Seems like I spot the reindeer bikes earlier and earlier each year…
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All the deets:
“Enjoy the holidays at the San Francisco Zoo! The reindeer are back and there’s a brand new “green” skating rink, plus much, much more. Check out all of the activities happening through New Year’s Day.
12 Days of Christmas – Dec 14, 2011 – Dec 25, 2011
This year, the San Francisco Zoo is taking “The 12 Days of Christmas” literally by enriching its animals with special holiday treats designed to encourage naturalistic behaviors. Each day between December 14 and December 25, at 2 p.m., a different animal will receive a holiday surprise. Check out the list below and make plans to see your favorite animal rummage, forage, play with and enjoy their holiday gifts.
The 12 Days of Christmas Schedule: 2 p.m. each day
December 14: Chimpanzee climbing
December 15: Lemurs a leaping
December 16: Giraffes nuzzling
December 17: Anteaters Investigating
December 18: Meerkats patrolling
December 19: Snow leopard hunting
December 20: Tamarins exploring
December 21: A polar bear sledding
December 22: Rhinos charging
December 23: Lions roaring
December 24: Prairie Dogs barking
December 25: Ground hornbills foraging
Reindeer Romp! – Nov 19, 2011 – Jan 01, 2012
Each day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reindeer Romp returns with your favorite reindeer friends. These four, wonderful animals mark the return of the holidays here at the Zoo and will be on exhibit every day starting November 19 through New Year’s Day. Stop by and check out the “real” story behind these amazing creatures and you just might learn a thing or two about why they are so special.
“Green” Holiday Skating Rink – Nov 5, 2011 – Jan 08, 2012
Weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This holiday season, take a spin on our brand new, environmentally friendly, synthetic skating rink made of recycled materials. It’s just as much fun as being on real ice! This eco-friendly skating rink will feel like the real thing but slightly slower – like skating on a frozen pond but without the need to bundle up. Great for beginners and kids wanting to get their feet wet, without getting their feet wet. Come give it a try now through New Year’s Day. Cost (includes skates): $5 per person
Holiday Discounts & Activities
Make a difference not just for the animals, but for our community too during this holiday season. Check out the following donation opportunities and discounts for you and your family.
San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Drive
Dec 17, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011
Drop by the Zoo with an unwrapped toy, valued at $5 or more, and donate it to the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Program to receive one free kid’s pass. Plus, get an inside look at a vintage fire engine and take your photo with Santa ($5 suggested donation.) Limit one pass per family.”
See you there!
“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:
A pair of live reindeer
Indoor snow flurries twice an hour
A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow
An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients
Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances
Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”
Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)
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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:
This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:
One of four Evaporative Snow machines:
Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:
The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:
And a partridge in a pear tree:
See you there!
Truly, it will be the Land of Chocolate, if only for one night. All the deets below.
Und, leave us not forget Indie Mart Nightlife on December 9th:
“NightLife and Indie-Mart are teaming up for a Holiday DIY & designer show extravaganza, featuring the best in San Francisco’s local fashion designers, makers, crafts, artists, live screenprinting. Workshop SF will be providing free fun things to make & demos on how to screenprint, stencil & more. Come out and buy some truly unique gifts for your friends and love ones while supporting local small businesses and artists. This week NightLife also features the return of our live music series, with sets by AB and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble. Life/Style DJs Ts and Roll will provide music on the main floor. Buy Tickets to NightLife on December 9th “
Chocolate takes center stage at the California Academy of Sciences during NightLife on December 16th
The event will feature chocolate tastings, fun facts, and a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 pm
WHAT: In the spirit of holiday decadence, NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates chocolate on December 16, with tastings, chocolate experts, and even a truffle and ganache cooking demonstration. Attendees will be able to sample the wares of chocolatiers from around the globe, and discover the nuances and variations in chocolate’s aroma, texture, flavor and finish. Acapella carolers, indoor snow flurries, chocolate martinis, and live reindeer will complete the festive atmosphere. NightLife is a weekly event which gives adults the chance to explore the Academy in a whole new light, with music, cocktails, and special programs. Tickets available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/.
Madecasse: A tour of the chocolate of Madagascar, with a guided chocolate tasting
LaBonne Cuisine: Truffle and ganache cooking demonstration with Christophe Kubiak
TCHO: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
The Tea Room: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
Divine Chocolate: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
On a Rainbow Acappella Group: performing holiday carols at 7:30pm & 8:30pm
WHEN: 6-10pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010
WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
WHY: Who doesn’t love chocolate!? Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice choco-holic, this is your chance to satisfy those cravings, and fine-tune your palate at the same time.
Our California Academy of Sciences is gearing up for the holidays. They’re going to have reindeer and everything.
(Now, the San Francisco Zoo talks about having reindeer, but I suspect the animules they have are merely caribou. Oh well.)
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All the deets!
“TIS THE SEASON FOR SCIENCE” AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
From November 23 – January 2, the Academy will celebrate the holiday season with a scientific twist.
SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2010) – From November 23 – January 2, the California Academy of Sciences will celebrate the holiday season with live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, and a suite of polar- and holiday-themed programs during “’Tis the Season for Science,” six weeks of wintry festivities and family fun with a scientific twist. Visitors can meet a pair of reindeer in-person, ask a botanist what “mistletoe” actually means, find out what causes the Northern Lights, and more, as they explore the “hows” and “whys” of life in some of Earth’s most frigid climates. Music, decorations, and a hot chocolate cart will complete the festive atmosphere.
Inside the Academy’s Piazza, visitors will find an Arctic wonderland, complete with an igloo presentation dome, holiday craft activities, and a stage for special presentations and shows including interviews with scientists, games of “Polar Jeopardy,” and a variety of music, dance, and theater performances. Young visitors can also greet “Santa Claude,” the Academy’s lovable alligator character, who will get into the holiday spirit with a Santa hat and scarf. Once an hour, an indoor snow flurry will dust the Piazza, against a backdrop of stunning photographs by Arctic National Wildlife Refuge photographer Subhankar Banerjee. Nearby, guests will get a closer look at a variety of rarely displayed Arctic specimens, including a polar bear, snowy owl, and snow geese.
Each day will feature festive performances and a schedule of programs and interactive activities that explore winter themes like migration, adaptations for extreme cold, sustainable gift-giving, and research in some of our planet’s coldest climes. ‘Tis the Season for Science activities are included with general admission tickets, unless otherwise noted. Visit www.calacademy.org/holidays in November for more details.
Special Program Highlights
November 23 – January 2
Reindeer Rendezvous – Daily
Visit the east garden to meet the two reindeer (also known as caribou in North America) that have come to visit the Academy for the holidays. Learn about the special adaptations that help these antlered herbivores survive in cold environments and travel great distances, and discover how they acquired such a special place in holiday traditions.
Polar Jeopardy – Daily
Think you know a thing or two about polar bears, emperor penguins, and the Northern Lights? Want to challenge your knowledge of Earth’s frozen caps? Or want to watch your friends and family put on their thinking caps? Come take part in this fun, interactive game show, and expand your polar expertise.
Festive Performers – Daily
The Academy has invited a variety of musicians, singers, dancers, theatrical groups, and other performers to help visitors celebrate this festive time of year. Enrich your family’s Academy visit with art and music from some of the Bay Area’s greatest talents.
Polar Perspectives – Shows daily
Step into the igloo presentation dome for a glimpse of the stark, vast beauty of the North Pole. Rotating 5-minute shows will tell the stories of the Northern Lights, polar ice caps, and the winter sky with stunning HD footage and twinkling stars.
“Chill Out” with an Academy Scientist – Weekly
Meet Academy scientists who study plants, animals, and climate change in some of the planet’s coldest environments. In their travels, these explorers have studied high-elevation ice beetles, Arctic migrations, frozen clams and warming ice caps. Join them for a fascinating look at their work to explore the world, discover new life, and help explain Earth’s amazing story.
Climate Science & Solutions – Weekly
Explore the science behind climate change through this high-energy and accessible presentation by the experts at Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). The topic of climate change can be daunting, but ACE’s fun and innovative approach helps us create positive and proactive responses to this global problem. Come curious and ready to be inspired!
Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover (Kids ages 6+ and their adult chaperones)
Tuesday, December 28
Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Now kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. Sleepovers include after-hours access to Academy exhibits, a special penguin talk, live animal demonstration, planetarium show, story time with cookies and milk, parking, breakfast, and more. Tickets $119 per person ($99 for Academy members), available at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers.
The “‘Tis the Season for Science” theme will also continue across regularly scheduled Academy programs, including Science Story Adventures, Family Nature Crafts, Specimen Spotlight, and Animal Tales.
The Academy will be closed on November 25 and December 25, and will observe extended hours (until 6pm) from November 26-28, December 26-30, and January 1-2.
These Tule Elknear Tomales Bay wish you Happy Holidays nevertheless.
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