By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 6:13 am in Family Entertainment.
Little Engine: The Bay Area Children’s Theatre adds acrobatics and music to their production of “The Little Engine That Could” (pictured), the tale of the famously optimistic little train who steps in when the big engine breaks down. The show runs Dec. 18-23 at San Ramon’s Front Row Theatre. Tickets: $15-$19; www.bactheatre.org.
Welsh holiday: Catch a screening of the classic “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, at San Francisco’s Exploratorium at 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Free with admission; www.exploratorium.edu.
Jewish Nutcracker: Watch as the tale of the famous nutcracker and the mouse king takes on a Hanukkah twist in “Maacabee: The Jewish Nutcracker.” This World Dance Fusion production runs Dec. 16 and 19 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Tickets: $25-$60; http://thejewishnutcracker.com.
Zanzibar Puppets: The story of the girl, her charming prince and a missing glass slipper gets a new take when Zanzibar Fairytale Puppet Theater presents “Cinderella.” The show runs through Dec. 26 at Oakland’s Uptown Body & Fender, 401-26th Street. Tickets $12; www.zanzibarpuppets.com.
Screaming Thrills: Explore the physics, biology, thrills and chills behind roller coasters at the new “Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters” exhibit at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Tickets $6-12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.