Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco. Nov. 21. This ensemble composed of talented young musicians aged 10-18 will perform Latin jazz classics and original compositions at San Pedro Square Market. FREE. San Jose.
Hansel and Gretel. Nov. 22-23. Kids from the Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley perform this opera along with Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company. Call for ticket prices. Los Gatos.
Yuletide Marketplace. Nov. 22. The historic Montalvo Arts Center will be decorated in its holiday splendor. Spend a day shopping the specialty vendor displays of unique gift items. FREE. Saratoga .
Star Party. Nov. 22. Join the Halls Valley Astronomical Group for a night of star gazing as you look through high-powered telescopes and ask questions about the night sky. FREE. San Jose.
Happy Birthday San Jose Family Day. Nov. 23. Learn about life in early San Jose through hands-on activities and storytelling. Enjoy live music, dancing, children's activities, tours of the historic building and birthday cake. $5-8, under 4 FREE.
San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula
Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Nov. 21-Dec. 21. Enter the world of Charles Dickens and revel in a Victorian London with celebrations of the season. Characters include Charles Dickens, Father Christmas, Alice of Wonderland and friends and many more. $12-30, under 5 FREE (all kids are FREE on Nov. 30). Daly City.
Little Red Hen Baking Class. Nov. 22. Kids ages 6-9 can make 100 percent organic, seasonal treats the old-fashioned way -- by gathering the ingredients from the Hidden Villa farm. Los Altos Hills. $25.
Thanksgiving Centerpieces. Nov. 22. Join ranger staff in making your own mini pumpkin floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving Day table at McNears Beach Park. San Rafael. FREE.
Family Kayak Trip. Nov. 23. City Kayak’s Downtown San Francisco Tour gives you a look at the skyscrapers from a whole new angle: sea level. Using comfy performance touring kayaks, the two-hour route wiggles underneath the Bay Bridge, down Mission Creek, or out to Pier 39. Reservations required. $49-59. San Francisco.
Just Dance Winter Performance. Nov. 23. Audiences will enjoy an abbreviated version of the classical ballet The Nutcracker. This ballet is complete with beautiful costumes, classical ballet choreography and all the characters and places audiences have come to love such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Clara and the Land of the Sweets. $20-22. San Rafael.
Third Fridays Free. Nov. 21. The East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by waiving fees for a variety of park services each third Fri. of each month for the rest of the year. These park services include parking, boat launching, entry for horses and dogs, swimming fees, district fishing permits and entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm. 10am-4pm. FREE. Fremont.
Wizard of Oz. Nov. 21-22. The Danville Children's Musical Theater will present the tale of Dorothy and her friends as they trot delightfully and tunefully down that fabled yellow brick road. Also Nov. 28-29. 2pm and 7:30pm. Danville.
Holiday Train Show. Nov. 22-23. Don't miss the last days of the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society's 65th anniversary celebration, as well as its Holiday Open House Fundraiser/Train Show. "Ride" the Diablo Valley Lines during its whistle stop show, featuring hundreds of model trains traveling more than 4,100 feet of track. Also Sun. and Nov. 29-30, 11am-6pm; and Nov. 28, 2-10pm. $3 adults, $2 children ages 6-12, under 6 FREE. Walnut Creek.
Frozen Sing-Along. Nov. 23. Dress up in your finest Disney Frozen attire, and sing along to the movie on the big screen. 1pm and 4pm. $5. Danville.
Turkey Time. Nov. 23. Children ages 5 and older can get to know the natural world around them with stories, games and activities in this Family Fun Hour. 2-3pm. Parking fee: $5. Fremont.