By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 6:13 am in Family Entertainment.
Little Engine: The Bay Area Childrenâ€™s Theatre adds acrobatics and music to their production of â€śThe Little Engine That Couldâ€ť (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 Ramonâ€™s Front Row Theatre. Tickets: $15-$19; www.bactheatre.org.
Welsh holiday: Catch a screening of the classic â€śA Childâ€™s Christmas in Wales,â€ť written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, at San Franciscoâ€™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 â€śMaacabee: The Jewish Nutcracker.â€ť 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 â€śCinderella.â€ť The show runs through Dec. 26 at Oaklandâ€™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 â€śScream Machines: The Science of Roller Coastersâ€ť exhibit at Berkeleyâ€™s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Tickets $6-12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.