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Family and KidsCommunity Hanukkah Party
Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto hosts a community Hanukkah party with candle lighting, food and Hanukkah bingo. Dec. 3, 6:15-7:45 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes dinner). Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'The Elf On The Shelf' Reading and Signing
The author of "The Elf on the Shelf," Carol Aebersold, will be signing book copies and reading from her new book, "Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition." Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Pottery Barn Kids, 88 Stanford Shopping Ctr., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMister G's ABC Fiesta
Hear songs from Mister G's new bilingual album, which combines music and books. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 5, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsHanukkah Shabbat for Young Families
Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto hosts a Hanukkah Shabbat for young families with a service, dinner and kids activities. Dec. 6, 4:30-7:45 p.m. $10 per adult; $5 per child (age 5 to 7th grade); kids 4 and younger eat free. Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsFamilies SFMOMA Event
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos will host Families SFMOMA for a story time and art-making event for families. Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsPortola Valley Library Lego Club
Ages 0-9 welcome to play and build with Legos provided by the Portola Valley Library. Register by contacting the library. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsWaldorf School Holiday Faire & Boutique
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos is hosting a holiday fair and boutique, including beeswax candle dipping, wreath making, games and prizes, crafts, artisan wares, a puppet show, entertainment and music. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Additional shopping hours at the boutique: Friday 6–9 p.m.(adults only) and Sunday 1 Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
Family and KidsHome for the Holidays: Bird Arts and Crafts
The EcoCenter hosts a day of arts and crafts. Decorate a birdhouse, design a birdfeeder wreath and fashion native seed planters to take home. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsNutcracker Ballet and Books
Linden Tree Books hosts a Nutcracker ballet story time and holiday photos with Marie and the Nutcracker from Ballet SJ. Mention Ballet SJ to donate a portion of sales during event. Tickets to Ballet SJ Nutcracker will be available for purchase. Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsStory Time with Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells, author of the Max and Ruby children's series, will read at story time at Kepler's Books. Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and Kids'Caring' Santa at Stanford Shopping Center
"Caring" Santa will be at the shopping center for children with special needs and their families. RSVP for this event at http://community.abilitypath.org/. Dec. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center - Center Pavilion, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsHoliday Party at Allied Arts
This holiday party will feature entertainment for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult: Max the Accordion Man will play holiday music, Magical Moonshine Theater will give a puppet show, a magic show, a visit from Santa as well as cookies and juice. Dec. 8, 12:30-3 p.m. $25 per person. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsLos Altos History Museum Holiday Family Fun Fest
This family-friendly event tailored to kids includes a children’s choir, Santa paintings from Emily Hollinger, refreshments, craft tables and more. Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Family and KidsHoliday Family Fun Fest
At this holiday event, the children's chorus of Foothills Congregational Church will perform, tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House will be given and local artist Emily Hollings will do Santa paintings. Refreshments will be served. Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Family and Kids'One Wacky Winter'
This holiday puppet performance presented by the Puppet Company is a mystery: Who is kidnapping toys at the Master Toymaker's workshop Sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library. Dec. 9,. 4-5 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsMothers Together
Mothers Together is a women's community/religious group that offers Christ-centered support for women in their roles as mothers, wives, daughters and friends. Childcare available. Sept. 10-Dec. 10, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation for childcare. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsGamble Garden Holiday Puppet Show
The Puppet Company will perform "The Nutcracker" at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10/person for members and $15/person for nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsGerman International School Holiday Market
The German International School of Silicon Valley hosts a German holiday market in Mountain View, with Glühwein (hot mulled wine), hot cider, beer, German food, live entertainment, gifts, a train, petting zoo, crafts and carnival games. Proceeds benefit GISSV. Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. City Hall Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsAuthor: Randi Zuckerberg
Local author Randi Zuckerberg will read her picturebook, "Dot." which celebrates the unplugged life of play for children. Dec. 16, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsBilingual Storytime at Portola Valley Library
Parents can introduce their babies to Spanish with stories, songs and rhymes. Mondays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPortola Valley Library Infant Storytime
Babies & Books Storytime - rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for infants (0-18 months). There will be bilingual storytime on Dec. 16. No storytime on Dec. 23 and 30. Dec. 2-16, Mondays, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime and Craft @ Portola Valley Library
A special craft activity follows Toddler Storytime on the third Tuesdays of the month at the Portola Valley Library. Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPortola Valley Library Toddler Storytime
Storytime for toddlers (18-36 months) at the Portola Valley Library includes songs, stories, and activities to encourage reading. A craft activity follows storytime on Dec. 17. No storytime on Dec. 24 and 31. Dec. 3-17, Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsBaby Bounce and Rhyme Time
"Baby Bounce and Rhyme" combines singing, dancing, reading, and playing. This program is specifically for babies ages 0-18 months (although older children are welcome too). May 7-December 17, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsFratello Marionettes Holiday Show
The Fratello Marionettes will present their holiday show, "The North Pole Review!" Performances by the Russian Trepak Dancers, skating by Crystal Chandelier and penguin acrobatics. The program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsAtherton Library: Toddler Dance Party
Join children's musician Pam Donkin in "A Hop, Skip and a Jump," a toddler dance party for ages 18 months and up. Jan. 7, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsAnnual LEGO Holiday Extravaganza
See a variety of LEGO creations made by members of Bay Area LEGO User Group and Bay Area LEGO Train Club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the exhibit. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from Dec. 13 to Jan. 19. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person; BayLUG and MOAH members are free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsConcert: 'The Magic of Debussy'
Trio Organica features instruments that French composer Claude Debussy composed for the flute, viola and harp. Concert is geared to introducing children to Debussy's music. Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.