San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula
Jack and the Beanstalk. Oct. 18. Enjoy this Palo Alto Children's Theatre producation at the outdoor Magic Castle Stage. Families can bring a picnic or purchase food. Geared toward kids 3-6. $10-12. Palo Alto
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Oct. 18. Celebrate Halloween and fall with a gigantic pumpkin weigh-off, live music, a Haunted House, crafts and more. FREE. Half Moon Bay.
Earthquake Secrets Tour. Oct. 18. Join a park ranger and discover what role the Presidio played in the 1906 earthquake, while riding the PresidiGo shuttle. After a loop on the shuttle, walk to real earthquake cottages that housed people displaced by the 1906 earthquake. Reservations required. San Francisco. FREE.
Rush Creek Bike Ride. Oct. 18. Ranger Mike Warner will host a moderate 9 mile mountain bike ride at the Rush Creek Open Space Preserve. This route has very little elevation change and offers sweeping views of the marshlands at Rush Creek. Dress in layers, bring water, and don’t forget your bike! FREE. Novato
. Sweeney Ridge History Walk. Oct. 19. Hike with Nike missile veteran and learn how fear of the Russians helped shape Sweeney Ridge. This hike is moderately strenuous. Leashed pets welcome. Free. Pacifica.
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy. Oct. 15-19. See Disney stories brought to life with the on-ice debut of the crew of Cars along with mainstays, such as the enchanting undersea kingdom of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell who tries to save spring. $15-80. San Jose.
Glow: A Festival of Fire. Oct. 17-18. Enjoy glow in the dark dances, digital projections, LED light art and other glowing goodies flowing through the air like fireflies. Learn about the science behind why things glow with UCSC chemistry students. $5-10. Santa Cruz.
Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party. Oct. 18-Nov. 2. Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™, for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment and fun filled activities for the entire family at Roaring Camp. Activities include: face painting, storytelling, pick a pumpkin, photos with Sir Topham Hat and entertainment. $24. Felton.
Diwali Festival of Lights. Oct. 18-19. This celebration of Indian culture at the Children’s Discovery Museum features performances, activities and crafts that highlight a variety of traditional Indian arts. $11-12, seniors and children under 1 FREE. San Jose.
Introduction to Geocaching. Oct. 18. Join a docent on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. GPS units provided. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Registration required. FREE. San Jose.
Legend of Banbury Cross. Oct. 16-18. In a land you thought was only in make-believe, you'll meet new friends with Mother Goose as your guide. Little Bo-Peep, the Three Little Pigs, Jack and Jill and a few surprises await the brave as you learn of the Legend Of Banbury Cross. Show times vary. $14. Lesher Center for the Arts. Walnut Creek.
Autumn Lights Festival. Oct. 17-18. For two nights, Oakland’s "hidden jewel" will come alive with music, food, activities and illuminated artwork created by local artisans. This family-friendly festival welcomes more than 1,000 guests each night to stroll the seven-acre collection of themed gardens. Also Sat. 6-10pm. $25 in advance at autumnlightsfestival.eventbrite.com or $35 at the gate; children ages 3- 12 years are half price, under age 3 FREE. Oakland.
Halloween Train. Oct. 17-19. Climb aboard Ardenwood Historic Farm’s train for an evening ride through fields and woods to join the Halloween goblins for a hauntingly good time! This slightly frightful evening is designed for families with children ages 12 and younger. Also Oct. 24-26. 7-9pm. $6 adults, $4 children ages 3-12. Fremont.
El Cerrito FestiFall. Oct. 18. Step right up for a brand new event full of rides, food, midway games, prizes and fun! Admission is free and unlimited ride wristbands are available for sale. 11am-4pm. FREE. El Cerrito.
East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Oct. 19. Take part in a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds. 10am-5pm. $20 adults, $15 children. Oakland.