31 Things to Do With Kids in December - 510 Families

31 Things to Do With Kids in December

We appreciate the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT), the foremost theatre company for young audiences in California. BACT strives to bring shared experiences to children of all backgrounds, inspiring joy, empathy, and creative thinking. Their award-winning work has reached more than 700,000 kids and adults over the past 16 years. We just love their shows.

31 things to do with east bay kids in december
So much fun all December long — find Santa, play in the snow, listen to stories, see lights, get crafty, winter camps, light the Menorah, 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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BACT theater audience children
BACT student matinees are back. Introduce your classroom to live theatre today. | Photo: Mel Nigro

Week of Thursday, December 1

12/1 free Listen to holiday carolers at The Claremont’s tree lighting ceremony.
12/2 free See a holiday light show in San Leandro.
12/3 free
Bundle up to see sparkling boats float by at Oakland’s Lighted Yacht Parade (plus tree lighting).
12/4 Glide around an East Bay ice rink. Rent skate or bring your own!

Holiday tree lighting in Oakland
Jack London Square aglow | Courtesy of Jack London Square

AD: Register your child for spring classes at BACT’s Academy or give a mini membership as a gift >>

Week of Monday, December 5

12/5 free Play kiddie basketball with your tot at Together Wee Play.
12/6 free The Entwined lights at Golden Gate Park are out to enjoy.
12/7 free Your toddlers will have a blast seeking birds and butterflies along the bay.
12/8 free Hope it is a nice night for the Montclair Holiday Stroll.
12/9 Stand next to the world’s tallest tree, a Coast Redwood, at UC Botanic Garden
12/10 free
Drive through a holiday parade on Fourth Street for dazzling lights and fun characters.
12/11 Feel the magic aboard the Santa Steam Train at Tilden Park.

child in animal costume
BACT Academy welcomes children as young as 5 | Photo: Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Week of Monday, December 12

12/12 free Feel the magic while discovering fairy houses on a Point Richmond walk.
12/13 free Enjoy the beauty of SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, plus free admission today.
12/14 free Move into child’s pose at Family Yoga Storytime in Berkeley.
12/15 free Choose from multiple play areas at Montclair Park, then pick up a snack in Montclair Village.
12/16  Reserve tickets to stroll past festively-lit gondolas and giant light sculptures at the Oakland Zoo.
12/17 free
See a holiday movie under the stars in Alameda for free or splurge at the fairgrounds
12/18 free Hanukkah begins. Light the first candle on the menorah or join a Hanukkah community celebration.

Large constructed menorah in front of Macy's windows
The Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square | Photo provided by Bill Graham Menorah Project

ad: Join BACT for the rest of the season with a mini membership! Get unlimited access to all Berkeley shows, including The Day You Begin, Giraffes Can’t Dance, and the Wiz!

Week of Monday, December 19

12/19 Take a selfie with Santa, get cozy in a fire pit, and wander the gardens at Filoli.
12/20 free Wear your holiday jammies to the library for PJ family storytime.
12/21 free Spend a day at Tilden Park feeding cows. Make memories on the carousel at dusk.
March along with Santa in a parade at Fairy Winterland.
12/23 free Ooh and ahh at the sparkling displays on a walk through Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane.
12/24 free 
Walk among the peaceful lights at Temple Hill in Oakland. Find more holiday lights >
12/25 free Merry Christmas! Get your little ones outside for a hike.

two adults holding giant cookies
Toad (Julien Gussman) and Frog (Alexandra Rivers) share giant cookies in A Year With Frog and Toad | Photo: Ben Krantz for BACT

Week of Monday, December 26

12/26 free Climb the big whale before lunch at the Public Market.
12/27 free Immerse your little one in a bilingual experience at English/Spanish storytime.
12/28 free Travel into the City for stunning views of the edge of our continent at Lands End.
12/29 Take a snow day! See our picks for tubing and sledding that’s worth the drive.
12/30 free Dig for crustacean critters at low tide at Crab Cove.
12/31 Ring in the New Year with a kid-friendly celebration.

Sledding and playing in the Tahoe snow
Sledding and playing in the snow | Photo: Anna Azimi

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

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We appreciate Bay Area Children’s Theatre for sponsoring our December list of great activities for families. Purchase tickets to see A Year with Frog and Toad. Plan ahead for BACT Summer Camps in Oakland & Berkeley.

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