By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 5:12 am in Family Outings.
Wild rumpus: Wild things abound at the Contemporary Jewish Museumâ€™s special Maurice Sendak exhibit, but mark Dec. 25 down. Thatâ€™s a Target-sponsored Free Family Day, which means not just free admission, but a wild rumpus, DIY shadow puppet shows, movies and kid-friendly crafts too.
Funny flicks: Enjoy the Exploratoriumâ€™s annual Humorous Holiday Animation Film Festival Dec. 26-30, then browse the always wonderful exhibits. The flicks, including â€śSour Death Balls,â€ť which offers a quirky look at how people react to extremely sour candy, are included in the price of admission.
Floral Choo Choo: Check out the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway, a landscape of tiny trains, cable cars and streetcars that winds through San Franciscoâ€™s Conservatory of Flowers. Itâ€™s a celebration of recycling creativity, with cool new sound, visuals and aural effects too. Now through April 18; $2-$7.
Ride the Trains: Watching tiny trains is fun, but riding them is even better. Board the steam trains at Tilden Parkâ€™s Redwood Valley Railway and go for a jaunt through the Berkeley hills. Open weekends; $2.
Blast Off: Prep for a trip to Mars at the Lawrence Hall of Scienceâ€™s new exhibit, â€śFacing Mars: Would You Survive the Journey?â€ť Open daily; $6-$12.