31 Things to do with Kids in December - 510 Families

31 Things to do with Kids in December

We appreciate Shoott for sponsoring our December list of great activities for families. Shoott is run by an all-woman startup team of six (half of which are moms!). Their photographers offer mini sessions that are free to book, just pay for the pictures you LOVE for $15 each or less! Use code 510FAMILIES to save 10% off all orders of 5+ photos!

So much fun all December long — find Santa, play in the snow, listen to stories, see lights, get crafty, head to the drive-in, take in a show, phew! We know the holidays can get expensive, so we tried to highlight some extra FREE events this month. For even more free and hecka cheap events for families, see this other list over here!

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Welcome December!

12/1 free Say cheese with Santa and decorate the Holiday Remembrance Tree

Family photo courtesy of Shoott | Use code 510FAMILIES to save 10% off all orders of 5+ photos!

Week of Monday December 2

12/2 free Singalong with Stephanie Pepitone and pet some instruments too
free Visit de Young for free – check out de Youngsters studio while you’re there!
12/4 free Pack a lunch and explore the UC Botanical Gardens
12/5 free Get immersed in art at BAMPFA.
12/6 free Join Santa and Holiday Carolers at the Frozen Gingerbread Town unveiling
12/7  Your toddlers will have a blast at the Tots Winter Carnival playing fun frosty games
12/8 free Put on your boots and mittens to play on real snow

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We love snow. Real winter experience in Canada | Photo: Kat Choi

Week of Monday December 9

12/9 free Boogie Woogie with your littles after a stroller workout
12/10 free
Run through the lit up circle of holiday lights after dark
12/11  Drop-in for indoor play at Wee Play with your under 3s
12/12  Ride on the merry-go-round and meet with friendly snowman Olaf
12/13 free Bring your stuffy to snuggle and listen to stories at Ruby’s Garden
12/14 free Bundle up and see sparkling boats floating on water at Waterfront Boat Parade
12/15 free Walk along the shops at Fourth street and soak in the holiday spirit

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Shoott’s local photographers shoot the photos for free and you only pay for the ones you love | Photo provided by Shoott

Shoott’s schedule for December is now live with their Insta-worthy 30 minute sessions throughout San Francisco (including sessions in East Bay, Marin County, and the Peninsula!). Great for family photos, reunions, maternity, personal branding or to also create unique holiday photo gifts. Gift cards also available for a fun and convenient gifting option!

Sessions are complimentary to book and photos are just $15 each or less!

Week of Monday December 16

12/16  Soar over the Oakland hills in the festively-lit gondolas at the zoo
12/17 free
Listen to holiday stories with Muriel and do last minute shopping too
12/18  Paint, build, dance at the Rec Room
12/19 free Have a playtime with Santa
12/20  Drop in for toddler activities for $10 or less
12/21 free Spend a day at Tilden Park feeding goats and riding on decked out steam train
free See Oakland’s biggest menorah light up to start your Hanukkah celebration

Happy Holidays! | Photo: Kat Choi

Week of Monday December 23

12/23 free School’s out! Bring your bike and ball to play at Thousand Oaks park
12/24 free 
Walk down Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda
12/25 free Visit the SF Botanical Gardens or the Contemporary Jewish Museum
12/26 free Climb the big whale before lunch at the Public Market
12/27  Ice skate and sip on hot chocolate
12/28  Enjoy Sesame Street Live! at the Paramount Theatre
12/29  Take the kids out for a beer – really!

Week of Monday December 30

12/30 Indoor playgrounds are perfect solution on cold winter days

Happy New Year’s Eve!

12/31 Ring in the New Year with a kid-friendly celebration.

Find more holiday activities in our East Bay Christmas Events Guide!

Family photo courtesy of Shoott
Buy only the pictures of your people that you love for $15 each (or less)| Family photo courtesy of Shoott

[Photos by Kat Choi or Shoott Photography as indicated]

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We appreciate Shoott for sponsoring our December list of great activities for families. Sessions are complimentary to book and photos are just $15 each or less! With a 5-star rated service on google, Facebook, and Tripadvisor, you know you’re in great hands! Browse their feed on instagram at @shoottphotos

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