sea Lions
July 9 and 23: Marine Mammal Superheroes
August 13 and 27: Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF Bay
September 10 and 24: Top Predators: Orcas and Great White Sharks
September 17 (3rd Sunday): Sea Otter Spectacular
October 8 and 22: Creatures of the Deep
November 12 and 26: An Ocean Feast: Marine Mammal Feeding
December 10 and 24: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2017

Directions to The Marine Mammal Center (PDF)

The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, 94965
(415) 289-7330

Admission: Free (donations welcome — The Marine Mammal Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization)
2nd and 4th Sundays each month
Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Bay Area Discovery Museum Free

bay-area-discovery-museumWednesday, February 1, 2017 is free admission day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Important note: all children (ages 1-17) must always be accompanied by adults, and all adults accompanied by children.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an indoor and outdoor children’s museum.  “Our mission to ignite and advance creative thinking for children influences everything we do at the museum.”
Programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions.

Exhibits include: Rainforest Adventure; Bay Hall features boats, the wharf, and an underwater tunnel, plus vintage train sets; Imagination Playground features soft and oversized foam blocks, noodles, and chutes with holes and shapes that fit together; other exhibits.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road 
Sausalito, 94965
(415) 339-3900

Admission: Free (first Wednesday of every month)
All children (ages 1-17) must always be accompanied by adults, and all adults accompanied by children.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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