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Family FIVE, Dec 9-11

From children’s theater productions to seasonal events, there’s so much to do this weekend!

Posada Navideña
Fri Dec 9, 7p
Wells Fargo Center of the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa)
20 dancers and 16 musicians lead a south-of-the-border celebration laden with seasonal accents, traditional song and dance, and vibrant imagery in this Mexican Christmas production. The show is $15 child, $20 adult, but the pre-show arts & crafts and post-show Posada celebration is free.

Murder’s in the Heir
Dec 8-11, 7pm (plus a Sunday 2pm matinee)
Clear Heart Gallery (368 Petaluma Blvd N)
Talented 11-14 year olds will perform in this comedic murder mystery whodunnit. The fun part is that the audience decides the outcome, so every show is different. A side note, the Clear Heart Gallery is slated for demolition in the future, so you’ll definitely want to check out a show before it’s all gone.

Family Day
Sat Dec 10, 11a-2p
Sonoma County Museum (425 7th St, Santa Rosa)
Their Filipino-themed family day will include dance & martial arts demos, traditional children’s games, face painting, hands-on musical instruments, plus their Singgalot exhibition. Admission is free for members and for families with children.

Children’s Holiday Party
Sat Dec 10, 10a
Cornerstone Sonoma (23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma)
Kids will love decorating cookies, creating crafts, hanging at the Sweet Treat Buffet, sipping at the Hot Chocolate Bar, and more! Have photos taken with Santa or take part in a sing-a-long with Santa’s Elf. And Raffle Prizes include a romantic getaway, a kids day outing, a spa getaway….too much to list. The event is to raise funds for the Ella Bisbee Fund to create an Art Room in her memory at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County.

Community Boardgame Day
Sun Dec 11 ,12-5p
Hobbytown Petaluma (171 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Monthly event that has boardgames making a comeback. Guests aged 8 and older are invited to bring their own, or play with the ones owner Steve supplies. Hobbytown will also offer 10% off any boardgame purchased that day.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

To see more events or to share your event, visit the Events Calendar, or visit

Family FIVE, Dec 2-4

FREE pie this Sunday in Petaluma!

Lots of great stuff happening this weekend.  Where will your family be?

CraftalumaAdd to my Calendar
Sat Dec 3rd, 10am
Petaluma Veterans Hall (1094 Petaluma Blvd S)
The alternative to your grandma’s craft show is back with even more fresh, raw talent to help you find unique gifts for everyone on their list. The show has an indie vibe, gathering artisan crafters from Sonoma County and beyond to showcase their handmade wares with an edge.

Free Pie!Add to my Calendar
Sun Dec 4, 1-4p
Petaluma Pie Co (125 Petaluma Blvd N)
To celebrate their first anniversary, Petaluma Pie Company is passing out free slices of pie at Putnam Park in Downtown Petaluma. Performers will play live music to set the tone during pie tasting, pie tin activities, wine happy hour for the grown ups, and apple cider for all.

Luther Burbank Holiday Open HouseAdd to my Calendar
Dec 3-4, 10a-4p
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens (corner of Sonoma & Santa Rosa Ave)
The historic home is decorated for the holidays, and docents dressed in Victorian costumes are leading tours through the house and around the gardens. Enjoy cookies and spiced tea in the greenhouse while the kids make a holiday craft project. And shop for memorabilia in the gift shop.

Snoopy’s Holiday Tree LightingAdd to my Calendar
Fri Dec 2, 6pm
Snoopy’s Home Ice (1667 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa)
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends will be performing a mini ice show at the ice rink, lighting a 20-foot Christmas tree in the center of the rink. For those who miss it, there will be encores performed at 12:15p on Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday Lighted Boat ParadeAdd to my Calendar
Sat Dec 3 6-11p
Petaluma’s Turning Basin
Boats decorated and lit aglow with holiday lights will travel from the Petaluma Marina and into the Turning Basin.  Come early to take part in the Downtown Merchant’s Holiday Open House (with deals and holiday events galore), and stay late to enjoy the view from one of the fine restaurants that border the water.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

For more events, be sure to check out the Event Calendar at

Family FIVE

Happy Thanksgiving! The kids and I have been having fun adding up all the things we are thankful for this past month. From my first sip of coffee of the day to being blessed with comforts many take for granted, there are plenty of things to add to our Grateful Lists. I hope you all find plenty of things to feel grateful for as well.

Here are a few things that are going on this weekend for you and your family to do together.

Santa Rosa Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
Downtown Santa Rosa
Fri, Nov 25th, 12-7
Holiday shopping is kicked off on Black Friday with a Downtown Holiday Open House from 12-5. Stores will be open with sales and specials, free gift wrapping, validated garage parking, music, and a raffle for the Downtown Gift Basket. The Sutter VNA & Hospice Lights of Life Tree Lighting Program begins at 6pm with more kids’ crafts, free pictures with Santa, live holiday music and the candle lighting and tree lighting ceremony.

Pirates, Legends, & Lore
Petaluma Museum – 20 Fourth St, Petaluma
Aye, ye scurvy bilgerats. Get ye to Petaluma Museum for the largest pirate exhibition in the Bay Area. View flintlocks, swords, a grappling hook, real cannon balls, plates from Sir Francis Drake, and more. Kids can make their own pirate flags, learn to tie different sailor’s knots, earn prizes, and a vast treasure chest of fun to be had. Plus, a real treasure hunt will unfold with a map that gives clues to a rare pirate coin worth $500. Exhibit open now till November 27th.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Hawaii Christmas Craft Fair
Sat Nov 26, 10a
Kehaulani Hula Studio (3210 Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa)
Hawai’i Christmas Craft Fair. Hand Crafted: Scarves, Bags, Prints, Cards, Ornaments, Baked Goods, Candles. Kēhaulani Hula Studio. Kumu Hula C.Pōmaikaʻi Gaui. Kēhaulani Hula Studio welcomes any and all who appreciate “All things Hawaiian!”

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
Historic Downtown Petaluma
Sat, Nov 26, 11a
Watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus are brought in on the Petaluma River by tugboat, ready to meet all the kids and pass out candy. Come early and stay late to enjoy various street performers and festivities going on around the Petaluma shops.

Holiday Gift Faire
Nov 25-27, 10a
Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa)
There’s a reason this faire is scheduled for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. The list of vendors is endless as craftiers and artisans set up booths holding treasures untold for your holiday gift giving. Delicious food vendors, eclectic crafts and gifts, as well as visits with Santa.

Looking for more things to do? Check out our list of family events going on Thanksgiving week, as well as fun things to do indoors when the weather outside is frightful. You can also check out the SantaRosaMom events calendar, as well as the calendar on

Have a thankful Thanksgiving and a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

Family Five: weekend events for Nov 19-20

Take a walk near Spring Lake this weekend

Whether you’re looking for some outdoor fun, or something to fun inside, there are some exciting things happening in our county for families.  Here’s my pick for five best happenings this weekend.  Where will you be?

Aircraft Display Day
Sat Nov 19, 10a-3p
Petaluma Municipal Airport (601 Skyranch Rd, Petaluma)
Get up close and personal with a wide range of airplanes, including several that are flown in specifically to be shown at this event. Pilots will be on hand to answer questions at this free event.

Thanksgiving Cooking Class for Kids
Sat Nov 19, 10a-12p
G&G Market (1211 W College Ave, Santa Rosa)
Let the kids help with the Thanksgiving menu through a class designed to teach them several Turkey day treats and gifts. On the agenda is mini pecan tarts, harvest bark, and cranberry sauce. This event will also allow a friend to come for free. Geared towards kids ages 6-9 years old. Must register at website to attend.

Playmobil Day
Sat Nov 19, 10a-6p
Hobbytown (171 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Come play with Hobbytown’s collection of Playmobil toys. They will be passing out free Playmobil keychains while supplies last, and you’ll also get a chance to win a free Playmobil set. !0% off all Playmobil toys throughout the day.

Charles Schulz Museum
Sun Nov 20, 10a-5p
2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa
The museum is hosting a birthday celebration for Charles Schulz on Sunday. Everyone gets in free all day long! Come see all the interesting exhibits and get a glimpse into the life of our hometown hero, Charles Schulz.

Family Hike at Spring Lake
Sat Nov 19, 1pm and 3pm
Environmental Discovery Center (Violetti Rd, Santa Rosa)
Kids will have fun learning about wildlife on 1 hour naturalist-led hikes on the Shady Oaks Nature Trail near Spring Lake. All ages are welcome, though everyone should be walkers or easily carried in a backpack. $5 per family, $6 for parking (or included with annual parks membership)

Looking for more events, or wish to submit your own?  Visit our events page at, or the 707 entertainment events page at

Crissi Dillon

Family Friendly Events Nov 11-13 thanks all our veterans for what they've sacrficed for our freedom and security. Thank you.

Parades, trains, and art festivals.  So much to do this weekend my head is spinning!  Here’s my list for best bets for a weekend of family fun:

Veteran’s Day Parade
Friday Nov 11, 1p
Walnut Park, Petaluma
The Northbay’s annual old-fashioned salute to our veterans features a parade that starts and finishes at Walnut Park, plus a flyover by vintage war birds.

Sonoma County Model Railroad Society
Sat Nov 12, 10a-12p
HobbyTown Petaluma (171 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Help build the HobbyTown railroad layout while learning all about model railroading and working on projects. A perfect activity for train enthusiasts and kids who appreciate miniatures and modeling. This event is held regularly every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Petaluma Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire
Nov 12-13, 10a-5p
Petaluma Community Center (Lucchesi Park)
Handmade crafts that include home decor, gourmet foods, ornaments, toys, clothing, and more. Jewelry artisans will be selling unique styles at reasonable prices. Big Boy’s BBQ will provide great food, and Children’s Museum of Sonoma County will be there with their “Museum-on-the-Go”.

New Parents Hike
Sat Nov 12, 11a-2:30p
Ranchero Mark West (call 524-9318 to register and find location)
Join new moms and dads on an easy uphill hike. Geared towards kids 0-2, the hike is 2-3 miles long.

SOFA Arts District Winterblast Festival
Sat Nov 12, 5-8p
South of A Arts District (South A Street and Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa)
A joyful street party celebrating the arts and community. Live music, food vendors, a Kids Art Zone and more will be at this festive winter party, as well as the infamous SOFA parade. Costumes encouraged.

If you have parenting questions or tips, a family-friendly event to share, or are looking for more fun things to do, come visit

Crissi Dillon

This weekend's Family Events

The rains are here, and we’re looking at a wet weekend ahead of us. But that doesn’t mean you and the kids have to stay cooped up in the house. Check out the Events Page for some great ideas for entertaining the kids. Here are our picks for this weekend’s best family friendly events:

Picadilly Circus
Nov 4-5
Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa)
Pulling out all the stops, the circus is back in town with even more amazing human feats in agility and daredevil performances. Contortionists and comedic clowns, amazing aerialists and artists, as well as beasts of real and imagined delight. Special “Buy one get one free” adult tickets are available online at, making this an affordable family event to attend this weekend.

Nov 4-6th, 11-13th
Steele Lane Community Center (415 Steele Ln, Santa Rosa)
f you’re looking for good, cheap fun to entertain your kids, consider taking them to the theater. The Actors Theater for Children will be giving their interpretation of Rapunzel, depicting what happened after the tower. The show promises to be highly entertaining for kids of all ages, and the audience is encouraged to dress up in their favorite fairy tale attire.  Tickets are only $5, and will be available for sale 1 hour before each show.

Project Linus Craft Bazaar
Nov 5, 9a-1p
Project Linus (304 Maria Dr, Petaluma)
The project that provides quilts and blankets to children facing illness or trauma is holding a benefit craft sale. Beautiful handmade items like baked goods, quilts, holiday decoration, baby items, and more will be offered for sale at very low prices as you get a head start on your holiday shopping and help kids at the same time.

Bay Area Science Festival
Sat Nov 5, 11a-4p
Infineon Raceway (29355 Arnold Dr, Sonoma)
Hands on science adventures will be happening at Infineon Raceway. Attendees will be able to look inside the human body through ultrasound technology, search for life in outer space, or operate a robot’s actions. Scientists, engineers, innovators, and more will be leading an action-packed day of activities that will make learning fun for all ages.

Mentor Me Petaluma’s Mentee Art Show Reception
Sat Nov 5, 4-6p
Aqus Cafe (189 H Street, Petaluma)
Aspiring artists will be showcasing their art at a very special show this month. The artists are only 7-18, creating their choice of artwork to share with the world. These young mentees are a part of Mentor Me’s program for at-risk youth, participating in a mentorship that has them bonding in a longterm one-on-one relationship with a mentor, giving them a safe and supportive environment to thrive in. Come tot he opening ceremony on November 5th, or swing by anytime during Aqus’ business hours until November 15th.

A Night of Illusionation
Sat Nov 5, 7:30p
The Share Exchange (531 5th St, Santa Rosa)
Ray Hoey of Illusionation will be performing acts of mind boggling illusion and magic, leaving you only to wonder, “How did he do that?” Not only will he saw a woman in half in his magical tribute to Groucho Marx, there will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation, creative lessons in magic, and fun and mystery for all ages.

Have an event you’d like to share, a topic to chat about, or just need some advice? Come check out! Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

This weekend's Family Fun

Looking for some family fun this weekend? Here’s our five favorite happenings:

Tolay Fall Festival
The Fall Fest continues at Tolay, ending this Sunday. Lots of harvest activities for kids to adult will give the whole family a day of fun. Gather your pumpkins, and even a colorful gourd or two at this annual festival celebrating fall.
Today – Oct 23rd: Tolay Lake Regional Park (Cannon Lane)

Reptile Bazaar
Lizards, snakes, and other crawly, slithery scaled creatures will delight reptile enthusiasts of any age. The 15th annual show will have lots of great vendors selling reptiles and supplies to get you started, or enhance the habitat you’ve already created.
Sat Oct 22, 10a-5p: Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (E Washington & Payran St, Petaluma)

Mask Making Workshop
The Sonoma Garden Park and Arts Guild will be offering a free workshop at Sonoma’s Harvest Market for kids who would like to make a creative costume mask. From sparkly to spooky, the guild will be providing all materials to concoct a truly fabulous disguise.
Sat Oct 22, 10a-2p: Harvest Market (19990 Seventh St. E, Sonoma)

Landpath’s Fall Music Festival
Live music, good food and beverage, and activities that include fly fishing demos, Halloween arts and crafts, nature hikes and more make this benefit festival the must-attend event of the weekend.  Admission donation: $20 adults, $5 kids 7 & up
RSVPs appreciated: or on their Facebook event page.
Sat Oct 22, 11-5: Ranchero Mark West (7125 St. Helena Rd, Santa Rosa)

Petaluma Mother’s Club Fall Carnival
Filled with activities for kids, this fun carnival will have jumpy houses, a bake sale, cupcake walk, arts & crafts, fun shows and entertainment, and even a 4-H petting zoo. Prizes will be given at fun games, and James K will be performing his music live.
Sun Oct 23, 11a-2p: Kenilworth Jr High (800 Riesling, Petaluma)

Bonus events:

YMCA Halloween Carnival
A surefire way to keep the munchkins entertained and in the Halloween spirit at this annual carnival put on by the YMCA. The club puts a lot of work into a day of fun that includes games, prizes, a haunted house, jump house, DJ music, and more.
Sat Oct 22, 4-7p: Sonoma County Family YMCA (1111 College Ave, Santa Rosa)

Friends of the Library Book Fair
Add to your literary library in an inexpensive way at this anticipated book sale. Fri (3-7:30p) is preview day with a $5 admission, Saturday and Sunday (10a-5p) is free admission, with Sunday a half-price day for books. Monday (2-7p) is Bag Day – anything you can fit in a bag for $4.
Fri Oct 21 – Mon Oct 24: Finley Hall at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa)

Upcoming Halloween Costume Swaps
Share Exchange: Sat Oct 22, 11a-4p (531 5th St, Santa Rosa)
Petaluma Farmer’s Market: Sat Oct 22, 2-5:30p (Walnut Park, Petaluma)