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Family-friendly Holiday Concerts from the San Francisco Symphony

November 22, 2017

Davies Symphony Hall

Introduce your children to classical music and the century-old tradition of the San Francisco Symphony with the Symphony's acclaimed Music for Families concerts, special holiday concerts, and other family-friendly events. Family concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and older.

This holiday season's family-friendly offerings from the San Francisco Symphony include:

Deck the Hall: Children's Holiday Concert and Party
Sunday, December 3, 11 am and 3 pm

Deck the Hall performances and lobby activities offer tons of fun for the entire family, but the really special thing about this event is that it raises money to present a Community Deck the Hall performance that hosts over 4,000 children from Bay Area schools and local charitable organizations who might otherwise not be able to attend a symphony event. Enjoy a concert of holiday favorites and sing-alongs with members of the San Francisco Symphony, guest artists, and costumed characters. Tickets include post-concert festivities with treats, arts and crafts, entertainment, and more. Get tickets.

Holiday Family Fun in San Francisco

November 20, 2017

Union Square Ice Rink
Photo: Union Square Ice Rink

When I was growing up, one of the highlights of my holiday season was a trip into San Francisco. It's something that I still love to do with my family, and there's so much fun to be had. Here are 6 ideas for festive family holiday fun in the city.

Get Your Tickets for San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

October 30, 2017

San Francisco Ballet NutcrackerPhoto courtesy San Francisco Ballet © Erik Tomasson

December is almost here, and for many families, the holidays won't be complete without attending a performance of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. Experience 200 costumed characters, dazzling scenery, Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the opulence of the War Memorial Opera House decorated for Christmas. Tickets to this time-honored holiday tradition are going fast!

Many different performances of Nutcracker take place in the Bay Area during the holiday season, but San Francisco Ballet's is the one that sets the standard. Did you know that San Francisco Ballet was the first ballet company to bring Nutcracker to America, way back in 1944?

Get SuperNatural at the Cal Academy this Saturday!

October 26, 2017

SuperNatural 2017

This weekeend, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco once again invites families to SuperNatural 2017! Grab your costumes and have a ghostly good time among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling scientific specimens while trick-or-treating through the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-natural history museum at night. SuperNatural takes place Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5–9 pm

The Blue Angels Return to San Francisco for Fleet Week 2017!

September 26, 2017

Blue Angels perform in San Francisco for Fleet WeekU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jen Blake.

Come and celebrate the men and women who serve in our country’s Navy and Marine Corps at San Francisco Fleet Week 2017. Fleet Week features a variety of events, including a parade of ships, an air show, live music, ship tours, and of course exciting performances by the Navy’s popular Blue Angels precision flying team.

Dive into the Reef at California Academy of Science's Teen Science Night

August 7, 2017

#TeenScienceNight at the California Academy of Sciences

Calling all Bay Area teens! The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is hosting its fifth annual #TeenScienceNight this Friday, August 11, 2017, from 6:30–9 pm. This event—the world's largest teen-only science event—features fun sciences programs, experiments, and talks, as well as food, music, and dancing. And, best of all, no adults are allowed, only teens ages 13 to 18. Admission is free.

Take a Family Summer Staycation at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco

August 6, 2017

Palace Hotel San Francisco

When we make our summer vacation plans, sometime we forget that we live in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world—the San Francisco Bay Area! We recently got a chance to play tourist and spend a fun and luxurious summer "staycation" weekend right in our own back yard at the famous Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. This recently renovated historic hotel in the heart of the city has been a favorite place to stay since its founding 1875, hosting presidents, royalty, and of course families!

We had a blast at the Palace. With welcoming and helpful service, fantastic amenities, and plenty of things to do, it makes for a fun and memorable getaway. Here's why the Palace Hotel is perfect for a fun getaway with the kids this summer:

Flower Piano Returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden

July 13, 2017

Flower Piano San Francisco Botanical Garden

This summer, Flower Piano returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park from July 13 to 24. Now in it's third year, this music-filled event features a dozen pianos placed in dramatic locations throughout the 55-acre garden for anyone to play. Pianos are available to the public to play between 9 am and 6 pm every day, except during scheduled performances. Flower Piano is produced in conjunction with Sunset Piano.

My son, who's been playing piano since he was five, had a blast exploring the garden and finding and playing all 12 pianos. It's fun to stop and hear what other visitors are playing, too. Sometimes you'll be surprised with a really fantastic performance! Performances take place throughout the event, including Piano Extravaganzas from noon to 2 pm on Saturday, July 15 and July 22; check their website for a full schedule.

Presidio Twilight Returns for Another Summer of Food and Family Fun

May 18, 2017

Presidio Twilight

Join Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust for the fourth season of Presidio Twilight! Opening tonight, May 18 on the Main Parade Ground of the Presidio, Presidio Twilight runs every Thursday from 5-9 pm and features a large selection of international cuisine, live music, sunset activities, and the ambiance of San Francisco’s national park for a one-of-a-kind experience. Lantern-lit cabanas and fire pits underscore the “picnic at dusk” atmosphere and are available to all on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost.

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