By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 5:29 am in Family Outings.
Tater Tiara: Itâ€™s time for the seventh annual Mr. Potato Head Beauty Pageant at Oaklandâ€™s MOCHA â€” Museum of Childrenâ€™s Art. You too can create a glamorous spud and compete in this art workshop and wacky contest. The family fun runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27. Details: $8 per child; http://mocha.org.
Arctic Wonderland: San Franciscoâ€™s California Academy of Sciences goes all polar this holiday season during its â€śâ€™Tis the Season for Scienceâ€ť festivities, now through Jan. 2. Check out the reindeer, get the lowdown on mistletoe from a botanist, play Polar Jeopardy and enjoy the Arctic flurries. Did we mention the hot cocoa cart? Details: Activities included with general admission; www.calacademy.org.
Nutcracker at the Zeum: San Franciscoâ€™s â€śNutcracker at Zeumâ€ť is a particularly kid-friendly take on the classic tale with whimsical sets, fabulous costumes and music by the Magik*Magik Orchestra on stage. The 50-minute show by the Mark Foehringer Dance Project runs Nov. 27-Dec. 19. Details: $25; www.brownpapertickets.com.
Cinderellaâ€™s Slipper: Fairylandâ€™s puppets take on the Cinderella fairy tale this weekend. Enjoy the Oakland childrenâ€™s amusement park rides, then head over to the Childrenâ€™s Fairyland stage for the saga of Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and those nasty sisters at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28. Details: Tickets $8; www.fairyland.org.
Mummenschanz Pantomime: The beloved and bizarre Swiss pantomime group Mummenschanz returns to Berkeleyâ€™s Zellerbach Hall Nov. 26-28, but that 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 27 is tailor-made for little ones. And the whole run is part of Cal Performancesâ€™ family series, so tickets are half-off for kids under 16. Details: Tickets $22 and up; www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.